5 Day Mischon - Tom Misch
The multi-talented Tom Misch has been hovering just above the current of mainstream British music for a good while now. His previous works Beat Tape 1 and 2 (2014/2015), Out to Sea EP (2014) and Reverie EP (2016) were released to an increasingly fervent fan base, and the clamour for new material has been relentless ever since. Thankfully, for fans of the South London-born artist, they apparently won’t have to wait too much longer. With a new single ready and a full debut album in the offing hopefully for later this year, a documented “5 Day Mischon” culminated last Friday and was released earlier today. Misch once again shows his immense versatility and talent, collaborating with a host of different artists to great effect.
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Artwork: Carol Misch
The “Mischon” begins its first day with Misch’s day one co-writer, an exquisite performance with frequent collaborator Carmody. Carmody’s vocals give thrust to Misch’s melodic beats and this is merely an extension of the exciting performing relationship the two have developed since releasing their brilliant Out to Sea EP. Continuing into day 2 is an exciting mix with grime MC Novelist, described by Misch as a “crazy fusion of sounds” - and he isn’t wrong. Novelist’s outstanding flow blends flawlessly with Misch’s tranquil backing harmonies, creating a soothing musical Arcadia. Day 3 sees Misch link up with vocalist Will Heard in what is surely the stand out track on the EP. “When You Want to Love” plays to the talents of both artists perfectly, with the soulful voice of Heard laid bare over the top of a stunning yet stripped back beat from Misch.
Saxophonist Kaidi Akinnibi took Misch back to his jazz roots with a spectacular instrumental on day 4. Kaidi hooks you in from the first note, becoming the first and only artist to relegate Misch to the background. Not that he’s particularly fussed, despite the rather self-indulgent title “Mischon”, there’s no ego or narcissism attached to Misch. He’s seen in accompanying footage strolling around with his Fender in a dressing gown and slippers as casually as possible, as if to further emphasise the scaled back nature of the recording. Finally, day 5 features the work of the outrageously talented Tobie Tripp. Tripp previously provided the string work for “Breathe” in Alfa Mist’s recent release Antiphon and his influence here adds a beautiful finish to the EP.
Misch deserves great credit for remaining one of the most original artists in the country. His works have not only made him a stand out performer and a definite one to watch in the coming year, but also brought warranted attention to a number of equally talented artists and this EP is testament to that. His ability as a producer is unquestionable, but seemingly forgotten in amongst this release is his singing ability. Misch became known as an artist on Spotify thanks to his brilliant beats, but also in no small part to his silky voice, an aspect that isn’t featured as prominently in the “5 Day Mischon”. Regardless, taken at face value, this EP is a wonderfully stripped back compilation of works and serves to further underline the flexibility of Misch as an artist. Fingers and toes are crossed that the new album will be soon to follow.
Check out the "Behind The Scenes" trailer for the "5 Day Mischon" documentary coming soon.