Theophilus London returns after a two-year hiatus (finally!) with his new album Vibes. To celebrate the release, Theophilus debuts his new video for “Tribe” which will be performed live for the first time tomorrow night on the Late Show with David Letterman.
Executive produced by Kanye West and adorned with cover art by Karl Lagerfeld, Vibes
is a collage of “experimental pop, gallant R&B and ’80s new wave inflection[,] most striking in its mix of top-of-the-charts pop intuition, leftfield sensibility, and artful, giddy experimentation” (The FADER
). The title of the album is a reflection of the driftless spirit of collaboration that permeates the record. “The album is called Vibes
because everything that happened creatively and spiritually just all vibed together,” explains London. “Everyone who worked on it with me did it on a family level. We all vibed together. You couldn’t even plan it. It was all vibes.”
Yesterday, the New York native stopped by HOT 97 to detail his work with Kanye West, his penchant for big hats, upcoming projects and more with Ebro and Peter Rosenberg. Check out the interview below:
The 12-song LP took nearly two-years to create following Theophilus’ relocation to the deserts of Palm Springs to join his inspiration and Motown-legend Leon Ware to serve as creative producer on the album. London had long admired the work of Ware — who has worked with the likes of The Isley Brothers, Ike and Tina, Diana Ross, Quincy Jones, Minnie Riperton and Maxwell, as well as great moments in soul music such as Marvin Gaye’s classic “I Want You” and Michael Jackson’s first gold record “I Wanna Be Where You Are” — and had even reimagined the album cover of Ware’s eponymous 1982 album for his major label debut album, 2011’s Timez Are Weird These Days.
Tracklisting for Vibes is as follows:
1. Water Me (feat. Leon Ware)
2. Neu Law
3. Take And Look
4. Can’t Stop My Love (feat. Kanye West)
5. Get Me Right
7. Do Girls
8. Tribe (feat. Jesse Boykins III)
9. Smoke (Interlude) (feat. Soko)
10. Smoke Dancehall
11. Need Somebody (feat. Leon Ware)
12. Figure It Out (feat. Devonte Hynes)
Theophilus will be spreading the good vibes with his Soho House release party tour:
- THU Nov 6th – New York, NY w/ Nianga
- SAT Nov 15th – Chicago, IL w/ Flat White
- SUN Nov 16th – Toronto, ONT w/ Theophilus London
- FRI Nov 21st – Miami, FL w/ Juske
Download the new mixtape Rose Island Vol. I from Theophilus London
Theophilus London is no stranger to the mix tape. After a busy couple years of putting out official releases – Lovers Holiday EP in Feb 2011, Timez Are Weird These Days in July 2011 and Timez Are Weird These Nights in April of this year – TL returns to the internets with his highly anticipated mixtape Rose Island Vol. 1, the follow up to 2010’s I Want You mixtape. Your soundtrack to summer has arrived.
Download: Theophilus London – Rose Island Vol. 1
Theophilus recorded most of Rose Island during Christmas in his NYC studio. In typical TL fashion, there’s something for everyone on Rose Island Vol. 1 which is filled with hip hop bangers, electronic club tracks, sing along anthems and, of course, a couple slow jams. Rose Island is an imaginary place in TL’s head where he goes when he needs to escape reality and time. Some of the mix tape highlights include A$AP Rocky, Big Boi, upcoming Producer Lunice, and many more. He also Covers Pharrell Willams “Take it off’ and reworks Wang Chung’s classic “Dance Hall Days.”
Always striving for the full experience, Theophilus has linked with luxury shoe company on the rise Del Toro to design the official Rose Island Slippers. Now fans can listen in the comfort of a custom TL slipper, the same slippers he rocked while creating Rose Island Vol 1. The Rose Island Slipper are limited in quantity and available for pre-order now at http://lvrs.tl/velvetrose.html
Theophilus London is currently out touring the world and has already begun work on the follow to Timez Are Weird These Days as well as his Rose Island Vol. 2 mix tape.