October 13, 2023—Today, Platinum-selling, Grammy-winning artist Mura Masa shares a new double-single “Rise/Gimme,” which debuted as a “First Play” on Danny Howard’s Radio 1 show last night, available now on his own Pond Recordings—listen below.
Additionally, Mura Masa will DJ London’s iconic Fabric tonight in celebration of the club’s 24th birthday, ahead of a set for Boiler Room in Berlin on November 16.
“Rise/Gimme” shows off new sides and sounds from the 27-year-old London songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Alex Crossan. “Rise” sets a sample from singer-songwriter Nadiah Adu-Gyamfi (fka MOKO, and now releasing under her project NADIAH) over soulful house, while “Gimmie” is a darker instrumental club cut that he first previewed on his recent BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix.
The last year or so has pulled Mura Masa into focus as one of this generation’s most influential figures in electronic music. He produced a global hit with PinkPantheress and Ice Spice, “Boy’s a liar Pt. 2,” collaborated extensively across Shygirl’s Mercury Prize-nominated Nymph, remixed the likes of Georgia and has credits ranging from J Balvin and Eliza Rose to Gretel Hänlyn. He’s also hard at work on The Pond, a creative hub and arts space in Peckham that will serve as a base for emerging artists.
Amid these new beginnings, Mura Masa has also gone back to his roots. Following the futuristic pop of his third album demon time, his recent singles have connected the dots between those DIY Soundcloud-era drops with his own take on a new wave of dance music. “Whenever I Want,” for instance, was followed by a tour of massive sets at Coachella and Primavera couple with intimate club shows, while “Drugs” featured Peruvian artist and Young Affiliate Daniela Lalita.
With a huge global audience—2 billion streams and headline shows from Alexandra Palace to Warehouse Project—Mura Masa’s purpose remains one constant in the young star’s trailblazing story thus far: to capture “that” moment in pop culture, to make it Mura Masa’s own and to push things forward.