Make Me Feel (Janelle Monáe song)

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"Make Me Feel"
Make Me Feel, Janelle Monae single, 2018.jpg
Single by Janelle Monáe
from the album Dirty Computer
ReleasedFebruary 22, 2018 (2018-02-22)
Producer(s)Mattman & Robin
Janelle Monáe singles chronology
"Make Me Feel"
"Django Jane"

"Make Me Feel" is a song by American singer Janelle Monáe, released on February 22, 2018 as the lead single from her third studio album, Dirty Computer. This marks her reunion after a 3 year hiatus. departure from her longtime songwriting-production team of Nathaniel Irvin III and Roman GianArthur Irvin, Monáe co-wrote the song with Julia Michaels, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson, and Justin Tranter. Several critics compared it to the work of Prince, while Monáe herself has stated that Prince helped create sounds for the album, including for "Make Me Feel".[1] It became Monáe's second single as a lead artist to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100, debuting at number 99 on the week of March 10, 2018.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Writing for Pitchfork, Marcus J. Moore says of Monáe and the song, "The polymath unpacks a rubbery funk tune that recalls the likes of Prince and Sheila E. Her 1980s influences are clear, down to each massive synth line and the feeling of raw sensual energy woven throughout the song."[3] Tatiana Pile of Spin wrote, "The single is a high-energy funk song with some reverent similarities to Prince's 'Kiss' ... With this bouncy single, Monáe taps into her unique soul-pop sound to deliver a song reminiscent of past tracks such as 'Q.U.E.E.N.' and 'Dance Apocalyptic'."[4]

Music video[edit]

The single's official music video was uploaded to YouTube on February 22, 2018, the day of the single's release.[5] Directed by frequent music video collaborator Alan Ferguson, the music video features Monáe and actress Tessa Thompson in a nightclub. Referred to by Monáe as an "emotion picture", the video heavily resembles the nightclub and plot shown in the Black Mirror episode, "San Junipero". Throughout the video, Monáe is seen flirting with both Thompson and a man; at one point she runs between the two as if she cannot decide which one she wants. Ultimately, she dances with both. Also throughout the video, the colors of the bisexual pride flag are displayed in the overhead lighting, so-called "bisexual lighting". The music video, as well as the song, was praised as a "bisexual anthem."[6]

Writing for Billboard, Natalie Maher states the video, "takes a more Prince-inspired approach, both musically and aesthetically, with the actress hitting an '80s-esque club with actress Tessa Thompson, and serving some of the best moves and looks we've seen from her. The video also features what seems to be an allusion to Robert Palmer's iconic '80s videos, with Monae playing a similarly white guitar, backed by her own group of funky female dancers."[7]

The video received two nominations at the 35th MTV Video Music Awards in the categories "Best Art Direction" and "Best Editing".[8]

Live performances[edit]

Monáe has performed the song live on The Voice, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Austin City Limits, 61st Annual Grammy Awards, and 2019 Lollapalooza.

Track listings[edit]

  • Kaskade Remixes single[9]
  1. "Make Me Feel" (Kaskade Sunsoa Remix)
  2. "Make Me Feel" (Kaskade REDUX Remix)
  • EDX Dubai Skyline Remix single[10]
  1. "Make Me Feel" (EDX Dubai Skyline Remix)
  • KC Lights Remix single[11]
  1. "Make Me Feel" (KC Lights Remix)
  2. "Make Me Feel" (KC Lights Dub)


Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
Various February 22, 2018 Digital download Bad Boy [29]
United States February 27, 2018 Contemporary hit radio Atlantic [30]
March 5, 2018 Hot adult contemporary radio [31]
March 6, 2018 Urban radio [32]


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