One of the Target bonus tracks for Electric Lady is a remix of the title track as Janelle Monae is now joined by Big Boi, Cee-Lo Green, and Solange. What a natural set of artists, huh? This funtempo groove (see what I did there?) is certainly worth a listen while you go out and cop the album now.
As a bonus, here's Janelle on the Today Show yesterday performing "Dance Apocalyptic"
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Janelle Monae "Dance Apocalyptic" LIVE on Today Show
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Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago's Union Park July 19-2. Alongside headliners R. Kelly, Bjork, & Belle and Sebastian, we're looking forward to seeing such acts as TNGHT, Killer Mike, El-P, Solange, and many more! Tickets as well as additional information can be found at pitchforkmusicfestival.com.
An updated version of "Looks Good With Trouble" is the new single for Solange and it includes a new verse from K. Dot. Diggin' both of these artists individually and so it was great to hear them on the same track. Solange is still the highlight for me, setting the dark mood along with the production. But Kendrick's verse is nice too, especially when he speeds it up.
Solange brought great energetic vibes to the FADER Fort stage at SXSW last week. What's cool about Solange is that her music has this revamped for modern times 80's pop sound and 90's R&B inspired sound from her beats/lyrics (a little David Byrne sounding). And her attire, wearing a Pencey Spring 2013 suit jacket and dress pant (which was a collaboration with artist DJ Mia Moretti) was an ideal fit that paired well with the vibe of her music.
Here's my personal favorite song of hers, "Losing You". It's the song that rebranded her into the indie industry - creating a more authentic place for herself and her music choice.
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Plus, The FADER Fort always has a great stage and lighting and that adds to the concert experience. Their own lighting designer caught our compliment on Instagram! We'll have our own original video of Solange (and more artists) from FADER Fort at SXSW — stay tuned!
Photo by: Heath Michaels
TIBS ED. NOTE: We also got a shoutout from Solange herself! Jodeci was backstage and talked with her after the set. Solange shouted Jodeci and her friends on Twitter, showing love back to her fans. Gotta love her humble and giving spirit as well!
As you know a few weeks back Solange sent Twitter into frenzy when she released her new single ‘Losing You.’ To keep the momentum going Solange will drop an EP titled True. The EP is set to be released via iTunes on November 27th. The EP was produced and co-written by Deveonte ‘Dev’ Hynes. Check out the details of each song below:
1. Losing You
Her first single is pleasantly upbeat for a song about love gone complicated. Solange asks, “Boy, am I losing you for good?” on this track, where the beat borrows sentiment from Madonna’s “Like a Prayer”—honest, tender, yet undeniably dance-worthy.
2. Some Things Never Seem to Fucking Work
The title says it all. In a song about ultimatums and questions, Solange ponders the illusion of a relationship. The vocals compete with the beat on this one, but the focus lays toward the reverberating rhythms.
3. Locked in Closets
If we were to ever hear a Beyoncé influence, it might be on this track, where Solange boasts her infamous Knowles vocal chops. The beat is reminiscent of Michael Jackson in his “Smooth Criminal” prime, and works flawlessly with her continuing theme of messy and addictive love.
4. Lovers in the Parking Lot
The tempo slows a bit on this song, as Solange continues with a strong vocal range. She regretfully admits, “I played around with your heart,” a telling piano riff adding dimension to the project.
5. Don’t Let Me Down
This one is more playful, with an aggressive beat that could set the foundation for a hip-hop track if need be. Not as lyrically substantial as the rest of the cuts, a feature in fact may have been beneficial.
6. Look Good With Trouble
Synth-heavy and full of echo, this track is versatile on its own—providing a respite from the poignant similar to the preceding one.
7. Bad Girls (Verdine Version)
Solange works the hell out of a falsetto on this unapologetic tune about her personality quirks. Embodying the strength of a woman who knows the intricacies of relationships, this one bookended her set well.