Tkay Maidza – Switch Tape EP

18-year-old Adelaide sweetheart Tkay Maidza seems to be killing the game at the moment, and we can’t see her slowing down any time soon. And if her first few releases weren’t indicative enough of this, her debut EP most definitely is. Fresh off the bat of her appearances at the Australia-wide Listen Out festival, Tkay Maidza is going from strength to strength, receiving accolades from Australia and overseas alike.

Released only a few days ago, Switch Tape sees Maidza utilise her rapping and vocal abilities to provide listeners with a solid five-track EP; three original tracks, as well as two remixes of her debut single, U-Huh.

Opening with the aforementioned song, U-Huh sets the precedent for the remainder of the tape. All you want to do is bounce, and dance. And then bounce again. The repetitive bridge of “chiddy-bang-bang/chiddy-bang-bang” refuses to escape your brain after the first listen. So much so, that you refuse to only listen to the track once. Trust me, it’s hard to not want to press the ‘Repeat’ button over and over again. Catchy as hell, it’s also a struggle to go passed the break-down where Maidza spits about ‘papadums’ and ‘teenie weenies.’ I’m not the only one that hears “My teenie’s so weeny”, right?

Finish Them presents itself as the second offering on Switch Tape. Put it this way, if you weren’t bouncing before, you definitely will be now. Listening to the song, it isn’t hard to get reminders of Azealia Banks or Rye Rye as Maidza spits over a very Major Lazer-sounding track. That’s not to say that she doesn’t make the song her own, though – she most definitely does. However, listening to the EP in its entirety, this track stands out amongst the rest as the one with the most, I suppose, familiarity to other artists. Similar to its predecessor, the hip hop-Moombahton track also contains a break-down that adds another dimension to it. It’s fun, it’s cool, it’s all very Tkay.

Maidza’s latest single release and third track on the EP, Switch Lanes, is – to me – the track that perfectly defines her raw talent. The song proves the tenacity of not only her rhyming ability, but also her vocal ability. This is the track that proves just why she is in this industry. The girl is talented, there is no denying that.

Considering the last two tracks are remixes of the same song, they both offer distinctive differences – in a good way! The first remix, performed by Triple J House Party host KLP is a marvel of wondrous, reggae-vibing dance delight. Especially combined with a beautiful chorus, the track screams “Summer playlist.” Kudos to you, KLP baby. You know your stuff. Luke Million (yes, of Arnold fame) dabbled with the track also. His take – a little slower, a little more 80s and equally as fun. If I had to choose one, though, I wouldn’t be able to go past KLP‘s jam. That lady nailed it!

All in all, you’re staring down the barrel of a very well-loaded, talented gun. Watch out for this girl. She’s bringing a whole new dimension of hip hop to not only Australian audiences, but representing Australian female hip hop artists in the best ways, unlike some that may or may not rhyme with Shmiggy Shmashmalea.

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