Don’t be surprised if you see the name Michael Kiwanuka popping up everywhere in the coming months. The U.K.-based singer-songwriter is on the verge of becoming this year’s breakout British import, thanks in part to his signature brand of folk-infused soul music. Think something along the lines of Nick Drake meets Bill Withers. Earlier this week Kiwanuka released his full-length debut album, Home Again, stateside exclusively through iTunes, which will be available digitally elsewhere on May 8, with a physical release set for July 31. The 11-track record was produced Paul Butler from The Bees, and also features a track produced by this year’s IT-producer Dan Auerbach.
Kiwanuka recently released the music video for the album’s breezy lead single I’ll Get Along, which should give you some inspiration to start putting together your summer music playlist.
Michael Kiwanuka will head across the pond for a short headlining tour next month, that will include a high profile appearance at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.