Published Feb 17, 2015Janelle Monáe has been keeping quiet recently, but the Electric Lady is about to be back in the spotlight with a crew of new artists via her Wondaland Records.
Monáe's Wondaland Records imprint has signed a deal with Sony's Epic Records, who will help bring the label's roster to the world and release a new compilation due out in May.
Titled The Eephus, the five-song EP will feature cuts from Wondaland artists like Brooklyn hip-hopper Jidenna, funked-up duo Deep Cotton, producer Roman GianArthur, and songwriter pair Alex Belle and Isis Valentino who go by the name St. Beauty. Monáe will appear on the record, as well, on a Jidenna collaboration titled "Yoga."
"I'm so thrilled to share Wondaland Records with the world," said Monáe in a statement about the joint venture. "Each artist under Wondaland Records has unparalleled talent, incredible vision, and brings something unique to the music industry. Together, we're creating a new movement and space for the future of music and pop culture. I'm honored to be partnering with Epic Records and my friend LA Reid to present such extraordinary talent."
Music mogul Reid also offered up his thoughts on the merger, saying: "The collective talent of the Wondaland artists is awe-inspiring. I haven't personally witnessed a collective that sounds and looks this special in quite a while. I've been a longtime supporter and friend of Janelle and it is an honor to now work with her as a visionary businesswoman who brings an all-star group of talented performers to the table."
You can get a taste of what's to come by streaming the lead single off the forthcoming release, "Classic Man" from Jidenna and Roman GianArthur. Check it out in the player below.