Elijah Blake Pays Homage to ’80s Era in ‘Technicolor’ Video

Elijah Blakes revisits the ’80s in the video for his latest single “Technicolor.”

In the Sean Alexander-directed clip, Blake pays homage to iconic videos including Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation,” Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel,” Prince’s “When Doves Cry” and New Edition’s “If It Isn’t Love.”

The video was choreographed by Chris Grant, who has worked with Beyoncé, and also features a cameo from Jordin Sparks.

“It was so important for me to pay homage to these icons in this day and age because first and foremost, even though I’m a ’90s baby, these videos and legends are who inspired me to even want to do music,” Blake told Billboard.

He added, “Secondly, the art of dance being a major component in videos is almost like a lost art sadly. I don’t know if it’s because everyone is too cool to dance or if it’s just too expensive, but I really wanted to tap into that magic and reintroduce it to my generation and this culture.”

“Technicolor” is lifted from Blake’s sophomore album, Audiology, which is out now.

Watch Elijah Blake’s video for “Technicolor” below.

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Janelle Monáe Releases Two New Songs: ‘Make Me Feel’ and ‘Django Jane’

It’s officially Janelle Monáe season. The Grammy-nominated singer makes a strong return with two new songs and accompanying visuals — “Make Me Feel” and “Django Jane.”

The visual for “Make Me Feel” was directed by Alan Ferguson (who is married to Solange). The colorful clip captures the spirited, celebratory voice of Monáe as she affectionately nods to the ripe sounds surrounding the 1980’s music and dance revolution. “It’s like I’m powerful with a little bit of tender / An emotional, sexual bender / Mess me up, yeah, but no one does it better / There’s nothing better,” she sings.

“Django Jane” shows Monáe in another light. The singer switches up her style for a more conscious, rap-inspired tune. The video was directed by Andrew Donoho and Chuck Lightning with additional vagina monologue footage directed by Lacey Duke. The song is a powerful black girl magic womanifesto that celebrates the strength of black women and black culture while addressing the trials and tribulations of identity in the 21st Century.

Both tracks will appear on Monáe’s upcoming album, Dirty Computer, which is set to arrive on April 27. Monáe opened up about her new album in an interview with Beat 1’s Zane Lowe. “You know I always knew that I had to make this album,” she revealed. “I actually had this title on this concept before my first album The ArchAndriod and it scared me because a lot of the things that I knew that I needed to say were very deep, very personal, from the heart. You know this is an extremely vulnerable album and it took me a while to make it because I’m a self editor.

She continued, “I self-edit myself a lot. I’m like I don’t want to talk about this, I don’t want to talk about that. I had to kind of have people at Wonderland on my team to hold me accountable to it. They were like OK, you said you wanted to make this album before your first album, this is the opportunity for you to just really choose honesty over mystery. I know that there are a lot of things that I haven’t discussed and I think this is the album that you’ll get an opportunity to get a closer glimpse into my mind and into my heart.”

“Make Me Feel”

“Django Jane”

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J-SoL Releases ‘Sober’ Video

British singer J-SoL soaks up the sun in the visual for his new single “Sober.” Filmed in LA, the colorful clip shows him and his crew living it up at a pool party as they pop bottles and dance.

“‘Sober’ is the perfect transition into my new sound, I freestyled it in the studio with my producer and we laid it down pretty much on the fly,” he said. “When I wrote the song, I rarely drank but since writing it, it’s almost like I’m now literally living it! I think a lot of people can relate to having that extra bit of confidence when they’ve had a drink or two down them!”

J-SoL recently supported August Alsina on the European leg of his Don’t Matter Tour. He will also support Mila J on her UK tour in March.

Watch J-Sol’s “Sober” video below.

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George Tandy, Jr. Enjoys Positive Vibes in ‘Already Love’ Video

Singer-songwriter George Tandy, Jr. has released a visual for his latest single “Already Love.”

In the laidback video, Tandy rallies together a crowd of hipsters to enjoy good music and positive vibes. He uses word art and other cool animations to carry out the mellow meaning of the song.

“Already Love” serves as the first single from Tandy’s upcoming Because Life …. Vol. 1 album. The new project will be a follow-up to his 2014 debut release The Foundation, which spawned two successful singles including “Jaded” and March”.

Watch “Already Love” video below.

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