Her first release since 2018’s Dirty Computer, Janelle Monáe unveils “Turntables.” to be featured in the upcoming Amazon Studios documentary, All In: The Fight for Democracy.
In a recent interview, the 34-year old triple-threat singer, songwriter and actress explained the inspirations behind the track: “We are changing things,” she said. “The tables are turning. The rooster has come home to roost. So this song is capturing direction. And when you think about a record, when you think about a record spinning, when you think about the revolutions per minute, it’s all connected. And that is what this song means. This song doesn’t mean that I’m the leader, that I’m here to tell you what to do, how to fix things. I’m simply watching, examining and wanting to highlight all of the people who are on the front lines, fighting for our democracy, fighting against racial inequalities, fighting against white supremacy, fighting against systemic racism and systemic oppression. So this song is to keep us motivated. This song is to lift up and keep us galvanized when we’re fatigued. And this song is really for the people.”
Courtesy of Warner Music, the recording features a minimalistic production of a strummed guitar, light percussion and little else that allows the spotlight to shine on Monáe’s inimitable recitation of lyrics with a rap/sing swagger that addresses a myriad of relevant issues.