"Beautiful Life" is Kiwanuka's first new release since his Mercury Prize-winning album KIWANUKA arrived in 2019, and is a contribution to a new Netflix documentary titled Convergence: Courage in a Crisis.

Kiwanuka says of the new song recorded with recorded with producer St Francis Hotel in London, "In this song I wanted to focus on the feeling that there’s a real strength in the human spirit when you try to look for beauty even in difficult situations. Of course, in some situations that becomes more and more difficult. But I just wanted to ponder on that and wonder what life would be like if I lived it like that."

He adds, "Ultimately whatever people feel from hearing the song is ok with me. But what I was trying to emit through the music was a feeling of defiance. A feeling of strength through adversity."

Kiwanuka is currently working on his fourth studio album, and will headline next year's Green Man Festival.

Michael Kiwanuka's "Beautiful Life" single is out now.