Single Review: Mura Masa – ‘1 Night’ (ft. Charlie XCX)

Friday, May 12, 2017

Mura Masa (A.K.A Alex Crossan) treated listeners last month with his signature electro-pop style in new single ‘1 Night’ — a stunning collaboration with British singer Charlie XCX. The single is a taste of Mura Masa’s upcoming self-titled album; a follow-up to his landmark ‘Soundtrack to a Death’ in 2014.

The track itself is an upbeat yet emotional electro-pop ballad — a perfect throwback to earlier works such as his 2015 debut EP Someday Somewhere. The piece is the perfect juxtaposition between the softer, lighter melodic sounds of the xylophone, harp and vocals and the heavier synth tones featured in his more trap-inspired works such as ‘Hell’. Lyrically (and arguably instrumentally) the song deals with the emotions surrounding the aftermath of a one-night stand — showcased in lyrics such as “it was only one night, but I wanna go back to where we were”.

The album will be released July 14th on his own imprint of Anchor point (via Polyscope/Interscope Records) and includes features from a long list of big names such as Damon Albarn, Christine & The Queens, Charli XCX, A$AP Rocky, Desiigner, Jamie Lidell, A. K. Paul, and affiliates of Alex’s own Anchor Point family (like Nao, Bonzai and Tom Tripp). In a statement, Alex reveals the album expresses “the confusion and chaos of being 20 and living in London for the first time".

Written by Peter Rowlands