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New Music: Childish Gambino – “Redbone”

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 09: Creator/executive producer/writer/actor Donald Glover speaks onstage at 'Atlanta' panel discussion during the FX portion of the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 9, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Instead of continuing his hackneyed outcast narrative, Childish Gambino’s recent single “Me and Your Mama” blended gospel and funk for a multi-part burner. He’s done something similar with his follow-up, “Redbone,” which premiered this afternoon on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show. Gambino combines Parliament’s spacey flourishes and Prince’s writhing falsetto for a solid five-and-a-half minutes.

The result is another, Wow, Childish Gambino is actually pretty good now. Both songs are slated to appear on Gambino’s upcoming album Awaken, My Love!, which is set to drop on December 2. Listen to “Redbone” below.