Alfa Mist, Richard Spaven release new song as 44th Move

“Hope” features Japanese trumpeter Takuya Kuroda.

London jazz musos Alfa Mist and Richard Spaven have released “Hope,” a new song under the moniker 44th Move.

The track notably features chanted verses by Alfa Mist, who also handles the polished keys. Spaven drums, his flurried fills combining with guest Takuya Kuroda’s frantic trumpet for a stormy finish.

“Hope” is the first track from their debut self-titled EP as 44th Move, which is out in full on April 24. The record blends jazz with their love of hip hop and broken beat.

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“Creating the sound was just a coming together where we discovered that we shared a lot of the same influences,” Spaven said in a statement. “We got to writing straight away—before we really got to know each other. I found it easy with a ton of inspiration. Ideas kept coming and we were on the same page. In retrospect we want 44th to have an edge—it’s a ‘heart on your sleeve’ project where we can express all those hip hop and broken beat records.”

Spaven’s last solo release was the 2018 album Real Time, on which he extensively collaborated with producer Jordan Rakei. Alfa Mist, on the other hand, dropped the solo piano EP On My Ones in February, following the full-length album Structuralism in 2019. Their first release as 44th Move was the track “Broken,” which they released on Valentine’s Day.

Stream “Hope” below:

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