Michael Kiwanuka, Home Again EP (2011)
People started talking up Michael Kiwanuka – I kept getting sent the clip of Whole Lotta Love. Good on him, but I just didn’t get the buzz based on that. Maybe because the world doesn’t really need any (more) Led Zeppelin covers. It was a different story as soon as I heard his full-length album, Home Again. And then this, the earlier Home Again EP. Both are revelations – and he will be talked up (already is) with calls of Bill Withers and Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye. Actually, I hear Rodriguez and Shuggie Otis and John Martyn. And I think his voice is gorgeous but what I really love is the production/feel of these recordings; the strings/the arrangements. Gorgeous (and perfect). It feels like hearing recordings that were shelved for 35 or 40 years. But you can wipe your brow, breathe a sigh of relief if you must, there’s no cleverly-conveived/conceited/constructed attitude here. This is probably just a guy whose folks let him listen to great music. I look forward to hearing more from him. And to engaging with this 10” EP and the full-length album some more. From this EP I love They Say I’m Doing Just Fine – in fact you can listen to the whole EP here if you like. The record company will ruin him soon – so get on board now before he’s (just another) Ray LaMontagne.
Sample Track: Home Again
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