April showers bring May flowers, but they’re also bringing new music to your ears! That’s right: It’s time for the latest edition of Queer Necessities, our monthly LGBTQ-driven playlist from Billboard Pride, where we catch you up on the latest and greatest bops by queer musicians and fierce allies.
Each month’s selections will be 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.
Leland, “Another Lover”
The latest from superstar singer-songwriter Leland is a shimmering pop, us-against-the-world anthem made for windows down, romantic late night drives with that special someone.
Mathew V, “Catching Feelings”
Canadian crooner Mathew V returns with a blissful, ‘80s-tinged rush of his signature soulful swooning, and one of his most immediate hooks to date.
Kevin McHale, “Help Me Now”
Former Glee alum Kevin McHale is preparing to release his first ever solo EP Boy on May 24th, and the instantly infectious “Help Me Now” is the impressive kick off of what’s in store.
Ria Mae, “Not Your Type”
Ria Mae demands for your undivided attention on her dreamy popscape “Not Your Type,” one of the many highlights from her latest EP, Stars.
Will Young, “All the Songs”
UK staple Will Young kicks off a new chapter with this slow-building, electro-pop power ballad that’ll quickly remind you why we started stanning in the first place.
Grammy-winning songstress Daya is back at it with a buoyant slice of dark synth-pop, recalling all sorts of late ’90’s/early ’00’s tranced-out bliss in the process.
Andrea Di Giovanni, “Bang”
Pride’s Got Talent finalist Andrea Di Giovanni celebrates freedom of self-expression on “Bang,” a thumping club track packed with dark ‘n stormy stabs of synthesizers and flashing lights — which is to say that it’s gay perfection.
Jared Gelman, “Return to Sender”
LA-based rising star Jared Gelman calls out the phonies and puts the focus back on himself on the feisty “Return The Sender.”
Brooke Candy, “Happy”
“Happy,” the lead single from Brooke Candy’s upcoming debut SEXORCISM, sees her tackling her inner demons across a distorted yet masterful array of hard-hitting basslines and industrial beats. An intense confessional with a menacing-yet-liberating feel, this song will make you question whether or not you are truly “Happy”
Jesse Saint John, “What Do You Like 2 (Ojivolta Remix)”
Out singer-songwriter Jesse Saint John, who has penned tracks for our favorite stars (Britney Spears, Camila Cabello, etc.), has taken his beloved single “What Do You Like” to the next level with this special Ojivolta remix treatment — giving us one more reason to not sleep on him.
Davy Boi, “Dirty Mind (feat. Dai Burger)”
LA-based singer-songwriter continues to impress with this irresistibly breezy feel-good anthem that’ll have you wishing it was spring break all year long.
DEVMO, “Kylie Jenner”
Devin Moses aka DEVMO shows off her quick wit and impressive lyricism with this chilly, trap-lite ode to “Kylie Jenner-girls” who are apparently just her type.
Herstory, “W.T.B (Want To Be)”
The New York-based duo and real-life lovers released their stellar debut EP last month, infusing a range of genres from the mainstream to those with an international flair. “W.T.B (Wants To Be)” is an undeniable highlight and is a celebration of the duo’s unquestionable chemistry.
GESS, “Freezing Warm”
This LA-based talent has been low-key delivering some solid solo tunage for a minute, and this moody, late night banger is further evidence that he stays serving us nothing less than top quality.
Shura returns with the first taste of what’s to come from her next album with “BKLYNLDN” – an intimate and sultry piece that shows growth in more than one dimension.
Kailee Morgue, “Headcase (feat. Hayley Kiyoko)”
Rising pop starlet has Kailee has teamed up with Lesbian Jesus (a.k.a. Hayley Kiyoko) on this all-female queer power anthem “Headcase,” inspired by her relationship with her bipolar disorder.
Michael Medrano, “Easier”
LA talent shows off his vulnerable side and puts his insecurities on display on this impressive mellow and airy ballad aided by sparse drum rolls and atmospheric textures. He’s one to keep your eyes on for sure.
Ames, “Mama It’s Me”
The most noteworthy thing about “Mama It’s Me,” the latest from singer-songwriter Ames, isn’t the sound of the song itself, but rather the touching story she’s singing, which is all about putting her mother’s mind at ease.
Blew Velvet, “A Sacrifice”
NYC artist Blew Velvet encourages you (and reminds himself in the process) to manifest your highest self in the face of romantic ruin with this mystical and liberating slice of synth-pop.
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 13-year anniversary this year. He spends his weekends spinning tunes at gay spots in Manhattan.