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Tkay Maidza - Out Now 'Sweet Justice'
Tkay Maidza : Out Now 'Sweet Justice'
2nd November 2023

"A breathless, intoxicating album bursting with ideas and creativity, and reveals something different and compelling with every listen... Maidza is a chameleonic and inventive artist who's speeding straight to the top of her game."
The Guardian **** 
“A full package…true banger”
 NPR Music
“Fiery lyrics, swagger and range…Like Missy Elliott and Santigold, she can bend her airy voice to any beat”
Pitchfork, 7.6/10
“Feels like it could be the work of an album-oriented A-list star…pulls it off remarkably” - BrooklynVegan
"Maidza has crafted a collection of perfectly constructed songs that encapsulate her karmic truth: that living well is the best revenge"

Today, Tkay Maidza releases her new album Sweet Justice, named Rough Trade shop’s Album of the Month, which includes recent singles: ‘Silent Assassin (produced by Flume), ‘Ring-A-Ling’, ‘WUACV’, ‘Out of Luck’ and yesterday’s new release, ‘Won One’. Featuring collaborations with Lolo Zouaï, Amber Mark, Duckwrth, Stint and Kaytranada, Sweet Justice is the second album from the Zimbabwean-born, Australian-raised, Los Angeles-based rapper, singer and producer, and the first female rapper signed to 4AD.

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New single ‘Won One’, a song that addresses Tkay’s experiences with misogyny in the music industry, is excoriating but high-minded, drawing connections between the men who try to control women’s careers and the men that do women the world over wrong every day: “You remind me of a guy that I let go/You remind me of a friend that got too close,'' she sings.

“‘Won One’ was therapeutic to write. I don’t feel bad about anything that I said,” says Tkay. Made with Stint, an artist Tkay has always wanted to work with, during one of her first sessions back in LA after her Berlin trip, ‘Won One’ plays like an exorcism, channelling all the apathy and animosity she felt towards music industry chauvinism. “It was almost like automatic writing – I didn’t overthink it, I didn’t edit any word that I put in.”

The result of a dark night of the soul—and ensuing epiphany—that led to a series of professional and personal reckonings, Sweet Justice isn’t a revenge album, but it does stem from a profound sense of karma. In a traditional sense, it’s a breakup record: about Tkay splitting off from her self-doubt and warped sense of self; the toxic figures that populated the last chapter of her life; and the idea that she should stick to any one lane. Sweet Justice embodies the beautiful contradictions of Tkay’s art: it’s a coming-of-age record by someone who’s mastered the game; an album about karmic justice and accountability that’s bright, breezy and incredibly fun. In Tkay’s mind, it’s a rebirth album, harnessing the feminine power that was innate in her the whole time.

Sweet Justice
follows the 3-year-long, 24 song-strong genre-bending Last Year Was Weird trilogy exploring Maidza’s own African-Australian experience. The project earned her a 2021 ARIA Awards win for Best Soul/R&B Release and an NME Award for Best Solo Act from Australia in 2022.

Following on from tours with Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa and Lizzo, Tkay will celebrate the release of Sweet Justice with headline shows in major cities in the UK and Europe, including a headline show at London’s Scala on 14th November, tickets available here.

10th - Cafe de la Danse (Pitchfork Festival), Paris, France
11th - Prachtwerk, Berlin, Germany
13th - Paradiso (Upstairs), Amsterdam, Netherlands 
14th - Scala, London, UK 

Tkay Maidza 'Sweet Justice'

1. Love and Other Drugs
3. Out of Luck (ft. Lolo Zouaï & Amber Mark)
4. What Ya Know
5. Won One
6. Love Again
8. Ghost!
9. Ring-a-Ling
10. Free Throws
11. Silent Assassin
12. Our Way
13. Gone to the West (ft. Duckwrth)
14. Walking On Air

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