Janelle Monáe – “Hum Along & Dance (Gotta Get Down)”

It’s been almost three years since we’ve heard anything new from Janelle Monáe besides features, but The Electric Lady was superb, so whatever we can get from her is welcome. “Hum Along & Dance (Gotta Get Down)” is Monáe’s contribution to the soundtrack for Netflix’s new original series about the early days of hip-hop, The Get Down. She went on Ebro’s Beats 1 show yesterday to talk about the record and how it came about. Turns out she’s good friends with director Baz Luhrmann and he asked her personally to do something for the show. The song is a highly danceable, retro-splashed jaunt with deep-grooving bass and intricate percussion. Listen to a preview below. The song starts at the 4:42 mark after a short interview.

The Get Down and the OST are out 8/12.