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HEAR WHAT’S NEW: Michael Kiwanuka – Cold Little Heart

HEAR WHAT’S NEW: Michael Kiwanuka – Cold Little Heart

Michael Kiwanuka is aching, his voice ravaged with pain and despair. “Bleeding, I’m bleeding,” he sings on “Cold Little Heart,” the sprawling opening track of his new album, Love & Hate. This is the throaty wail of singers like Isaac Hayes and Sam Cooke, where the pangs of regret can be heard in each note and exasperated lyric. Yet Kiwanuka, a 29-year-old from London, sings like he’s been here before. It’s as if he is tapping into some personal torment well beyond his years.

Running 10 minutes and 11 seconds, it’s a tough listen by today’s standards, but it’s incredibly rewarding when given time to unfold in intimate spaces.