Tom Misch - Geography
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2018 Ratings: #537 / 829
User Score
Based on 122 ratings
2018 Ratings: #752
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April 6, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Beyond The Groove / Label
Neo-Soul, Jazz-Funk / Genres
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The Line of Best Fit

Geography has much that appeals, not least that it’s one of those rare records that doesn’t fit neatly in to one genre. With it, Misch has cemented his place as one of the UK’s top independent producers of the moment, and looks set to only grow in confidence.


An accomplished, mature disc that will have you reminding yourself over and over again that Misch is a mere 22 years old.


Made largely in his bedroom, the 13-track effort blends jazz, hip-hop and electronica into new and exciting combinations.

Contemporary jazz-inspired guitar music has seen something of a resurgence in recent years, but there’s few who can touch Misch on this showing.

The album is largely built around two (very similar) vibes, and can blend into one cloying whole, but this music is built for the summer. It’s tailor-made for being on in the background while you drink, dance, barbecue and copulate your summer away.

No Ripcord
The album is extremely easy to listen to - so much so that it can veer slightly into monotonous territory - but it’s a soundscape that is impossible to dislike.

The British singer and beatmaker’s largely self-produced debut album is a pleasant, frictionless listen that benefits from his obvious chops but is held back by his risk-averse tendencies.

The Skinny

This festival-friendly record attempts to turn Tom Misch (whether intended or not) from a producer and guitar-player into a pop star. It hasn’t quite paid off.


For the most part, regrettably, ‘Geography’ only showcases a producer out of his depth behind the mic.

This is exactly my kind of album, if anyone knows who else besides HONNE might have a similar sound to Tom Misch, please tell me.

What I love about this album the most is the instrumentals, they’re beautiful and incredibly detailed. Tom Misch knows this, as on Tick Tock there are no vocals, but only beautiful instruments. The instrumentals to me are the main selling point of the album, for example on the tracks It Runs Through Me, Lost In Paris and Disco Yes the guitar is just orgasmic. ... read more
Tom Misch initially appears to blend indistinguishably into the glut of post-James Blake alt-R&B hopefuls, but if nothing else, “Geography” proves that the man is a skillful song arranger. The jazz undertones of the album, though far from my personal taste, go a long ways in separating Misch from his contemporaries, and the eclectic approach to instrumentation is welcome and makes the album plenty listenable. That said, it’s not quite enough to elevate ... read more
Everything I hoped Tom's official debut release would be, and more.
Fun vibes complete with appearances by favorites De La Soul and Goldlink
Just plain bad
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Year End Lists

#54/Rough Trade

Track List

  1. Before Paris
  2. Lost In Paris (feat. GoldLink)
  3. South of the River
  4. Movie
  5. Tick Tock
  6. It Runs Through Me (feat. De La Soul)
  7. Isn't She Lovely
  8. Disco Yes (feat. Poppy Ajudha)
  9. Man Like You
  10. Water Baby (feat. Loyle Carner)
  11. You're On My Mind
  12. Cos I Love You
  13. We've Come So Far
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Added on: November 3, 2017