SoulTracks 10 Gems: Michael Kiwanuka

April 6, 2020 — Welcome back to 10 Gems, our new series featuring 10-song, single-artist playlists that we think may especially appeal to SoulTrackers.  The focus here is not on track position or “hits,” although some are included; rather, it’s all about quality, atmospherics, groove, and feel.

Our featured artist is the UK singer/songwriter and guitarist Michael Kiwanuka. Simply put, Michael is special. He occupies entirely his own lane musically, a hypnotizing mix of R&B, soul, alt rock, gospel, hip hop and folk. Artists like Michael emerge all too infrequently in these days of committee-written, copycat, laptop-produced, beat-driven popular music that is created it seems to capture the lowest common denominator of fans. He is an organic, uncompromising artist who aims for your heart and mind, with a voice so rich, warm and honest that you can’t help but be drawn to the flame.  Enjoy.

By Robb Patryk

April 6, 2020 — Welcome back to 10 Gems, our new series featuring 10-song, single-artist playlists that we think may especially appeal to SoulTrackers.  The focus here is not on track position or “hits,” although some are included; rather, it’s all about quality, atmospherics, groove, and feel.

Our featured artist is the UK singer/songwriter and guitarist Michael Kiwanuka. Simply put, Michael is special. He occupies entirely his own lane musically, a hypnotizing mix of R&B, soul, alt rock, gospel, hip hop and folk. Artists like Michael emerge all too infrequently in these days of committee-written, copycat, laptop-produced, beat-driven popular music that is created it seems to capture the lowest common denominator of fans. He is an organic, uncompromising artist who aims for your heart and mind, with a voice so rich, warm and honest that you can’t help but be drawn to the flame.  Enjoy.

By Robb Patryk

Robb is an attorney in New York City and is the originator of our 10 Gems, Another Groove and Flashback Soul series.  Follow him on Twitter @RwpSun. 

 
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