Update: Michael Kiwanuka and Tom Misch have released the visual for their collaborative single “Money,” which aptly explores the deceptions and dangers of material wealth. The Louis Bhose-directed video starts with Kiwanuka depicted as a supermarket employee, who remains down on life as he dreams about better, more monetarily-filled times. As he continues working and dreaming, he suddenly accumulates a variety of material wealth. As he dances dressed in vintage suits, a bass-strumming Tom Misch joins in on the fun. As the depiction of Kiwanuka continues, so does his increase in wealth, with him slowly becoming depicted as someone who’s not himself.
You can check out the visual for Michael Kiwanuka and Tom Misch’s “Money” above.
Speaking to FADER, Kiwanuka explains that “Money” initially unfolds as a simple, straightforward record about a materialistic passion for money and the pursuit of it. “I want to use money to meet people and be around people that have a lot of it,” Kiwanuka remarks, breaking down the narrative of “Money.” “But as you listen closer, it’s actually about how too much love for money can be dangerous.”
For his own statement, Misch speaks on his longtime appreciation of his “Money” collaborator’s work. “I have been a big fan of Michael for a few years, so I was really excited to work with him,” Misch shares with FADER. While creating “Money,” both artists discovered that they shared a mutual adoration of disco music and 808s, and their instant bond over those common interests resulted in the sound of today’s joint release.
“I make a lot of music on the computer. I get inspired by 1990’s music a lot. Also, I played violin and guitar from a young age, so it’s natural and more fun for me to play the guitar and play drums and make instrumental,” Tom Misch recently told us, sharing some insight into his artistic beginnings and opening up about his creative process. “I make the best stuff when I have time and enjoy the process … it’s really important to enjoy the process regardless of anything else.”
You can stream Michael Kiwanuka and Tom Misch’s new collaborative single “Money” above.
For more, revisit Tom Misch’s 2018 studio album Geography.