Just days before the release of R.Y.C., Mura Masa has shared another single supporting his upcoming album. With the help of vocalist Georgia, “Live Like We’re Dancing” continues Mura Masa’s trend towards sounds more associated with indie rock than electronic. However, the track still carries a strong momentum; the bass line provides the groove while a wavy guitar line underlays Georgia’s uplifting lyrics.
R.Y.C. will be released in full on January 17, with a following tour opening in London a month after. While all signs point towards the album being a stark departure from his self-titled album, the string of singles preceding R.Y.C., including “Teenage Headache Dreams,” indicate Mura Masa can do no wrong.
Mura Masa‘s self-titled 2017 album was one of the most forward-thinking dance albums of that year, blending pop melodies with quirky tropical production to achieve critical and commercial success. Since then, Mura Masa’s sound has been trending towards rock and indie-inspired sounds. His November release, the Slowthai-assisted bop, “Deal Wiv It,” is centered around a gritty, punk rock bass line while keeping an EDM-esque song structure.
Mura Masa’s latest, however, “Teenage Headache Dreams,” is his most emotive material to date. Vocalists Ellie Roswell and Wolf Alice wistfully sing of their younger years while an acoustic guitar intro sets the tone. Complete with a guitar solo and vocoded spoken word breakdown, “Teenage Headache Dreams” feels more like an indie pop track than a dance track. Goodbye Mura Masa, dance producer; Hello Mura Masa, indie rock star.
In addition, to the song’s release, Mura Masa posted a short clip explaining his upcoming album and tour. R.Y.C.‘s release date is slated for release January 17. The album’s supporting tour begins February 20 in London. View the full schedule here.