Last week, Janelle Monáe returned with the release of her empowering song “Turntables.” Today, the singer shares the accompanying visual, which is for the Amazon Studios documentary All In: The Fight for Democracy. The Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés-directed film is part of Amazon Studios’ larger campaign to inspire voter turnout during the 2020 presidential election season.
The new “Turntables” video includes scenes of protests and documentation of the fight against racial oppression, and leads into a display of Black strength, unity, and excellence. The track is produced by Nate “Rocket” Wonder, her long-time collaborator, who helped her greatly during the creation of the “Turntables.”
“I leaned a lot on him and the book that I was reading [Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Anti-Racist] and realizing that I have to be the energy for other voices who are putting themselves on the front line,” she explains in an interview about the song. “I’m thankful that the spirit was able to move through us.”
“Turntables” is Janelle Monáe’s first official release since last year’s “That’s Enough,” which appeared on the soundtrack of the live-active re-release of Lady and the Tramp. Monáe has been on somewhat of a musical hiatus, as her last full-length project was 2018’s Dirty Computer. The album was well-received, debuting at No. 6 on the Billboard 200. It included features from Pharrell Williams, Zoë Kravitz, Grimes, and Brian Willson.
The multi-talented artist has also been working in front of the camera. Monáe will appear in the Amazon documentary, The Glorias, and Antebellum (from the producer of Get Out and Us). Earlier this month, she was featured in the new “Justice For Elijah McClain” campaign public service announcement which calls for the top officials in Colorado to fire and charge the officers involved with McClain’s death.
Watch Janelle Monae’s new “Turntables” music video down below!