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Desiigner and Mura Masa Team Up On Masa’s New Track

‘All Around the World’ has the ebullient rapper flowing over Masa’s layered groove.

Ernest Hardyby Ernest Hardy

As he prepares to drop his self-titled debut album July 14, Mura Masa keeps confounding expectations of what to expect. His knob-twisting handiwork draws from hip-hop, electronic grooves, House, and R&B, pushed toward experimentation that erases genre boundary lines. His new single and video, “All Around the World,” finds him collaborating with hip-hop’s most ebullient rapper, Desiigner, for a track both soothing and exhilarating.

Masa’s studio handiwork creates aural dreamscapes that alternately and sometime simultaneously make you shake your ass and/or fall into a meditative state. (The two are, of course, far from mutually exclusive.) Though the lyrics to his songs veer toward uplift/catharsis, he also uses the voices of his collaborators (Charli XCX, A$AP Rocky, Shura, Nao) as tools to manipulate for greater emotional and sonic impact. Desiigner’s gruff yet joyful voice is used here in such a way to underscore the whiff of blue melancholy in play, creating a mesmerizing tension as the track works its magic on you.

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