British soul-singing, songwriting wonder, Michael Kiwanuka, has returned, and he’s bearing a red-hot classic.
Kiwanuka was thrust into the limelight after being hailed as the BBC Sound of 2012, his knack for crafting rich, old-school soul capturing imagination of critics and listeners, and even earning him a Mercury Prize nomination.
Since then, the London-born singer-songwriter has mostly kept himself to himself. Until now: ‘Black Man in a White World’ is the lead single from his forthcoming second album, Love & Hate. This song is a glorious road tune that’s like a 60s Mississippi soul song unearthed after years of neglect. Inflo has handled production on this track, and Danger Mouse executive produced Kiwanuka’s new album. The slow, steady build of this song’s rhythm coupled with Kiwanuka’s wholehearted voice is one of 2016’s most striking music moments yet.
Black Man in a White World appears on the forthcoming album, Love & Hate, released on May 27, 2016, on Polydor.
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