Janelle Monáe – “Q.U.E.E.N.” (Feat. Erykah Badu)

In the past few years, Janelle Monáe has released a far-reaching and ambitious robo-futuristic concept album and sung on a #1 single, and the only other person to accomplish both those things in an entire career might be David Bowie. She is a hero, and now she’s given us the first single from her forthcoming album The Electric Lady, the follow-up to the sprawling and great The ArchAndroid. “Q.U.E.E.N.” is an irresistibly funky vamp-strut with Afrobeat horns and Princely synth-squelches and guest-vocals from Erykah Badu and a rap verse that’s better than it has any right to be. It’s great, and you can hear it below.

“Q.U.E.E.N.” is for sale at iTunes right now, and The Electric Lady should be coming soon.