Jet Fuel Jukebox: “Queen Monáe” Edition

Well, Kanye West has returned from his long slumber and been making headlines recently. Some of the reasons are cool, but a larger number of those are not so cool. Starting with the good stuff, he’s got a solo album coming in June alongside a separate side project with Kid Cudi, as well as some production credits that include a new Nas record.

However, in the past week, Ye’s also released two incredibly underwhelming “singles,” and been saying some intolerable stuff on Twitter. Most recently, he appeared in an interview with TMZ, and it’s quite an…interesting watch, to say the least. Suffice to say, it will be fascinating to see what comes of all this Kanye news in the coming months.

Moving on from Kanye, I want to give a shoutout to Janelle Monáe’s new album, Dirty Computer, which I’ve listened to non-stop since its release on Friday. I’ve included one of my favorite tracks from the album, “Screwed,” as the opening song on this week’s playlist, so you too can enjoy this masterpiece. Elsewhere, we have included tracks from Hall and Oates, The Internet, and Katy Perry.

— Michael Lane, Blog Editor

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Jet Fuel Jukebox for 2/27/18

This is Janelle Monáe’s world — we’re just living in it. Ms. Monáe — whom you should already be aware of from her two previously released albums and starring roles in box-office hits — found it fitting to simultaneously release two electrifying singles this last week from her upcoming LP, Dirty Computer. I couldn’t not add both of these tracks, “Django Jane” and “Make Me Feel,” on the lineup this week, simply because they’re that good. Please be sure to watch their accompanying music videos, as well.

While Monáe may have stolen the spotlight in music this past week, plenty of other notable acts released music as well, including Little Dragon, Sunflower Bean, and Public Access T.V. So, those tracks have all been highlighted as well, alongside another 15, as is always the deal here.

— Michael Lane, Blog Editor

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