I listened to a lot of Janelle Monáe on release of her 2010 album The ArchAndroid. I had been drawn in by the Outkast-inspired single ‘Tightrope’ that she produced with Big Boi. This year, I am pleased to see she’s back again with something bigger and more critically acclaimed. Dirty Computer features a roll call of diverse stars – Brian Wilson, Pharrell Williams, Grimes – reflecting Monáe’s appeal. ‘I Like It’ is a standout song from the album.