A new song from Janelle Monáe

By Kyle Anderson
Updated March 14, 2014 at 04:00 AM EDT

Janelle Monáe, ”What Is Love”
A freethinking R&B visionary drawing up a funky positive jam for an animated sequel? It worked for Pharrell, and while Monáe doesn’t hit the giddy heights of Despicable Me 2‘s “Happy,” this Rio 2 track brings an elephant trunkful of jungle-drum palpitations and an irresistible birdcall of a hook. A-