I think it’s safe to say that Donald Glover a.k.a Childish Gambino is having the best year ever. He won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series. His album “Awaken, My Love!” debuted at #1 on the R&B charts. And he is currently staring in the Han Solo Star Wars spin off movie as Lando Calrissian.
Then on Saturday he informally announced that he is retiring from music. Wait, what?!
I guess it’s hard keeping up with an alter ego especially when you are an actor. I bet he has a lot of existential conversations in the mirror.
During their set at BBC Radio, DJ duo Snakehips and Danish singer MØ gave a sultry performance of Redbone by Childish Gambino. This cover is pretty true to the original, but MØ’s raspy voice adds to the sensuality of this song.
They take the tempo up just a notch so it feels more like a 90s teen love song than a 70s baby-making jam. Cute.
BONUS LINK: Watch producer Ludwig Göransson break down the creation of “Redbone”.
Have you heard the new Gorillaz album yet? I have to admit, I was a little disappointed. It’s no Demon Days, that’s for sure. There are some really interesting moments, but overall it was received with less than critical acclaim.
But I still really love Damon Albarn. I could easily listen to him sing for hours. You gotta give him credit. He isn’t afraid to mix up genres. I think he is helping to push hip hop into the future.
Maybe we just aren’t ready for it yet.
Anyway, in honor of my adoration for all things Gorillaz, here is a throw back. Listen to one of the funniest and probably most unique covers of “Feel Good Inc.” by Norwegian guitarist Leo Moracchioli. Over 15 million views. Enjoy!
Bonus Link: Listen to Damon break down Andromeda on Song Exploder.
Remember when I said I’d be featuring more Triple J radio stuff in the future? Well, mama don’t lie.
This cover is fresh! It was just posted on April 27. Australian DJ duo Slumberjack teamed up with experimental hop hip artist K. Flay and a three piece string section to deliver this haunting version of the 2007 hit “Paper Planes” by M.I.A.
Paper Planes is dark, twisty and political. In this cover, Slumberjack taps into that darkness and turns it up a notch.. Their style is very moody in general so I think this is a fitting mashup.
Is it weird that I imagine this cover could be featured in a Marvel universe movie score?
Comment below and tell me what you think!
(Side note: I just want to say that Paper Planes totally takes me back to one of my favorite guilty pleasure movies: Pineapple Express. *giggles* )