Ahead of the release of his new album Bring Backs, out April 23rd via ANTI-, London based producer, pianist, bandleader and MC Alfa Mist today shares new single ‘Teki’. The release of the new track is accompanied by the announcement of a full UK tour for November/December 2021, including a very special headline show at The Barbican on December 4th. Full tour dates are listed below, tickets are available to buy HERE.
To celebrate the launch of ‘Bring Backs’, Alfa will play a free-to-view concert, streamed live on YouTube at 3 PM ET on April 22nd. Recorded in the legendary Metropolis Studios, the stream will see Alfa play through the new album accompanied by a full 12 piece band – a full list of players and guests performing is below.
‘Teki’ is the opening track of ‘Bring Backs’ and is the third single to be taken from the album. Last week, Alfa released a solo session version of previous single ‘Organic Rust’ with COLORS (watch HERE), while the album’s first single ‘Run Outs’ earned a B List placement at BBC Radio 6 Music.
Bring Backs marks Alfa’s first release for the label ANTI- and is also the most detailed exploration of his upbringing in musical form. The album’s nine tracks of groove-based intricacies, lyrical solipsism and meandering fragmentations are tied together by a remarkable poem written by Hilary Thomas expressing the sensuous realities of building community in a new country. Entirely written and produced by Alfa, the album was recorded in London with a core band of longtime collaborators including Jamie Leeming (guitar), Kaya Thomas-Dyke (bass and vocals) and Johnny Woodham (trumpet).
Over the past 5 years Alfa has steadily established himself as one of the most dynamic and consistent talents to emerge from London’s widely celebrated jazz reformation. Building on long standing affiliations with the likes of breakout star Jordan Rakei, Alfa has always carved his own lane, following a distinctly outsider’s approach and free from the trappings of a traditional musical training. Having arrived at jazz in search of samples for his teenage hip-hop productions, Alfa eventually taught himself piano by ear and quickly developed a unique style, with hip-hop rhythms driving throughout the improvisational forms, all bound by a pervasive sense of melody. His first three solo albums ‘Nocturne’ (2015), ‘Antiphon’ (2017) and ‘Structuralism’ (2019) were all released on his own label Sekito, and were interspersed with countless collaborations and side projects, highlighting a prolific work ethic and true versatility across piano, rapping and production that has established Alfa at the centre of an amorphous cohort of talented musicians to emerge from London.
Alfa recently reworked Eddie Henderson’s jazz fusion classic ‘Galaxy’ for the celebrated Blue Note Re:imagined album, as well as collaborating with the London Contemporary Orchestra on a new version of his track ‘Confliction’ as part of a documentary with Spitfire Audio – watch HERE.
ALFA MIST 2021 TOUR DATES
Nov 23 – Glasgow – St Luke’s
Nov 24 – Newcastle – Riverside
Nov 25 – Leeds – Belgrave Music Hall
Nov 27 – Manchester – O2 Ritz
Nov 29 – Birmingham – The Mill
Nov 30 – Cardiff – The Globe
Dec 2 – Bristol – Thekla
Dec 4 – London – The Barbican
Dec 5 – Brighton – Concorde 2
Dec 8 – Dublin – Whelan’s
‘Bring Backs, Live at Metropolis Studios’ Band Line-up
Band: Alfa Mist – Lead, Kaya Thomas-Dyke – Bass, Sam Rapley – Sax, Jas Kayser – Drums, Jamie Leeming – Guitar, Junior Balogun – Perc, Johnny Woodham – Trumpet, Guest performers: Lex Amor, Hilary Thomas, String section: Peggy Nolan, Lucy Nolan, Simmy Singh, Laura Senior