Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes - 'What Kinda Music' Album Review
Updated: May 22
By Callum Lidington
'What Kinda Music’ is the second full length project from British singer songwriter Tom Misch. His debut album 'Geography' was a strong release, a light hearted and genre encompassing record with a feature from friend and frequent collaborator Loyle Carner amongst others including De La Soul, GoldLink and Poppy Ajudha. Yussef Dayes has received recognition not only as a gifted jazz drummer but also as a producer and an ability to push the boundaries of genre. He recently supported Kamasi Washington on tour and won best breakthrough act at the 2017 Jazz FM Awards with collaborator Kamaal Williams for their 2016 album ‘Black Focus’.
What Kinda Music is a great step up for Misch, increasing emphasis on the jazz components of Geography and taking a more experimental approach hence the collaboration with Yussef Dayes for this album. I really enjoyed this record, it takes its time to develop with a somewhat pondering tone, but at no point does it fall flat or boring. It’s experimental but not pretentious or grating. It sounds good without any gimmicks, which is a testament to the talent of Misch as a guitarist and vocalist, and Dayes as a percussionist and producer.
The album itself is beautifully crafted and is the result of clear cohesion and chemistry between two complimentary artists. Much of the album is just Dayes and Misch jamming, yet the album always seems to play with purpose, with the dreamy soundscapes transporting the listener from place to place. Tracks such as 'Kyiv' and ‘I Did It For You’ have little to no vocals but the technical skill and flow of the instrumental still makes for a diverse and immersive listen. Freddie Gibbs is another name that both artists can add to a list of prestigious and talented collaborators with his assured and well placed verse on the track ‘Nightrider’. But for me ‘Festival’ is the standout track on this album, the way Misch’s vocals seamlessly blend into the track’s instrumental is truly beautiful, the changes of pace and the swooning violins make you feel weightless. One of the best tracks of the year so far.
What Kinda Music is a great album, and due to its blend of genres it can be enjoyed by people at different stages and from all walks of life. A great addition to both artists discographies, and it surely makes them two names to keep an eye on in the future. This album should not be slept on.
Listen to the album below: