Janelle Monáe Shares Videos for Two New Songs “Make Me Feel” and “Django Jane”

Dirty Computer Due Out April 27 via Atlantic

Feb 22, 2018
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Janelle Monáe previously announced a new album, Dirty Computer, and shared a science fiction-themed teaser trailer for it featuring both Monáe and actress Tessa Thompson (who starred as Valkyrie in last year's superhero hit Thor: Ragnarok and was also in Westworld). Now she has confirmed the album's release date and shared its cover art. She has also shared two new songs from the album, "Make Me Feel" and "Django Jane," both via videos. "Make Me Feel" bears the strong influence of Prince and is a sexy and funky love song, whereas "Django Jane" is more of a defiant hip-hop statement about race and feminism. Check out both videos below, followed by the cover art.

Dirty Computer is due out April 27 via Atlantic. The trailer described the album as "an emotion picture" and its YouTube description described that as "a narrative film and accompanying musical album." A press release says that details of the release of the "emotion picture" are forthcoming and that the two videos are part of the film.

Alan Ferguson directed the "Make Me Feel" video. A press release says the video "captures the spirited, celebratory voice of Monáe as she affectionately nods to the ripe sounds surrounding the 1980's music and dance revolution. Delivering electric vocals, pop hooks and confident, female-driven lyrics, Monáe brings the song to life in a vibrantly colored video highlighted by provocative silhouettes moving across the screen." 

Andrew Donoho and Chuck Lightning directed the "Django Jane" video (with additional direction by Lacey Duke). A press release says "the song is a powerful black girl magic womanifesto that celebrates the strength of black women and black culture while addressing the trials and tribulations of identity in the 21st Century." 

It's been five years since Monáe's last album, 2013's The Electric Lady. In that time she has launched her acting career, with notable roles in the movies Hidden Figures and Moonlight, as well as guest starring in the Amazon Prime sci-fi anthology series Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams.



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