Mura Masa has announced his third album, demon time, and teamed up with Pa Salieu and Skillibeng for new single ‘blessing me’.
The album, originally called Fun, was written during lockdown after the cancellation of his European tour due to Covid, and follows 2020 album R.Y.C..
The artist, real name Alexander Crossan, thought people would need “vicarious, escapist music now,” according to a press release.
“So that’s where this demon time idea came from – how do we soundtrack the 1am to 5am period where you start doing stupid shit that you don’t regret but wouldn’t do again when it emerges again post-lockdown?”
‘blessing me’, meanwhile, was a chance for him to explore “big themes and nuanced subcultures”.
demon time is available to pre-order here.
Speaking about recent single ‘bbycakes’, Masa said: “I feel like ‘bbycakes’ is a future facing record.
“Clashing UK with US, hard drill music with cute UK garage culture, underground with overground.
“Most of all it’s a mission statement for the vicarious and playful nature that I think popular music needs to be looking to in order to soundtrack those crucial moments of fun and hedonism in an increasingly cynical culture.”
Masa has worked with Shygirl before in 2021 on their remix of Lady Gaga’s ‘Sour Candy’. He’s also worked with PinkPantheress on ‘Just For Me’, adding production duties last year.
In 2017, the artist told Rolling Stone that he wants to work with a variety of vocalists. “I chose not to restrict myself in any way when making the record, to take influence from wherever I saw fit, to try and include people from all over.
“What I try to do as Mura Masa involves any kind of voice. I wouldn’t limit myself to any one genre or person. It could be anyone.”
Masa has also announced a number of global summer tour dates, which can be viewed here. He is also set to perform at Glastonbury and All Points East, among other festivals.