A first preview of ‘The Electric Lady’ comes in ‘Q.U.E.E.N’, a track featuring Erykah Badu. In the space of five minutes it swings from grimy guitar lines to a stunning, string-backed verse from Badu that ends abruptly in a song that could feasibly endure for twice its actual length.
The ear-popping synths that defined ‘The ArchAndroid’ persist, as do the bold string sections, but everything else on ‘Q.U.E.E.N’ shows Janelle Monáe turning a page.
In between these two records she’s gone from cult favourite to genuine big draw, with live shows gaining her a reputation as one of the world’s best performers. When she performed at Glastonbury in 2011 album sales went up by 4928%.
Stream the new song below - it’s set to appear on ‘The Electric Lady’ and good lord it’s spectacular.
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