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Mura Masa

The name Mura Masa comes from infamous Japanese sword-smith Muramasa Sengo, which is quite fitting for the 19-year-old singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Alex Crossan, whose unique musical production has been said to “cut like a knife”. Alex grew up on the island of Guernsey and at the age of 15, he discovered electronic music via Hudson Mohawke's experimental track Thunder Bay. Soon after that, he stumbled across James Blake, which made him realise the endless possibilities in music production. His ethos in writing music is making something that's “culturally relevant, that lasts, that's important lyrically and sonically as well.”

Currently recording his debut album, Mura Masa’s early material explores an unusual crossover of club culture with rustic timbres and heartfelt songwriting. His latest single ‘What If I Go’ neatly captures Mura Masa’s aim to “not necessarily make pop music, but to bring an accessibility to weird, left-field electronica. It’s by no means just me doing it, but I do think Soundcloud culture going overground is the next ‘thing’ – there’s always subcultures which carry into pop music, and right now I think people need to pay more attention to those bedroom-based, grassroots artists who’re trying to do that.”

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