Waking Up With Childish Gambino

by Phoebe Robertson

A stage name derived from Wu-Tang Clan’s name generator, Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, began his quest into music in 2011. Two albums and five years later, the multi-talented tycoon has worked relentlessly to avoid the categorisation and characterisation of genres – instead, you just have to trust him.

Taking it to an entirely new level, Glover’s third full length album Awaken, My Love!” is a fresh fusion of funk, jazz, soul, hip-hop, blues and RnB. Three years after the release of his follow-up record Because The Internet, Glover has unearthed new layers by blending the ever-enticing aspects of an old-school flavour with only the finest of modern day techniques.

Having released two singles before the release today, the California-based artist had us at .

The first release from off the album, ‘Me And Your Mama‘ is a trickling, dub-infused, soul-drenched single, with a vocal that evokes the strongest of emotions and an aggressive guitar riff that rattles to your core. ‘Me And Your Mama’ was debuted by Zane Lowe on Beats 1 and in doing so, created it’s very own radio record. Played six times in a row for it’s debut, the track has officially made it into the Beats 1 history books.

Redbone‘ was the second single to be released from the record and was crowned a seduction track. Likened to bathrobe listening, the ever so smooth single has multiple climaxes with its soft electronic tones and sultry vocal performance. The love for ‘Redbone’ is as intense as the song itself.

From the funk-drenched corkers including ‘Riot’ and ‘Boogieman’, oozing with swagger, to the scorched guitar work in ‘Zombie’ and ‘The Night Me And Your Mama Met’, every track enters alternate worlds.

Having worked with acclaimed producer Ludwig Göransson, together, they’ve created an extremely diverse, 11-track collection of individual masterpieces. Glover reminds us all that the only limitation that you confront as a creative is your own imagination and desire to explore – and “Awaken My Love!”  leaves no corner untouched.

“Awaken, My Love!” is out now. It’s worth waking up for.