British soul singer Michael Kiwanuka and UK wunderkind Tom Misch have joined forces on the new soulful collaborative track ‘Money’.
‘Money’ puts Kiwanuka’s distinctive vocals on full display, backed by Misch’s infectious disco beat and funky guitars. With its easy inviting rhythm and slick basslines, ‘Money’ is a clear contender for song of the summer. The new single also features backing vocals from another old-soul, YEBBA, a powerhouse vocalist and up-and-coming singer-songwriter who hails from Arkansas.
“The premise of Money is that, at first listen, it’s a song about money and how much I want it and love it,” says Kiwanuka. “I want to use money to meet people and be around people that have a lot of it. But as you listen closer, it’s actually about how too much love for money can be dangerous.”
When it came collaborating, Misch explained he’s been a big fan of Kiwanuka’s for years and was “really excited to work with him”.
“In the session it was cool to find we share a common love for 80s disco so we thought we would try something with that vibe. It came together really quickly, and I enjoyed producing it, Michael killed it on the vocals.”
In recent months, Kiwanuka has returned to the studio and teased new material he’s been working on as he preps the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed album Love & Hate from 2016. That record proved to be a game-changer for the singer-songwriter, earning him his first No.1 album in the UK and his first BRIT Award nomination.
Meanwhile Tom Misch is also landing on everyone’s radar’s including former President Barack Obama, who called ‘Disco Yes’ one of his favourite songs from 2018. Misch also topped the charts with his genre-blending 2018 release No Geography, which landed at No.8 in the UK and featured guest spots by none other than hip-hop legends De La Soul.
Both artists are on the road this summer, with Kiwanuka playing Glastonbury on 28 June and a headlining performance at the End of the Road festival on 30 August.
Kiwanuka’s also getting a warm reception stateside, with the return of the HBO drama Big Little Lies that features his 2016 track ‘Cold Little Heart’ as its theme song.
Listen to ‘Money’ here.