Following the release of his highly-acclaimed 2017 album, Antiphon, East London producer Alfa Mist is back with a new release titled Structuralism. “Glad I Lived” is the broody and atmospheric centre-piece, a six-minute track combining jazz harmonies and film music textures, as well as the nonchalant flow of UK rap. Perhaps the song acts as a cryptic answer to his previous record which discusses mental health and relationships.
Alfa Mist has been mentioned quite a bit on the blog, but if you're yet to take a listen this track is one to get accustomed to his sound. It’s moody and soulful with interweaving trumpet lines, melodic keyboard runs, and gushing strings over a J Dilla type beat — a sonic representation of the darker part of London where Mist grew up. People often complain about the rain in London (it sucks), but a plus point is the influence it has on artists like Mist.
Mist has a London show in May which is sadly sold out, but you can give the album a good listen and vicariously experience the London rain instead. Check out the rest of his music on SoundCloud — listen seamlessly, take it all in, and pretend you’re in the emotional climax of a movie.