After failing to deliver on the promise of new music in 2017, Janelle Monáe made it up to her fans with the release of two singles on, ‘Django Jane’ and ‘Make Me Feel’. Announcing her third studio album, entitled Dirty Computer, on the same day, Monáe’s ‘Make Me Feel’ was a viral hit from the get-go, garnering incredible attention online due to its similarity to music legend Prince.
The track is the more upbeat of the two cuts, infusing fabulous funk elements into a modern and minimalistic bass line, that sounds like a combination of Bruno Mars’ hit ‘Uptown Funk’ and Selena Gomez’s ‘Bad Liar’. Remaining true to her ironically unique sound that happily bounces between the realms of pop and R&B, ‘Make Me Feel’ is a marvelously mature yet fantastically fun lead single. Lyrically, the track sees Monáe discuss her sexual fluidity with a sassy, almost tongue in cheek delivery vocal, switching from talking to singing and from high belts to low whispers in the same breath. Monáe, an advocate for sexual freedom, fabulously embraces her own sexuality pronouncing, “It’s like I’m powerful with a little bit of tender/ An emotional, sexual bender” explaining the often complex issue as “just the way you make me feel”.
Overall, ‘Make Me Feel’ bravely tackles an often-sensitive topic with a blasé naturalness that rarely exists outside an ideal world beyond our own, all while embracing the fun side of pop music, manifesting in a perfectly crafted and high energy offering.
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