Childish Gambino Is Blatantly Angling for That Song of the Summer

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We’re not a full month into summer yet, which means there’s still beaucoup time to anoint the Song of the Summer, a title only music industry people seem to care about. To perhaps challenge Drake’s “Nice for What” (the current No. 1 song in the country) and Cardi B’s “I Like It,” Childish Gambino / Donald Glover has a pair of summer songs up his sleeves. (Metaphorically, because it’s too hot for sleeves in the summer.) (Unless they’re linen.)


Both singles, released as part of a two-song Summer Pack, shamelessly have “summer” in the title to guide us along. “Summertime Magic,” the first single from his next album, is a low-pressure jam you’ll listen to near a warm body of water or mosquito-ridden rooftop, eyes closed with a vape in hand. Everyone’s laughing and jubilant as you sing along: “It’s ya summertiiime magiiiiic/that makes me wanna dance all night long,” with the necessary emotional detachment.

That’s the day party and the night party is “Feels Like Summer,” a more abstract, trance-inducing track that features a line I tell myself all the time while on my second shower of the day: “Every day gets hotter than the one before.” Two simple, irreverent summer songs effectively programmed for the season—listen below.

“Feels Like Summer”
“Summertime Magic”

Culture Editor, Jezebel



I’m not sure that either of these will take the title (too early to say).

But I do love them, and “Feels Like Summer” gives me a strong “hot evening on a porch with a havana shirt, flat front shorts, and a glass of mezcal with one cube” vibe. And I dig that.