By the age of 23, Anita Blay began making headlines as the sassy electro-pop soloist thecocknbullkid (a self-chosen moniker attributed to her bullsh*tting ability, spelled as one word, with no capitals or apostrophes). Born in East London to Ghanaian parents, she started making music with various hip-hop artists, including Plan B, while in a youth placement program, and from there she began making home recordings with her computer and MIDI keyboard in her dad’s Hackney flat. She expanded her sound with the help of Metronomy founding member Joe Mount, and her debut single was released on Metronomy’s 7” label. In the summer of 2008, Blay played the major U.K. festivals, using backing tracks off a hard disc and a live three-piece lineup, then went on to tour with Santogold, CSS, Metronomy, and Late of the Pier. After IAMSOUND Records released her North American debut EP in autumn of 2009, titled Querelle, thecocknbullkid started readying a full-length for 2010.
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