Mischnight in Paris

Around half way through Tom Misch’s set at Badaboum in the heart of Paris’s 12th arrondissement, the self-confessed J Dilla obsessive began a medley of 90’s hip-hop riffs and melodies interwoven with some of his own tracks. At its heart was a sliding guitar riff, mimicking Joni Mitchell’s impossibly catchy, high-pitched vocal hook on Janet Jackson’s track Got ‘Til It’s Gone featuring Tribe legend Q-Tip. And who was responsible for the production of this ‘97 hip-hop classic? Dilla of course! And it’s so obvious how seamlessly Misch can combine hip-hop beats, jazzy piano licks, funky basslines and guitar riffs to seem at home in pretty much any genre of music. Indeed, so much of the show feels like Tom and his 4-piece accompaniment just jamming and taking leads off each other. Opening with The Journey, the lead track from his 2015 LP, Beat Tape 2, Misch’s relaxed melody got an excitable Paris crowd rocking to his beats and even singing his riffs back to him.

The UK is producing some real smoulderers at the moment

The show sold out nearly two months in advance and as funky melody followed funky melody we were treated to a whole host of special guests. Indeed, Misch has made the transition from producer to frontman, and despite his dulcet tones more than appeasing our ears, so many of his tracks released thus far have featured melodies sung by acts like Zak Abel, Jordan Rakei and even his incredible younger sister Laura (also playing sax on a couple of tracks). The most prominent of his collaborators is arguably Loyle Carner, featuring on Crazy Dream, Nightgowns and Karma, (and also profiled here by us!) but unfortunately Carner couldn’t make the trip to Paris, and so support act Carmody claimed her crown as queen of the support acts. Misch and Carmody combined brilliantly for Wander With Me, the 400 strong crowd singing each line of the funky chorus back at the slightly bemused duo, wondering how it was that the entirety of their foreign audience knew their track.

In truth, the popularity and recognition of Misch is inevitable for a man whose YouTube view count is growing exponentially and whose collaboration quota is longer than the Wikipedia list of So Solid Crew members. His latest EP, Reverie, is available for pre-order now and the seemingly never-ending wait for an album must nearly be over. Already booked for Secret Garden Party next year, we can only assume that he will busy pretty much every weekend next summer, with many of these collaborators showing up for a jolly in a field with their good mate Tom.

When Misch concluded his encore with new track Watch Me Dance, the Parisian crowd still weren’t satisfied but despite several variations of “one more song”, for Tom Misch in Paris it was “à plus”.

Words by: Charlie