Timez Are Weird These Days

Timez Are Weird These Days

by Theophilus London


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Timez Are Weird These Days

One of the mixtapes from this Brooklyn MC/singer, I Want You, featured a title track that took almost as many liberties with Marvin Gaye as a Hennessy ad campaign. Here, with his debut for Reprise, Theophilus London playfully swipes imagery from the man who wrote "I Want You," Leon Ware; the cover of Timez Are Weird These Days mirrors that of Ware's self-titled album from 1982, just as his other releases referenced older album covers. It indicates that Timez might not be that much different from those releases, rather than the crossover-aiming overhaul one might expect from major-label involvement. Sure enough, Timez is no shake-up, rooted in impish party-soundtrack material. While this is the most concentrated and focused London release, boasting a relatively tight set of productions from John Hill (Santigold, Amanda Blank), Jocko (Robyn), Foreign Born's Ariel Rechtshaid (We Are Scientists), and TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, most of the tracks have the same effect provided by the mixtape material. On the surface, the album is pleasurable, largely upbeat and bouncy -- a rock-rap hybrid inspired by the pop appeal of new wave, occasionally sweetened with flashes of early '80s funk. London is most charming when he's given some space and sings, as he does very sweetly in the chorus of "Why Even Try," featuring Tegan & Sara's Sara Quin.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/19/2011
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624966098
catalogNumber: 524269

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Theophilus London   Primary Artist,Drums,Background Vocals
Steve Hill   Drums
Dan Carey   Bass
David Andrew Sitek   Guitar
John Morrical   Guitar,Keyboards
Hunter Perrin   Guitar
Holly Miranda   Vocals
John Hill   Guitar,Keyboards
Guia Golden   Vocals
Cherie Camacho   Vocals
Orla Carey   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Edwin Birdsong   Composer
Alexis Smith   Engineer
Ariel Rechtshaid   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Dan Carey   Engineer
Joakim Åhlund   Composer
Sara Quin   Composer
David Andrew Sitek   Composer,Producer
John Morrical   Engineer
Jaleel Bunton   Composer
Zeph Sowers   Engineer
Justin Raisen   Composer
Theophilus London   Composer
John Hill   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Laura Sisk   Engineer
Jahan Zeb Malik   Composer

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