Now Hear This is a daily dive into the standout songs of the day. Today, new tracks from Childish Gambino and The Weeknd, plus the premiere of a new album from Toronto soul band The Shuvs.
Childish Gambino, "Redbone"
It's the Donald Glover renaissance. Atlanta's been renewed for a second season. He's booked to play Lando Calrissian in an upcoming Star Wars. And his forthcoming album "Awaken, My Love!" with — from what we've heard — its hat-tip to Funkadelic and Sly And The Family Stone, marks the first time I've ever paid any real attention to a Childish Gambino release. "Redbone" takes that P-Funk afrofuturist sound on a soulful, slow-burning R&B side trip. It wouldn't be out of place on Brainfeeder. - Chris Hampton
Childish Gambino's "Awaken, My Love!" is out December 2 on Glassnote.
The Weeknd, "Party Monster"/"I Feel It Coming"
The Weeknd's Starboy is out next week and along with a tracklist that includes features from Future and Kendrick Lamar, he just released two more songs. "Party Monster" is one of those signature dark and hedonistic conflations of sex and drugs. A pleasure the flesh, torture the soul-type thing. This time, co-written by Lana Del Rey. And "I Feel It Coming" is another collaboration with Daft Punk. Bangalter and de Homem-Christo run a mid-tempo Michael Jackson track through their French house circuits, while The Weeknd trots out one of his more convincing impressions of the man. - Chris Hampton
The Weeknd's Starboy is out November 25 via XO/Republic.
The Shuvs, The Shuvs
Blue-eyed soul is alive and well in Toronto. The Shuvs are a new-ish band from Hogtown with a love of Curtis Mayfield, Al Green and Motown, along with folk heroes like Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake, they tell us. Their debut self-titled album, premiering here, is a lo-fi affair, recorded live off the floor on a vintage 8-track in the Coffin Factory. It's fitting, because you can hear all the ghosts of bygone eras of funk and soul in breezy songs like "Can't Find Love" (complete with doo-wop backing vocals) and slow-burners like "Slow Learner." - Richard Trapunski