Michael Kiwanuka : Get Familiar


23-year old North London Soul singer, songwriter and musician Michael Kiwanuka – with his beautiful blend of Vintage Soul, Jazz elements, real heartfelt lyrics, captivating vocals that he describes as “hitting straight to the core” and acoustic guitar – landed firmly on my radar far back in April of this year with his amazing debut single “Tell Me A Tale” via Communion Records [who are arguably one of the best independent UK labels of 2011, but we’ll save that argument for another day]…

The debut single “Tell Me A Tale,” along with it’s equally beautifully crafted B-sides “I Need Your Company” and “Worry Walks Beside Me” formed Kiwanuka’s debut EP Tell Me A Tale which was released in June and went a long way in introducing Kiwanuka – who has also toured with the mighty Adele this year – to a much wider audience and place his name firmly on the lips of critics and tastemakers all over the country.

“Tell Me A Tale”:

In droves came the features and the co-signs – from the likes of The Guardian, Q Magazine, Gilles Peterson at BBC Radio 1, Lauren Laverne at BBC 6 Music, The Telegraph and i-D Online amongst many others – and Kiwanuka certainly did not disappoint as he came back with yet another opus of a single and an even better sophomore EP in September. The EP’s lead single and title track “I’m Getting Ready” is much better than words can describe, while the accompanying B-sides “I Need You By My Side” and “Any Day Will Do Fine” are as soulful and exceptional as ever.

“I’m Getting Ready”:

Now signed to Polydor Records, Kiwanuka is gearing up to release the brand new Home Again EP – his third in the space of less than 12 months – on January 1st and his debut album Home Again is scheduled for release in March next year, with his first ever UK-wide tour in February sandwiched between those two landmarks. The Vintage Soul man is also playing at the XFM Xposure Live Show later this month and at Q Magazine’s New to Q show in January.

If ever there was a time to get familiar with an artist, that time is now and that artist is Michael Kiwanuka.

Michael Kiwunaka online: michaelkiwanuka.com / Facebook / @MichaelKiwunaka / YouTube / MySpace

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