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Janelle Monáe is back in action with the release of her highly-anticipated single, Float.

Featuring horns by Seun Kuti and Egypt 80, Monáe’s new track is her first move back into music since 2021. In fact, the game-changing artist hasn’t released a full record in almost five years.

Monáe’s inimitable style and visionary sound have earned her praise and awards across her fields. Now, with the drop of Float, the musician reminds us why she’s one of the best.

According to a press release statement, the new single is inspired by: “Muhammed Ali talking shit in Zaire, 1974, Jane’s evolution, Mary Poppins’ umbrella, Aladdin’s magic carpet, Ja Morant’s flotation to the rim while dunking on his ops, Sara Elise’s ropes, excerpts from Paramahmsa Nithyananda’s talks on levitation, Raul’s toast on Dec 1, and Bruce Lee’s mighty philosophy on being ‘shapeless, formless,’ and becoming one with your surroundings, to be like water.”

Taking to Twitter, Monáe’s shared the joy of releasing new music: “Ahhhh it feels good to be releasing music!! Sending love and waves to everyone who takes the time to listen! I pray you hold these words close to your heart cause they came straight from mine.”

Listen to Float here or below.