Thursday, May 26, 2011

Yes, this song by Michael Kiwanuka sounds like it was recorded in the blistering heat of a 1970s ghetto but in fact it was made just yesterday* in the Isle Of Wight

Here's the sum total what I know about Michael Kiwanuka: He's from North London. He's 23. He's supported Adele on tour.

His new single, Tell Me A Tale, is allegedly a brand new recording, but I'd be willing to bet he found it down the back of Bill Withers' sofa, and is now trying to pass off as his own work. It's just too authentically rootsy to be a product of the 21st century.

But amazingly, somehow, Michael has managed to replicate the compressed, analogue recording techniques of Donny Hathaway and Bobby Womack: The vocals are too hot; the drums are mixed with casual disregard; the brass section is apparently punching its way out of a cardboard box.

There is also a flute.

In summary, this record is a marvel of modern soul. It deserves to be a hit, even though it won't be. It is unashamedly brilliant. It literally sounds dusty. (I have had some beer).

Michael Kiwanuka - Tell Me A Tale

Here is a link to Michael's website and the single on iTunes.

*Or maybe a few days before that

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