The Verse’s Jacqueline Opoku-Darkwa headed down for Mura Masa’s show on the 27th September. Read on for her review…
The moment I walked in through the doors of Concorde 2 I could taste the anticipation that filled the venue. Mura Masa has collected a great number of die-hard fans since his first track uploaded onto Soundcloud, and it felt as though every single one had crammed themselves into these sacred arches with the pure intention of indulging in his artistry.
The term “supporting act” does not do justice to the performance given by the familiar voice of Bonzai. Having featured on Mura Masa tracks such as hit song What if I Go?, and had her single I Did featured as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in The World in the week following this very same performance, Bonzai is a force to be reckoned with. Her electric performance set the tone for the rest of the evening, and when she introduced the man we were all waiting for the room was set alight.
This was not an average Tuesday evening.
Opening his set with Love$ick with Bonzai by his side, the knockout beats and hair-raising melodies had the entire room swaying and singing along. It was clear to all: we were witnessing something spectacular. The attention to detail observed in his music was carried through to his performance on stage. The one-man-machine lifted his audience to a euphoric state of perpetual dancing. The young man from Guernsey has unknowingly redefined what it means to be an artist in the 21st century.
Collaborations with A$AP Rocky are shuttling Mura Masa into another realm, and with a new album on the horizon one can only hope that he continues to keep doing the British underground music scene proud.
Alex Crossan named himself after the famous Japanese swordsmith, Muramasa Sengo, whose blades were believed to have possessed a hunger for blood.
And much like those blades, seeing Mura Masa sets your soul on fire for 60 minutes, only makes you hungry for more.