He describes his music as "folk-inflected modern soul", which - in an age where Adele has shifted 20 million copies of her latest album under a similar description and on a similarly sized record label - is surely more than a coincidence.
In the absence of a messy break-up, Kiwanuka opts for a more spiritual approach on his debut. He finds inner peace on 'I'm Getting Ready' and the title track 'Home Again'; both gentle folk songs drenched in his rich tones that sound well beyond his 24 years.
His mix of influences - from Bill Withers to Joni Mitchell - are even more apparent on the slinky 'I'll Get Along' and summery opener 'Tell Me A Tale', where jazz flutes flutter over a much more substantial production than the bulk of the record.
Not that he needs it; as the raw acoustics on 'Always Waiting' and 'I Won't Lie' give his meaty, weathered vocal a chance to take centre stage. The result is a beautiful collection of alt-soul that, despite a shortage of uptempo moments, succeeds in being both on-trend and classically timeless.
Watch Michael Kiwanuka's 'I'm Getting Ready'