Janelle Monáe Returns With New Song ‘Float’: Listen
Janelle Monáe has returned with a new single. Float features Fela Kuti’s youngest son, Seun Kuti, and his band, Egypt 80. The new song is produced by Nana Kwabena, Nate “Rocket” Wonder, and Sensei Bueno. Listen to Float below.
Float is Monáe’s first new track since 2021 when she shared Stronger and an extended version of Say Her Name (Hell You Talmbout), a song covered by David Byrne on his American Utopia tour. Monáe’s latest studio album, Dirty Computer, was released in April 2018.
Monáe has recently been earning plaudits for her performance in the 2022 film Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. She won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film and the Atlanta Film Critics Circle Awards gave her Best Supporting Actress.
Back in December, Monáe was asked about the wait since her last album, 2018’s Dirty Computer and replied, “Oh you’re really going to remind me of that?” When pressed she revealed, “Actually, you will! You will get new music because I now have a clone. That clone does all of my music, and I have another clone for acting. I’m not going to tell you if it’s me or not. They’re in the studio right now!”
Talking about her role inm Glass Onion, the singer said, “I just feel so humbled and super, super blessed to be doing anything. Doing something like this, you don’t take it lightly.
“This is a murder mystery whodunnit film that is meant to take people on a ride and an experience first,” said Monáe. “The other beautiful thing about it is because the characters are modernised, the audience members will take away from it who they are and what experience they know.
“I hadn’t done comedy. There are so many comedic moments in a specific tone that Rian [Johnson, director] has created. I think he’s been very innovative in this whodunnit space.”