“Complicated” has proven to be one of Mura Masa‘s most brilliant productions to date, and the producer continues to expand on the song with an acoustic rendition. The collaboration with Skrillex has already received an emotionally moving music video, but now, Mura Masa gets together with frequent collaborator NAO (who not only provided the vocals for the track, but also sang on hit singles such as “Firefly“) for an acoustic rendition of “Complicated” performed live.
The performance not only showcases NAO’s powerful vocal ability, but also puts Mura Masa in an entirely new setting, playing some smooth electric guitar riffs over a subtle bassline. Prior to the jam session, viewers get a behind-the-scenes look of Crossan and the British singer/songwriter discussing the track and their past discography.
It’s not a breakup song, but it’s not a love song, either.
Mura Masa‘s latest single, “Complicated” emerged as a hybrid that lyrically bemoaned the difficulties of love, but when it came to sonic arrangement, Mura Masa took the road less traveled, opting not for a slow paced, piano driven tear jerker, but a spunky, tropical tinged summer staple that sounds less like a complaint concerning romantic woes, and more like a celebration thereof.
Now, an official music video follows the release of the Skrillex co-produced single to visually expound upon the song’s critical yet playful nature. Featured vocalist Nao breathes lyrical life into the video as the lens twists and turns, transitioning from scenes of dancers donning scarlet dresses, to shots that betray the dissonance between the video’s lovers. The music video arrives as a fun depiction of the highs and lows of love, as reflected in the production’s constant scene shifts.
What happens when Mura Masa and Skrillex pair up? The result one might expect from two established talents who refuse to stick themselves in a creative box.
Titled “Complicated,” it is indeed a tangle of tropical-tinged synths, a reggae-inspired bassline, and futuristic vocals courtesy of Nao — dressed with subtle guitar riffs that add depth to the finished product. It’s an irresistibly infectious record that isn’t just a palatable radio listen, but one capable of providing mental solace and blissful imagery amidst a chaotic real world.
Mura Masa’s influence in “Complicated” is overwhelmingly evident — the single is in a similar vein to its predecessor “Move Me,” which has been a summer anthem for the stalwart. Meanwhile, it’d been quite some time since the dance world had heard from Skrillex, likely due to diving back into his band of old, From First to Last. Josh Pan caused a stir on July 31, however, stating the OWSLA owner would be releasing new music soon; therefore, “Complicated” may just the first of many new things we’re set to hear from the iconic producer.
Disco funk legend Nile Rodgers announced mid-June that he and his storied band Chic had a new album on the way, the band’s first effort in 26 years. Modern day maestros of the genre — and a few unassuming additions — were enlisted for the making of the record, including Anderson .Paak, Vic Mensa ,Stefflon Don, and Craig David and now, we’re getting a taste of the madness that’ll ensue with the LP’s first single, “Till The World Falls.”
A tantalizing and glitzy new disco track with a Vic Mensa verse and Mura Masa guest appearance; “Till the World Falls” is a meeting of glorious past and present funk extravagance. Anderson .Paak, NAO, and anaïs each had a hand in the track’s songwriting.
Nile Rodgers & Chic’s record is fittingly titled It’s About Time and will arrive September 7.
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.
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.
With No Shape, Perfume Genius made one of last year’s best albums, an explosively melodic and deeply felt internal exploration. And next week, Mike Hadreas will follow it up with the remix EP Reshaped, on which people like Laurel Halo and Jam City will rework tracks from No Shape. We’ve already posted the … More »
In a GENIUS stroke of unit-moving wordplay, Perfume Genius’ Mike Hadreas has announced the imminent release of Reshape: a new EP of remixes of six tunes from last year’s acclaim-rific and Grammy-tastic No Shape LP.
Out June 8 on Matador, the new EP will feature contributions from Mura Masa (“Slip Away”), Laurel Halo (“Die 4 You”), Jam City (“Just Like Love”), mmph (“Braid”), and “GRAMMY-nominated No Shape producer” Blake Mills (“Every Night”). Or, as the press release (presumably written by a Walt Disney Imagineer) puts it: “six adventurous takes on the album’s vivid sonic world.” WHOA.
Stick close to Matador’s shopping mall for additional ordering info. And while you wait, check out King Princess’ royal take on “Run Me Through,” followed by the tracklisting and a few upcoming festival dates, all rather ingeniously laid out down below.
Reshaped EP Tracklisting:
01. Braid (mmph Remix)
02. Slip Away (Mura Masa Remix)
03. Just Like Love (Jam City Remix)
04. Die 4 You (Laurel Halo Remix)
05. Every Night (Blake Mills Remix)
06. Run Me Through (King Princess Remix)
Shapely summer tour dates:
06.08.18 – Forest Hills, NY – Forest Hills Stadium (w/ Belle and Sebastian)
06.13.18 – Madrid, Spain – Mad Cool Festival
06.14.18 – Lisbon, Portugal – Passeio Maritimo de Alges
08.08.18 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl (w/ Bon Iver)
08.10.18 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Festival
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.