Stop everything and enjoy a pair of new Childish Gambino cuts.
Early Wednesday, without warning, Gambino shared "Summertime Magic" and "Feels Like Summer." "Summertime Magic" is the first official single from Gambino's upcoming album that will be released through Wolf+Rothstein/RCA Records, and both records were co-written and co-produced by Gambino and longtime collaborator Ludwig Göransson. The summer-centric cuts are bundled together on streaming services as Summer Pack, a la Drake's Scorpion precursor Scary Hours.
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.
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. As has been widely reported in recent weeks, there's currently a slight financial disagreement surrounding Gambino's Glassnote era, which also produced the albums Camp and Because the Internet.
"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."
*prays to nonexistent god for full-length 21 x Gambino project*