2 weeks ago
Childish gambino, awaken my love (2016). still one of my favourite recent releases.
apparently questlove woke d'angelo up at 4am to tell him how good this album is. and i don't blame him. no one was expecting childish gambino (aka donald glover) to deliver a record like this. paying homage to funk legends like george clinton and sly stone, childish gambino makes this 11-track masterpiece his own by evolving from the straight up hip-hop style of 2013’s because the internet, and delving deep into a nostalgic wonderland of funk, soul, r&b, and psychedelia.
this album has been so brilliantly produced, it’s hard to find a flaw. there’s so many intricate layers of instruments, synths, and vocal harmonies that result in an ambience that just works.
tracks that’ll b**w your mind are ‘have some love’, ‘boogieman’, ‘riot’, and ‘redbone’ (the latter sounding like it could be on prince’s sign o’ the times album). a contemporary masterpiece that continues to delight with each listen.
and that virtual reality headset that comes with the deluxe edition is just insane!
what are your thoughts on this record?