Album of the Week: Childish Gambino’s Awaken, My Love!

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cgAmidst writing, producing, and starring in the FX series Atlanta and being cast to portray a young Lando Calrissian in an upcoming Star Wars installment, Donald Glover took some time to return to his Childish Gambino persona and has released one of the most interesting album of 2016.

Awaken, My Love!, out on Glassnote Records, is Childish Gambino’s third full-length album. For this most recent effort, the Californian hip-hop musician seems to draw from his father’s music of choice, the Isley Brothers and the Funkadelic, with hints of Kamasi Washington and Jack White, to create a new psychedelic funk, inspired by psychedelia, Afrobeat, and Motown all at once. The new record is distinct from his previous work. His voice sings over traditional sounds mixed with more experimental music, leaving us with an album Glover described as “an exercise in just feeling and tone.” A very good one. Give Awaken, My Love! a listen after the break.


Guia Cortassa was born, lives, and works in Milan, Italy. After working as a Contemporary Art curator, she went back to writing. She is a contributing editor for Ondarock and her writing has appeared on Rivista Studio, Flair and the Quietus. She compulsively tweets @gcmorvern. More from this author →