Childish Gambino's Hit Single Gets Deconstructed
Childish Gambino’s ‘Redbone’ is the second single off his album ‘Awaken, My Love!’. The track was used in the opening scenes of Jordan Peele’s record-breaking movie ‘Get Out’. “Redbone” first debuted at number 75 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the chart dated December 10, 2016. The song then re-entered and peaked at number 36, making it Gambino’s most successful single to date and his first Top 40 record. But, the surprises didn’t stop there. On May 27, 2017 it re-debuted at number 1 on the Adult R&B charts. The track was voted into fifth place in Australian radio station Triple J’s ‘Hottest 100 of 2016’. Childish Gambino sang both lead and background vocals after laying the acoustic drum groove that the track is based on.
However, behind the scenes lurks Swedish audio producer, composer and long time homie, Ludwig Göransson. Childish and Ludwig have been working together since the 2010 mixtape ‘Culdesac’. They originally met on the set of the hit TV show, Community and have been making music ever since. Ludwig is responsible for bass guitar, cello, banjo, electric guitar, Fender Rhodes, vintage synthesizers, Wurlitzer electric piano, acoustic guitar and glockenspiel on this incredibly successful track. Genius posted a video of the deconstruction of each of these instruments and how Ludwig layered the track in popular DAW Ableton Live. You can watch the video below as Ludwig talks about the writing process and how the song came together.