Tom Misch - 'Geography'

9/10

Over the last few months, we have become more and more excited about Tom Misch. In promoting this release, he has unveiled one incredibly proficient single after another, all building up to this, his debut album 'Geography'. Yet while its title suggests a rather international influence, this new release acts as a penned love letter to his hometown of London, taking his inspiration from the big city and all the sounds it has to offer.

Unlike most singer-songwriters today, Misch prefers a more Latin style to his guitar playing, opening himself up to a more RnB and funk-filled direction, but one that doesn't look to take us down any conventional route. Collaborating with a whole host of incredible rappers like De La Soul, Loyle Carner and GoldLink definitely adds a new dimension to his style, but ultimately compliments his groove-filled demeanour as he channels acts like Luther Vandross on tracks like 'South Of The River' and 'Disco Yes' to create a truly eclectic affair.

Tom Misch is clearly a huge fan of his influencers, even adding a short instrumental tribute to Stevie Wonder in the form of 'Isn't She Lovely'. But from start to finish, this new record is simply a treat to listen to. No filler anywhere to be found and good times throughout, 'Geography' is the pumped-up 21st century disco-soul album we have all been waiting for.

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