It’s officially March, so you already know what time it is!
That’s right: It’s time for the eighth edition of Queer Necessities, a 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.
Enjoy this new serving of pop gems, and don’t forget to follow the Spotify playlist to keep up-to-date on each month’s offering. Have a most #blessed March.
Kim Petras, “Heart to Break”
Transgender pop princess on the rise Kim Petras’ latest, “Heart to Break,” is a shimmering pop confessional complete with bubbling synths and one hell of a euphoric hook. It’s a sparkly, flirty piece of joy that is unapologetically sweet like the rest of Kim’s rapidly growing discography.
Jesse Saint John, “Move”
Songwriter to the stars (Britney Spears, Camila Cabella, Sia and Charli XCX) Jesse Saint John steps into the spotlight with his electrifying debut single “Move.” Jesse can write their hits and have his own too.
Carlie Hanson, “Us”
“Blame it all on Drake”! Carlie Hanson’s done it again with yet another winning slice of pop: “Us.” The bass-heavy cut sees the full-body-voiced songstress getting lost in fucks-free reverie, lovin’ across a thrilling infectious electro-R&B production.
Sakima, “Death Is in the Air”
Alternative-pop rising star Sakima takes a walk on the dark side on this triumphant and mature departure from his signature, sexually explicit aesthetic. With each track, Sakima’s only continuing to impress and show immense growth. Get familiar!
Janelle Monáe, “Make Me Feel”
The endlessly talented Janelle Monáe makes her grand return on “Make Me Feel,” a hypnotic and emotional, sexual bender crafted by hit-makers Mattman & Robin. Gliding across a Prince-flavored disco stomp, Janelle lets her guard down and promises the sweet, sweet goods to her lover.
Metroplane & Bree Runway, “Word of Mouth”
Metroplane, made up of established producers Alex Metric and Aeroplane, deliver pure euphoric harmony on this team up with London’s rising starlet, Bree Runway, who provides a full-bodied topline across the infectious House pulsations. Consider your Summer of ’18 anthem found!
Fabich & Jafunk, “Back To Life (feat. FHAT)”
Unabashed by their very recent entrance to the London dance scene, new duo — made up of Aaron Pfeiffer and Sedric Perry — maintain an impossibly sultry cool vibe and introduce smooth, jazzy vocal house-based builds in their glorious jump off “Back To Life.” The dance floor throbber fits in snugly somewhere between gems by Disclosure and Kaytranada.
Delta Goodrem, “Think About You”
Australian pop diva Delta Goodrem has officially returned to take us to the bedroom with a brand new sexy single produced by pop dream team John Ryan (Maroon 5, Thomas Rhett) and Julian Bunetta (Niall Horan, Selena Gomez). She’s straying far away from her almighty, adult-contemporary ballad roots and going super minimal, moody and modern. It’s a good look.
Leo Kalyan, “Stranger”
British multi-hyphenate finally gives his undeniably cool, Shift K3y co-produced throb “Stranger” a proper release.
Gabe Reali, “Warm in the Valley”
Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter continues to impress with this slick pop slice, which he says “addresses being torn between pursuing your dreams in the city, and missing how simple life used to be. If you’re lucky enough to find people who make you feel at home, it’s a whole lot easier to find your way while still staying true to who you are as a person.”
Jared Gelman, “Never Know What It’s Like”
Pop singer on the rise Jared Gelman delivers his most mature offering yet with “Never Know What It’s Like,” a beautifully devastating electro-pop ballad all about the challenges that come with being a queer femme navigating life on a day-to-day bases.
Dylan Russell, “Say You Don’t”
This Nashville-based singer-songwriter lets his truth shine through on this soaring power ballad that is equal parts pensive and dreamy.
Russell Elliot, “I’ll Be Dammed”
Brooklyn’s Russell Elliott takes a simmering demand for closure and channels it into one of his strongest and most powerfully soulful performances yet. Giving shades of Boyz II Men, bolstered by even richer production and truly almighty delivery. That soaring bridge is especially devastating and gorgeous.
Kehlani is at it “Again” with a new acoustic single. Over the guitar-driven instrumental, produced by Geoffro Cause, the Bay Area songstress shares some symbolic and poetic lyrics for her lover.
Natti Vogel, “I Don’t Want to Find the One”
Singer-songwriter-composer Natti Vogel brings the theatrics on his infectious art-pop single “I Don’t Want To Find The One,” which is all about celebrating love and its many forms.
Fischerspooner, “Butterscotch Goddam (feat. Johnny Magee)”
“Butterscotch Goddam,” a clear standout from Fischerspooner’s brilliant new album Sir, depicts a tumultuous love affair above punchy stabs of guitar and a wicked electro-pop pulse. It’s a sexy and destructive shock to the system.
Little Boots, “Shadows (feat. Joyce Muniz)”
“Shadows” is the chic lead single from Little Boots’ upcoming project Burn, a collaborative EP dropping on April 6. Produced by Brazilian DJ Joyce Muniz, the track is an undeniably stylish moment driven by sexy House pulsations, angelic vocals and dark synths.
Chris Malinchak & Kiesza, “Mother”
At first listen, “Mother” almost immediately feels like a departure for both parties. With a more chilled out and stripped down approach throughout, the track takes on a haunting and mysterious atmosphere. It’s definitely a contrast for those basking in those summery Malinchak “So Good To Me” days, but there’s still that same sophisticated and sleek production style that we’ve come to expect from the producer.
LEADR makes a more than impressive first impression with the release of his debut single “Waves,” a pulsating, euphoric rush of dream-like atmospherics that manages to feel therapeutic, nostalgic and cleansing all at once.
Jessica 6, “The Storm Inside”
Jessica 6, the electro-pop project of ANOHNI and Nomi Ruiz, make their much-needed return with a classic-feeling House anthem about the shame men endure for being romantically and/or sexually attracted to transgendered people.
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.