Michael Kiwanuka

Classic laid-back soul

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Michael Kiwanuka

 

 

Having impressed on tour with Adele, as well as at Bushstock, Hard Rock Calling and on a slot on Later With Jools Holland, this laid-back London soul man is slowly but surely getting the acclaim he deserves.

 

The lush 'I'm Getting Ready' mixes soothing Bill Withers vocals with a Van Morrison-esque Sunday morning feel, with 'Tell Me A Tale' unafraid to start off with a flute in amongst old-school orchestration. It's almost defiantly retro, but also impossible not to be taken in by. Listening in, you'd be forgiven for thinking it's all from some long-lost soul-jazz vinyl gem hidden at the back of the racks.

 

Throw in his charming live show, and you have one of the most impressive singer-songwriters to emerge in years. Forget the chill-out slot, this is more than good enough to be the main event.

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