Love & Hate

Love & Hate

by Michael KiwanukaMichael Kiwanuka


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On his ambitious sophomore set, London native Michael Kiwanuka expands outward from the warm retro-soul of 2012 debut, Home Again. With its trio of producers and transatlantic recording locales, Love & Hate arrives with the weight of high expectations. Announcing his intentions from the start, Kiwanuka challenges listeners with "Cold Little Heart," an exquisitely arranged, ten-minute opus of lush strings and elegant backing vocals whose first line doesn't arrive until the halfway point. It's a Homeric bit of heartbroken prog-soul that shows off its creator's lead guitar chops as much as his rich, sandy voice. Co-produced by Danger Mouse and Inflo, it also introduces the heavy tonal palette that runs through the remainder of the album's ten tracks, even those produced by Kiwanuka's longtime collaborator, Paul Butler. Where Home Again was ultimately an intimate and gentler affair, Love & Hate puts some distance between singer and audience as he offers his worldweary introspections against the framework of '70s R&B, funk, and spaced-out rock. The timely social commentary of lead single "Black Man in a White World" feels lonesome and heavy in spite of its uptempo, hand-clapped rhythm and nimble guitar groove. Throughout the album, the space between parts is somehow wider, yet each tambourine hit, backing vocal, or funky guitar lick feels darker and more severe. The mildly psychedelic title cut is a mid-album standout whose slow-burning swagger and epic seven-minute length is countered by the tight, punchy "One More Night." Overall, Love & Hate has very little of the breezy, quietly strummed charm of its predecessor, but it represents serious growth from an artist deliberately pushing his boundaries. With this release, Kiwanuka has delivered a dark, graceful, and affecting artistic statement that is worth the patience it takes to experience it.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/15/2016
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602547859051
catalogNumber: 002491202
Rank: 4299


  1. Cold Little Heart
  2. Black Man in a White World
  3. Falling
  4. Place I Belong
  5. Love & Hate
  6. One More Night
  7. I'll Never Love
  8. Rule the World
  9. Father's Child
  10. The Final Frame

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Kiwanuka   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Rebecca Jones   Double Bass
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Graham Godfrey   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Gary Plumley   Flute,Saxophone
Deborah Widdup   Violin
Danger Mouse   Organ,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Synthesizer Pads
Paul Boldeau   Background Vocals
Natalia Bonner   Violin
Gillon Cameron   Violin
Richard Pryce   Double Bass
Jenny Sacha   Violin
Ladonna Harley Peters   Background Vocals
Emma Owens   Double Bass
Bryony James   Double Bass
Kerenza Peacock   Violin
Paul Butler   Percussion,Trumpet,Cello,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer
Rosie Danvers   Cello
Eleanor Mathieson   Violin
Sally Jackson   Violin
Pheobe Edwards   Background Vocals
Anna Croad   Violin
Kotono Sato   Violin
Andy Parkin   Violin
Peter Randall   Bass,Background Vocals,Double Bass,Fender Jazz Bass
Inflo   Bass,Piano,Drums,Background Vocals
Miles James   Electric Guitar
Jay Abdul   Background Vocals
James Bateman   Saxophone
Naomi Cohen   Double Bass

Technical Credits

Graham Godfrey   Tape Machine
Ken Takahashi   Engineer
Richard Woodcraft   Engineer
Yousef   Artwork
Danger Mouse   Producer,Vocal Producer,Additional Production
Brian Burton   Composer
Paul Butler   Producer,Engineer,drum machine,Vocal Producer
Rosie Danvers   String Arrangements
Todd Monfalcone   Engineer
Samur Khouja   Engineer
Huw White   String Arrangements
Michael Kiwanuka   Composer
Jon McMullen   Engineer
Dean Josiah Cover   Composer
Inflo   Producer
Dave Granshaw   Engineer

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