In the mood for baby-making-worthy stabs at 80’s-era R&B, Bone Thugs-flavored electro-hop club bangers, fan-boy riffs on the catalogs of Sade, Wang Chung (!?!), Shelia E, and Marvin Gaye, and slick rap lyrical exercises over smoked-out otherworldly beats that nod to, among other influences, Timbaland, UK grime and Outkast…all on a set that also houses previous blog-approved jams “Big Spender” and “She Said OK”?
No need to have to spend the hours compiling up some new awesomer-than-awesome playlist as all that and so much more is found on Rose Island Volume 1, the latest mixtape release from Theophilus London and continued proof of the long-time “Next Big Thing” Brooklyn-ite’s versatile genius.
Highlights come aplenty, but already making a strong play at becoming our most re-spun cut of the season is early set offering “Lisa”, which finds Mr. London getting his “beggin'” on, trying his best to woo in and peel the panties off the titular beauty atop a Quiet Storm groove that brings to mind the “last joint of the night” slow dance ballads from back-in-the-day Jheri Curl’ed R&B gods Full Force and Ready For The World.
Peep the horny-minded time warp of a track below, then proceed to keep the 80’s alive with our second Rose Island insta-fave, a bad-ass synth-funk updating of Shelia E. classic “Glamorous Life” from supergroup Chauffeur (London’s side gig with Mark Ronson and Sam Sparro); after that, do your life a favor by quickly downloading Rose Island Vol. 1 in it’s entirety here before the link crashes.