Tom Misch Gig at O2 Academy Review by Rhiannon Storer

You should come south of the river this is where it all starts.And maybe hes right. The Dulwich- born guitarist is celebrating what has been an exciting year. Hes released his hotly anticipated debut album – Geography, toured a few festivals across Europe, and is now back in the UK for his second tour.

Having started life producing hip-hop beats in his South London home aged 16, the 23-year old looked and sounded as accomplished as he treated the crowd to his genre-hopping, nu jazz- infected pop.

Before getting into this review, it is worth mentioning the opening act of the night: Yussef Dayes. Synth-heavy jazz with thunderous tribal drums rendered the crowd quiet, but impressed. Ripping through a fiery rendition of his track Love Is The Message, this is an artist to keep watching.

Back to the man of the night. Opening with Before Paris, Misch entered discreetly with little time to introduce himself. The (mainly young) crowd already knew who he was. Following on is It Runs Through Me, a bouncy, samba-flavoured track. Its impressively melodic, and shows Mischs nifty guitar-work.

Losing My Waycomes next, and while FKJ is missing tonight, that doesnt stop the crowd getting loose and funky to this groovy number. After, I Wishmerged seamlessly with highlight Disco Yes. Mischs voice is dreamy, and this shows with an interesting rendition of Outkasts version of Prototype. The crowd was noisy, but Misch brought them back to the present with Movie– a beautiful and slow-burning track about a past lover.

Highlights of the night included a mash-up of Water Babyand Crazy Dreamthat showcase his signature caramel-smooth blend of jazz, hip-hop and electronica. Fan favourite Beautiful Escapecomes next with a surprise guest appearance from Zak Abel. The two hugged it out on stage – theres only positive vibes here tonight.

Finishing with Lost In ParisMisch has gone from strength to strength, building up a loyal fan base. Hes humbled by the crowd, who are just as in love with music as him. Soon after the concert finished, fans were dancing their way home. And thats the sign of a very talented artist.

SET LIST:

  • Before Paris (Intro)

  • It Runs Through Me

  • Losing My Way

  • I Wish

  • Disco Yes

  • Tick Tock

  • Day 4: Everybody Get Down

  • Prototype (OutKast cover)

  • Movie

  • Water Baby/Crazy Dream

  • Colours of Freedom

  • Follow

  • Beautiful Escape

  • Lost In Paris

Review by Rhiannon Storer for Grapevine Birmingham

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