By: Tracy Cowen
Early Wednesday, without warning, Childish Gambino shared “Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer.” Both songs will appear on the same full-length project that “This Is America” will call home, and “Summertime Magic” will be the first official single. For now, both summer-centric cuts are bundled together on streaming services as a two-song EP titled Summer Pack.
Interestingly, neither new song is the studio version of the one Gambino performed on Saturday Night Live back in May. Stream them above and below. It’s likely we will hear at least one of these new cuts when Gambino performs at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas Sept. 21.
Hear “Summertime Magic” above and “Feels Like Summer” below.
Gambino’s most recent full-length release, the Grammy-nominated “Awaken, My Love!,” also marked his final project under his Glassnote Records deal. Moving forward, Gambino will be dropping new music via a partnership between RCA and his own Wolf + Rothstein.
“This Is America,” featuring a collage of ad libs from 21 Savage and more, went platinum shortly after its surprise release and later inspired a wholly impressive recreation of the iconic music video using a really old Mac. In a discussion with Billboard about the Gambino sessions and his own new music, 21 described Donald Glover as “a cool dude” from his side of town. “Me and Childish just sat in the studio for like six hours and just talked the whole night, really,” he said. “We made a song and I did some ad libs on that song, but we were really just talking the whole time.”