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Michael Kiwanuka Announces New Album, Shares New Song “You Ain’t the Problem”

KIWANUKA Due Out October 25 via Interscope

Aug 13, 2019
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Michael Kiwanuka has announced a new album, simply titled KIWANUKA, and shared a lyric video for its first single, "You Ain't the Problem." KIWANUKA is due out October 25 via Interscope. Listen to "You Ain't the Problem" below, followed by the album's tracklist and cover art, as well as his upcoming tour dates.

KIWANUKA is Kiwanuka's third album and the follow-up to 2016's Love & Hate, whose opening track "Cold Little Heart" is also the theme song to the acclaimed HBO show Big Little Lies. As with Love & Hate, Danger Mouse and Inflo produced KIWANUKA, which was recorded in New York, LA, and London. 

Kiwanuka had this to say about the album in a press release: "The last album came from an introspective place and felt like therapy, I guess. 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."

Kiwanuka adds: "When I first signed a record deal, people would ask me, 'So what are you going to be called?' And I never thought of that; calling myself Johnny Thunders or whatever, like singers from the past. 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 Tracklist:

01 You Ain't the Problem
02 Rolling
03 I've Been Dazed
04 Piano Joint (This Kind of Love) (Intro)
05 Piano Joint (This Kind of Love)
06 Another Human Being (Interlude)
07 Living in Denial
08 Hero (Intro)
09 Hero
10 Hard to Say Goodbye
11 Final Days
12 Interlude (Loving the People)
13 Solid Ground
14 Light

Michael Kiwanuka Tour Dates:

Sept 25 - Brooklyn Steel - NYC 
Sep 27 - Santa Barbara Bowl - Santa Barbara w/ Gary Clark Jr
Sep 28 - The Greek Theatre - Berkeley w/ Gary Clark Jr
Sep 29 - Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles w/ Gary Clark Jr

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