East London musician Alfa Mist has combined the sounds of alternative hip-hop, soul, and jazz on his latest single “Galaxy,” a reworking of the classic Eddie Henderson jazz fusion track.
The single will feature on the forthcoming release, Blue Note Re:imagined, a collection that showcases rising UK artists reimagining classic Blue Note tracks, out October 2.
Clocking in at just over 9 minutes, Mist’s take on “Galaxy” is an expansive rendition of the original that initially appeared on Henderson’s 1975 Blue Note album Sunburst. With this extra allowance, Mist takes the track to a deeper, more bass-heavy place.
Prior to taking an interest in jazz, Mist worked within the realms of grime and hip-hop. The self-taught pianist and producer’s skills are on full display on “Galaxy,” as he delivers an eclectic mix of genres that is both atmospheric and London-inspired.
Mist has previously collaborated with Jordan Rakei, who also appears on Blue Note Re:imagined and was featured on Mist’s 2019 project Structuralism.
Mist’s rendition of “Galaxy” is also paired with Rakei’s reworking of Donald Byrd’s “Wind Parade” for a special 7-inch vinyl release that can be pre-ordered here.
Mist and Rakei are in good company among the collection’s tracklist. Blue Note Re:imagined also features Brit Award-winning Jorja Smith’s take on St Germain’s “Rose Rouge” and Ezra Collective’s rendition of Wanye Shorter’s “Footprints.”
Other appearances include Poppy Ajudha, Skinny Pelembe, Ishmael Ensemble, Nubya Garcia, Steam Down featuring Afronaut Zu, Blue Lab Beats, Yazmin Lacey, Shabaka Hutchings, and Melt Yourself Down, among others.
These artists take on classic tracks by jazz icons including Herbie Hancock, Donald Byrd, McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson, and Dodo Greene, to name a few.
Blue Note Re:imagined is out on Oct 2 and can be pre-ordered here.