Lovesick (Mura Masa song)

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"Lovesick"
Cover art of Lovesick by Mura Masa.jpg
Single by Mura Masa featuring ASAP Rocky
from the album Mura Masa
Released 30 September 2016 (2016-09-30)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2014–16
Genre
Length 3:12[1]
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Mura Masa
Mura Masa singles chronology
"What If I Go?"
(2016)
"Lovesick"
(2016)
"1 Night"
(2017)

"What If I Go?"
(2016)
"Lovesick"
(2016)
"1 Night"
(2017)
ASAP Rocky singles chronology
"Good for You"
(2015) Good for You2015
"Lovesick"
(2016) Lovesick2016
"Blended Family (What You Do for Love)"
(2016) Blended Family (What You Do for Love)2016
Music video
"Lovesick" on YouTube

"Lovesick" (stylised as "Love$ick") is a single by Guernsey-born music producer Alex Crossan, under the alias Mura Masa, featuring vocals from ASAP Rocky. It was released on 30 September 2016, by Universal Music, Polydor and Anchor Point Records, as the second single for his self-titled debut album.

Recording and background[edit]

Crossan said about the recording of "Lovesick": "The first thing he [ASAP Rocky] said was that it made him feel really tropical, like he was in Ibiza or something and I was like, 'OK let's roll with that'. But then I said to him that it was about being stupid and feeling lovesick and hanging over a girl and he brought that to it as well. It was super fun, we hung out, smoked cigarettes, talked about fashion and Tame Impala."[2]

Composition[edit]

"Lovesick" is a vocal version of a previous instrumental track titled "Lovesick Fuck",[3] which was released in his debut EP Someday Somewhere. Crossan said that "the track originally was about sex and how I was feeling after a particularly empty encounter with a friend told through a kind of twisted-pop, calypso, hip hop dance track".[4]

Rachel Aroesti of The Guardian called the original instrumental "jazzy" and "tropical".[5] Jon Pareles wrote for The New York Times that the song is "built on a Caribbean-tinged beat and a four-bar loop of a piano that soon switches its sound to steel drums".[6] Collin Robinson of Stereogum opined that "Rocky injects the bouncy percussion and steel-drummed Caribbean vibes with some steez".[7] Rap-Up described the song as "soulful and electronic, calypso-tinged, rap-infused".[8] Eve Barlow of Pitchfork called it "airhorn-assisted calypso".[9]

Critical reception[edit]

El Hunt of DIY said: "No revolutionary new angles come from this guest spot, but it's a statement of intent all the same".[10]

Remixes and samples[edit]

The song has been remixed by Four Tet[11] and Mumdance.[12]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[23] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[24] Platinum 80,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[25] Gold 45,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[26] Platinum 30,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amazon.com: Love$ick [feat. A$AP Rocky] [Explicit]". Amazon. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  2. ^ Rindner, Grant (14 December 2016). "Mura Masa is sure to be massive". DIY. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  3. ^ Darville, Jordan (29 September 2016). "Mura Masa Taps A$AP Rocky For "Love$ick"". The Fader. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  4. ^ Pearce, Sheldon (29 September 2016). "Listen to A$AP Rocky and Mura Masa's New Song "Love$ick"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  5. ^ Aroesti, Rachel (14 July 2017). "Mura Masa: Mura Masa review – trop house brimming with nowness". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  6. ^ Pareles, Jon (14 July 2017). "Mura Masa Wrestles Complex Emotions on His Major-Label Debut". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  7. ^ Robinson, Collin (29 September 2016). "Mura Masa – "Love$ick" (Feat A$AP Rocky)". Stereogum. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  8. ^ "New Music: Mura Masa feat. A$AP Rocky – 'Love$ick'". Rap-Up. 29 September 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  9. ^ Barlow, Eve (18 July 2017). "Mura Masa: Mura Masa album review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  10. ^ Hunt, El (30 September 2016). "Track Review: Mura Masa - Love$ick (ft. A$AP Rocky)". DIY. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  11. ^ Bundy, Will. "A$AP Rocky And Mura Masa's "Love$ick" Gets The Remix Treatment From Four Tet". The Fader. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Love$ick by Mura Masa". WhoSampled. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Mura Masa feat. A$AP Rocky – Love$ick". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mura Masa feat. A$AP Rocky – Love$ick" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Mura Masa feat. A$AP Rocky – Love$ick". Tracklisten. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  16. ^ "Mura Masa feat. A$AP Rocky: Love$ick" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  17. ^ "Charts.nz – Mura Masa feat. A$AP Rocky – Love$ick". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  18. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Mura Masa feat. A$AP Rocky – Love$ick". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  19. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  20. ^ "Mura Masa Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  21. ^ "Mura Masa Chart History (Hot Dance/Electronic Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  22. ^ "ARIA End of Year Singles 2017". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  23. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2017 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  24. ^ "Canadian single certifications". Music Canada. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  25. ^ "Mura Masa feat. A$Ap Rocky "Love$ick"". ifpi.dk. 4 April 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  26. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Mura Masa feat. A$AP Rocky – Love$ick". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 17 March 2017.