TUNE Mura Masa - Love$ick ft. A$AP Rocky
Mura Masa - 'Love$ick' ft. A$AP Rocky
Single Focus Date: Friday 18th November 2016.
Mura Masa confirms new single, ‘Love$ick’ (featuring A$AP Rocky)
30-date European + US headline tour, including Shepherds Bush Empire on September 29th (Sold Out)
“The man of the moment” i-D
“A cut above” Guardian
“Terrifyingly talented” Mixmag
“It’s not difficult to imagine Mura Masa being one of our country’s next great artists” Noisey
Mura Masa has confirmed details of new single ‘Love$ick’ (featuring A$AP Rocky), which is released today through his own imprint Anchor Point (via Polydor Records). A 30-date headline tour also kicks off this month, including a sold-out date London’s Shepherds Bush Empire and shows around the US (which sold out immediately, in addition to North American shows with Flume). This summer has seen Mura Masa conquer the festival circuit with packed-out sets across the likes of Glastonbury, Latitude, Field Day, Reading & Leeds and Bestival, with last single ‘What If I Go?’ (featuring Bonzai) tipping the young artist and producer past a staggering 100 million streams.
‘Love$ick’ explodes the glorious contradictions underpinning Mura Masa: bringing together steel drums, swooning sax and juddering, left-field electronica one on hand, and teaming the bedroom-producer up with one of hip-hop’s biggest names on the other. Describing the collaboration, Alex writes: "Lovesick has always been a favourite of mine, and Rocky is somebody who I've loved from the minute I heard his first mixtape, so the pairing of those two things is super exciting for me. London is like a second home to him too, so it's a privilege for me to be able to bring him closer to the UK music scene. I love what he did with the track, it brings totally new life and light to the song without losing its original theme of lovelorn frustration."
‘Love$sick’ is the latest extreme, fish-out-of-water experience for Mura Masa, a still-just-20-year-old artist and producer whose story is a reminder that there’s still room for optimism about the internet generation. He grew up on the everybody-knows-everybody island of Guernsey, where his Mum’s Joni Mitchell records and his Dad’s years spent playing in hard rock bands around Scotland offered a dual influence of classic and experimental songwriting. With the nearest gig hotspot a 5-hour ferry journey away in Southampton, culture tended to be DIY out of necessity. But at the age of 15, Mura Masa discovered that electronic music was “a thing,” before stumbling into James Blake taught him “just how far you can go with it.” Then, the digging began. Inhaling entire discographies across Youtube and Soundcloud of songwriters and beatmakers in these circles, he became immersed not just in the subcultures of electronic music but saw the bigger picture through which bedroom producers could shake the world.
He has since established his own label, Anchor Point, to help launch new artists such as Bonzai and Jadu Heart, in-between a mixtape series (AP Sound) and radio show for Beats 1 (in which he’s premiered exclusive music from the likes of AK Paul). Mura Masa is currently finishing up his debut album, which is expected to be released early 2017 and will further seek to twist popular music into a mirror of youth culture, blurring the underground with the orthodox.
23rd September – Manchester – Warehouse Project
27th September – Brighton – Concorde 2 (Sold out)
28th September – Bristol – Thekla (Sold Out)
29th September – London – Shepherd’s Bush Empire (Sold Out)
3rd October – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms (Sold Out)
4th October – Glasgow – Glasgow School of Art
5th October – Birmingham – The Hare & Hounds (Sold Out)