Mura Masa has debuted a new track, “Blessing Me” featuring rising Jamaican rapper Skillibeng and Gambian-British breakout star Pa Salieu. The track is a taste of his forthcoming third album, Demon Time, out September 16th. Listen to the song now below.
While making Demon Time, Mura Masa— the 25-year-old songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Alex Crossan—only had one question in mind: “What’s the most fun thing we can do?” The “we” he is referring to is the extensive roster of friends and collaborators he wrangled for his third album—including Shygirl, Channel Tres, Erika De Casier, Nao, Bayli, Isabella Lovestory and several others—with Mura Masa acting as the puppet master of sorts, employing his technical mastery to splice the most exciting elements together and hone the album’s central theme—pure, unbridled fun. For previous albums, Crossan busied himself compiling documents of musical references, moodboards and various thoughts and ideas to steer his creation process. This time, he was inspired by a note on his phone that just said one word in capital letters: FUN.
The name of the album refers to those early morning hours at a party or with friends where a delivish yet innocent sense of mischief prevails, a headspace that Mura Masa felt was crucial to tap into following two heavy years of pandemic blues. Rather than continuing to explore his last album’s preoccupation with nostalgia and a world of imagined memories, Mura Masa went in the opposite direction, opting for a tongue-in-cheek, hedonistic response to combat the absurdity of it all. “It’s devil on the shoulder type fun. Not necessarily the most wholesome, but it’s a really good time,” he says with a wink and a smile.