Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel [Official Music Video]

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The arch-android who could explain every element of her immaculate pop on her previous albums professed to be lost for words on Make Me Feel, her brain scrambled by lust. It was a relief to hear: Monáe’s output had always always impressive, but sometimes felt hamstrung by her rigid adherence to poise and concept. But here she was, grasping to define her state of mind (“powerful with a little bit of tender / an emotional sexual bender”) and revealing the carnal side beneath her glorious hardware. Still, even as she yelped and gasped through her sexual awakening, the music – taut funk buoyed by a synth line later revealed to be a gift from Prince – maintained Monáe’s essential organisational architecture.

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