Following the release of his exhilarating recent album Bring Backs, London based producer, pianist, bandleader and MC Alfa Mist today announces news of an upcoming EP, Two For Mistake alongside the track ‘Bumper Cars’. The EP, out via ANTI-, will be available digitally on 17th November before getting a physical 10” vinyl release on 18th March 2022.
‘Bumper Cars’ is an extended live version of the Bring Backs album track ‘Last Card’ taken from Alfa’s studio session recorded live in London’s renowned Metropolis Studios earlier in 2021. The track features Alfa’s virtuoso band, with the addition of a full string quartet. It takes the irresistible fusion of soulful grooves, new-jazz and left-field beats to new heights.
The new EP will arrive ahead of Alfa’s upcoming tour, which recently added further dates including his debut US shows, a full schedule for which can be found below. The run will prove to be the first time fans will be able to hear tracks from Bring Backs, and Two For Mistake, in a live setting.
Bring Backs marked Alfa’s first release for the label ANTI- and is also the most detailed exploration of his upbringing in musical form, one which has resonated with audiences to the tune of 7.5 million streams to date. 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.