Tom Misch today releases his debut album, Geography, via Beyond The Groove/Kobalt with the physical release due Monday 23 April via Gallo Record Company in South Africa. Album is available digitally now.
Hailing from South London, young artist/producer Misch has already made huge strides in 2018 that should garner much attention for Geography. Having already sold out two nights at London’s Roundhouse earlier this year, Misch has already announced another tour for later this year which includes his biggest show to date at London’s O2 Academy Brixton.
Written and produced by Tom at his bedroom studio, Tom is a keen collaborator, working within a creative hub of like-minded musicians who all share their talents across their friends’ work. There are numerous musical communities south of the river, but this pool of creativity, that also features the likes of Jordan Rakei, Cosmo Pyke, Carmody, Poppy Ajudha, and Tom’s sister Laura Misch, is noteworthy due to the richness and sheer variety of its talent.
Some of these talents feature on Geography, such is Tom’s penchant for joining the dots between genres and establishing routes through them without boundary. Disco, soul, jazz, and hip-hop are touchstones of a musician who isn’t easily defined, and why Geography is such an evocative, exciting listen.
Geography is also quite the family affair. Tom’s mum provided the artwork for many of Tom’s releases to date including the album itself, his sister Polly provides spoken word vocals on album highlight ‘Movie’, and his other sister, Laura, also features on the record, supporting Tom on his recent European tour. His broader band who contributed across the record should also receive their dues, a veritable melting pot of exquisite musicians: Rob Araujo (Keys), Paul Casteluzzo (Guitar), Reuben James (Keys), Tobie Tripp (Strings), Jamie Houghton (Drums), Carmody (BVs), Jaz Karis (BVs), Johnny Woodham (Trumpet), Polly Misch (Spoken Word), Abbey Smith (backing vocals).
In a world where the stats and numbers game holds such weight, but becomes almost unquantifiable without the context (150 million streams across Spotify and Apple) it’s refreshing to hear a young artist that requires neither the context nor the pre-amble to sound so agreeably in his own lane. It’s dynamic, sonically diverse, and agreeably adventurous.
1. Before Paris
2. Lost In Paris (feat. GoldLink)
3. South Of The River
5. Tick Tock
6. It Runs Through Me (feat. De La Soul)
7. Isn’t She Lovely
8. Disco Yes (feat. Poppy Ajudha)
9. Man Like You
10. Water Baby (feat. Loyle Carner)
11. You’re On My Mind
12. Cos I Love You
13. We’ve Come So Far
Watch the video to Water Baby (ft. Loyle Carner) here: