MonoNeon Unveils New Single “Jelly Roll” (Listen)

“He’s not just a bass player…. He’s Basquiat and skittles” - Eddie Murphy

MonoNeon Unveils New Single “Jelly Roll” (Listen)

“He’s not just a bass player…. He’s Basquiat and skittles” - Eddie Murphy

GRAMMY Award-Winning bassist and experimental musician, MonoNeon, treats listeners to a new track from his upcoming album, Quilted Stereo, with his high-energy new single, Jelly Roll,” released via Court Square Recordings.

A lively, 80’s-inspired dance anthem, “Jelly Roll” is rife with bouncy synths and a plucking baseline at the song’s forefront. The track inspires listeners to get out of their comfort zone and live their lives without worrying about judgment from others, with MonoNeon encouraging, “If you want to come and take a ride with us, don’t be shy, you’re gonna look ridiculous.” Topped off with a bass breakdown that leads into a key change, “Jelly Roll” is yet another testament to MonoNeon’s multifaceted songwriting. The accompanying music video continues the retro feel with scenes from a roller rink, featuring MonoNeon in his signature colorful getup as he teaches viewers how to “do the jelly roll.” 

“‘Jelly Roll’ came about wanting to write a dance track where Morris Day and Donald Fagen meet… that’s what I was thinking of during the writing and recording of the song with my friend Davy,” shares MonoNeon. “‘Jelly Roll’ I guess blends the old with the new, the familiar with whateva the fyuck. It’s a track that’s as much a journey as it is a jam. This song, the spirit of it… is about letting go and dancing… not giving a fyuck who is watching you act a fool on the dance floor. Rub ya belly and move ya hands in the air.

“Jelly Roll” is the follow-up to the recently released unifying single “Segreghetto” as well as Quilted!,” a funky track with a feature from Parliament-Funkadelic’s George Clinton. Both tracks are offerings from MonoNeon’s upcoming album, Quilted Stereo, where can look forward to another iconic collaboration on the album with a Mavis Staples feature on the track “Full Circle,” as well as nine tracks of MonoNeon continuing to blur genre lines to hone his signature sonic style that has earned him countless accolades and global praise. 

Presave the album digitally HERE & preorder the vinyl HERE

Next month, MonoNeon will take his electric live show on the road for a 13-date US run, performing in Nashville, Boston, Oakland, and more. In May, he completed a 10-show run at the historic Blue Note in New York city, boasting special guest appearances from Eric Gales, Eshu Tune (Hannibal Buress), and Mike Stern. Fans can purchase tickets to the upcoming shows HERE, and a full list of dates can be found below.


July 27 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line

July 28 – Chicago, IL – Outset

July 29 – St. Louis, MO – City Winery

July 31 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In

August 1 – Nashville, TN – City Winery

August 2 – Durham, NC – Missy Lane’s

August 3 – Durham, NC – Missy Lane’s

August 10 – Portland, OR – The Get Down

August 11 – Carnation, WA – The Thing Festival

August 30 – Memphis, TN – Overton Park Shell

November 11 – Groningen, Netherlands – Rockit Festival 

November 15 – Milan, Italy – Blue Note 

November 16 – Bologna, Italy – Locomotiv Club

November 18 – Zurich, Switzerland – Plaza

November 19 – Antwerp, Belgium – De Roma

November 21 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melk Weg

November 22 – Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli Oudegracht 

November 24 – London, United Kingdom – Earth Theatre

November 25 – Paris, France – Alhambra

November 27 – Cologne, Germany – CBE

November 29 – Oslo, Norway – Parkteatret

December 1 – Helsinki, Finland – Korjaamo

December 3 – Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser

December 4 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Hotel Cecil

December 5 – Hamburg, Germany – Knust

December 6 – Berlin, Germany – Gretchen Club

December 7 – Brno, Czech Republic – Metro Music Bar

December 10 – Warsaw, Poland – Klub Hybrydy

December 12 – Vienna, Austria – Porgy & Bess

December 13 – Budapest, Hungary – A38

December 15 – Tbilisi, Georgia – Republic Tbilisi 


MonoNeon, is an American bassist and experimental musician from Memphis, known for his social media presence and being one of the last people to work with music icon Prince. MonoNeon has contributed to Grammy Award winning albums, including his participation on the 2020 Nas album King’s Disease. In 2021, MonoNeon was nominated for a Grammy for his contribution and participation on Jacob Collier’s album Djesse Vol. 1. In addition to his work on Cory Henry’s album, Operation Funk.

Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers has referred to Mono as “the greatest fucking electric bass player”. On November 1, 2022, Fender released the MonoNeon Collection, which included the MonoNeon Jazz Bass V Signature.

As for what is ahead for the artist in 2024, expect more social media content where he harmonizes the speech of viral clips found on TikTok and Instagram. As for his song development and studio time, he says, “I just want to keep making great music and take it up a notch, all I can think about is making music


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