Tkay MaidzaWith the exception of the rebellious, sass-inducing Flexin’ (featuring DUCKWRTH), Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1 is a tempo change from South Australian Tkay Maidza’s last release, her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album.

It’s a brave move, and a sign of the Maidza evolving and maturing as an artist, considering her penchant for releasing dancehall/hip hop bangers.

White Rose slinks along with a neo-soul filter draped over Tkay’s snarling flow, Lullabies is a reflective escape plan, and closing track Say It wouldn’t be out of place on Kanye’s The Life Of Pablo. “Hate getting older, love growing up,” Maidza sings on stand-out Growing Up. (With that sentiment, it’s hard to comprehend that she’s still only 21.) “When you stop making excuses and start making changes, realise others will always try taking advantage,” she continues.

Tkay is only listening to herself now, and finally becoming the artist she wants to be, free of expectation. Last Year Was Weird Vol.1 is a liberating experience; here’s to Vol. 2.

Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1 is out August 31 via Dew Process/UMA.

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