It’s our anniversary: for the past year, Billboard Pride has caught you up on the latest and greatest bops by queer musicians and fierce allies though our playlist Queer Necessities. Each month’s selections are curated by NYC-based DJ and tastemaker Jon ALi, who is the founder of pop music entertainment destination Jon ALi’s Blog.
Don’t forget to follow Queer Necessities on Spotify to keep up-to-date on the best musical offerings from the LGBTQ community. Check out August’s selections below.
Robyn, “Missing U”
It’s been nearly eight years since the Swede has released solo music, but Robyn still has her magic, as evidenced on “Missing U.” The song benefits from it’s space age electro-disco production a la Body Talk, but its earnest, relatable lyrical message is what solidifies this as a strong comeback.
On her dance-ready single “Boys,” Lizzo celebrates all varieties of male subjects lucky enough to spark her attention, “from the playboys to the gay boys.”
Christine and the Queens, “Doesn’t Matter”
Unlike the disco-leaning lead single “Girlfriend,” “Doesn’t Matter” finds our favorite French pansexual lacing her earnest vocals across a much crunchier pop production. It’s lush, heartfelt, and there’s a French version, too. We love options.
Singer/songwriter duo Fhat (composed of Aaron Pfeiffer and Sedric) launch as bona fide stars in their own right with their funky debut single “Pleasure.”
Kate Stewart, “He’s Good”
After re-introducing herself with the minimalist soulful serenade “Loving You” last May, Stewart drops her second single “He’s Good,” a R&B-leaning ditty serving up some Y2K-era realness, with hints of TLC, Aaliyah and 3LW coming to mind.
Daya’s latest output “Safe” sees the silky-voiced songstress getting lost in a IDGAF-reverie, floating above the dreamiest of electro-R&B production.
Ehrie, “Let Go”
Twin brother duo Ehrie make a solid first impression with this instantly catchy summer serving. Keep your eyes on them.
Shift K3y, “Entirety (feat. A*M*E)”
MNEK’s little sis A*M*E provides a full-bodied diva performance on London-born Shift K3y’s vibrant, ’90s-feeling dance floor extravaganza.
Nicopop, “Elephant (feat. Josh Wood)”
Electronic producer Nicopop is off to a killer start with his debut single “Elephant,” featuring buttery vocals from fellow newcomer Josh Woods. The track is a mix of thick beats, dreamy synths and video game-style bleeps and bloops.
Holland, “I’m Not Afraid”
Fast-rising K-pop singer Holland takes ownership of his identity on one of his most impressive singles yet. “I’m Not Afraid” is a liberating, house-infused slice of dream pop.?
Charli XCX, “Girls Night Out”
Charli’s back at it with her fourth release in just under two months, “Girls Night Out.” The track is a dynamite electro-pop anthem produced by Sophie and Stargate.
Dorian Electra, “VIP (feat. K Rizz)”
The rising gender-fluid star urges us to take a look beyond the velvet rope on their latest electro-pop banger, “VIP.”
King Princess, “Holy”
Critic darling King Princess quietly dropped her incredible debut Make My Bed EP in June, and it deserves your undivided attention. Start with the starry-eyed “Holy” — it’s all the convincing you’ll need.
Gess & MCMC, “Lost Meaning”
R&B singer/songwriter/producer Gess released his tightest, most cohesive work yet with The Plastic City EP. Undeniable standout “Lost Meaning” centers around queer lust, and how we in the LGBTQ community navigate the ups and downs in our search for it.
A clear standout from San Fransisco-based Mechanic’s debut No Time EP, ”You” is a complex production that conjures a calming kind of meditation. The singer-producer laces his understated vocals against ambient textures and a solid electronic thump.
Benedict Cork, “Mama Said (Live at Red Gate Recorders)”
Cork is kicking off his solo project in a unique way, releasing five completely live, one-take performances with his debut EP Piano Tapes, which features four original songs and one cover. In the case of the devastatingly beautiful “Mama Said,” the soulful singer relies the message that “it’s ok to be sad, and to ride the wave until it’s out my system.”
Brandon Stansell, “For You”
LGBTQ talent is hard to come by in the country music scene, but singer-songwriter Brandon Stansell continues to be a shining light of hope with yet another irresistibly sweet offering in “For You.”
Check out past Queer Necessities playlists below:
Jon ALi is a NYC-based DJ and founder of pop music entertainment destination Jon ALi’s Blog, which celebrates its 11-year anniversary this year. He spends his weekends spinning tunes at gay spots in Manhattan.