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Mura Masa: Mura Masa review – a cutting-edge swordsmith | Musique Non Stop

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Mura Masa: Mura Masa review – a cutting-edge swordsmith

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Electronic wizard Alex Crossan conjures shivers and warmth on his star-studded debut

It gets harder every second for an artist to nail their own signature sound. With every bedroom bleepist tinkering away on Ableton, and with every track that goes up on SoundCloud – there are around 120m on there, as the platform wobbled financially earlier this week – the fewer niches there are to exploit.

A veteran poster on SoundCloud, Mura Masa – 21-year-old Alex Crossan – entered industry consciousness around 2014-5 with a flurry of liquid digitals and arpeggiating marimbas. Just as, from 2009 onwards, the sound of rippling steel pans became a marker that Jamie xx was producing (or that Jamie xx was being ripped off), Mura Masa’s arsenal of Japanese flutes, African thumb pianos and synthetic quicksilver quickly became unmistakable.

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