Anchor Point / Polydor – January 17th
Mura Masa has teased a new sound since the release of the dazzling, ‘I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again’ featuring Clairo earlier this autumn, but this is far from what could’ve been expected. Facing that dreaded sophomore album, the 23-year-old producer has turned the clocks back with RYC (Raw Youth Collage) to create a choppy collection of Britpop, new wave and 90s rave-inspired tracks.
This journey through adolescence is certain to divide long-term fans as moments like ‘Teenage Headache Dreams’, with Wolf Alice’s Ellie Roswell signify a turn away from hip-hop influences to vocally-distorted, indie crooning over heavy club beats. However, there are glimpses of brilliance, such as ‘Deal Wiv It’ which features slowthai channelling a Mike Skinner bravado, the joyously funky Georgia collaboration ‘Live Like We’re Dancing” and ‘Today’, an enticingly delicate ballad with Tirzah.
Buy: Mura Masa – R.Y.C.