Mura Masa drops off infectious dancehall collaboration, ‘Move Me,’ with rapper Octavian

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Mura Masa releases his first track, “Move Me,” since his critically acclaimed 2017 self-titled debut album. The groovy new tune comes together with contributions from emerging London-based rhymer, Octavian, proctoring a sexy casual vibe blurring grime, dancehall, and R&B. The swinging, soca rhythm mixed with the driving bass line and twinkling melodies create a perfect bed for Octavian’s sprawled vocals. Mura Masa builds another characteristically unique combination of a snares and reverbed piano, continuing to show off his increasingly inventive sound designs.

Undoubtedly gunning for lofty chart placement on “Move Me,” Mura Masa continues to explore the boundaries and intersections of a range of different genres, while still managing to concept widely appealing pop hits. Reach for this one at a pool party, on the dance floor, or really anywhere all summer long.

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WATCH: Nile Rodgers & Chic join forces with Mura Masa & Nao on funky new track

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Nile Rodgers has proven his knack for writing hit songs over the past five decades, with collabs from Duran Duran to Daft Punk under his belt. Keeping up with the newest names in funky pop music, Rodgers and Chic have taken to the Jools Holland show on BBC Two with Mura Masa and NAO to premiere their funky new track, “Boogie All Night.”

NAO acts as the main vocalist on the track, pairing her breathy, high-energy vocals with Rodgers’ classic guitar riffs. Mura Masa also takes the stage wielding a guitar, holding his own against the funk and disco legend. With a new album from Nile Rodgers and Chic set to arrive later this year, there is no telling what kind of groovy collaborations will be seen.

North Coast boasts diverse 2018 lineup featuring Miguel, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Jamiroquai & more

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Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival unveiled the diverse lineup for its ninth edition, returning to Union Park August 31–September 2.

This year’s headliners include Jamiroquai, Miguel, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, DJ Snake, The Revivalists, and Yellow Claw.

Additional artists performing at “Summer’s Last Stand” include Vulfpeck, Snails, RL Grime, Gramatik, and more. This year, North Coast will also debut all-new daily showcases curated by industry collectives, showing off the best sounds in hip-hop, house, rock, and beyond with sets from the likes of The Cool Kids, Lyrical Lemonade, and more.

Tickets and more information are available here.

Featured Photo Credit: Michele D’Amaro

Skrillex shares video hanging in the studio with Mura Masa & Lido

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Skrillex has been relatively active in 2018 thus far assisting What So Not on his album with their collaboration as well as producing a track on The Weeknd‘s new album. While he has been teetering between the dance world and producing for other artists, Sonny Moore may have a couple power collaborations in tow as of tonight.

The OWSLA leader took to his Instagram story to share a brief window into his hang, and possible studio session, with fellow Grammy nominee Mura Masa, and previous collaborator, Lido. While the stories only features a short snippet of Mura Masa lip-syncing to American Football’s “Never Meant” and a boomerang of Lido bobbing his head, we can only hope the three production savants have something cooking behind closed doors.

You can watch the full story on Skrillex’s Instagram here for the next 24 hours.

Ceremonia festival announces stellar one-day lineup featuring Four Tet, Caribou & more

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Toluca, Mexico’s one-day independent music festival, known as Ceremonia, has announced its spectacular 2018 lineup. The event’s latest edition will see an impressive array of indie acts hit the stage with Four Tet, Caribou, Mura Masa, Soulwax, Cashmere Cat, Arca, and more.

Tickets and more information on the one-day installment taking place April 7 are available here.

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Mura Masa stuns in delightful, electronica rework of HAIM’s ‘Walking Away’

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21-year-old Mura Masa has built up a staggering, incredibly impressive production catalog in a very brief time span.

Having finally returned off the debut of his self-titled album, out earlier this year, the British artist expectedly stuns in a catchy new collaboration. Taking on a production from indie rock’s favorite trio, HAIM, the producer breathes new life into their production ‘Walking Away.”

Masa opens his eclectic repertoire with the moving production opus. The resulting tune is a pleasing, electronica-washed rework taking the meaning of indie to entirely new heights. He’s flipped the track into a uniquely bright, melodious rework that’s surely unmissable and impossible to walk away from in all senses of the word.



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Celebrate the fifth anniversary of Flume’s self-titled debut LP [Stream]

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Five years in the electronic music space can seem like a lifetime, especially as this past half decade saw dance music grow into a $7 billion global enterprise. Production value, ticket sales, and arguably even talent are at an all time high in the social media age, with Flume a major standout. The Australian superstar started shaping the course of contemporary electronic music with his self-titled debut solo LP five years ago.

Harley Streten’s Flume project introduced the world to the experimental blend of liquid synths, off-filter percussion arrangements, and modulated basslines that are now ubiquitously considered future bass, at a time when Australia’s now massive pool of production talent just began to emerge. Compositions like “Sleepless,” “Holdin On,” and “Insane,” not only catapulted Streten to an iconic status, but are enduringly evident influences in the works of some of today’s most sought-after breakthroughs including Mura Masa and Marshmello.

