Why is this all you know?
Today I laugh at whatever’s said
Cos in the past I was left for dead
They were wiping out the path I was yet to tread
If I’m in beef don’t worry your little precious head
And if you request backup I have to decline
No one had my back it would shatter your spine
I ain’t got a light, I ain’t grabbing a pint
Staying sober so I keep track of my lies
Here’s a wire tap to the back of my mind
I just mind the gap when the panic arrives
Avoid matters if they don’t matter to mine
Is that a crime? Why?
Greetings with pride have tragic goodbyes
If I don’t feel alive I don’t give a damn if he dies
In fact, look into his eyes for vanishing light..
Oh that’s kinda dark...
Laugh at trauma, laugh at trauma
Part personality, part disorder
Too much time out in the darkest corner
That’s all I thought of
Why is this all you know?
"I've been focused on who I am in my music, but now I'm exploring where I am," Alfa Mist says. "I'm asking: how did I get here?"
This is the journeying question that underpins Alfa's fifth album, Variables. Traversing luscious, big band swing, head-nodding boom-bap rhythms and yearning vocal melodies, the record is expansive, soulful and moving, in both body and spirit. On Variables, his second release for ANTI-, Alfa achieves his most fully-realised, expressive musical work to date, coupling his keen ear for looping,
memorably emotive piano melodies with intuitive grooves and a free-flowing jazz improvisation.
Since the release of his first full-length project Nocturne in 2015, Alfa has established himself as one of the UK’s most focused, in- demand and distinct musical voices. He has worked with the likes of Jordan Rakei and Tom Misch. Artists look to him for his unique blend of intimate bedroom production and expansive jazz group orchestration, since Alfa is yet to be boxed into a specific genre. His music spans everything from hip-hop beat-making to producing for artists such as rapper Loyle Carner, composing neo-classical works for the London Contemporary Orchestra, and reworking tracks from composer Ólafur Arnalds and pioneering jazz label Blue Note. The return to live shows has been a welcome one for Alfa and his fans, resulting in an extensive tour throughout UK and Europe. Including a sold-out headline show at the Barbican in London. Alfa Mist will be touring Europe, UK and North America in 2023 again.
It is a balance between feeling and perfectionism that ultimately gives Alfa’s music its depth and capacity for repeated listening. It is also an ethos that has enabled his remarkable work-ethic to date. "I've never been a ‘one album every four years’ artist – I want to put out new projects every year," he says. "Music is an extension of my life; it is the practice of creating.''
released April 21, 2023
Produced and mixed by Alfa Mist
Engineered by Ed Deegan & Giles Barrett
Mastered by Stuart Hawkes
I heard this in passing and had to know what it was. A few songs later, the same thing happened and the response was: it’s the same album! (Here I was thinking I was listening to a banging playlist). It’s so good. An instant classic. Moni
Only recently discovered this and am asking myself why I had never heard of Yussef Dayes in particular... live this whole album. Such musicianship and a fresh/modern take on classic jazz forms. Massive respect to the musicians Pilot Fish