Guitarist Tom Misch and drummer Yussef Dayes have shared “Lift Off,” the latest single from their collaborative album What Kinda Music. The duo recruited bassist Rocco Palladino (who’s the son of acclaimed bassist Pino Palladino) for the new track.
Dayes litters tight snare rolls throughout the song’s syncopated percussion, often flirting with Palladino’s stilted basslines to round out an impressive rhythm section. The track arrived with a music video, in which the trio perform alongside two graceful dancers. It was shot in Kyiv by Douglas Bernardt on 16mm film and is the first of two live videos that Misch and Dayes will be releasing from their upcoming LP. Title track “What Kinda Music,” on the other hand, got a cinematic music video treatment.
“I’ve never been so excited about music before,” Misch told GQ last year, expressing his excitement for What Kinda Music. “It doesn’t sound like a Tom Misch record.”
“I forget that I can play guitar and that I can perform very well,” the guitarist added. “It’s like having an alternative life. Not a superpower, because that sounds a bit lame, but that kind of thing.”
Palladino is one of three featured guests on What Kinda Music. Rapper Freddie Gibbs appears on the song “Nightrider,” while saxophonist Kaidi Akinnibi contributes to the closing track “Storm Before the Calm.” The record is out April 24 via Blue Note.
Watch the video for “Lift Off” here: