Concert Preview: Theophilus London to bring groove-heavy set to U Street
Theophilus London will bring his hip-hop infused, genre-bending grooves to U Street Music Hall Feb. 15, supported by Father and Doja Cat.
There is no concrete way to describe Theophilus London’s latest album, “Vibes!,” because of its genre bending tendencies. He combines key elements of hip-hop, R&B, 80s synth and electronica to make for a bold, groovy album.
“[The album feels like] real Palm Springs, smoke a joint, hit some mushrooms, go to Joshua Tree, bathe in some motherfuckin’ volcano water… shit like that,” London said in an interview for Hot New Hip Hop.
The album is a journey that pays tribute to his musical influences like The Smiths, Elvis Costello, Madonna and Prince. The legendary Leon Ware, who has worked with Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye, is one of the album’s executive producers, alongside Kanye West.
London’s new album is a testament to a new generationof music that blends the old with the new in a unique way a common audience can appreciate. “Heartbreaker” samples Freaky Nasty’s 1996 hit, “Da’Dip,” while “Figure it Out” features Devonte Hynes and a smooth 80s synthesizer.
Audiences can expect London’s performance to be an extension of the seductive grooves heard on his new album, plus a rush of adrenaline from his energetic stage presence.
Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are available here.