The Warehouse Project

Mura Masa

Jakarta / UK

  • Saturday 18

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Young vibes

Ten million Youtube views and 150 thousand Soundcloud followers are testament to the extent of the impact this young British producer has had since his debut just one year ago. The music of Mura Masa is edgy and elusive, minimalist and lush, haunting but also seductive, resulting from the perfect integration between r&b, pop, house, bass music, garage and trap. Although this could easily fall into the pitfalls of pastiche genres, each of these assimilated sounds and influences naturally converge on tracks like "Love For That", with guest vocals from Shura, and even more so on the mighty six track EP "Someday Somewhere", in which vocal elements (both featuring guests and through samples) also play a significant role.

Mura Masa’s real name is Alex Crossan. Only just 20 years old, he has already received plaudits and press reviews in The Guardian and Rolling Stone, can be repeatedly heard on BBC Radio 1 and has drawn comparisons with Disclosure, AlunaGeorge, Cashmere Cat and James Blake. According to Crossan, a Gorillaz video encouraged him to learn how to play the guitar, but he also readily admits that some of his musical taste was inspired by his father’s love of Joni Mitchell. Despite his huge number of followers and the inevitable comparisons and influences, the genius of this young producer (who hails from the small island of Guernsey and who took his pseudonym from a 16th century Japanese swordsman) becomes clear after just a few seconds of listening to any of his tracks. The future remains to be seen, but the here and now is definitely his.