SNDtrack: Michael Kiwanuka

By Anna Piszczkiewicz

British singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka caught our eye as the winner of the BBC’s Sound of 2012, a poll by music critics which highlights the most promising new music talent. What’s surprising here is that the crooner’s retro-soul vibe easily takes the listener back in time a few decades but that’s exactly what we like about him so much.

Light, summery and mellow is how we’d describe his latest single “Bones.”  And nearing the beginning of fall, we want to feel all those things—light, summery and mellow—just a touch longer. This track helps.

Michael Kiwanuka – “Bones”

Kiwanuka is 24-years-old. His first musical loves were no different than those of his peers: Nirvana, Radiohead, Offspring and Blur. What changed?

First came a gifted Bob Dylan box set from a friend, then a free CD—that came with a music magazine—featuring an outtake of Otis Redding’s “Sitting On The Dock of the Bay.”More influences came, of course, but it was Dylan and Redding who laid the foundations for his take on vintage folk and soul.

Kiwanuka released his debut album Home Again earlier this year.

Michael Kiwanuka – “I’m Getting Ready”

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