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KIWANUKA

Michael Kiwanuka

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His third album is entitled Kiwanuka… does that mean that Michael Kiwanuka has finally come to peace with himself? Since starting out in 2012, the Londoner has not stopped questioning his place in the arts, his relationship to his musical influences, his own identity and his role in a society still plagued by racism… Following the release of his brilliant debut album Home Again, Kiwanuka was inaugurated as the next big thing for contemporary soul. His thought-provoking soul was blended with Terry Callier-style folk and scents of the seventies. Some even compared him to Bill Withers, Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye! On his second album, Love & Hate, released in 2016, the songwriter explored his rock side without forgetting his gospel and soul roots, and was joined by Danger Mouse in the production studio.

Kiwanuka walks in the footsteps of the artist’s previous records: the lyrics are still politically engaged and the instrumentals just as rich, though he seems more relaxed on this album. Danger Mouse is once again behind the production console, this time adding a new dimension and strength to the sound: we find cinematic soul, larger-than-life gospel, funky wah-wah guitars, sensual strings, big bass, long instrumentals… we could go on! It’s all there right from the opening track You Ain’t The Problem, a real masterpiece of soul. Michael Kiwanuka has never tried to hide his love for Marvin Gaye and What’s Going On (his favourite album of all time) and Trouble Man often come to mind, even if the two men’s voices are fundamentally different. This third work from the 32-year-old Brit reveals an unprecedented density. And each time you listen you notice something new, be it a subtle arrangement, a thoughtful lyric or a thinly disguised instrument. A magnificent album. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
You Ain't The Problem 00:04:09

Brian Burton, ComposerLyricist - Danger Mouse , Producer, Percussion, Tambourine, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Kennie Takahashi, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Barr, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Rosie Danvers, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Campbell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Bonner, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Kiwanuka, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kadeem, Keyboards, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Inflo, Producer, Drums, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Music Production, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Graham Godfrey, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Dean Josiah Cover, ComposerLyricist - Zara Benyounes, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

A Polydor Records recording; ℗ 2019 Polydor Limited

2
Rolling 00:02:51

Brian Burton, ComposerLyricist - Danger Mouse , Producer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Kennie Takahashi, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Woodcraft, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Campbell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kiwanuka, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Inflo, Producer, Drums, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Synthesizer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Dean Josiah Cover, ComposerLyricist

A Polydor Records recording; ℗ 2019 Polydor Limited

3
I've Been Dazed 00:04:25

Steve Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Burton, ComposerLyricist - Danger Mouse , Producer, Electric Guitar, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Kennie Takahashi, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Kiernan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce White, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Woodcraft, Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Saundra Williams, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rosie Danvers, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Sally Jackson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Stephanie Cavey, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - James Casey, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Campbell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Bonner, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Kiwanuka, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Alecia Chakour, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Anna Croad, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Inflo, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Synthesizer, Music Production, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - LaDonna Harley Peters, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Boldeau, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dean Josiah Cover, ComposerLyricist - Jasmine Muhammed, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Yolanda Greaves, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

A Polydor Records recording; ℗ 2019 Polydor Limited

4
Piano Joint (This Kind Of Love) (Intro) 00:02:18

Brian Burton, ComposerLyricist - Danger Mouse , Producer, Music Production, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Campbell, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kiwanuka, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Inflo, Producer, Mixer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Synthesizer, Music Production, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dean Josiah Cover, ComposerLyricist

A Polydor Records recording; ℗ 2019 Polydor Limited

5
Piano Joint (This Kind Of Love) 00:03:51

Brian Burton, ComposerLyricist - Richard Pryce, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Danger Mouse , Producer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Kennie Takahashi, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Patrick Kiernan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Barr, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Woodcraft, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gillon Cameron, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Emma Owens, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Bryony James, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Eleanor Mathieson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hayley Pomfrett, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Kotono Sato, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rosie Danvers, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Sally Jackson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Campbell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Helen Hathorn, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Natalia Bonner, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ellie Stanford, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Kiwanuka, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Deborah Widdup, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jean Kelly, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Inflo, Producer, Drums, Piano, Synthesizer, Music Production, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Fiona Leggat, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Dean Josiah Cover, ComposerLyricist - Zara Benyounes, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

A Polydor Records recording; ℗ 2019 Polydor Limited

6
Another Human Being 00:01:51

Brian Burton, ComposerLyricist - Danger Mouse , Producer, Music Production, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kiwanuka, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Jean Kelly, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Inflo, Producer, Mixer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dean Josiah Cover, ComposerLyricist - Kadeem Clarke, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

A Polydor Records recording; ℗ 2019 Polydor Limited

7
Living In Denial 00:03:31

Brian Burton, ComposerLyricist - Danger Mouse , Producer, Keyboards, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Kennie Takahashi, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Woodcraft, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Campbell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kiwanuka, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Inflo, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Music Production, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dean Josiah Cover, ComposerLyricist - Kadeem Clarke, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer

A Polydor Records recording; ℗ 2019 Polydor Limited

8
Hero (Intro) 00:01:20

Brian Burton, ComposerLyricist - Danger Mouse , Producer, Music Production, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Kennie Takahashi, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Barr, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Woodcraft, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rosie Danvers, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Campbell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Natalia Bonner, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Kiwanuka, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Inflo, Producer, Drums, Organ, Music Production, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dean Josiah Cover, ComposerLyricist - Zara Benyounes, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

