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Citizen Kay + Tkay Maidza

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It’s not often that you get a Hip Hop artist out of Canberra that produces tunes that are catchy, not cheesy and don’t cause severe aneurisms in anyone unlucky enough to be listening to Australian Hip Hop. Citizen Kay is one of those artists who have really shone above everything else in the local scene and has successfully put out and produced a fine piece of modern hip hop from Australia – a feat that the industry has for years considered impossible.

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This Saturday is Sydney’s chance to catch two of the most explosive hip-hop/electronic acts in the country at the Newtown Social Club.

This month has seen him touring with the equally explosive Adelaidean Tkay Maidza, whose single Brontosaurus represents another solid release for Australian music. If Kay dabbles, then Maidza wades waist deep in the pool of electronic dance music – both artists certainly moreso than the straight up breakbeats and sample smashing of less interesting local producers. Take a listen to the bizzare hit that is Brontosaurus.

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It’s an odd mix of so many strange dancefloor elements, but the weirdest thing is that the song really sounds like a brontosaurus. It’s as though Kay has created a track of heightened self awareness in Brontosaurus, highlighting and embracing everything that modern club music represents – brutal repetition, a bassline that tracks a digital bounce and a structure of relentless buildups and drops, almost to the point of comedy.

This Saturday (31st May) is Sydney’s chance to catch the final leg of the two artist’s national tour, where Kay will be launching his latest single Manage. It’s a track with a little more of that neo-soul aesthetic in the choruses, but it’s not overdone to the point that everything else on Triple J seems to be – almost as though the track could stand up on its own on the international scene.

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May 30, 2014

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