SUPPORT FOR ‘DON’T BLINK’
“With pummeling guitar, formidable bars and a hard hitting, swaggering bass, ‘Don’t Blink’ is a total heater.”
– Purple Sneakers (AUS)
Following on from his critically praised single ‘Funny Business’, Canberra-based hip hop artist Citizen Kay has returned with his up front new single ‘Don’t Blink’ – produced by the artist himself.
Opening with irresistible bass riffs and ominous police sirens, ‘Don’t Blink’ quickly drops into Kay’s distinctive delivery showcasing his deft dynamic range. As Kay’s performance crescendo’s the track builds in intensity accentuating the lyrical message of a powerful example of exquisite hip-hop.
Citizen Kay talks about the motivation behind ‘Don’t Blink’:
“It’s basically about complacency. There can be a very fine line between being understanding or patient and being complacent. There’s a time for silence and observation and a time for action and blunt conversation. Both are necessary. This is me exploring my potential complacency and questioning my next moves, questioning my motives and questioning my actions.”
Citizen Kay’s albums ‘Demokracy’ and ‘With The People’ were both nominated for an ARIA award in the ‘Best Urban Album’ category; the former was also nominated for an AIR award for ‘Best Independent Hip-Hop Album Release’. A performance soon followed on triple j’s esteemed ‘Like A Version’ segment and was met with praise by fans and critics alike.
Previous releases have also been strongly supported by Spotify, Apple Music, Complex, Pilerats, Purple Sneakers, Cool Accidents, AUD’$, Acid Stag and NME, with video clips added to rotation on ABC’s Rage. He’s also had multiple tracks added to rotation on triple j and extensive play across community radio.
His three albums, including his last ‘Belly Of The Beast‘, received top 10 placings on the US College Hip Hop charts and the single ‘Ego’ broke into the top 20 of the US NACC Singles chart. In the UK, the single picked up regional and community radio plays.
Citizen Kay has toured the country extensively, supporting hip hop luminaries Public Enemy, Run The Jewels, Ice Cube, Danny Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Earl Sweatshirt and Australian crowd favourites ILLY, Tkay Maizda and Seth Sentry. He’s also made appearances at Australian mainstay events Falls Festival and Groovin’ The Moo.
In the coming weeks, Citizen Kay will reveal an accompanying music video for ‘Don’t Blink’ directed by long-time collaborator Nic Vevers.
‘Don’t Blink’ is available worldwide now through Asphalt Records/MGM
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