New Music Of The Day: Michael Kiwanuka – ‘Cold Little Heart’ Live Session (NME Premiere)

Michael Kiwanuka returns with his second album ‘Love & Hate’ in just one week’s time. A couple of weeks ago we caught his entrancing Glastonbury set at West Holts Stage, where the BBC Sound of 2012 winner opened with the sprawling first track on his new album ‘Cold Little Heart’. Today we’re premiering a one-take live session video of the song that captures the same slow-building magic Kiwanuka performed that day.

“‘Cold Little Heart’ was the first song I wrote for this album,” Kiwanuka told NME, “and it helped direct where the music was going. It’s really influenced by classic ’60s and ’70s British guitar bands like The Who and Pink Floyd, as well as by a lot of soul music, particularly songs like ‘Walk On By’ by Isaac Hayes.

“Those songs build really slowly and sometimes a vocal won’t come in until five or six minutes but you don’t realise you’ve been sitting and listening for that long because all the instruments are so enticing and so beautifully arranged that they grab your attention and it doesn’t matter that you’re waiting until the vocals come in.”


See the video here, and Kiwanuka’s upcoming UK tour dates below the video:

Jul 13 Boston Music Room, London (the free ticket ballot closes today)
Jul 19 Rough Trade East, London
Oct 6 The Art School, Glasgow
Oct 7 The Liquid Room, Edinburgh
Oct 8 Wylam Brewery, Newcastle
Oct 10 The Leadmill, Sheffield
Oct 11 O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
Oct 14 Limelight 2, Belfast
Oct 17 Tramshed, Cardiff
Oct 18 Phoenix, Exeter
Oct 19 O2 Academy, Oxford
Oct 21 O2 Institute2, Birmingham
Oct 22 O2 Ritz, Manchester