Top Albums of 2017: Mura Masa

The music supervision team at PlayNetwork saw over 6700+ albums, EPs and compilations added to our extensive music library in 2017. With so much amazing music to pick from, our Music Supervision team finally narrowed down their top 10 albums of the year.

Continuing our theme of top album write ups, we’ve enlisted seasoned Music Supervisor and Manager, Dean Carlson, who has over 25 years’ experience in the music industry. He got bit by the music bug early, first DJ’ing at his high school radio station, and then having a successful 15 year radio career afterwards. Dean even launched his own syndicated radio show heard in over 25 countries. Dean writes on why the new Mura Masa self titled album is one of his favorites of 2017.

Artist: Mura Masa

Album: Mura Masa

Track: What If I Go?

Twitter: @mura_masa_

I can remember exactly where I was the first time I heard Mura Masa and his single “What If I Go?” It was in my car listening to local station, KEXP, with my fellow PlayNetwork Music Supervisor, Alex Ruder. Masa is a 21 year-old DJ and producer from Guernsey, England, who innocently went from being a quiet, shy bedroom producer to one of the most sought-after remixers on the planet right now. I saw him perform live at a sold-out show here at the Showbox, and his originality and shear creativity shined on every song, all while jumping around the stage like a boisterous kid in a playground. His debut album is nominated for 2 Grammys this year, Best Electronic Album and Best Recording Packag; and is the first artist to be nominated as both a musician and creative director for the same album.

Dean Sven Carlson

About Dean Sven Carlson

Hey, I am Dean Sven Carlson, manager of music services at PlayNetwork. I have been in the music industry for over 25 years.

I got the music bug early, diving in as a DJ and music director for my high school radio station in Bellevue, WA. Being able to get promo record service and play new artists over the airways at 17 years old—I was hooked!

Not only did I have a successful 15-year radio career (I even launched my own syndicated show heard in over 25 countries), I immersed myself in the live music and festival world including WOMAD, Bumbershoot and the Decibel Festival.

I have been a music supervisor for 10 years and 4 of them right here at PlayNetwork and I love it! Fine-tuning playlists, helping brand partners find their perfect sound, reviewing what is new on the charts—there isn’t a moment when I don’t have the music on in my office.

I am inspired daily by the people I work with at PlayNetwork, either trying to come up with an innovative way to solve a problem, kicking around ideas for a new branded playlist, or just talking about a new artist that everyone is buzzing about. I work with some of the coolest people on the planet.

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