A couple of months back, U.K. singer/songwriter Michael Kiwanuka shared the song “Money” featuring Tom Misch. Today, he announces his third album “Kiwanuka” which will release on Oct. 25 via Interscope Records.
The album is the follow-up to 2016’s “Love & Hate.” The album was produced by Danger Mouse and Inflo (Little Simz) and recorded in New York, Los Angeles and London.
Michael explains: “The last album came from an introspective place and felt like therapy, I guess. This one is more about feeling comfortable in who I am and asking what I want to say. Like, how could I be bold and challenge myself and the listener? It is about self-acceptance in a more triumphant rather than melancholy way. It’s an album that explores what it means to be a human being today.”
“When I first signed a record deal, people would ask me, ‘So what are you going to be called?’. And I never thought of that; calling myself Johnny Thunders or whatever, like singers from the past. So, on this album it’s kind of a defiant thing; I’m engaging with who I am and I’m not going to have an alter ego, or become Sasha Fierce or Ziggy Stardust, even though everyone’s telling me I need to be this, that or the other. I can just be Michael Kiwanuka.”
He also shared the first single from the album titled “You Ain’t The Problem.”
Here is the tracklisting for “Kiwanuka.”
You Ain’t The Problem
I’ve Been Dazed
Piano Joint (This Kind Of Love) Intro
Piano Joint (This Kind Of Love) Main
Another Human Being
Hero/Hard To Say Goodbye
Final Days/Interlude (Loving The People)