It looks like Michael Kiwanuka is getting ready for, if anything, a big LP release. His second EP this year, I’m Getting Ready is a promising glimpse of something soulful to add to our collective consciousnesses.

Relatively brief in length, only three tracks long, with the longest track just over the three-and-a-half minute mark, it seems to suggest that what’s on offer here is something which Kiwanuka himself is extremely happy with, and proud to get out as soon as possible. The title track does nothing to show that he is looking to break new ground at all, and the whole EP suggests much of the same, but that should take nothing away from the fact that this is one extremely tightly written collection of songs. They may not set the world alight, but will certainly entertain throughout its duration.The title track is a relatively stripped down affair, Kiwanuka’s pleasant voice (think ‘X Factor, second place’) treading sure-footedly over the gentle tones of guitar and accompanying percussion.

‘I Need You By My Side’ (a more direct title you’d struggle to find) allows Kiwanuka more time to showcase his talent at songwriting in general, pitching the perfect vocals to accompany his aspect of soul. ‘Any Day Will Do Fine’ sure sounds like something Amy Winehouse would put out, horns and all. Sadly, when this came to my mind, it weighed in my mind a bit too much, and regardless of how you view Amy Winehouse, took away from the song slightly, in terms of its originality. This track clearly has been influenced by later soul recordings, which contrasts with the first two tracks which clearly have roots in 60s soul. Generally the issues arising with Kiwanuka’s recordings here revolve around one major reason. I jibed about his voice earlier, and it’s because, although there is no doubting this is soul music through and through, it’s distinctly lacking, well, soul.

At 23 years old and already garnering a fair amount of radio-play, with a style that adopts both traditional and modern soul standards, Michael Kiwanuka could be a name we’re going to see bandied about laden with awards within a couple of years. As equally likely, however, is that he goes the way of many looking to bring back male solo-soul to the UK, and it’s possible we don’t notice the ripples in the water as he ducks under our radar. Undoubtedly it would be better if he makes the public take notice, but here’s to hoping that the best from this creative Londoner is yet to come.