It’s no secret that British producers have been responsible for some of our favorite releases in recent years (and is it just us, or are they getting younger and younger?). Artists like Disclosure, MNEK and Royce Wood Junior are staples on our playlists, but with his latest EP Nocturne, multi-faceted Londoner Alfa Mist proves that he’s not one to be slept on. Conceived during insomnious nights, the 11-track offering is a well-crafted affair, melding elements of hip hop, jazz, classical and future soul as well as poetry.
Fellow Londoner and frequent collaborator Emmavie is featured on the lead single — which ironically happens to be the album’s closer — “Sunrise (Pillows).” Having already released an album together (2014’s Epoch), her inclusion on the project is a natural fit. The laid-back track is a lush groove driven by dazzling keys and mellowed boom bap percussion. Emmavie’s honey-drenched vocals add a touch of sweet caress to the dreamy arrangement. And just like a good dream, it ends too soon.
Nestle into the ethereal groove below, then scroll down to become further entranced by “Dreams” (featuring Carmody) and “Hopeful” (featuring SB fave, Jordan Rakei). Trust us, you wanna get your hands on this amazing collection (which also features Tom Misch, Kaya Thomas-Dyke, Lester Duval, Rick David, Barney Artist and Racheal Ofori). Nocturne is currently available on Bandcamp and iTunes.