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.
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