As a recording artist, Janelle Monáe has been relatively transparent about naming the various artists who inspire her music. Along with her musical idol Prince, whose sound heavily influenced her astounding album Dirty Computer, Monáe has previously named reggae legend Bob Marley as one of her major inspirations.
The singer pays homage to Marley in her new set of Spotify Singles, released Wednesday (Nov. 14). Along with a soulful rendition of her single “I Like That” off of Dirty Computer, Monáe delivers a brand new cover of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ “High Tide or Low Tide” from their 1975 album Catch a Fire.
The new cover remains mostly faithful to the original track, keeping the familiar guitar licks and cool pace, while also adding in Monáe’s gospel and soul flair, with an organ playing in the background and a bevy of soulful backup singers joining her on the song’s choruses.
Monáe also shows off her unique singing ability on “I Like That,” where her free-wheeling vocals take center stage. The song is revamped as a live version, with less focus on the beat as in the original, and with a stunning guitar solo added at the song’s finish.
Check out Janelle Monáe’s stunning new Spotify Singles below.