Mura Masa has proven the considerable wait for output was worth it, debuting his first original track of 2019 entitled “I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again.” The English producer/songwriter has been on a swiftly ascending ride since releasing his self-titled debut album in 2017. The album earned him a Grammy nominations as both artist and creative director for the project, while also winning the award for Best Remixed Recording on HAIM‘s “Walking Away” that same year.
23-year-old Alex Crossan (Mura Masa) has been fairly active in 2019, being featured on a BTS video game soundtrack and dishing out reggae-fueled remixes for Koffee. However, it’s hard to prepare fans for this one, as Crossan has finally unveiled the first track from his forthcoming sophomore album. Teaming up with 21-year-old singer/songwriter Clairo — hot off the release of her debut album, Immunity, and recently named Apple Music‘s Up Next artist — Crossan piggybacked off her alt-rock capabilities and dug deep into a retro new-wave sound.
Steering away from his laid-back electronics, Crossan adds soothing guitar melodies and light percussion layered beneath Clairo’s vocals. Listeners will notice Clairo’s alternative influences pop accentuated in the production, as the track chugs along, reaching a drop that features new levels of synth distortion (and a touch of angsty screaming for good measure).
Mura Masa and Clairo are expected to rendezvous once again, as they’ll both be headlining Reading and Leeds Festivals on August 24 and 25, respectively. A joint performance certainly wouldn’t be a ludicrous notion. The release comes with an official music video featuring Clairo and some downright wavy visuals. Watch it here.
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As the excitement around BTS‘ new mobile game, BTS World, grows, the South Korean sensations continue to release music for their upcoming album, BTS World: Original Soundtrack. The latest single from the soundtrack is entitled “A Brand New Day,” and it features Swedish vocalist Zara with production from the UK’s Mura Masa.
Mura Masa is known for imbuing his productions with organic elements like flutes and tuned percussion combined with synthetic beats; brought together by an inherent understanding of rhythm. With this solid foundation, the superstar septet and Zara’s vocals cruise along the groove with ease.
“A Brand New Day” is the second single released from the upcoming soundtrack album for BTS World, which is due out June 28. The first was the Charli XCX collaboration, “Dream Glow.” This album release comes on the heels of their previous album, Map of the Soul: Persona, which just came out this past April.
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