EP REVIEW: Tkay Maidza – Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2

Tkay Maidza is an artist who is in full creative fruition. Following the release of her ‘Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 1’ EP in 2018, the Zimbabwean-born Australian singer-songwriter and rapper has been cohesively delivering a sound and vision that feels ultimately authentic and passionately driven. 

Ready to give the world ‘Vol. 2’ of this three part project, she continues to dive deeper into this creative explosion of her artistic discovery. Every song on this eight track collection adds perfectly to her trajectory and feels bold whether it’s a hyped-up hip-hop track or a somber RNB tinged moment.

Opening with ‘My Flowers’ she confidently proclaims that she doesn’t need anyone to reiterate her worth because she’s got herself and that’s all she needs. Singing through the rhythmically charged and nostalgic hook, she paints a vivid image of growth. “My petals fly, they can fly, they can fly. But they can fall if I don’t take my time”. 

After easing into the EP, she serves a underground UK disco influenced punch with ‘24k’ which has this ultimate natural groove embedded in it’s heartbeat. And from there she goes full hype mode with the Missy Elliot reminiscent ‘Shook’, the angsty ‘Awake’ featuring JPEGMAFIA and the dark trap ‘Grasshopper’ which hears her reflecting on her journey in the industry. But it’s the last lyric from the second verse which stands out as she proclaims “Last year was weird, now we’re doing good”. BAM!

Transitioning into a different pace, ‘You Sad’ brings it back to a chilled out RNB delivery where a more vulnerably charged Tkay emerges, while still holding onto her sassy exterior. Singing about someone who uses emotional manipulation to try keep her in their grips, you will immediately resonate with her. “3 am you alone right now. I can’t come to the phone right now. You sad, I know your ways, you sad” she sings. 

‘PB Jam’ is another slow jam moment before she closes the EP with recent single ‘Don’t Call Again’ featuring Kari Faux. Reminiscent of the likes of SZA and Kali Uchis, this RNB break-up moment moment also interpolates a 70’s pop ballad sound into the mix. It’s something that has a groove in it’s own unique way, and will have you transfixed on every word she soothingly sings. 

This cohesive collection of tracks highlights Tkay Maidza’s growth as an artist, and puts a spotlight on the trajectory she wants to have sonically and lyrically. It’s a very captivating listen that will find you transfixed from the moment you press play. She has a lot to say and she’s got a strong vision that could make her one of Australia’s biggest music exports. Tkay Maidza is a star, and that’s THAT.