Sunday, October 19, 2008

Janelle Monáe

Once in a great while an artist grabs my attention so much that I can't stop listening to or talking about them. Lately it's Janelle Monáe, who I first heard about in this profile piece. I can't get enough of her concept EP Metropolis, Suite I: The Chase. It's based on the trials and travails of android girl Cindi Mayweather, who is on the run and scheduled for disassembly after an illicit affair with a human. Part one of a planned four part epic, Metropolis showcases Monáe's blend of rock, soul, and hip-hop, a style that recalls her associates in Outkast but taken to the next level with her killer vocals and theatrical storytelling.

Check out some Janelle:

Many Moons video

Violet Stars Happy Hunting (record store performance)

Sincerely Jane (live)

Violet Stars Happy Hunting
(TV performance)

Listening to: Janelle Monáe - Violet Stars Happy Hunting (Cyber Hop Mix)