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Coming in at the top of the BBC’s Sound Of poll is a great achievement, sure to put one’s name in the front of the train to music superstardom. But, as Jessie J annoyingly proved last year, such accolades don’t always rhyme with excellence. Ka-ching, ka-ching, anyone? But for British soul brother Kiwanuka, who releases his debut LP this week to great fanfare, it’s another story – one made of class and creativity, as Kiwanuka’s music is clever enough to bow to Otis Redding’s and Bill Whither’s spirits (the title track, I Won’t Lie) yet sufficiently adventurous to build its greatest triumphs on jazz foundations (the standout Tell Me a Tale). Fans of Ray LaMontagne and Adele, two artists showing the same retrophile qualities, will unquestionably fall for him.

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