Janelle Monae is back -and with a bang too.
Monáe has released a new single named “Float,”; Her first since the 2021 protest anthem “Say Her Name (Hell You Talmbout).” Monáe enlisted the help of Seun Kuti, the youngest son of Nigerian musical pioneer Fela Kuti, and his Afrobeat band Egypt 80 to bring the song to life. The song was produced by Snoh Aalegra collaborator Sensei Bruno and Wondaland signees Nate “Rocket” Wonder and Nana Kwabena and released on Monáe’s Wondaland Records label.
“Ahhhh, it feels good to be releasing music!!. Sending love and waves to everyone who takes the time to listen! I pray you hold these words close to your heart cause they came straight from the mine.” The artist took to social media to celebrate the release of the song.
Monáe has been hinting at a comeback for a time now, and “Float” appears to be only a taste of what’s to come. The tracklist for “Float” is obscured by an orange vinyl record, leaving only “Side A” and “Side B” visible on the cover image. Information about the singer’s upcoming fifth studio album is scarce, but considering the now-standard five-year gap between releases, fans should expect the LP to be released this year.