Mura Masa – Love For That feat. Shura

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Mura Masa has unveiled new single ‘Love For That’ – featuring Shura – which launched as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in The World (via Anchor Point Records). Quickly building an extensive audience – over 20 million plays on Soundcloud and 10 million across Youtube – Mura Masa plays a long-sold-out date at Village Underground on October 20th, before touring the UK and headlining the opening night of Pitchfork Paris on October 27th.

Mura Masa is 19-year-old singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Alex Crossan, whose idiosyncratic mix of global sounds can be traced back to an everybody-knows-everybody upbringing in rural Guernsey. After a childhood spent cutting his teeth at guitar, piano and drums in local bands, he turned his hand to producing electronic music – taking cues from the genre-hopping of Hudson Mohawke, the organic textures of Cashmere Cat, and the heartfelt songwriting of James Blake. Just two years ago, Alex began uploading tracks to Soundcloud, joining a generation utilising the limitless possibilities of the Internet in their approach to beat-making, and also building a fan-base which soon stretched far beyond the confines of his Channel Islands bedroom. He can’t quite remember where he clicked on the name Mura Masa – a fifteenth-century Japanese swordsmith whose blades are said to have induced bloodlust – but it’s proved a fitting alias for songs this razor-sharp.

Recorded following a recent move to Brighton, new single ‘Love For That’ is another unpredictable turn from Mura Masa, blending rustic timbres (delicate strings, ornate flutes) and crisp beats in ways less-expected of club culture. With a melancholic guest-vocal from Shura, lyrically the track was inspired by the idea of falling – and staying – in love for the wrong reasons (it’s also the first song lifted from sessions for Mura Masa’s debut album, which he is currently writing and recording).

With spring’s ‘Someday Somewhere EP’ – featuring Nao, Jay Prince and Denai Moore – leading to an early playlist at Radio 1, four tracks going Top 5 on Hype Machine and a 12-week stay in iTunes’ Electronic Top 10, 2016 should cement Mura Masa’s reputation as a prodigious emerging voice.

UK TOUR (tickets:
October 19th Brighton Patterns
October 20th London Village Underground (Sold Out)
October 21st Leeds Headrow House
October 22nd Glasgow Sub Club
October 27th Paris Pitchfork Paris Festival

Posted on October 14, 2015, in stream and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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