Label: Wolf+Rothstein/Liberator Music/RCA
Genre: Contemporary R&B
Written by: Donald Glover and Ludwig Göransson
Produced by: Donald Glover and Ludwig Göransson
‘Summertime Magic’ is a song by American singer, rapper and producer Childish Gambino. The song was released digitally in 2018 as part of Childish Gambino’s Summer Pack EP. The song was co-written and produced by composer Ludwig Göransson, who originally met Childish Gambino while working with him on the set of the TV comedy series Community. Upon its release, ‘Summertime Magic’ charted in the UK top 40 and was certified Platinum in the US.
Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino), has worked in the entertainment industry for over a decade. While he released his first major label studio album in 2011, Glover also released several independent mixtapes and albums while working as a writer and actor for television, most notably for the TV comedy series 30 Rock and Community. In 2018, his Grammy Award-winning single ‘This is America’ topped the US Billboard charts, and the YouTube video for the song has more than 750 million views.
This vibey pop song gives you the chance to demonstrate a contemporary R&B vocal style, with soulful phrasing over a strong backbeat. This abridged arrangement omits the verse section from the original recording (1.36–2.14min), which means the pre-chorus and chorus is played twice.
Your tone can be based on a soft falsetto/head voice, and you should focus on this sounding as clear as possible, with secure intonation. Variation of dynamics will help you move into a more projected and strong tone quality in the prechorus, where you can experiment with expressive changes of tone colour that emphasise the lyrical content.
The rhythmic feel is important, and may be emphasised by accented phrasing, particularly in the pre-chorus. In the chorus, the main vocal line should be confidently weaving around and on top of the backing vocals. You can choose to follow the scored phrasing exactly or create your own variations.