A Polydor Records recording; ℗ 2019 Polydor Limited

9
Hero 00:03:19

Brian Burton, ComposerLyricist - Danger Mouse , Producer, Music Production, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Kennie Takahashi, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Woodcraft, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Campbell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kiwanuka, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Inflo, Producer, Drums, Organ, Music Production, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dean Josiah Cover, ComposerLyricist

A Polydor Records recording; ℗ 2019 Polydor Limited

10
Hard To Say Goodbye 00:07:05

Steve Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jane Oliver, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Burton, ComposerLyricist - Richard Pryce, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Danger Mouse , Producer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Kennie Takahashi, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Patrick Kiernan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Woodcraft, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Emma Owens, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Saundra Williams, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Eleanor Mathieson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jenny Sacha, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rosie Danvers, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Sally Jackson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - James Casey, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kiwanuka, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sarah Sexton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nathan Allen, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Chloe Vincent, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Alecia Chakour, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Deborah Widdup, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jean Kelly, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Anna Croad, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - George Hogg, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Inflo, Producer, Drums, Piano, Music Production, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Fiona Leggat, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Dean Josiah Cover, ComposerLyricist - Kadeem Clarke, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jasmine Muhammed, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

A Polydor Records recording; ℗ 2019 Polydor Limited

11
Final Days 00:04:10

Brian Burton, ComposerLyricist - Richard Pryce, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Danger Mouse , Producer, Music Production, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Kennie Takahashi, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Patrick Kiernan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Barr, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Woodcraft, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gillon Cameron, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Emma Owens, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Saundra Williams, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bryony James, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Hayley Pomfrett, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Kotono Sato, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rosie Danvers, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Sally Jackson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - James Casey, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Campbell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Helen Hathorn, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ellie Stanford, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Kiwanuka, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kadeem, Synthesizer, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Alecia Chakour, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Deborah Widdup, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Inflo, Producer, Drums, Piano, Vocals, Music Production, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Fiona Leggat, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Dean Josiah Cover, ComposerLyricist - Jasmine Muhammed, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

A Polydor Records recording; ℗ 2019 Polydor Limited

12
Interlude (Loving The People) 00:02:42

Brian Burton, ComposerLyricist - Danger Mouse , Producer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Saundra Williams, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - James Casey, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kiwanuka, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Alecia Chakour, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Inflo, Producer, Mixer, Drums, Piano, Recording Engineer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dean Josiah Cover, ComposerLyricist - Jasmine Muhammed, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

A Polydor Records recording; ℗ 2019 Polydor Limited

13
Solid Ground 00:03:52

Brian Burton, ComposerLyricist - Danger Mouse , Producer, Music Production, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Kennie Takahashi, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Barr, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Woodcraft, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jenny Sacha, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rosie Danvers, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Campbell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kiwanuka, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Organ, Hammond Organ, Piano, Vocals, Synthesizer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Inflo, Producer, Drums, Piano, Synthesizer, Music Production, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dean Josiah Cover, ComposerLyricist - Zara Benyounes, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

A Polydor Records recording; ℗ 2019 Polydor Limited

14
Light 00:05:47

Brian Burton, ComposerLyricist - Richard Pryce, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Danger Mouse , Producer, Music Production, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Kennie Takahashi, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Kiernan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Barr, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Woodcraft, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gillon Cameron, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Emma Owens, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Bryony James, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Hayley Pomfrett, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Kotono Sato, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rosie Danvers, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Sally Jackson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Campbell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Helen Hathorn, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ladonna, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Yolanda, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ellie Stanford, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Kiwanuka, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Deborah Widdup, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Inflo, Producer, Drums, Piano, Synthesizer, Music Production, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - LaDonna Harley Peters, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Fiona Leggat, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Boldeau, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dean Josiah Cover, ComposerLyricist - Yolanda Greaves, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

A Polydor Records recording; ℗ 2019 Polydor Limited

Album Description

His third album is entitled Kiwanuka… does that mean that Michael Kiwanuka has finally come to peace with himself? Since starting out in 2012, the Londoner has not stopped questioning his place in the arts, his relationship to his musical influences, his own identity and his role in a society still plagued by racism… Following the release of his brilliant debut album Home Again, Kiwanuka was inaugurated as the next big thing for contemporary soul. His thought-provoking soul was blended with Terry Callier-style folk and scents of the seventies. Some even compared him to Bill Withers, Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye! On his second album, Love & Hate, released in 2016, the songwriter explored his rock side without forgetting his gospel and soul roots, and was joined by Danger Mouse in the production studio.

Kiwanuka walks in the footsteps of the artist’s previous records: the lyrics are still politically engaged and the instrumentals just as rich, though he seems more relaxed on this album. Danger Mouse is once again behind the production console, this time adding a new dimension and strength to the sound: we find cinematic soul, larger-than-life gospel, funky wah-wah guitars, sensual strings, big bass, long instrumentals… we could go on! It’s all there right from the opening track You Ain’t The Problem, a real masterpiece of soul. Michael Kiwanuka has never tried to hide his love for Marvin Gaye and What’s Going On (his favourite album of all time) and Trouble Man often come to mind, even if the two men’s voices are fundamentally different. This third work from the 32-year-old Brit reveals an unprecedented density. And each time you listen you notice something new, be it a subtle arrangement, a thoughtful lyric or a thinly disguised instrument. A magnificent album. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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