One of the most overlooked albums of 2017 would have to be the album Antiphon, by the U.K. jazz artist, Alfa Mist. Alfa Mist hails from East London, and is part of a musical posse of artists such as Tom Misch, Barney Artist, Loyle Carner, Kaya Thomas-Dyke, and Rebel Kleff who all make music under the broad umbrella of the Neo-Soul–Hip-Hop/Jazz genre. The talented keyboardist is in his late 20s and is already making an impact in the European jazz scene and across the world.
The album Antiphon is Alfa Mist’s second album he has put out on the Pink Bird Recording Co in the U.K. The eight songs contained on this record are all gems in their own right. My favorite tracks would have to be the first one, titled “Keep On,” and the fourth song, “Breathe” featuring the bassist Kaya Thomas-Dyke on vocals. “Keep On” is an 11-minute straight ahead jazz tune, while “Breathe” is an ethereal jazz ballad both delicate and penetrating. The two of these tunes are mellow, jazzy tracks reminiscent of Robert Glasper, BADBADNOTGOOD, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, and Snarky Puppy. All the tracks feature Alfa Mist’s smooth Rhodes keyboard organ tone. This vibe is mixed with hip-hop drum beats, progressive electric guitar licks, and an upright bass to create a neo-soul/hip-hop vibe.
This music is so perfect to curl up and listen to on a rainy day or whenever you feeling like chilling out. If you need to relax or get to a meditative state, then this music is made for you.
I would give this album a 9/10 rating for its ability to push the jazz genre out to new places. It is definitely worth a listen if you are looking for new chill artists to check out. Thanks to all my readers for taking time to scope out my page.
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