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It’s an ingenious tie-in considering Monáe’s visual elements for the new songs. The nearly hour-long video companion for the album stars Monáe and a group of rebellious, cyberpunk androids who are chased through their neon-lit counterculture by dystopian cops trying to reprogram and “clean” them. So in turn, this new app offers to “clean” one of your Spotify playlists if you so choose, replacing it with Dirty Computer from start to finish.
“Repeat after me: I am a Dirty Computer,” the app’s landing page reads. “Login to Spotify to ‘clean’ your playlists & enter the Dirty Computer experience.”
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) May 15, 2018
Just be sure to pick a playlist you don’t care about if you try it out, ’cause it definitely works.
Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.