Mura Masa - R.Y.C
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2020 Ratings: #587 / 616
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Based on 403 ratings
2020 Ratings: #923
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January 17, 2020 / Release Date
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Polydor / Label
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‘R.Y.C’ is at its most provocative and memorable when its larger-than-life characters and productions become unhinged and combustible with lust for life.


‘R.Y.C’ bills Mura Masa as a different prospect entirely.


An album which finds Mura Masa coming of age. Once again delivering an album that captures a sound unique of his own, every element ties together to form a body of work that deserves to be played over and over again.


R.Y.C makes no sense on paper, but Mura Masa displays his knob-turning strengths, dizzying versatility and ever-expanding potential, proving he more than belongs amongst his British youth-oriented and electronic forebears.

Long story short, if you’re a young person and you like dance bangers, this one is probably for you.

Missteps on R.Y.C are rare – Slowthai ruins a good beat with his local lad impression, Today with Tirzah is a bit too sleepy to have much of an impact – and the album sees Crossan as a distinctive producer once again, after the events of the past few years threatened to leave him faceless.


Where R.Y.C. succeeds—and where Crossan reveals a real point of view—is in his ultimate rejection of these initial frameworks in favor of something more fluid, a hybrid space in which these sounds, stylings, and emotional responses work together.


R.Y.C. is scattered and uneasy, but considering its subject matter and the emotions it expresses, it seems like it couldn't have turned out any other way, so it sounds undeniably genuine.


The producer has made bold and brave steps for his sophomore album; switching up from his usual electronic style to a guitar-heavy, angsty sound while laying down his own vocals on some of the main tracks.

Northern Transmissions

R.Y.C. isn’t as “profoundly awful” as The Guardian might have you believe, but it does represent a misstep of sorts for Mura Masa.

Spectrum Culture

R.Y.C. is less of a dynamic, energetic exploration of youth culture as it is a mostly banal record coated in a heavy, pale malaise that not even the most exciting of the artists featured on this record can cumulatively lift.


Ultimately, Crossan's earlier work far outperforms RYC, but risks with genre definitely earn him brownie points for effort and reveal a musical sensibility worth watching.

The Observer

Despite a couple of nicely turned meditations (the title track, A Meeting at an Oak Tree), Raw Youth Collage mainly transmits a confusion that is less generational than solely Mura Masa’s.

The Guardian

The whole thing does perhaps work as a satire on the stultifying effect of nostalgia, but if you’re worried about our burning planet, keep facing outward and don’t waste a single moment listening to anything this wretchedly blinkered.

WOW! A record so ill-conceived, mindless, undetermined, and unfocused that it deserves a review of the same vein. Has anybody else ever wondered why coconut water isn’t called coconut juice? I think it might have something to do with the curvature of the Earth and its relation to Brendon Urie’s taint. All that being said, the conspiracy theory that all characters from Winnie the Pooh all symbolize different mental illnesses is sure believable. Rabbit has OCD like me HA! Let me know ... read more
I understand that some elements of this album's production can be seen as maybe messy, cringe or amateurish. I will certainly understand if some fans of Mura Masa's fans are turned off because of the lack of real engaging songs except for "Deal Wiv It". However, it is hard to deny that Mura Masa isn't honestly expressing an unfiltered stream of youth. Or as he would put it...a "Raw Youth Collage".

That concept may repel some of you artsier music snobs, but in all honesty ... read more
corny in an endearing way. a cute listen if you let yourself get sucked into it.
kai whiston's album last year was a great example of how electronic music and rock music could be intertwined and mashed into a final product. mura masa's latest project seems to want to do the same thing with a more acoustic twist, but the production is so lackluster and bare that it doesn't allow for any sort of depth, and the rock—er, 'rock'—parts of this album aren't edgy enough to be interesting. "i don't think i can do this again" and "in my mind" are the ... read more
It sounded very messy, unoriginal, and even banal. This was just a rather disappointing attempt to mix indie rock with electronic aspects.
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Track List

  1. Raw Youth Collage
  2. No Hope Generation
  3. I Don't Think I Can Do This Again
  4. A Meeting at an Oak Tree (feat. Ned Green)
  5. Deal Wiv It (feat. slowthai)
  6. vicarious living anthem
  7. In My Mind
  8. Today (feat. Tirzah)
  9. Live Like We're Dancing (feat. Georgia)
  10. Teenage Headache Dreams
  11. (nocturne for strings and a conversation)
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Added on: October 25, 2019