Janelle Monae offers up something new and something old (playing Roots Picnic in May)

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Photo by Marc Baptise
Photo by Marc Baptise

R&B singer Janelle Monae, recently announced as part of this year’s Roots Picnic lineup has shared a couple new songs, one of which is a cover of Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible.” Monae covered the Robert Palmer classic as part of E!’s Live From the Red Carpet coverage of the Academy Awards, and puts a fresh funky spin on the 80′s song.

The “new” new song that Monae has released is “What Is Love,” from the forthcoming Rio 2 soundtrack. The song grabs a little bit of Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Starting Something” rhythmic stutter and tosses in some island dance grooves. Listen to it below.

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