After creating a storm with the virtual release in late 2016, Awaken My Love! from Childish Gambino was released on vinyl on the 19th of May 2017 . Alongside the double heavyweight LPs (with a glow in the dark cover), get yourself an exclusive booklet, and the virtual reality headset that links to a phone app to access exclusive footage from the live shows.
The Guardian said of the album in its 4 star review that “opener Me and Your Mama, an opus that builds from hushed gospel to howling freakout. Glover has a keen ear for genre idiosyncrasies and Awaken, My Love is full of tiny rewarding details: the pinched surf guitar of California; the squalling organ blasts of the Parliament-Funkadelic-ish Riot.”
Childish Gambino is (and isn’t) Donald Glover, a recording artist, writer, actor, director, producer and comic who was gifted his alias by an online Wu Tang-Clan name-generator. Originally hailing from Stone Mountain, Georgia – his Mum was a daycare provider and his Dad a postal worker, where TV was banned in the house – Glover first entered the spotlight as a member of sketch-troupe Derrick Comedy, via a stint working on The Daily Show and the invitation to join the ’30 Rock’ writing staff by Tina Fey before he’d even graduated from NYU.
A succession of mini-albums and mixtapes surrounded all of this, parallel to acting roles ranging from The Muppets to NBC’s cult hit comedy ‘Community’. It was 2011’s debut album ‘Camp’ – his first since signing to Glassnote Records – which marked a breakthrough for Childish Gambino, whose music explores everything from identity, race, and technology to hip-hop culture, class, and family. Follow-up ‘because the internet’ went top 10 on the Billboard chart, was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards and further assimilated Gambino’s multiple disciplines (it was accompanied, for instance, by two films and a standalone 72-page screenplay).
Around this time – and between roles in HBO’s ‘Girls’ and movies like ‘The Martian’ – Glover also announced that he was working on his own TV show: a comedy-drama which he would star in, write and direct, ‘Atlanta’ premiered on FX this autumn to significant critical acclaim (it’s already been described as “Twin Peaks with rappers”). The show was launched alongside the third Childish Gambino, ‘Awaken, My Love!’, this summer at ‘Pharos’, a series of secretive, audio-visual live performances which took place in a custom-designed dome in the middle of the desert in Joshua Tree.
- Me and Your Mama
- Have Some Love
- Baby boy
- The Night Me And Your Mama Met
- Stand Tall