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Janelle Monáe and Miguel Get Sensual in ‘Primetime’

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Janelle Monáe, at the 2013 edition of Coachella, slows things down on her latest single, "Primetime." (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Janelle Monáe, at the 2013 edition of Coachella, slows things down on her latest single, “Primetime.” (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Local R&B star Miguel had quite a winning 2012, what with Grammy accolades and a breakout hit in “Adorn.” Now as a guest on Janelle Monáe’s new single, “Primetime,” the singer is part of another rare feat, if only for a moment.

“Primetime,” the third single from Monáe’s upcoming album, “The Electric Lady,” sees her slowing things down, which grounds the song in more earthbound sensuality. For Monáe as a songwriter and composer, her tunes are often bursting, psychedelically, with genre-hopping excitement. This one actually provides time for the audience to slow dance.

Early glimpses of new material from “The Electric Lady” may not possess the full-on sci-fi weirdness of her 2010 album, “The ArchAndroid,” but there’s no denying they’re lively and ambitious. First single “Q.U.E.E.N.,” with Erykah Badu, is definitely out there, boasting zigzag vocals, finger-snapping funk breaks and kazoo-like keyboards. That says nothing of its lyrical content, with manages to mix dance floor freakishness with social consciousness.

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