I recently read a Your EDM interview with Porter Robinson
in which he said that he hoped his latest album, Worlds
, "has given some people a platform to approach music from a more songwriting perspective." Although I can't be certain that up-and-coming producer Mura Masa has been influenced by Porter's words, his new EP seems to have been born out of songwriting. Someday Somewhere
, which was released on iTunes, balances clean vocals, future-esque beats, and genuinely original sounds in a short but sweet seven song EP. The 18 year old producer has teamed up with Nao, Denai Moore, and Soulection's
Jay Prince to compile a unique album that showcases his talent and versatility as a producer.
The creative new EP seems to build upon Mura Masa's previous sound by fine-tuning it. Soft bells are sprinkled though out the EP, as they are in much of the producer's other songs, and there's a clear nod to trap in songs such as "Terrible" and "Low." All of the tracks sound quite different from each other, but the vibe is the same, which generally holds for Mura Masa's recent music.
What sets this EP apart from his other work is the emphasis on emotion throughout the album. Each song plays as though it was specifically written (emphasis on "
written") to evoke a certain feeling. The lyrics draw from themes of loneliness, relationships and, most significantly, love. Every song is loaded with emotional power, from Denai Moore's evocative crooning on "Terrible Love" to Jay Prince's loaded bars on "Low." A delightful highlight on this emotional-laden album is the short "your bones (intermission)." Minimal production coupled with low, passionate vocals evokes a sadness that is powerfully conveyed to the listener.
Most impressively, perhaps, is the fact that the production seems to complement the vocals on just about every track. The high-pitched lyrics on "Are U There" are matched by an upbeat, heavy beat. The desperate repetition in "Lovesick Fuck" is met with an easy, bouncy beat that lightens up the otherwise dark singing. Mura Masa's ability to match a variety of beats with provocative vocals testifies to his talent as a producer.
Although some may regard Someday Somewhere
as too sad for dance music, Mura Masa generally manages to keep the mood positive, even when addressing the theme of pained love. Considering how difficult it is for human beings to deal with that in real life, it's a wonderful feat that a producer was able to tackle the topic in such a fitting and unique manner.
Listen to Someday Somewhere