First Impressions: Theophilus London Dims The Lights

Monday, April 2, 2012


Pretty much I like Theophilus London simply because he has a down-right love and respect for the old school and he blends it wonderfully well into his works. Like I've said, he's like a Kanye West Jr....just minus all the (lovable) arrogance. While his debut album, 2011's Timez Are Weird These Days, didn't really move mountains and pyramids for me, it was his mixtapes and EP's that sealed the deal. He's got some ways to go, but I'm enjoying watching how he's getting there.

He's got another mixtape in the bag this year as the superb Lover's Holiday will be getting a sequel EP (Lover's Holiday: Rose Island), and already the first little taste of that has sprouted. He's been collaborating with Blood Orange (whom he teamed with for "Flying Overseas" and "Century Girl"), but not like this, as they take this Pharrell cover and seal it in a bag. "Take It Off (Dim The Lights)" plays like the original off of Pharrell's 2006 solo debut, In My Mind, but it's got the Theophilus touch to it that sets it as a viable cover.

I'm hearing a distinct Ready For The World/Keith Sweat/mid-80's R&B 'begging n' pleading man' slow jam vibe on this more than the original...Take a listen below.

Theophilus London & Blood Orange - Take It Off (Dim The Lights) (Pharrell cover)

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