Mura Masa has today premiered his new single “Complicated” (ft. Nao), which received its first play on Radio 1 as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World. Returning recently with his first new music of 2018 – a collaboration with Octavian, “Move Me” – “Complicated” is the first official single following the release of Mura Masa’s much-acclaimed, self-titled debut album – which was nominated for two GRAMMY Awards, an Ivor Novello Award, is approaching 500k sales worldwide and seen the still-just-22-year-old surpass 1 billion streams. “Complicated” is also the second in a series of singles that feature machine embroidered and intricately hand threaded sleeve artworks.
Listen to “Complicated” HERE.
Always a world-colliding young talent, “Complicated” is nonetheless Mura Masa’s most immediate and assured release to date, its unpredictable twists and turns in production perfectly suited to a twisted love song, where those things which mean something rarely come easily. And as much as “Complicated” sees Mura Masa push his experimentation with pop into colourful new forms, it also harkens back to his roots, seeing the Guernsey-born artist, writer and producer reunite with long-time friend and collaborator Nao (whose careers arguably both took flight with the emergence of “Firefly” back in 2015).
Mura Masa’s influence is one which can no doubt be felt across the rapidly-changing modern musical map. Here is a young talent equally at home collaborating with the leading lights of UK rap and R&B (most recently, Octavian and Nao) as he is remixing the likes of Perfume Genius; and that rare artist who can team up with Chic one minute (‘Til The World Falls Down’) and design his own fashion line the next. Everything is connected under the singular vision of Mura Masa, whose cultured curiosity and restless creativity ensures that whatever Alex does next will, no doubt, be done his own unique way.
Off the back of extensive touring – over 50 headline shows last year alone, including London’s Brixton Academy – Mura Masa is set to play the following shows throughout 2018 (which includes stateside stops in New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Washington DC and more) with further live news expected soon.
August 3 – Bestival – Lulworth
August 4 – All Together Now – Waterford, Ireland
August 11 – Way Out West – Gothenburg
August 17 – 930 Club – Washington DC
August 18 – Union Transfer, Philadelphia
August 19 – Summerstage Festival, New York
August 22 – North Park Observatory – San Diego
August 23 – The Observatory, Santa Ana
August 24 – The Observatory, Santa Ana
August 25 – The Novo, Los Angeles
August 27 – Fremont Theatre – San Luis Obispo
August 29 – The Catalyst, Santa Cruz
August 30 – WOW Hall, Eugene OR
August 31 – Bumbershoot, Seattle
September 2 – Northcoast Festival, Chicago