Janelle Monáe is back with a new funk-laced bop.
After a five year hiatus, Janelle Monáe is back with new music.
Ahead of the late April release of her fith album ‘Dirty Computer’, Janelle Monáe dropped the music video for first single ‘Make Me Feel’ last week.
The music video for the track, directed by long-time collaborator Alan Ferguson, is a 80s inspired club fantasy filled with a visual palette of colours. The video sees Thor: Ragnarok star Tessa Thompson play one of Janelle’s love interests.
The track itself is “a celebratory song”, Janelle said to the Guardian. She adds:
I hope that comes across. That people feel more free, no matter where they are in their lives, that they feel celebrated. Because I’m about women’s empowerment. I’m about agency. I’m about being in control of your narrative and your body. That was personal for me to even talk about: to let people know you don’t own or control me and you will not use my image to defame or denounce other women.
To coincide with the release of the ‘Dirty Computer’ album, Janelle will also release a narrative film of the same title, dubbed an “emotion picture”. A trailer for the film is currently being played ahead of screenings for ‘Black Panther’.
If you think the track takes its inspiration from Prince, then you’d definitely be right but there’s also more of a connection to the track and the artist than you may think. In a since-deleted post, Prince’s DJ Lenka Paris mentioned that the synth line on ‘Make Me Feel’ originated from Prince himself. She said:
Last night I heard Janelle Monae’s new song. As soon as the synth came in I went ‘oh shit! That’s it!’ He gave that to her… this song is brilliant. Prince’s genius continues to amaze me. I miss him.