“OK everyone, it’s time. Before we go in, you must take off your shoes. We will give you one black sock and one white sock to wear.” Once the doors opened, the florescent smell of white lilies flooded the studio. There were trees, plants, and maple-butter scented candles floating in water surrounded by a single microphone. As you took a step forward, you could feel the plush grass under your feet.
The R&B singer’s listening party took place at Collective Studios
in Oak Park and was strictly by invitation-only for entertainment and media professionals. Monae featured seven songs from her highly anticipated sophomore album, The Electric Lady, which is due September 10th. She wore a stylish black and white tuxedo and a bowler style hat. She introduced each song by sharing her inspiration and the meaning behind it. She fought the urge to perform and then finally gave in and joined her attendees as she danced with them. Between the electric slide, ball-rooming, and two-stepping barefoot, everyone enjoyed the vibe of her music and had an experience unlike any other.
“Prime Time” (a duet with Miguel), “Victory”, “Dance Apocalyptic” and “What an Experience” were some of the featured tracks that were performed. The Electric Lady also features guest appearances by Erykah Badu, on the first single “Q.U.E.E.N.,” Prince (“Givin’ Em What They Love”) and Esperanza Spalding (“Dorothy Dandridge Eyes”). This album is the follow-up to 2010’s critically acclaimed The ArchAndroid, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album. Monae, age 27, kicks off a North American tour on October 13th and said she’s currently working on scheduling a show in Detroit.