Jauntier than a sherbet-infused space hopper, ‘Simulation’ has all the makings of a diamond-sharp arrow, aiming straight for the bullseye. After teaming up with Killer Mike for the heavier ‘Carry On,’ Tkay Maidza’s inclination for piling bubblegum choruses atop popping candy backdrops grows stronger still here. Though her melodies may be saccharine, the final product packs an almighty punch.
Trilling little bursts of synth whizz all over the shop like firecrackers, trading blows with trebled-up beats, and multicoloured bursts of combustion. “If I break the rules, will you play?” asks Tkay Maidza, more rhetorical than anything else. Later on, “she’s living on the run”. Filled lyrical signs point towards an artist that gets a kick out of bending the rules, this is also an absolute belter of a pop song.
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