Mura Masa & Charli XCX Beckon Summer on ‘1 Night’

Mura Masa’s rapid ascension from a budding producer from Guernsey (yes, I said Guernsey) to collaborating with the likes of A$AP Rocky, Shura, Låpsley and NAO is literally the stuff of dreams. So as the 20-year-old producer unveils plans for his first album, To Fall Out Of Love To, it was perhaps an inevitability that he would eventually collaborate with pop’s most malleable songstress of the moment, Charli XCX.

The first single from his debut album, ‘1 Night’, offers more sunlit, tropical fare, as Mura Masa continues to utilise his favourite instrument- the steel drum. The impact is delicate, like raindrops on window panes, tempting the premature arrival of the blistering summer months. But Mura Masa is more composed than that; the production is cleverly moderated and in that restraint he finds an interesting polarity with his latest collaboration. The production takes the edge off of Charli’s seductively sweet, party hard bombast as she bends to fit Mura Masa’s minimalist style. Charli’s tale of an unexpected spark following a one night stand is new territory for someone who often lives vicariously in the moment. As for Mura Masa, it may seem like business as usual, but he too has been influenced by his collaborator. His own section of the mainstream is far from obvious pop, but Charli XCX’s wonky perception gives ‘1 Night’ the edge that Mura Masa was searching for.

7.5/10

Semper Femina Review: Laura Marling’s Female Gaze is Both Introspective and Inclusive

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Charli XCX’s Number 1 Angel Proves that the Power of the Mixtape is Still Very Strong

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Bask in the Soporific Glory of Frank Ocean’s ‘Chanel’

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Cameron Avery: Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams Review: Big Band Ambition Crossed with Cool Rock Sensibility

If you don’t know Cameron Avery singularly or from his own band The Growl, you certainly would’ve heard of Pond and Tame Impala, the latter of which he has been the bassist for since 2011. Due to the fluidity of Tame Impala, there have been many Continue reading Cameron Avery: Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams Review: Big Band Ambition Crossed with Cool Rock Sensibility

Father John Misty Sings about VR Sex with Taylor Swift on New Track ‘Total Entertainment Forever’

After the first line of his latest track, ‘Total Entertainment Forever’, you might’ve thought that Father John Misty was riffing off of Kanye West, but Misty’s true meaning beneath a facade of Continue reading Father John Misty Sings about VR Sex with Taylor Swift on New Track ‘Total Entertainment Forever’

Fleet Foxes Return with Arresting 9-Minute Epic ‘Third of May / Odaigahara’, Announce New Album

Fleet Foxes fanatics will know the significance of May 3rd. Six years ago on that very date, Fleet Foxes released their last album, Helplessness Blues. It’s also the birthday of one of the band’s founding members, Skyler Skjelset and lead singer Robin Pecknold addressed all aspects of Continue reading Fleet Foxes Return with Arresting 9-Minute Epic ‘Third of May / Odaigahara’, Announce New Album

Dams of the West: Youngish American Review – A Sonically Sound Debut Marred by Inconsistency

I guess Chris Tomson, whose solo project works under the moniker Dams of the West, was suffering from a minor case of FOMO (fear of missing out) considering what his fellow Vampire Weekend alumni have been up to between records. Chris Baio released his Continue reading Dams of the West: Youngish American Review – A Sonically Sound Debut Marred by Inconsistency

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