Let me say it upfront, if you don’t like Electronica or indie rock then this album will not be for you. Now if you are willing to take a chance on something different then Theophilus London might be for you. This mixtape (which to me is more like an album), I Want You, showcases all the things that Make London more then the average emcee or average “fusion” artist. Taking a ’80s sounds and meshing them with funky synths and hard baselines, London gives you a sound that bridges the gap from downtown to uptown. Not to be outdone by the music itself, Theophilus’ lyrics run the gamut from singing about love (and love lost) and the daily life of a young person in an urban culture. What sets it apart from conventional rap albums is the way London has no problem exposing all his frailties and emotions. Whether its his covering of Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” or “A Strangers Heart”, London uses the beat to expose himself and not hold anything back. And to be fair to him, he isn’t a shabby emcee either. While not lacing his verses with punchlines (which I’m starting to get tired of), he instead chooses to tell stories and paint very vivid pictures with his words. Honestly, the only flaws with this album are that some of the productions are too out there even for me.
Either way, this mixtape is one of the best bodies of music to be released this year. Definitely check it out.