According to legend, the 16th century swordsmith Muramasa Sengo was a skilled but violent craftsman who made blades so deadly they were outlawed by the Emperor of Japan, said to infect whoever wielded them with a demonic desire to kill. Less lethal but just as impeccably made are the compositions of Alex Crossan, a 17-year-old trap producer who named himself Mura Masa after the master craftsman. Although it’s only been two years since the UK teen started making music with his laptop, he’s already forged a signature sound that amps up a sharp, minimalist take on trap beats with UK garage, 808 bass, and East Asian instrumentation. With a self-titled EP out last April on Trapdoor Records, along with a spot on LA’s Soulection collective roster, expect a lot more to come from this producer honing his craft.
Mura Masa’s infectious mix begins with two unreleased tracks and his “Hustleblood” single, then intersperses more original material with of-the-moment artists: TNGHT, Lunice, Kaytranada, Cashmere Cat, and Hudson Mohawke.