Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes - What Kinda Music
Review: 5 - "A masterpiece of literature" by , written on May 4, 20020
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Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes - What Kinda Music

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    As fast-rising underground stars in their own right, you'd expect any collaborative album from soul-fired South London singer/songwriter/beat-maker Tom Misch and prolific jazz drummer Yussef Dayes (best known for his now long-running collaboration with Kamaal Williams) to be rather good. "What Kinda Music" is, with the pair mixing and mangling elements of soul, jazz-funk, electronica and jazz, a set that defies easy categorisation. Both musicians exceed themselves throughout, with tipsy electronics, sweeping strings, bass, effects-laden guitars, woozy synth lines and Misch's heartfelt, soul-flecked vocals offering a perfect foil for Dayes' loose-limbed, headline-grabbing drumming.

     

    Side 1
    1. "What Kinda Music" (3:50)
    2. "Festival" (4:43)
    3. "Nightrider" (feat Freddie Gibbs) (5:00)
    Side 2
    1. "Tidal Wave" (4:10)
    2. "Sensational" (1:25)
    3. "The Real" (2:40)
    Side 3
    1. "Lift Off" (feat Rocco Palladino) (5:20)
    2. "I Did It For You" (4:01)
    3. "Last 100" (4:01)
    Side 4
    1. "Kyiv" (3:28)
    2. "Julie Mangos" (3:19)
    3. "Storm Before The Calm" (feat Kaidi Akinnibi) (3:01)

    As fast-rising underground stars in their own right, you'd expect any collaborative album from soul-fired South London singer/songwriter/beat-maker Tom Misch and prolific jazz drummer Yussef Dayes (best known for his now long-running collaboration with Kamaal Williams) to be rather good. "What Kinda Music" is, with the pair mixing and mangling elements of soul, jazz-funk, electronica and jazz, a set that defies easy categorisation. Both musicians exceed themselves throughout, with tipsy electronics, sweeping strings, bass, effects-laden guitars, woozy synth lines and Misch's heartfelt, soul-flecked vocals offering a perfect foil for Dayes' loose-limbed, headline-grabbing drumming.

     

    Side 1
    1. "What Kinda Music" (3:50)
    2. "Festival" (4:43)
    3. "Nightrider" (feat Freddie Gibbs) (5:00)
    Side 2
    1. "Tidal Wave" (4:10)
    2. "Sensational" (1:25)
    3. "The Real" (2:40)
    Side 3
    1. "Lift Off" (feat Rocco Palladino) (5:20)
    2. "I Did It For You" (4:01)
    3. "Last 100" (4:01)
    Side 4
    1. "Kyiv" (3:28)
    2. "Julie Mangos" (3:19)
    3. "Storm Before The Calm" (feat Kaidi Akinnibi) (3:01)