It’s been four years since Michael Kiwanuka won the BBC Sound poll and released his critically acclaimed debut breakthrough Home Again. But the long wait for new music is over as he releases his highly anticipated follow up Love & Hate. Kiwanuka marked his return back in April with his soul-bearing track Black Man In A White World accompanied by a video directed by cinematographer Hiro Murai (Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar), setting the tone for the rest of the album.
Kiwanuka’s head of marketing at Polydor is Olly Rice. He says, “This record has been a long time coming and everyone here at Polydor has been super excited to get this music out. It’s great to see the reaction coming from across all different platforms, and there hasn’t received a bad review yet – it’s a testament to how hard Michael has worked on this album, and people will listen to the record and start to connect with him.”
Black Man In A White World was just a glimpse of the powerful and thought provoking lyrics and content that would be featured on his sophomore album. Love & Hate was the second track to be premiered from the record with a visual that was recorded at RAK by esteemed director Nez who directed videos for Artic Monkeys and Paolo Nutini.
Performances at Glastonbury and British Summer Time gave fans the first opportunity to hear his newest music live, with a headline tour coming in October. In the meantime, the North Londoner has delivered an exclusive live performance for Spotify Sessions, which was featured on several playlists, alongside releasing further live RAK sessions of Cold Little Heart and Rule the World on Vevo. There’s also a chance to catch him performing at Latitude this weekend and Boardmasters next month.
Michael has had radio profile across the UK, including a live session for Annie Mac on Radio 1, visiting Dermot O’Leary and Jo Wiley on Radio 2, and interviews at Absolute, Radio X, Virgin radio and TalkSport.
Love & Hate has already received a great reception critically, with both Mojo and Q magazine giving the album a tremendous five star rating, and the Guardian complimenting Kiwnauka’s “compelling voice with an emotional honesty and stately self-assurance.” The Evening Standard called it “one of the albums of the year... an absolute triumph”
Not only has Kiwanuka found a long term fan in Adele, who chose him to support her in 2012 and expressed her excitement for his new album, but also in The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann. The singer-songwriter has been working closely with Luhrmann to soundtrack his new Netflix series The Get Down. The series is about the birth of hip-hop in the Bronx, and two of Michael Kiwanuka's tracks have been remixed to feature in the upcoming episodes. Rule The World also soundtracks the trailer of the original series.
The stunning album Love & Hate is out now. Tickets for his accompanying tour are also available to buy here.