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Anita Blay, better known by her stage name CocknBullKid previously thecocknbullkid, is an English singer and songwriter She released her debut single in 2008 and her debut album, Adulthood, in 2011 She has released music as part of the duo Antony and Cleopatra since 2014


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 21 2008–09: Early releases
    • 22 2010–11: Adulthood
    • 23 2012–present: Antony and Cleopatra
  • 3 Artistry
  • 4 Discography
    • 41 Studio albums
    • 42 Extended plays
    • 43 Mixtapes
    • 44 Singles
      • 441 as herself
      • 442 as Antony & Cleopatra
    • 45 Guest appearances
    • 46 Songwriting
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early life

Blay was born in Clapton, east London to Ghanaian parents and raised in the city's Hackney area Her mother left the family when she was 12 years old She cultivated an interest in music as a teenager, songwriting with rapper Plan B at a youth placement scheme when she was 16 She completed A-levels in English, sociology and theology Blay took a series of day jobs in her late teens, including one at Southwark Council, but found full-time employment incompatible with her lifestyle and decided to pursue music professionally


2008–09: Early releases

Blay adopted the stage name thecocknbullkid, explaining, "Initially I just liked the way it sounded—it gave me aural satisfaction Then I liked the idea of calling myself a bullstter , it's all a bit tongue-in-cheek" She began uploading material to her MySpace profile and networked with music producers, live promoters and managers

Blay released her debut single, "On My Own", in April 2008, followed by performances at the Glastonbury Festival and on the TV programme Later with Jools Holland later in the year She toured Germany with Vice magazine's Vice Live tour in late 2008 Her second single, "I'm Not Sorry" was released in March 2009, and by May 2009, she had signed to Moshi Moshi through Island Records Following Blay's appearance at the American music festival SXSW, her debut EP, Querelle, was released in the US via Iamsound Records in August 2009 to positive reviews from Prefix and Spin magazines To mark the EP's release, Blay issued a free mixtape featuring her own tracks alongside songs by artists including Late of the Pier and Diana Ross Also in 2009, Blay appeared alongside Alessi's Ark, Micachu, Roisin Murphy, and Sinead O'Connor on a cover of Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman", a charity single released to support ActionAid

Blay was expected to release a full-length album in 2009, with production from Blue May, Dave McCracken, Joseph Mount of Metronomy, and Mark-Anthony Tieku By 2010, Blay said she had scrapped the album's original sound; in 2011, a 12-track album from the initial recording sessions titled Adolescence leaked onto the Internet, and Blay actively encouraged her fans to download it

2010–11: Adulthood

Blay announced the change of her stage name to CocknBullKid in June 2010 and released the song "CocknBullKid" as a free download Her first single with Moshi Moshi/Island, "One Eye Closed", was released in November 2010, and she opened for Marina and the Diamonds and Kele on their respective tours in October and November The follow-up single, "Hold On to Your Misery", was released in January 2011, and third single "Asthma Attack" followed in April 2011 These releases preceded her debut album, Adulthood, which was recorded in London, Paris and Stockholm with production from Liam Howe, and includes contributions from Gonzales, Peter Morén of Peter Bjorn and John, and Joseph Mount It was released in April 2011, and a fourth and final single, "Yellow", was issued in August 2011 Spin magazine and The Guardian's Michael Cragg named Adulthood one of the best albums of the year

Blay promoted Adulthood with support slots on UK tours by Janelle Monáe from February 2011, Duran Duran May 2011, and Patrick Wolf October and November 2011 She collaborated with several other artists during 2011; featuring on the track "In Doubt" by Black Devil Disco Club, and on The Shoes' song "Cliché" from their album Crack My Bones and their remix of Wolf Gang's "Dancing with the Devil" alongside Mz Bratt Blay co-wrote material for Nicola Roberts' solo album Cinderella's Eyes 2011, but her tracks did not make the final cut of the album

2012–present: Antony and Cleopatra

Blay recorded "Doing It Wrong", the theme tune for the BBC Three television series Some Girls, which premiered in 2012 The same year she featured on Niyi's "Ur No Good" and the single "Never Let Go" by Rowdy Superstar, with whom she formed a side project called X&Y She co-wrote girl group Neon Jungle's 2013 debut single, "Trouble", which reached the top 20 on the UK Singles Chart

