After stunning us with his graceful, equatorial mixtape and EP, Alex Crossan is back, creating an album that sees him adapting to his rise of mainstream success; whilst holding true to the experimental collaborations we love him for.
Just looking at the feature list on this album is mouth watering. Damon Albarn, A$AP Rocky, Bonzai, Desiigner – the list is endless. Many would say Crossan is a perfect example of how the internet age has effected the way music can be created, explored, listened to and loved, the 21 year old definitely stays true to this on the album. Living in Gurnsey, where It’s fair to say not a lot happens, Mura Masa started out in his bedroom and released music onto Soundcloud. A few years later he is one of the UK’s hottest producers and is playing big name festivals from Coachella to Reading and Leeds.
The album starts off with the most beautiful song on the record: ‘Messy Love’. I can never quite pin down what instruments make the blending soundscapes Crossan constructs but they just create the most blissful listening possible; this track is a prime example. Bangers like ‘Love$ick’ and ‘All around the world’ make the record varied in pace but it is such a consistently good album – it will be one for the summer for sure.
It is unlikely that Mura Masa’s rise is going to falter anytime soon. Although this album has been released, I feel it won’t be long before we hear even more hits and high profile collaborations from Crossan. Listen to this and keep your eyes peeled.