Live Review: Tom Misch @ The 02 Academy

Tom Misch’s appearance at the O2 on Tuesday night transcended the high expectations already placed upon it. Filled to the brim with funk, soul, jazz and Hip-hop and stunning guest appearances, Misch epitomises the colourful and artistic nature of what a generation could be.

Making J Dilla inspired beats in his room since the age of 16, Tom Misch, now 22 has developed from the simple boom bap beats of his Beat Tape 1 to a beautiful blend of funk, jazz and Hip hop, coupled with bright soulful vocals. Which have in a short time have taken him from a cramped bedroom in south London to new heights of fame and popularity all over the country and beyond. Something Tuesday nights’ gig at Bristol’s O2 Academy proved. Not only was the place packed to the rafters, the reception Tom and his surprise collaborators received was electric. For example, the well-timed appearance of Loyle Carner during the Encore was the perfect way to ensure the night ended on a high, joining Tom on stage for ‘Crazy Dream.'

Despite Misch’s rapid rise and growing fan base, he appeared both surprised and humbled by the size and response of the crowd, noting before his exit, that it had been a special night for him.

Tom’s current tour is a sneak preview of his second album release, of which he played many new tunes on Tuesday. Promising a diverse mixture of colourful fast-paced funky dance numbers, and dreamy love songs led by Tom’s classic jazz chord guitar lines. Misch has also slowly released a number of singles such as ‘Movie’ & ‘Water baby’ to soften our agonising wait for the arrival of the full album. Tuesday night’s performance saw Tom make it very clear that his focus on the positive side of life in his music isn’t stopping anytime soon.

Jack Williams 

Cover Photography: villunderlondon