In the third installment of Janelle Monáe‘s invasion of the Sonos Studio she brings Roman Gianarthur to the stage at Wondaland West – the Los Angeles replica of the Atlanta-based creative space that houses their Wondaland Arts Society. Thus far the series has featured Monáe, Deep Cotton and Roman Gianarthur. The latest installment focuses on Roman – a member of Monáe’s camp since 2008′s The ArchAndroid – on his unique brand of “desperado r&b” and in between Janelle Monáe speaks on the incomparable creativity and work ethic he possesses. She refers to him – a self-taught guitarist who learned to play in less than one year – as a genius and her assessment seems totally believable. Gianarthur, who lands somewhere between Raphael Saadiq and somebody not invented yet, is probably best consumed live with an open mind and a lack of inhibition. His immaculate performance of “I-69″ – a whimsically gorgeous funk driven track about mutual love that takes a cue from Rufus – rounded out the installation at Sonos in a fitting end to the series. Likely headed back to the real Wondaland, it is clear that Janelle Monáe and friends have only just begun. Roman Gianarthur’s I-69 EP is on its way an in the meantine you can get your fix from the disgustingly gorgeous studio recording of the single that Wondaland was kind enough to drop yesterday.

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