“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.
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.