Mura Masa announces debut album (ft Damon Albarn, Christine & The Queens + more), Brixton Academy show

Mura Masa has announced details of his much-anticipated, self-titled debut album, which will be released on July 14th on his own imprint of Anchor Point (via Polydor/Interscope Records). Introduced today by an accompanying short film, ‘Mura Masa’ is available to pre-order now, with new single ‘1 Night’ (featuring Charli XCX) – which has been playlisted at Radio 1 and already surpassed 10 million streams – among the tracks available immediately when doing so. Having just been nominated for his first Ivor Novello Award and added to an extensive run of summer festivals, a massive headline show at London’s Brixton Academy has also been confirmed today as part of an October headline tour: limited pre-sale tickets (and details of further special-editions of the album) are available at http://www.muramasa.me/.

First teased during a breakout Coachella performance – where many of the album guests appeared alongside Alex – and then yesterday with the surprise reveal of billboards worldwide linked to the home of each collaborator, ‘Mura Masa’ is set to feature an extraordinarily diverse cast-list: ranging from Damon Albarn, Christine & The Queens and Charli XCX to 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 and amongst all that, musically you’re as likely to find Prince-style wired funk sitting next to trap as you are tropical-inflected house and acoustic balladry. It’s singularly Mura Masa’s vision of what pop music (and modern British culture) should look like in 2017. Even the artwork rejects the idea of running to the page, or living in a box.

Featuring acclaimed early singles ‘Firefly’, ‘What If I Go?’, ‘Love$ick’ and ‘1 Night’, ‘Mura Masa’ – says Alex – captures “the confusion and chaos of being 20 and living in London for the first time.” The trial and errors of youth are all here, but drawn together by the importance of togetherness, and the challenge to connect (however isolated your upbringing, messy your love life, or busy your city). Digging into a dizzying array of musical subcultures, at the centre of it all is a young Guernsey singer and producer barely out of his teens, whose hard work and innate curiosity has led to the point of curating an album alongside lifelong heroes, cult figures, and emerging talent. The results are a work of coherence, variety, and vitality – it is, quite simply, ‘Mura Masa’.

Mura Masa – ‘Mura Masa’

1. Messy Love
2. Nuggets (feat. Bonzai)
3. Love$ick (feat. A$AP Rocky)
4. 1 Night (feat. Charli XCX)
5. All Around The World (feat. Desiigner)
6. give me The ground
7. What If I Go (feat. Bonzai)
8. Firefly (feat. Nao)
9. NOTHING ELSE! (feat. Jamie Lidell)
10. helpline (feat. Tom Tripp)
11. Second 2 None (feat. Christine & The Queens)
12. Who Is It Gonna B (feat. A. K. Paul)
13. Blu (feat. Damon Albarn)

Tour
27.05 Love Saves The Day, Bristol
29.05 Radio 1 Big Weekend, Hull
02.06 Distortion Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
03.06 Field Day, London
04.06 Forbidden Fruit, Dublin
09.06 PULS festival, Kaltenburg
10.06 Wildlife festival, Brighton
11.06 Parklife Festival, Manchester
21.07 Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle
22.07 FYF, Los Angeles
29.07 WayHome, Oro-Medonte
30.07 Panorama, New York
01.08 Boston Royale, Boston MA
02.08 Montreal Club Soda, Montreal QC
04.08 Lollapalooza, Chicago
05.08 Chicago, Bottom Lounge
18.08 Lowlands, Biddinghuizen, Holland
19. MS Dockville, Hamburg, Germany
25.08 Reading Festival, Reading
26.08 Leeds festival, Leeds
18.10 O2 Academy, Bristol
19.10 O2 Academy, Brixton
21.10 The Warehouse Project, Manchester
25.10 – Tivoli Vrendburg, Utrecht
27.10 – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels
28.10 – Elysee Montmartre, Paris
30.10 – Columbiahalle, Berlin
31.10 – Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
02.11 – Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik
03.11 – Iceland Airwaves , Iceland
04.11 – Club 2 Club, Turin.

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