London composer and pianist Alfa Mist releases his second album on the Sekito label to critical acclaim across the globe

Alfa Mist has followed up his debut album with his second LP, crowning a European tour and gaining acclaim from everyone from Frank Ocean to Gilles Peterson.

The gifted London-based pianist and composer’s latest album Structuralism is an eight-track LP and follows the success of Antiphon. It features guest vocals from Kaya Thomas-Dyke (also the album’s cover artist) and Jordan Rakei.

Rather humbly, for an artist of such revered artistic expression, Alfa says: “Communication is my natural enemy. I’ve never been great at articulating myself… I just think on things too much.”

“I have been affected by my environment. My upbringing has shaped me in a way where I do not know how to communicate. Structuralism is about me saying I am who I am because of my environment and society, but accepting that.”

The Newham artist only started playing piano at the age of 17, “I did a BTEC in music, in college, but I wasn’t allowed piano lessons because only the A-level students could get them for free… There are no music people in my family…I thought, ‘I’m gonna teach myself’.”

A decade on and Mist is now considered one of the most highly-regarded, new-wave players on the London jazz circuit. 

Structuralism is out now on the Sekito label and Alfa Mist is touring in the UK throughout May.