Janelle Monáe is storming back, and she is wasting zero time!
After teasing us last week with a video trailer, Janelle makes her official return with the release of not one, but two new songs – each with their very own epic, corresponding visuals. The tracks titled “Make Me Feel” and “Django Jane” are both set to appear on her upcoming album Dirty Computer, due out April 27, five years after her last album The Electric Lady.
“Make Me Feel,” which is being billed as the lead single, is a hypnotic and emotional, sexual bender crafted by hit-makers Mattman & Robin. Gliding across that Prince-esque disco stomp that’s so tasty on radio today with Grammy-snatching Bruno Mars, Janelle lets her guard down and promises the sweet, sweet goods to her lover. “That’s just the way you make me feel/ That’s just the way you make me feel/ So good, so good, so fucking real,” Janelle confesses.
It’s full of flirty lyricism and immediately infectious beats, enough to inspire some severe dance floor fever. Janelle flawlessly brings the song to life in a vibrantly colored video, directed by Alan Ferguson, highlighted by provocative silhouettes moving across the screen. It captures her spirited, celebratory voice as she affectionately nods to the ripe sounds surrounding the 1980’s music and dance revolution.
On the anthemic “Django Jane,” Monáe celebrates black women and black culture with an unapologetic flow, while delivering a message about identity. “Yeah, Gemini they still jammin’/ Box office numbers, and they doin’ outstandin’/ Runnin’ outta space in my damn bandwagon/ Remember when they used to say I look too mannish/ Black girl magic, y’all can’t stand it,” Janelle declares across dark, spacey trip-hop.
“[It’s] a response to me feeling the sting of the threats being made to my rights as a woman,” Janelle told The Guardian. “As a black woman, as a sexually liberated woman, even just as a daughter with parents who have been oppressed for many decades. Black women and those who have been the ‘other’, and the marginalised in society – that’s who I wanted to support, and that was more important than my discomfort about speaking out.”