Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Group to Watch: Chauffeur

Chauffeur is the new supergroup made up of eclectic members Theophilus London, Mark Ronson and Sam Sparro.

The group came together and released one track to date. The song, "Soles on Fire," was written by Ronson for Gucci's pop-up Icon-Temporary stores that feature boat-shoe inspired sneakers designed by Ronson.

The track is a spacey, chilled out lounge and dark R&B  fighting it's inner electro/hip hop demons. Dark synths, repetetive Cool Kids inspired vocal hooks and a spacey beat are paired with London's classic breezy, cool and collected flow and Sparro's soaring high-pitched melodies.

Truly an interesting song, but it's got me skeptical. There's room for improvement. London, Ronson and Sparro are distinguished musician's in their own right, but something about this collaboration isn't hooking me. Yet. Hopefully there's more to come from this group. London's style is truly unique in the hip hop world. He embraces electronic music, afro beats and hip hop as inspiration. I think I was expecting a bit more of this group because of London's involvement.  I'd hate to think this song was just a selling gimick for Ronson's shoe.

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Here is a video of Chauffeur's debut as a group at the Levi's®/Fader Fort at the CMJ festival in New York.

Chauffeur live at CMJ Fader Fort.

Click here to download Chauffeur - Soles on Fire. DOWNLOAD HERE

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm you're right. I think I like Theo's solo stuff better.