Surrender To The Soulful Wonder Of Tom Misch's 'Beat Tape 2'
They say it takes ten thousand hours to master a craft, and for 20-year-old production wunderkind Tom Misch just such a philosophy applies, 'I listen to music so much...I'm always absorbing, training; all the musicians I look up to just absorb themselves in music'. Safe to say it is paying off, with the SOULECTION co-signed U.K. phenom fast becoming one of the most acclaimed producer/multi-instrumentalists on the contemporary music scene. From online tastemakers, to fans by the hundreds and thousands on Soundcloud (he has over ten million plays), his eclectically inspired and supremely soulful compositional skills have all in eager anticipation of the release of his 'Beat Tape 2'.
Growing up in an artistic family surrounded by classical and world music, the progression of his musical sensibility extended through to gospel, hip-hop, J Dilla, jazz and beyond as he 'tried to work out what soulful music is, and I think I've come to realize that...it's about the feeling you get from the music that makes it soulful, and for me that comes down to the chords; if its a nice chord progression, a soulful chord progression, then that's what makes it soulful and gives you that warm feeling'.
And 'Beat Tape 2' - 'if you were to take away the features, it's just a reflection of my life at the moment and my experiences, feelings and thoughts' - delivers on that promise. Following up on the hip-hop and jazz inspired boom-bap of his 'Beat Tape 1', the new release sees guest vocalists woven into a magically euphonious sampling of precision-crafted electro, hip-hip, jazz and neo-soul infused tracks that will flood your musical consciousness with a soul-soothing wonder. Suffused throughout with the dextrous, jazzy soulfulness of Misch's effortlessly seductive guitar work, 'Beat Tape 2' will have you lost in moods of changing seasons.
Find yourself nodding along to Loyle Carner's flow on 'Nightgowns'; blissfully surrender to the vevet soul of Jordan Rakei on 'Wake Up This Day'; shuffle your feet to the shimmering groove of the Zak Abel assisted 'Beautiful Escape'; navigate the swelling sensitivities of the lush keys and bold drums of the Sam Willis enabled 'In The Midst Of It All'. Soulfully melodious, intricately nuanced and luxuriantly executed, Misch's 'Beat Tape 2' further highlights his ascension into the ranks of the great contemporary producers, and acts as another triumphant reminder that an authentic desire and love for perfecting your craft serves as the passionate fuel for great art and music.
Surrender yourself right now to the soulful wonder that is Tom Misch's 'Beat Tape 2' on iTunes.