Janelle Monae walks the Tightrope

Janelle Monae will release her eagerly anticipated first full-length LP The ArchAndroid via Atlantic Records/Bad Boy on the July 12.

The album is preceded by the single ‘Tightrope’, a funky party jam produced by and featuring OutKast’s Big Boi on July 5. “As an artist it’s very important to always keep my balance and not get too high or too low about things.” Showcasing honeyed vocals, Monae reminds her listeners, and perhaps herself, “When you get elevated/ they love it or they hate/ keep dancing on them haters”, in the track that is enjoying radio support from Radio 1Xtra.

The forthcoming album, The ArchAndroid blends the talents of executive producers Nate Wonder, Chuck Lightning, Big Boi and Sean ‘P.Diddy’ Combs who says “(she is) one of the most important signings of my career’. Additional featured guests include renowned poet Saul Williams, the psychedelic dance-punk troupe Of Montreal and punk prophets Deep Cotton. It’s the next chapter to the story of Cindi Mayweather, the heroine of Monáe’s Grammy-nominated debut EP Metropolis, Suite I: The Chase, which captured the imaginations of fans and fellow artists alike. It also prompted a host of media to predict her as One To Watch (including RWD, Elle, NME, Mojo, The Daily Star, Metro, The Observer and Sunday Times Style) and Vogue Magazine referred to her as “a different kind of diva”.

For singer, songwriter, and high funkstress Janelle Monáe, however, the impetus remains - to create music to stir your soul and get your feet moving. “Musically, The ArchAndroid is an epic James Bond film in outer space,” describes Monáe, “in terms of influences it’s just all the things I love —scores for films like Goldfinger mixed with albums I adore such as Stevie’s Music Of My Mind, David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust, and jamming experimental hip hop stuff like (OutKast’s) Stankonia.”

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