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Electronic - Released January 21, 2020 | Polydor Records

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A new hitmaker on the British music scene, Mura Masa has certainly proven his capacity to have his finger on the pulse of what’s in style in recent years. His 2017 eponymous album was filled with top-tier collaborations, such as Charli XCX, Christine And The Queens, Damon Albarn, Jamie Lidell and A$AP Rocky (on the hit Love$ick). Capable of going from dark hip-hop beats with Jay Prince to futuristic R&B (à la Kaytranada) featuring Nao, the Guernsey native recentred himself on this third LP, with a less prestigious lineup but a better rounded and successful concept. Mura Masa, real name Alex Crossan, stated that the album “wasn't so much centred around a musical idea or a sonic idea. It was more centred around the theme of exploring the memories that make up our childhood, and why we depend on them. I picked the features according to that.” The tone is still somewhat electric folk/rock, with the guitar in pole position: acoustic in some intimate confessional moments, like Today with Tirzah, or electric when invoking images of a group of young lads, like on the catchy No Hope Generation, a rock beat which is ‘junglified’ by the end. Youngsters will surely be attracted to the electro-pop hymn and single I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again featuring lo-fi pop singer Clairo (the artist behind Internet hit Pretty Girl), but the best track on the album is Deal Wiv It, a piece of pure Britannia which reminds you of The Streets, featuring the new British rap star slowthai, who unapologetically and deliciously bellows over the crazy guitars. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz
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Electronic - Released July 14, 2017 | Polydor Records

Following the 2014 mixtape Soundtrack to a Death and numerous singles, including a few viral hits, British producer Mura Masa (Alex Crossan) released his self-titled debut album in 2017, when he was all of 21 years old. The release already seems like a virtual greatest-hits compendium, with numerous singles dating back to 2015 included, and it's loaded with guest stars -- everyone from A$AP Rocky to Jamie Lidell to Damon Albarn make appearances. Musically, Crossan's work is a mix of various "future" styles (bass music, trap, house, etc.), and he often combines light, sunny, island-like tones with lovesick, melancholy themes. His production style is expressive and detailed yet a bit restrained, rather than going for over the top maximalism at every opportunity. "Messy Love" opens the album with wavy, offbeat percussive tones (halfway between steel drums and chimes) and hand claps, along with Crossan's own Auto-Tune-drenched vocals. After the requisite choppy vocals form the track's bridge, a watery, bubbly guitar solo brings the track to a close. "Love$ick," easily Crossan's calling card to date, starts off with a bumping hip-hop beat and lyrics by A$AP Rocky, who doesn't quite steal the show. Instead, the track blooms into steel pan drumming and pitched-up vocals pleading "I need you/I want you," leaning hard on the song's sentiment of heartache. Charli XCX provides one of the album's most bubblegummy moments with the thumb piano-laced dance-pop tune "1 Night," but much more affecting is "What If I Go?," featuring Crossan's longtime collaborator (and relative unknown) Bonzai. As with "Love$ick," the heartfelt lyrics build up the song's sentiments, but then she steps out of the way and lets Crossan's sample wizardry provide the emotional climax. "Firefly" is another highlight, with Nao sweetly pleading "Just say yes, I'd rather have everything than nothing at all" over a just-right, not overcooked tropical dance beat. "Second 2 None" is a slow burner featuring Christine and the Queens, starting out slow and shadowy, but occasionally sneak attacking with some Amen breaks. Not every track leaves a major impression, but Mura Masa is still a quality effort from an ambitious, inventive producer. © Paul Simpson /TiVo
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Electronic - Released January 21, 2020 | Polydor Records

A new hitmaker on the British music scene, Mura Masa has certainly proven his capacity to have his finger on the pulse of what’s in style in recent years. His 2017 eponymous album was filled with top-tier collaborations, such as Charli XCX, Christine And The Queens, Damon Albarn, Jamie Lidell and A$AP Rocky (on the hit Love$ick). Capable of going from dark hip-hop beats with Jay Prince to futuristic R&B (à la Kaytranada) featuring Nao, the Guernsey native recentred himself on this third LP, with a less prestigious lineup but a better rounded and successful concept. Mura Masa, real name Alex Crossan, stated that the album “wasn't so much centred around a musical idea or a sonic idea. It was more centred around the theme of exploring the memories that make up our childhood, and why we depend on them. I picked the features according to that.” The tone is still somewhat electric folk/rock, with the guitar in pole position: acoustic in some intimate confessional moments, like Today with Tirzah, or electric when invoking images of a group of young lads, like on the catchy No Hope Generation, a rock beat which is ‘junglified’ by the end. Youngsters will surely be attracted to the electro-pop hymn and single I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again featuring lo-fi pop singer Clairo (the artist behind Internet hit Pretty Girl), but the best track on the album is Deal Wiv It, a piece of pure Britannia which reminds you of The Streets, featuring the new British rap star slowthai, who unapologetically and deliciously bellows over the crazy guitars. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz
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