On Bring Backs the musician revisits his youth in Newham, his home borough in East London.
Alfa Mist is deeply attached to Newham, a place that plays host to an infinite variety of musical types, including grime and hip hop. He defines his album, Bring Backs, as a way to explore his musical education. Alfa Mist has been producing hip hop beats since he was thirteen years old, claiming to have been inspired by the London rapper Kano, as well as the American hip hop group Little Brother. This multi-instrumentalist also feels a sense of nostalgia, recalling his past as a drummer on the streets of London.
In Bring Backs, Alfa Mist wants to combine all this with the depth and intricacy of jazz, one of the greatest revelations of his life. Indeed, it was while searching for useful tracks to sample that he happily stumbled upon the jazz tradition and proceeded to fall into a world of jazz musicality. As a result, he felt a “need to learn how to play the piano.” In the video for “Run Outs,” captivating representations of the Underground pass by, just like the passing of time, which carries with it our memories, many of them tinged with bittersweet sensory nostalgia.
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For his second album, the Cameroonian guitarist Indy Dibongue delivers Bebey Blues, a perfect symbiosis between jazz-rock and African heritage.
Francis Bebey’s musical soul runs through the whole of this album, in which Indy Dibongue rearranges the pieces, accompanying them with his own compositions. Francis Bebey is one of the most influential musicians of 20th Century Cameroonian music. Deeply inspired by Tony Allen, one of the pioneers of afrobeat, who unfortunately passed away in 2020, the guitarist brings together different eras and cultures in his music. He is notably influenced by Cameroon and Paris, where he trained in a jazz school dedicated to professional musicians.
After spending several years as an accompanying musician, he released his first album, Squatting at Neverland, in 2014. His challenge on Bebey Blues? To honor the beautiful eclectic and cosmopolitan musical heritage of Africa. It is a true tribute to Francis Bebey, who said: “Africa today is at the crossroads of many cultures. We Africans of today carry it within us. We are the North/South dialogue before the letter!”
The album will be released on February 1 and will be available on all digital platforms, via Iroko Sound.
The two British artists team up on Bridge The Gap/Dirty South alongside remixes from El-B and Sully.
Moses Boyd makes his big comeback following the release of his 2020 album, Dark Matter. On this new project, the drummer and producer unveils two new tracks in collaboration with SW2, in addition to remixes by El-B, a figure of bass music, and modern-day junglist Sully. The GD4YA label defines SW2 as “the mysterious alias of a known producer.” Moses Boyd explores grime and hip-hop along jazz lines while El-B adds a little funk, remaining faithful to bass music. The EP is accompanied by a photograph taken by Georgina Cook, the artist and podcaster exploring the links between music and the rest of the arts.