Theophlius London is a rising rapper out of Brooklyn, NY. With a mix of alternative hip-hop and R&B, London’s music emulates a bit of the 80’s new wave style and infuses it with contemporary hip-hop swagger.
London’s recent project, Vibes, his second studio album, was released this past November. The stand-out track is easily “Can’t Stop”, a soulful love song, complete with an aggressive throwback verse from the ever-controversial Kanye West.
James Bay comes to us from Hitchin, Hertfordshire to warm our cold souls with some balmy vocals and ear-melting choruses. This tune is exactly what I need right now. Yesterday I literally dipped my foot into a puddle of ice water and spent the rest of the day with a frozen Hot Pocket for a sock. James Bay is what we all need right now. Unless of course you live somewhere warm in which case you can not read this paragraph (it’s too late).
Critics have called James Bay “the next John Mayer,” “just as good as Ed Sheeran,” “quite possibly the best thing coming from England after Sam Smith.” And those are just my quotes.
James Bay sold out his March gig at Bowery Ballroom in New York 30 minutes after tickets went on sale- a record for 2014. It’s clear from the sounds he’s releasing that he’s the real deal. He dropped two gems this month already (check out “Scars” and “Move Together” below).
So if you’re looking to thaw out one day this week, I advise you to throw on his tunes.
This is one of those tunes that comes up on a random playlist as you walk down the street and makes you stop in your tracks (pun intended). You’re suddenly a traffic hazard as people start walking into you and cursing at you as you frantically check your phone to make sure the song doesn’t get lost in the abyss.
It’s that refreshing and dangerously catchy new-wave, MGMT meets Starf***er- type vibe that I can’t get enough of.
Definitely give this duo hailing from New Orleans a listen. They’re blowing up.