If the 11 tracks on ‘Awaken, My Love!’ weren’t enough for you, here are some of the songs that influenced Gambino’s new album.
It’s no secret that Donald Glover and his alter ego Childish Gambino took influence from early ’70’s funk music. In an interview with Billboard Magazine, Glover reflected on his discovery of this music saying:
“I remember listening to songs my dad would play—albums by the Isleys or Funkadelic—and not understanding the feeling I was feeling. I remember hearing a Funkadelic scream and being like, ‘Wow, that’s sexual and it’s scary.’ Not having a name for that, though; just having a feeling. That’s what made it great… There’s something about that ’70s black music that felt like they were trying to start a revolution.”
For ‘Awaken, My Love!,’ Gambino set out to bring this “feeling” into the 21st century.
The playlist above features songs with similar characteristics to songs on ‘Awaken, My Love!’, albeit some are more similar than others.
‘Baby Boy‘ borrows the punchy keyboard and relaxed drumming from Sly & The Family Stone’s ‘Just Like a Baby,’ ‘The Night Me and Your Mama Met‘ features a long and slow guitar solo much like Funkadelic’s ‘Maggot Brain,’ and ‘Redbone‘ is virtually indistinguishable from ‘I’d Rather Be With You‘ by Bootsy Collins.
While some may be critical of these extensive similarities, Childish Gambino has successfully made the sensuality and soul of ’70’s funk accessible to a generation that came decades after its original heyday.
Be sure to check out and listen to ‘Awaken, My Love!‘ and decide what you think the LP’s biggest influences are.