Last week, it was “Me and Your Mama”—this week, it’s “Redbone.” Both songs find Childish Gambino, known to most as Donald Glover, pushing his musical boundaries ever further.
Glover’s new single, the second from his much-anticipated album Awaken, My Love!, debuted today on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show before making its way to the rapper’s social media pages. Check that—in light of his new tunes, referring to Glover as a rapper feels reductive. “Redbone” is a soulful, slinky throwback populated by Glover’s pitched-up and filtered crooning, punchy funk bass-playing and just a pinch of glockenspiel. The song eventually shifts into a sprawling instrumental break that rapturously rises and falls as it pushes past the five-minute mark. “Redbone” feels more like the work of an R&B virtuoso than just your average mic-rocker.
Awaken, My Love! is due out on Dec. 2—you can pre-order it here. Listen to “Redbone” below (and “Me and Your Mama” here), and find the album’s tracklist and Paste Cloud audio from a 2011 Childish Gambino show beneath that.
Awaken, My Love! Tracklist:
01. Me and Your Mama
02. Have Some Love
09. Baby Boy
10. The Night Me and Your Mama Met
11. Stand Tall