The current state of a majority of mainstream R&B/Soul music in the States is rather discouraging when compared to its heyday, as it’s now comprised of little in the way of refreshing or original-sounding talent, so who knew that a young London artist raised by Ugandan parents could inspire a little hope for this genre by building off the styles of venerable singers like Otis Redding, Bill Withers, and Marvin Gaye. The artist is Michael Kiwanuka, and there is a lovely hazy quality to his debut album Home Again as if it’s straight out of the 1960s or 1970s, thereby evoking a timeless quality. Kiwanuka’s music can be described as rootsy, folk-inflected modern soul with hints of jazz and contemporary R&B.
British soul-singer Michael Kiwanuka is proud to announce the release of his newest EP, Home Again, via Cherrytree/Interscope Records, today January 3rd 2012. The three-song EP will only be available digitally in the US. For full track-listing, see below. Following Michael’s introduction in 2011 with the Tell Me A Tale and I’m Getting Ready EPs through Communion Records, Home Again heralds another fine glimpse into this unique, British voice for 2012.
Michael Kiwanuka is pleased to announce details of his debut UK and Ireland tour this Autumn, as well as a tour of the US in support of Adele.
Michael will head out across the UK in late October and November for his first spate of headline shows in support of his forthcoming second EP, I’m Getting Ready.
The dates will be preceded by a previously announced EP launch night at London’s Bush Hall on the 21st of September, and a 10 date tour of the US in October.
For today’s Free Music Friday we are pleased to offer you a magic bag of tracks from five different artists. All of these tracks were sent to us by Stayloose, a music PR company located in Bristol, England. We were introduced to Stayloose by Kevin Jones who, along with acclaimed producer Ian Grimble and Mumford & Sons, Ben Lovett, founded the London based Communion Records.