Tkay Maidza’s jaw-dropping debut album TKAY is released in Australia today via Dew Process & UMA. Maidza has only just landed back on home soil fresh from the US after a handful of headline club shows plus two performances in New Zealand. Next week she will begin the Australian leg of her national headline tour with an arsenal of brand new material ready to shake-up dance floors across the country. The tour kicks off in Brisbane on Thursday November 3, before heading to Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Adelaide and Hobart. Special guests Sable and Midas.Gold will be supporting; tickets are selling fast.
In celebration of the release today, Tkay has just announced a surprise pop-up in-store at Sydney’s Butter where she will perform live and be signing copies of the album which will be available from the venue. Tkay x Butter – 6 Hunt St Surry Hills, Sydney from 4pm.
TKAY was showcased across Australian airwaves all this week after being awarded the celebrated triple j Feature Album as well as FBi’s ‘Album Of The Week’. Internationally, Zane Lowe selected current single “Simulation” as his ‘World Record’ on Beats 1.
‘Simulation’ finds Maidza infusing melody-driven dance-pop with a sweet and tender soulfulness. It was the third cut to be revealed, following the huge first official single ‘Carry On’, featuring none other than cultural and political icon and one half of Run The Jewels – Killer Mike. The track was added straight to high rotation on triple j, topping their hit list and quickly gaining close to one-and-a-half million streams globally online. Maidza also recently dropped the track ‘Tennies’ – an ode to Tkay’s favourite kicks – produced by LA-based producer Salva.
Having established herself as a commanding and complex vocalist and lyricist, the songs across TKAY channel a sense of defiance and attitude that could only be wielded by an artist blazing the kind of unique trail Maidza has already achieved in not only Australian hip-hop but the Australian music industry as a whole. She brings a dance-ready yet reflective dynamic that endlessly warps genres and shows her affinity for everything from UK garage, grime, throwback hip-hop, and trap. Joining forces with producers like Salva (Young Thug, A$AP Ferg) and Dre Skull (Major Lazer, Snoop Dogg), Maidza continually pushes her music to the exciting edge of chaos but keeps it all grounded with her pop-perfect melodies and masterfully heavy grooves. Meanwhile her lyrics strike a rare balance of boldness and vulnerability that gives TKAY a potent emotional charge.
Her most recent Australian shows at BIGSOUND in September unsurprisingly reinforced her status as one of the most talked about artists in the country, as she became the name on everyone’s lips at the growing international music industry conference and music festival. Those shows saw Maidza showcase brand new material to jam-packed audiences, with Music Feeds stating, “To say [Brisbane venue] The Flying Cock was packed to the rafters would be an understatement… Tkay Maidza’s closing set blew the lid off of the place… Driven by an amalgam of toothy smiles, dance-friendly beats and single-minded charisma, she sent a constant stream of energy coursing outward to a receptive crowd… this set was electric, with the audience reaction matching the energy in equal measure.” Meanwhile, Tone Deaf declared, “she dominated the stage… and boy did she kill it.”
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