Emerging from his quiet bedroom on the British island of Guernsey, Alex Crossan takes his stage name from famous samurai Muramasa – the first sign of the worldly ambitions of the wide-reaching 21-year-old.
Mura Masa is in 2027 already, his tunes wiggling between trap, EDM, pop and Caribbean dancehall. These influences come through on Nuggets’ funk-driven, late night, tropicana disco beats (featuring the seriously underrated Bonzai), the wavy steeldrum on 1Night with Charli XCX, and helplines’ chunky, synth-dipped bassline. Sure, there are times when Crossan loses his identity to his vocal guests (Desiigner on All Around The World) but this happens to the most seasoned professionals – Calvin Harris’ Funk Wav Vol. 1 anyone? Overall, though, Mura Masa is a success – for Crossan and for every bedroom producer out there.
Mura Masa is out now via Universal.