Buzzworthy Obsession: Janelle Monae’s ‘Tightrope’ Video

So you think you can dance? Maybe you can, but you might want to re-evaluate just how good you think you are after watching the fleet-footed Janelle Monae in her video for “Tightrope,” the first single from her upcoming album, The Arch Android.

This dazzling soul singer has us hooked on her brassy voice and fabulous footwork. It’s a combination that’s prompted her label boss, Diddy, to call her “the female James Brown.”

In this Wendy Morgan-directed clip, Monae and some formally outfitted friends stomp and glide, flap their wings and jump on tables. Let’s put it this way: Any video where the dancing is so good it makes a guest verse by Big Boi (of Outkast) seem like an afterthought is some two-stepping you have to witness.

Check out the video below and pick up Janelle Monae’s new album, The Arch Android, on May 18.