Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe – ‘Dance Apocalyptic’ video

3 July 2013

The suit and coif has come off for Janelle Monáe‘s new video for ‘Dance Apocalyptic’ where she lets her hair down for a rollicking anthem. She’s no longer an emotionless android and now the vivacious “electric lady” of her upcoming album The Electric Lady, out on September 10.

Giving life to her alter ego and stature to her mimickry of Rock n Roll machismo, Monáe features at the centre of an all girl group, amongst a fan girl crowd. Pushing further away from the androgyne android to the macho she-male, it’s looking like her Afrofuturist leanings might be a thing of the past but we certainly hope not. See the ‘Dance Apocalyptic’ video below. **

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Janelle Monáe announces new album and more.

Janelle Monae.
16 April 2013

Self-identified android and master of her own myth, Janelle Monáe, will finally be releasing a new record, The Electric Lady, following 2010’s critically acclaimed The ArchAndroid. Monáe’s first single ‘Q.U.E.E.N.’ will feature Erykah Badu and be released on April 22.

Fellow Afrofuturist and neo-soul acolytes weaned on the likes of Parliament and Sun Ra, hip hop soul duo THEESatisfaction recently paid their respects to the ‘Queen of Neo-Soul’ with a mix tape in tribute to Badu, while Monáe’s stomping funk number ‘Tightrope’ did its part for its progressive women predecessors with a subtle nod  to surrealist film maker Maya Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon, see if you can spot it here. **

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