Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Music To Discover: 53

So a couple days ago, I posted about the remix ep of Janelle Monae's Tightrope.
Well. 
I decided that today will be about....

Janelle Monáe
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Janelle Monáe Robinson was born December first 1985 in Kansas City, Kansas.  Later in life she moved to New York City to study theater at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy with intentions to perform on Broadway. Quickly, she changed her mind and began to pursue music. In 2003 she moved to Atlanta, Georgia and that is where she met Outkast's Big Boi. Monáe founded her own record label,  the Wondaland Arts Society, at this time with like-minded artists. Janelle Monáe also made some appearances on Outkast's album, Idlewild, as well. In 2007 Monáe was prepared to release her debut concept ep, Metropolis. Soon after, she was signed to P. Diddy's record, Bad Boy Records. She has released a continuation to her concept ep. an album called The ArchAndroid in 2010.  Janelle Monáe has also been nominated for a Grammy.
(information from http://www.last.fm/music/Janelle+Monáe)

I do not know where to begin. I love Janelle Monáe so much (in case you couldn't tell by me proclaiming that her album, The ArchAndroid is one of the best this year)...






Musically speaking,  Janelle Monáe is a melting pot. Genre-wise, I could only classify her as funk-soul-new-wave-indie pop-dance punk-r&b. She really doesn't let any kind of just ONE genre define her musically. And hell! Why should she? She is damn catchy and clearly and eloquently presents this complex mashup of different styles that can only really be deemed Janelle Monáe.

(image from http://www.last.fm/music/Janelle+Monáe/+images/24267815)

One of my favorite parts about  Janelle Monáe's musicality is the fact that she really pays no mind to the typical "woman doing R&B trope". What I mean when I say this is,  Janelle Monáe doesn't sing about shakin' it for some dude, acting all hyper-sexualized, and she also doesn't just sing about nonsensical jargon. I think the fact that this is the norm in R&B is quite depressing, simultaneously, this makes Janelle Monáe that much more awesome and inspirational. So much of Janelle Monáe is focused more on artistic expression through music, inspiration, love, afro-futurism, and so much more. 

Monáe's voice really takes her music to that other level. Like a splash of cool water,  Janelle Monáe's voice really cools and soothes. Her voice is profusely strong and emotional at times but also light and fragile at other times. This coolness combined with her tight, creative lyrics really packs quite the punch. I love her lyrics, I don't even know how to start. Songs like Tightrope are quickly delivered in detail-oriented almost rap-like fashion and songs like Cold War are so profoundly emotional. 

(image from http://www.last.fm/music/Janelle+Monáe/+images/46972519)

What I admire most about Janelle Monáe is the fact that she seems like an ARTIST. Yes, of course, I guess in some sense everyone who makes music is an artist, yes. But on the other hand, I have all kinds of trouble viewing musicians like Katy Perry or Ke$ha from an artistic point of view. Janelle Monáe has intricately paralleled her musical works to Fritz Lang's Metropolis and has such an intelligent and egalitarian emphasis in her music that I can't help but to love her. She fully embodies her music and is, to me, a representation of how music should be presented, performed, and created. 

Lastly. Janelle Monáe's style is a pretty much perfect execution of retro minimalism. I love her old-school styled hair and her affinity for black and white suits. Simple yet timelessly classy.

If you're looking for an un-genre-able artist with all kinds of artistic merit and tons of soul then you absolutely need to check Janelle Monáe out.

If you like....
-Erykah Badu
-Kelis
-Solange
-Robyn
-VV Brown

Check out her songs.
-Cold War
-Many Moons
-Tightrope
-Dance Or Die
-Violet Stars Happy Hunting!
-Come Alive

Cold War


Remix Of The Day
Blondie- Call Me ( Voorney Dubstep Remix)
Blondie's seductive, timeless classic just got printed to vinyl and then tossed around in a trash can of awesome.  Debbie Harry's crooning vocals are preserved and yet they are compiled with grimey industrial dubstep. This easily became one of my favorite dubstep remixes.

I'm not sure what else to post about.
Oh!

Except Florence + The Machine is performing at the VMAs.
Holy.
Sheetz.
And she is actually nominated for a few awards. 
I'm actually excited to watch the VMAs this year. 
AND she is #16 on the iTunes album charts. Dayumn


Lastly, iTunes finally uploaded the iTunes Festival London 2010 eps yesterday.
Now you can buy live tracks from  Florence + The Machine
Ellie Goulding, Foals, Scissor Sisters, Faithless, and The Drums

That's all, farewell.


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