Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes have a hit album on their hands, What Kinda Music making it to number four in the main UK albums charts just released. As we reported back in February the title track was a bit of a banger released as lead-off track, not really a jazz thing to say (and but is it jazz? I hear you mutter). Ah. Actually, the question however puckishly posed is redundant in this context if you want to be serious except for the Blue Note link, the historic label is putting What Kinda Music out. But of course relatable to open minded jazz listeners given the world the music swims in although it largely bypasses into a commercial sound. Tom Misch is an everyman kind of artist and not genre-bound by any means so far in his meteoric rise.
Basically it is that old fashioned thing a song and ingeniously constructed. The main thing above all is how does it move you and does it make for a listening experience? (Answers in order, no not instantly and yes it certainly appeals.)
Taken from the album "What Kinda Music" which was released on Blue Note on 24 April the strings are beautifully arranged and the gentle vocal appealing, Misch is charting new territory and while Jamie Cullum mined jazz crooners for inspiration Misch takes another direction and is more a product of ''soft singing'' nothing like Chet Baker but certainly not the same as Harry Connick or anyone like that.
Misch is also the very antithesis of the kind of belt it out bravado of a Lewis Capaldi. Dipping into nu jazz as it used to be called a little he finds a way of drawing on electronica, pop, a whole of mix of musics including the openness of jazz and more while Yussef Dayes exorcises his inner Phil Collins (around the 35 second mark, yep incongrously made me think god it is dredging 'In the Air Tonight' [cf.1:57 or 2:33] territory with that bit of beef) instead takes what drummers such as Richard Spaven have been pushing to do for years into a new sphere marked by his individual beat-breaking splicing of club and jazz culture that has most appeal to millennials particularly who have grown up on club music and do not get fixated on genre because their tastes are spread all over.