Michael Kiwanuka has shared the lead single “You Ain’t the Problem” from his anticipated new album Kiwanuka. The groovy new track boasts a mix of drums and horns, leaving fans wanting more. According to Rolling Stone, Kiwanuka worked with longtime collaborators Danger Mouse and Inflo, who also worked on his 2016 album Love & Hate.
Kiwanuka discussed the new album, saying “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.”
He continued on to say “…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.”
Kiwanuka will also be playing select shows with Gary Clark Jr., all hailing on the west coast. The three back-to-back shows will start in Santa Barbara Sept. 27, following a show at the Greek Theatre in Berkely, CA Sept. 28 and at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA Sept. 29.
Kiwanuka Track List
1. “You Ain’t The Problem”
3. “I’ve Been Dazed”
4. “Piano Joint (This Kind Of Love) Intro”
5. “Piano Joint (This Kind Of Love)”
6. “Another Human Being”
7. “Living in Denial”
8. “Hero (Intro”
10. “Hard To Say Goodbye”
11. “Final Days”
12. “Interlude (Loving The People)”
13. “Solid Ground”