What Kinda Music

Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes - What Kinda Music
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2020 Ratings: #162 / 387
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Based on 205 ratings
2020 Ratings: #156
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April 24, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Beyond The Groove / Label
Neo-Soul / Genres
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One of the UK’s most exciting drummers, Yussef Dayes, has collaborated with forward-thinking multi-instrumentalist and composer Tom Misch to release a pulsating new project.

The Line of Best Fit

Dayes’ wild energy contrasts Misch’s chilled-out vibes perfectly. The result is a warm, vibe-y album for hype beasts and chops aficionados alike.

Loud and Quiet

Landing somewhere between jazz and pop, What Kinda Music is a joyful listen, one which is as experimental as it is laidback.


It is a pairing that displays the best of both of their worlds at various points and is further evidence in itself of a British music scene that bristles with talent and moves fluidly between many genres.

The Arts Desk

We can all do with a dopamine hit right now, given the current lockdown, and those feel-good hormones kick in the instant you hear Yussef Dayes’ tight backbeat on the opening title track of What Kinda Music.


Full of atmosphere, full of soul and full of firsts, the experimental musicians Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes create vivid-imagery and an otherworldly style in which to be immersed.


The second album from Tom Misch, the London-based musician and producer, is an expansive and fruitful collaboration with drummer Yussef Dayes, one that brings out the best in each other.


There’s no doubting the musicianship on display across ‘What Kinda Music’. Misch and Dayes certainly complement one another. But it’s hard not to long for a little disruption to the album’s soothing sonic cohesion.

The Young Folks

he album seems to have a range of buts, that is not to say that it’s not worth a listen. On the contrary, the songs, individually, are highly engaging on the sonic level, it’s when the collective listening comes in that it becomes a bit too repetitive of a routine.

I can't really focus on the lyrics because the instrumentation stands out so much. Yussef's performance on the drums was jaw dropping! I love how they ended the record with three tracks straight of just jamming out together. Super enjoyable listen!

Favorite tracks: What Kinda Music, Tidal Wave, Kyiv, Julie Mangos
Least favorite: -
yussef dayes is a god on drums, and i've been wanting one long jam of an album from tom misch for a while. this lived up to my (high) expectations
This was actually a great album in my opinion. I liked geography way more than this. But this was fine. The freddie gibbs feature was insane and was a highlight. The smooth Jazz influenced instrumentals were very profound and this album is very relaxing. One thing I would have wanted more is Tom's vocals or some features to accompany the instrumentals. Some of the beats got quite repetitive and boring , but the album was quite short so it was overall an enjoyable listen.
amazing jazz music cool vibes make soul food
try to get some rest beats samples sound yum classic music mix jazz soulful
Quickly loses its edge, but overall still very relaxing and enjoyable.
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Track List

  1. What Kinda Music
  2. Festival
  3. Nightrider (feat. Freddie Gibbs)
  4. Tidal Wave
  5. Sensational
  6. The Real
  7. Lift Off (feat. Rocco Palladino)
  8. I Did It For You
  9. Last 100
  10. Kyiv
  11. Julie Mangos
  12. Storm Before The Calm (feat. Kaidi Akinnibi)
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Added on: February 12, 2020