Flume also came at a time when the full length LP didn’t carry much strength, or popularity in the electronic music world, though the record’s sweeping, monumental success undoubtedly paved way more full length studio products from fellow electronic artists to follow. The album even received a deluxe edition release, which hosted Streten’s seminal remix of Disclosure‘s “You & Me.” Creating a genre of his own, and then continuing to not only dominate it, but push it’s creative boundaries, Flume has earned his spot in morden electronic music’s uppermost echelon largely behind the work on his formal introduction, Flume. 

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STREAM: Mura Masa remixes Bonzai’s “I Feel Alright”

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Following a tastefully produced album debuting a widespread mix of his production abilites, Alex Crossan has continued to wow fans with his remarkably distinctive touch on anything from future bass, to indie-pop. Better known by his stage name Mura Masa, the genre-breaking producer has flourished throughout 2017. From R&B and hip-hop laden collaborations with A$AP Rocky and Desiigner, to up-beat and glistening compositions alongside Charli XCX and Bonzai, the European producer has quickly garnered attention across the world with his vast library of effulgent works.

Ensuring that fans are constantly content with his compilation of music, Crossan has once again demonstrated sheer brilliance with his latest remix of Bonzai’s “I Feel Alright.” After the initial release of the exquisite ballad towards the beginning of July, the producer followed with an elegant addition to the song, adorning it with lush pulses and indulgent instrumental works.

Meandering listeners on a musical journey with this remix, Mura Masa without a doubt continues to prove his versatile production capabilities, undeniably affirming himself as one of 2017’s brightest standouts.

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Close to a year has passed since Mura Masa gave the world a taste of his debut album with its first single, the A$AP Rocky-assisted “Love$ick.” In the past year, Alex Crossan has systematically given his international following further insights into the project, unveiling singles from the LP at an increasingly frequent rate.

Today, July 14, the 21-year-old producer has released Mura Masa in its entirety. The feature-heavy album, which contains previously available collaborations with the likes of Damon Albarn, Charli XCX, Desiigner, and more, also contains a number of hitherto unreleased selections. Among the new tracks from Crossan’s debut full-length effort are “Nothing Else” and Who Is It Gonna B” – respective collaborations with singers Jamie Lidell and A.K. Paul – and solo compositions “Messy Love” and “Give Me The Ground.”

Existing somewhere in the stylistic space between James Blake and Cashmere Cat, Mura Masa marks a strong debut album for the British prodigy – one which is unique to his style and foreshadows a promising future, both critically and commercially.

Featured image by Roger Ho, courtesy of Coachella 2017.

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Mura Masa stuns in his eclectic, emotive Essential Mix debut

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As less than a week remains until July 14, Mura Masa has begun to share glimpses into his self-titled debut album. In the past two weeks, the British artist has shared four new songs off of the LP, featuring the likes of Bonzai, Tom Tripp, and the iconic Damon Albarn. The breadth of Alex Crossan’s critical achievements at the age of 21 is staggering, and this weekend marked yet another milestone for the prodigious producer: his first-ever Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1.

Given the imminence of Mura Masa, it would seemingly be tempting for Crossan to center his mix around his forthcoming album. Naturally, the artist doesn’t evade drawing from his catalogue – three of his own songs appear throughout the broadcast, as well as a remix of his A$AP Rocky collaboration, “Love$ick,” from Mumdance. However, Mura Masa opts to use the Essential Mix as a platform to show off his acute, eclectic tastes.

Opening with Perfume Genius’ breathtaking single, “Otherside,” Mura Masa weaves together a set from some of electronic music’s greatest composers – including Four Tet, Aphex Twin, James Blake, and Jamie xx – and influential figures from across genre bounds. Ranging from Thom Yorke to A$AP Mob, and from MF DOOM to Wham!, Alex Crossan leaves no stone unturned in his impressively tasteful Essential Mix debut.

Listen to Mura Masa’s Essential Mix here.

Tracklist:

Perfume Genius – Otherside
Alice Coltrane – Wisdom Eye
Thom Yorke – Black Swan
user48736353001 aka Aphex Twin – 28 Organ
James Blake – Sparing The Horses
Lil Silva – 606
Mura Masa – Wave
Steve Poindexter – Computer Madness
Vegyn – Phone Phoneys
Tirzah & Micachu – I’m Not Dancing
Fatal Walima – War (Douster Remix)
Kingdom – Stalker Ha
Champion – Chrome
Four Tet – Lion (Jamie xx remix)
Moodymann – Why Do U Feel?
Mura Masa – Who Is It Gonna Be
Dauwd – Whats There
Jamie xx – Gosh
Mura Masa – SOLE M8S
Sully – It’s Your Love
Wookie – Down On Me
Joy Orbison – Sicko Cell
DJ Lil’ Tal – Tom Tom Club
Wham! – I’m Your Man
Flying Lotus – Dead Man’s Tetris (feat. Captain Murphy & Snoop Dogg)
DJ Rashad – Freakin Me On The Flo
RP Boo – Bang’n On King Dr.
Playboi Carti – Magnolia
Mura Masa (feat. A$AP Rocky) – Love$ick (Mumdance Remix)
MF DOOM – Accordian
Vince Staples – War Ready
NAO – Trophy
Bok Bok, Sweyn J & Flirta D – Unlimited
Migos – Bad And Boujee (Vegyn Remix)
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Featured image via BBC.

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