Gambino has released an unmixed version of the first track from STN MTN/KAUAI, the upcoming EP he teased during an incredible interview with Hot 97 last week. Hailing from the Kauai half of the album, “Sober” is a shimmering, disco-infused comedown, filled with lilting, seductive vocals without a rap verse in sight. Gambino is primed to follow the footsteps of his contemporary, Drake, who found huge success when he dropped rapping for singing on last year’s smash, ”Hold On, We’re Going Home.” For Drake, that was a one-shot radio single folded nicely into what was undeniably a hip-hop album. For Gambino, who has already spoken about the death of rap as a social movement, and made it clear that he has no intention of making a hip-hop album, but something new entirely, this track might be a better indication of what exactly he has in mind.
At the very least, he’s given us the soundtrack for Indian summer. Here in San Francisco, where we’re finally seeing the sun, “Sober” will be heard at parks and beaches citywide, played by people decidedly not sober.