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New Music: Janelle Monáe – “Electric Lady” + “Dorothy Dandridge Eyes”

on June 27, 2012, 4:10pm

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During her gig last Friday night at the Toronto Jazz Festival, Janelle Monáe premiered two new songs reportedly taken from sessions for her two forthcoming albums. “Electric Lady”, is a low-key disco-funk groove with clear ties to Jimi Hendrix (whom Monáe’s covered frequently), while “Dorothy Dandridge Eyes” is more of a pop-inspired jazz ballad, with lots of understated strings and a subtle orchestral vibe. Stream both cuts below (via

In November, Monáe said in an interview that she had written “84.799 percent” of the material for the follow-ups to her 2010 debut The ArchAndroid. While she withheld a release schedule, she did mention they’d be released “according to my soul clock,” which we can only hope isn’t running on hip-hop time.