Childish Gambino has released his third studio album, ‘Awaken, My Love!’ – stream it in full below.
Gambino is the music moniker of Donald Glover, who has already achieved great success this year outside of music with his hit FX show Atlanta, as well as landing the role of young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars film.
After teasing the release by sharing its two lead singles – ‘Me and Your Mama’ and ‘Redbone’ – in November, the full album has now earned its release on Glassnote. Executively produced by Glover and regular collaborator Ludwig Göransson, the album is an exciting exploration of the soul and funk styles – a definited departure from Childish Gambino’s usual hip-hop direction.
Stream ‘Awaken, My Love!’ below, via Spotify.
Glover spoke to Billboard recently about the different musical direction that he has taken with ‘Awaken, My Love!’, revealing that he utilised the musical influence of his parents when writing the new record.
“I remember listening to songs my dad would play—albums by the Isleys or Funkadelic—and not understanding the feeling I was feeling,” he said. “I remember hearing a Funkadelic scream and being like, ‘Wow, that’s sexual and it’s scary.’ Not having a name for that, though; just having a feeling. That’s what made it great… There’s something about that ’70s black music that felt like they were trying to start a revolution.”