The music industry is filled with so many distractions (like the launch of new streaming services and faux FlyLo/DOOM collabs) that it’s easy for the tunes to take a back seat. No fear! That’s why we keep our collective ears constantly stimulated. This week, we welcome new tastes from old favorites like The National, My Morning Jacket, Janelle Monáe, and Hot Chip. Per usual, lesser-known lyricists, including Cakes Da Killa and the UK’s Little Simz, also had us mesmerized. Listen below and stay informed.
10. Janelle Monáe feat. Jidenna – “Yoga”
Photo by David Brendan Hall
Janelle Monáe usually positions herself as the mastermind at the center of a sprawling Afrofuturist universe full of queer androids and time traveling rebels. Her new single “Yoga”, though, narrows its scope to a steamy yoga studio. This isn’t about revolution or utopia; it’s just about flexing in time to that dub beat before the chorus explodes. “Yoga” also boasts some of Monáe’s cheekiest lyrics to date, like the instant classic “You cannot police me/ So get off my areola.” It’s a far cry from her headier oeuvre, but it turns out Monáe handles body music with just as much finesse. Find “Yoga” on The Eephus, the forthcoming compilation EP from Monáe’s Wondaland label, out May 6th. –Sasha Geffen