Thursday, August 14, 2008

Janelle Monae isn't from the future, but she sees it in the mirror


Janelle Monae
makes alien music from the most familiar sounds on earth....


With its bizarre mix of cabaret, soul, funk, opera, pop and hip-hop—and titles like “Cybertronic Purgatory”—generic R&B singer 101 she is not. Even with a scant catalog (so far), MonĂ¡e’s music places her squarely in the “musical kitchen sink” category with former URB cover stars OutKkast and Gnarls Barkley. Go back a few decades further and you’ll find another generation of ancestors who followed an interstellar muse—George Clinton and Sun Ra—for whom space is the place where one can escape.

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