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Contemporary Jazz - Released April 26, 2019 | Sekito

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No point in checking if Alfa Mist has read all of Roland Barthes, the guru of structuralism... Behind his keyboards, the Brit designed his album Structuralism with a more modest objective: “I have been affected by my environment. My upbringing has shaped me in a way where I do not know how to communicate. Structuralism is about, “I am who I am” because of the structure of society I grew up into. Now I need to learn how to communicate.” What Alfa Mist communicates very well with his second album is an innate sense of soft groove and a vital need for exchange. Yet another proof of the strength of today's British jazz scene, which flourishes in soul, funk and hip hop, the latter being the first chapter of the young musician's saga.After spending his days making beats for grime and rap prods, the Londoner discovers jazz through samples and decorates both J Dilla's albums and those of Miles Davis and even Hans Zimmer-composed soundtracks, one of his great idols. Above all, Alfa Mist is self-taught and immersed in the world of piano and keyboards. With Structuralism, he draws, with the help of a Fender Rhodes and a classical piano, the contours of a melancholic and voluptuous soul jazz. An atmospheric groove under influenced by Herbie Hancock/Robert Glasper, which he sculpts with his collaborators Johnny Woodham the trumpeter, drummers Peter Adam Hill and Jamie Houghton, guitarist Jamie Leeming, bassists Kaya Thomas-Dyke and James Rudi Creswick, violinists Katie Neaves, Simmy Singh and Lucy Nolan and cellist Peggy Nolan, not forgetting Jordan Rakai on the song Door. All in all, this pastel-tinted score (no slapped bass or double drums for Alfa Mist!) confirms the talents of a musician that’s certainly one to watch. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Contemporary Jazz - Released April 23, 2021 | Anti - Epitaph

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As popular music continues to fragment into ever smaller sub genres, the semantics used to describe all these new tendrils is struggling to catch up. Of all the current musical hybrids, few are as fashionable as the hip hop-jazz melding (variously referred to Nu jazz, Neo soul or Downtempo), that has brought a wealth of new performers and new energies to the British jazz scene. Memorably described in The Guardian as having "a predilection for saxophone solos, Afrobeat, Dr. Martens and Dickies," these young players have brought new listeners to the normally staid jazz world. Alfa Mist, aka Alfa Sekitoleko has emerged as a leading creative force in this chill, maturing movement mixing hip hop, grime, and electronic early influences with a healthy respect and knowledge of jazz alloys of the past into his own Nu fusion. The prolific beat maker who dexterously weaves instrumental textures and time signatures, is also a self-taught keyboard player with the good taste to prefer the ringing rounded tones of the wondrous Fender Rhodes. On Bring Backs, his cool-toned soundshifting—what his official press release calls, "groove-based intricacies, lyrical solipsism and meandering fragmentations"—continues to refine and expand his improvisational vision. With Miles Davis's fusion work and soundtrack composer Hans Zimmer's epic cinematic statements are obvious and audible influences, Mist's jams feature his cadre of usual collaborators including guitarist Jamie Leeming, trumpeter Johnny Woodham, bassist Kaya Thomas-Dyke and drummer Jamie Houghton. Woodham uses a mute and wah-wah pedal effect to bring a distinct Miles flavor to "Coasting" and in "Mind the Gap," where Alfa and Lex Amor both rap over a gentle, swaying beat. (London tube announcements bookend the track.) In "Last Card (Bumper Cars)" Woodham returns to improvise with bass clarinetist Sam Rapley around a poem by Hilary Thomas who recites several stanzas before the tune breaks into this collection's most pronounced groove. Alfa, an effective if deadpan rapper himself, self-reflects on album closer "Organic Rust." Set against a loose drum beat and woozy guitar, he acknowledges: "It's fate, I'm just a battler, too black to be tatted up/ A hunter a gatherer, lunge if you're bad enough/ Been thrown downstairs, I clung to the bannister." © Robert Baird/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released February 28, 2020 | Sekito

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Jazz - Released March 3, 2017 | Sekito

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released July 30, 2015 | Sekito

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Jazz - Released January 19, 2021 | Anti - Epitaph

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Jazz - Released March 2, 2021 | Anti - Epitaph

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Jazz - Released October 7, 2018 | Sekito

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Jazz - Released April 5, 2021 | colorsxstudios

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Jazz - Released April 16, 2021 | Anti - Epitaph

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