Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes announced their forthcoming 12-track collaborative album What Kinda Music back in February with the title track’s music video that found the duo show off their chemistry coinciding with a grainy, experimental visual offering.
Now Misch and Dayes return with “Lift Off,” a song that infuses jazz and funk through modern sensibilities and a collaboration with Rocco Palladino. The five minute track is a lyric-less, soulful jam session complete with a 16mm film shot by Douglas Bernardt. It features background dance choreography and extended single camera shots floating through a warmly-lit Kyiv studio space as the guitar and bass-lines crescendo to an addicting groove that’s sure to be a fan favorite once Misch takes the album on tour.
Misch and Dayes first met during a celebration for Tom’s debut full-length Geography back in 2018 and got in the studio together shortly after. “Yussef comes from a more experimental background, and he has a lot of loose, crazy ideas. I know how to write a catchy melody, but with interesting chords and I have a good understanding of popular song forms, so I think I streamlined those ideas and made them accessible,” Misch said in a recent press statement about the project.
“Both our parents who’d never met each other before, are now best friends as a result of this – they now see each other more than we do! I’d like to think, in some small way, that this album has a similar impact for people too – everything feels so divided these days, it would be nice for people to hear the record and hear two very different musicians coming together and realize it doesn’t have to be that way.” Dayes continued.
What Kinda Music will also feature Freddie Gibbs on “Nightrider” and Kaidi Akinnibi on “Storm Before the Calm.” Last year HYPEBEAST caught up with Tom Misch in South Korea for an exgtended sit-down in the Tom Misch Doesn’t Want to Be Famous feature.
Stream Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes’ “Lift Off” on Spotify and Apple Music below, and watch the full visual above. What Kinda Music drops April 24 via Blue Note. In more music news, Jay Electronica’s long-awaited, highly-anticipated album is just around the corner after a decade of waiting. TIDAL is hosting three listening sessions later this week.