R.Y.C. (Raw Youth Collage) is the second studio album by British producer Mura Masa. It was released on January 17, 2020, through Polydor Records and Anchor Point Records. The album features guest appearances from Clairo, Slowthai, Tirzah, and Ellie Rowsell.
R.Y.C. is a departure from Mura Masa’s previous work, which was primarily electronic dance music. The album is more guitar-driven and features a more diverse range of influences, including post-punk, Britpop, emo, and French house. The lyrics on R.Y.C. deal with themes of nostalgia, anxiety, and the search for identity.
The album was met with generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 75, based on 20 reviews.
The album’s lead single, “No Hope Generation”, was released in October 2019. The song peaked at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart. The album’s second single, “Deal Wiv It”, was released in November 2019. The song peaked at number 33 on the UK Singles Chart.
R.Y.C. was a commercial success, debuting at number three on the UK Albums Chart and number 11 on the US Billboard 200. The album has been certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
R.Y.C. is a strong and diverse album that showcases Mura Masa’s talent as a producer and songwriter. The album is a must-listen for fans of electronic music, indie rock, and alternative pop.
Raw Youth College (R.Y.C) by Mura Masa
Track 1: Raw Youth Collage
Track 2: No Hope Generation
Track 3: I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again
Track 4: A Meeting At An Oak Tree (with Ned Green)
Track 5: Deal Wiv It
Track 6: Vicarious Living Anthem
Track 7: In My Mind
Track 8: Today
Track 9: Live Like We’re Dancing
Track 10: Teenage Headache Dreams
Track 11: (Nocturne For Strings And A Conversation)