Hear Estelle and Janelle Monae's Killer Groove 'Do My Thing'

Estelle Janelle Monae
Photo: Roxanne Lowit (Estelle)
Marc Hogan WRITTEN BY
Marc Hogan

Estelle's third album, All of Me, which came out today, spans a range of styles, from the heartbroken balladry of Akon-penned "Thank You" to the West Indies-accented hip-hop stance of "International (Serious)." If the British native who had a 2008 hit with Kanye West-assisted single "American Boy" is giving us her "all," the message appears to be that she's an artist with a whole lot of different facets. Some are better than others, though, and All of Me's most immediately winning track is the lighthearted, lithely catchy pop of "Do My Thing" (via Antiquiet), an independence-asserting collaboration with gifted Atlanta eccentric Janelle Monáe. "My flow, it ain't your flow / But trust me, I know just how I'm flowing," they harmonize amid handclaps, Booker T and the MGs-style organ, peppery horns, and wildly careening hey-hey-heys. It's not really so unlike what we're used to from Cee Lo Green, and there's ample room for a potential André 3000 guest verse — but regardless, right here these two are the shit.

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