Blay and Alexander Burnett of Australian band Sparkadia formed a deep house duo called Antony and Cleopatra, who featured on three singles in 2014: Lancelot's "Givin' It Up", Beni's "Protect", and Sammy Bananas' "Money Time" Their debut single as lead artists, "Sirens", was released in 2015, and an album is soon to follow Another single was released afterwards entitled "Take Me" Blay has also been working on a second solo album, according to her publisher Downtown Music Publishing In 2015, Blay credited as CocknBullKid was featured on the Boxed In track "Lo Life" The duo got together again to form their third single and first single of 2016, entitled "Love Is A Lonely Dancer", which was debuted on SoundCloud

In April 2016, Blay's songwriting collaboration with Little Mix on their song "Hair", released from their 2015 album Get Weird, was released as an official single, featuring vocals from Sean Paul, and is classed as the biggest and most successful songwriting collaboration that Blay has took part in so far in her music career


Blay's work encompasses a number of influences including such disparate talents as Björk, Celine Dion, Morrissey and synthpop acts, including The Human League and The Knife BBC 6Music DJ Lauren Laverne has described Blay as "a latter-day Morrissey—or even a British Kelis" Her visual imagery has been inspired by Mexican folk art and colours prominent in South American culture, and she wears a bespoke headress for her live performances adorned with fairly lights, peace symbols, and skulls

American singer Shamir has cited CocknBullKid as one of his major influences, and had himself tattooed with a lyric from "Hold On to Your Misery"


Studio albums

Title Album details
  • Released: 23 May 2011
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Label: Moshi Moshi, Island

Extended plays

Title Album details
  • Released: 4 August 2009
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Label: Iamsound


  • thecocknbullkid 2009


as herself

List of singles
Title Year Album
"On My Own" 2008 N/A
"I'm Not Sorry" 2009 Querelle
"One Eye Closed" 2010 Adulthood
"Hold On to Your Misery" 2011
"Asthma Attack"

as Antony & Cleopatra

List of singles
Title Year Album
"Sirens" 2015 non-album single
"Take Me"
"Love Is A Lonely Dancer" 2016
"Dust" 2017

Guest appearances

Year Song Album
2009 "I'm Every Woman"
Alessi's Ark, thecocknbullkid, Micachu, Roisin Murphy, and Sinead O'Connor
2010 "Anywhere You Looked" CockNBullKid remix
Au Revoir Simone
Night Light
2011 "In Doubt"
Black Devil Disco Club featuring CocknBullKid
The Shoes featuring CocknBullKid
Crack My Bones
"Dancing with the Devil" Shoes remix
Wolf Gang featuring CocknBullKid + Mz Bratt
2012 "Never Let Go"
Rowdy Superstar featuring CocknBullKid
"Ur No Good"
Niyi featuring CocknBullKid
Great Britain: The Best of 2005–2012
2015 "Lo Life"
Boxed In featuring CocknBullKid
Boxed In


Title Year Artists Album Credits Written with:
"Budbäraren" 2012 Peter Morén Pyramiden Co-writer Peter Morén
"Trouble" 2013 Neon Jungle Welcome to the Jungle Benjamin Berry, Mathematica
"Future X Girl" 2014 Aminata Jamieson
"London Rain" Benjamin Berry, Uzoechi Emenike
"Right Beside You"
featuring Damon C Scott
The Dealer Non-album single Timothy Deal
"Home" 2015 Blue Colours Duncan James, Paul Meehan
"Hair" Little Mix Get Weird Edvard Forre Erfjord, Henrik Michelsen, Iain James, Camille Purcell
"Bad Boys" 2018 Lily Ahlberg TBA Lily Ahlberg, Johnny Hockings, Matthew Newman
featuring Lotto Boyzz
Taya Taya, Alan Sampson, Ashley Kirnon, Lucas Henry


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External links

  • CocknBullKid on Myspace
  • CocknBullKid discography at Discogs


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