MUSIC: Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again

by Jon "Law" Heredia

Born and raised in North London by Ugandan immigrants, Michael Kiwanuka debuts his album, Home Again (now available in the US), produced by Paul Butler from The Bees in his home studio on the Isle of Wight. A top 5 best seller in the UK, the album takes Michael’s effortless melodies, observant lyrics and smooth voice and builds them into timeless and rootsy folk-inflected modern soul. The US release features an additional song, the Dan Auerbach-produced “Lasan.”

Michael’s music draws comparisons to Otis Redding, Bill Withers and Marvin Gaye. Earlier this year he topped the BBC Sounds of 2012 list, joining the ranks of previous winners including Adele, Corinne Bailey Rae, 50 Cent, Ellie Goulding, and others.

Out now exclusively on iTunes, the album will be available digitally elsewhere on May 8, and July 31 will see the physical release of the album.

Michael will be heading to the US for a run of tour dates this June, kicking off at the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, TN, followed by shows in New York City, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago for Lollapalooza, and San Francisco for Outside Lands Festival.