September 2 2014

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Theophilus London Plucks “A Look” From Obscurity


Theophilus London

It’s no secret that hip-hop star (and Style Map contributor) Theophilus London is a favorite of the fashion set. He’s performed for Karl Lagerfeld and amfAR alike, and pals around with boldfaced names like Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora. When not making music, London serves as the creative director of LVRS, his line that counts Surface to Air and SpongeBob SquarePants among its collaborators. Later this year he’ll debut his second full-length album, VIBES!, an eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2011′s Timez Are Weird These Days. But in the meantime, fans can whet their appetites with Lovers Holiday II, an EP poised for digital release on February 12 and London’s first foray into producing. We spoke with him about the story behind “Take a Look,” one of the album’s tracks, and the decidedly esoteric inspiration behind it. “In late November, Kanye sent me a folder of music to inspire me, with a bunch of really obscure oldies. ["Take a Look"] is an interpretation of another song that came out in, like, 1981, by a group called Martin Dupont from Marseille, France. I was working on my new album, and Kanye said, ‘You should cover or reinterpret some very obscure songs, with their melodies and with your bass lines.’” When Kanye gives musical advice, you’d better take it. And London did just that. Listen to the song’s exclusive debut on (and download it for free, below.

Dept. of Culture