Theophilus London, “Flying Overseas” (Feat. Solange Knowles and Devonte Hynes)

Jeremy Krinsley

Theophilus London / Green Label Sound

Theophilus London / Green Label Sound

Not hard to say if this re-vamp of “Flying Overseas”, recorded in L.A. this past March with Solange Knowles and Devonte Hynes, can really top the original off Theophilus' I Want You mixtape.

It cannot.

Theophilus London, “Flying Overseas” (Feat. Solange Knowles and Devonte Hynes)

That doesn't make it the runt of the litter. The Green Label Sound single version of “Flying Overseas” is the plush dress-up party that spruces the track for girlfriends who don't like the rap, Daft Punk beatniks, and a sense of deja-vu that feels sun-faded since the first time, maybe because flying overseas means a red-eye and an early morning landing to wherever the hell this tropical oasis where Beyonc√©'s sister sweetly sings to you may be.

Here's Version 1 of the song, a sparser, chillier, three-minute take that showcases London's clever tongue. (Really glad Version Knowles kept the opening, “Mr. Tax-man, it's been a long time, but I'll be back again.”):

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