Written by Priyanka Bhattacharya
On Friday Alex Crossan or more commonly referred to as Mura Masa dropped two new singles Blu and Second 2 None which will be featured on his self titled debut album (releasing July 14). The self proclaimed “beat slayer” has an eclectic style which incorporates sounds of multiples genres with a global orientation. Crossan is most well known for his track Love$ick featuring A$AP Rocky which reached number 1 on Spotify Viral Charts in the United Kingdom and the United States.
The first single Blu features vocals from Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn. The song begins with gentle claps and a slight distortion of organ sounds, and twenty-six seconds in we’re introduced to the robotic vocals of Damon Albarn singing the hook “You don’t seem to understand me when I say I’m feeling blu love, Blu love”. The simplistic and sweet nature of the lyrics combined with Masa’s sophisticated production, incorporating harp samples and videogame-like elements/sounds creates this dreamy melody which will have you replaying the song.
According to a press release, the two artists had originally planned to work together on the new Gorillaz album Humanz. But after exchanging demo material Albarn said he wanted to be a part of Blu which Crossan wrote.
Second 2 None showcases Crossan and French artist Christine and the Queens (real name Héloïse Letissier). In an interview with The Independent Crossan says the track was produced around the time he was finishing the album and that – “She’d written a whole song to this sample loop that I sent to her, recorded it all in one take then asked if I wanted to do it again – which was even better. I took it away and made it into what it is on the album. I guess for me that was about bringing her French sensibilities onto the music.”
Initially the production on Second 2 None creates a mellow vibe with a thoughtful arrangement of steel pan drums and subtle electronics. As the song progresses from the first verse to the chorus, Letissier’s distinctive voice flows effortlessly with the warm delicate beats as a backdrop and the track slowly transitions into a low key dance track. The entire song is intricately constructed in terms of vocal arrangements and Masa’s clean cut production creating a brilliant collaboration.
If you’re a fan of alternative electronic music you’re sure to fall in love with these two tracks, they’re digital dopamine.
Mura Masa is currently touring across Canada, Europe, UK and US, you can find more details regarding the dates here.