Murkage Dave’s debut, ‘Murkage Dave Changed My Life’, is a record that broke new ground in both British Pop and Black British identity. His second studio release ‘The City Needs A Hero’ is set to reach new heights with Dave exploring socio-political, romantic & introspective themes, further affirming his modern-day poet status.
“For his sophomore solo outing, he adds even more ingredients into the mix, invoking soul, house and indie pop resulting in what is without a doubt his best album yet.”
9/10, The Line Of Best Fit
“With ‘The City Needs A Hero’, east-Londoner Murkage Dave’s observant tales of conflicted times widen their scope. Candid and forlorn, The City Needs A Hero captures the 2022 milieu.” Rolling Stone
Murkage Dave has collaborated with Mike Skinner, Jaykae, Skepta and Parisian producer Hologram Lo, US “Night Bass” originator AC Slater and french rapper Nekfeu. While working on his new album, he’s had the honour of working with a diverse range of talent including trip-hop pioneer Tricky, alt-pop icon Caroline Polachek and LA rap veteran Evidence.
It’s no surprise that his defiantly British sound - a pop blend that’s rooted in a youth spent listening to UK Garage and R&B, but also revealing formative years in Manchester absorbing The Smiths and Joy Division - is attracting fans globally.
Pre-pandemic his ‘Keep Up The Bad Work Tour’ sold out in many cities, including Manchester’s YES and London’s Studio 9294. He’s also toured as a support act for The Streets, playing 25 shows across the UK and Europe, as well as warming up for indie-rock band Peace and Tricky on their respective tours. At the end of 2019, he joined forces with friend and grime veteran Manga Saint Hilare for ‘We Need To Look After Us’ a collaborative album and sold out live show.
The Leytonstone born musician has received support and attention from the likes of; Pharrell Williams, Young Fathers, Iggy Pop, Romesh Ranganathan and Beastie Boys member Mike D, all of which have supported his music on their radio shows. He’s also been supported at BBC Radio 1 by the likes of Clara Amfo, Sian Eleri, Jack Saunders, DJ Target, Jamz Supernova, Annie Mac, and Toddla T. As well as receiving press coverage from Pitchfork, The Fader, Wonderland, Rolling Stone, The Times, The Line Of Best Fit, Complex, The Face, Evening Standard, The Guardian, Highsnobiety, Noisey, Mixmag, Clash, Dummy, Hunger, Trench Mag and many more.