Preview: Mura Masa at Concorde 2, Brighton


Guernsey-born electronic musician Mura Masa will return to the city of his university studies towards the end of September, playing the sold-out opening night of a six-night headline tour at Brighton’s beachfront Concorde 2 venue.

Having drawn particular acclaim for his 2015 Someday Somewhere EP (and in particular its tracks ‘Lovesick Fuck’ and NAO collaboration ‘Firefly’), his signature brand of emotional and jittery electronica infused with a sprawling infusion of everything from J Dilla’s seminal hip-hop beats to the traditional Japanese aesthetic that gave him his name has seen him become a widely-tipped pretender to the sort of production stardom recently achieved by Jamie xx and Kaytranada with their recent debut albums. His own Soundtrack To A Death mixtape, released by Jakarta Records in 2014, saw him named in The Edge‘s list of upcoming acts to watch for in 2016, and an album is rumoured for later this year.

The tour, which extends into Europe for nine dates in November after a brief stint across the Atlantic, will act as somewhat of a showcase for the Anchor Point label he launched with Polydor. Aside from Someday Somewhere and his subsequent singles, it has recently released ‘Late Night’ from masked duo Jadu Heart, which Mura Masa has labelled “probably the most exciting musical thing I’ve ever heard,” and two EPs (Royah and Sleepy Hungry) from Bonzai, a frequent collaborator and aptly-described “future rave disaster-queen.” In May, she joined up with him for a Live Lounge session on BBC Radio 1 that featured a rendition of their shimmering release ‘What If I Go?‘ and a cover of Drake’s ‘Controlla.’


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