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Childish Gambino is officially the MVP of the summer season. “This Is America” was a hot take that had everyone sweating, now he’s back with two chillwave singles “Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer,” collectively entitled the Summer Pack.
The pair of summery songs are lighthearted and cool, perfect for listening to while sipping piña coladas under a cabana. On both tracks, Gambino (aka Donald Glover) retires from his routine of rapping, instead delivering romantic dazy vocals. The slower tempo of “Feels Like Summer” is sultry and sensual in contrast to the pulsing upbeat of “Summertime Magic.” Either could compete for the song of the season with their tropical vibes, simmering in steel drums, marimba, and pops of synth.
The bundled tracks are both co-written and co-produced by Ludwig Göransson, Glover’s successive collaborator who’s responsible for hits such as “3005,” “Redbone,” and most recently, “This Is America.”
While Summer Pack and “This Is America” are available to stream, their precursor “Saturday,” which premiered on Saturday Night Live in May, has yet to receive studio release. This brings Gambino to a total debut of four songs since transitioning from Glassnotes Records into a new label deal with Wolf+Rothstein/RCA. In a press release, RCA confirmed that “Summertime Magic” was the first official single from Gambino’s upcoming album.
Summer Pack is a departure from the previously funky groove of Awaken, My Love! as Gambino inspires new discography direction. In fact, this may be his last album—at least under the Childish Gambino moniker. The five-time Grammy Award nominee told Variety, “I’m making another project right now, but I like endings, I think they’re important to progress.”
Though this should come as no surprise as Glover premeditated the end of Childish Gambino as early as 2015. According to an interview with The Huffington Post, he explained, “There’s nothing worse than like a third sequel, like a third movie and we’re like, ‘again?’ You know, I like it when something’s good and when it comes back there’s a reason to come back, there’s a reason to do that.”
With no established title or release date, the multi-hyphenate’s forthcoming album remains a mystery. But one thing’s for sure, Summer Pack feels like a vacation.
As autumn approaches, expect to see Gambino headlining his arena tour with Rae Sremmurd and Vince Staples. Canadian dates are scheduled in Toronto at the Scotiabank Arena on September 10 and Vancouver at the Rogers Arena on September 30.