Mayday! Mayday! The month of May is upon us, which can only mean one thing: 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.
Gia Woods, “Keep on Coming”
Persian princess Gia Woods is quite literally proving herself to be a reliable and consistent supplier of pop greatness with the release of the almighty “Keep On Coming.” As the song’s title might suggest, the tempo, theme and beats move from sparse tropical-tinged moments to more muted moments as she lays down her enticing, sex-drenched come-ons.
Jake Germain, “Over U”
This newcomer continues to impress with his latest “Over U,” a deliciously sweet and addictive pop jam all about forgetting the good and the bad and just moving on for the better.
That Kid, “Booty Call”
Rising internet up-and-comer That Kid makes no apologies about his desires on his latest electro-pop slice “Booty Call” that recalls all sorts of early euro pop greatness.
Jordy, “Love Me Right”
“Love Me Right,” just one of the many highlights from Jordy’s latest EP, Welcome to the Friend Zone, is the all-too-relatable anti-f–kboy anthem we’ve been missing.
Vincint, “Please Don’t Fall in Love”
The latest from L.A.-based Vincint is fully unafraid on his latest pop confessional, as he pours out all his deepest vulnerabilities about a former love in Whitney Houston-like levels of emotions.
Vardaan Arora, “January”
NYC talent Vardaan Arora is liberated from his anxieties on “January,” a sparkling dance-ready ode to being deeply in love with that special someone.
Wrabel, “Love to Love U”
When he’s not busy writing pop gems for some of music’s biggest names (P!nk, Lea Michele, Ellie Goulding, DNCE), he’s writing them for himself. Case in point, Wrabel’s moving “Love to Love You,” a beautifully romantic mid-tempo track that captures the true meaning of those real falling-in-love moments.
Leon Else, “Change Up”
Newly-independent Leon Else returns with a heartbreaking story of a relationship’s abrupt end on “Change Up,” backed by a thrilling-yet-subdued island-flavored pop production.
Leo Kalyan, “The Road”
The latest from London’s Leo Kalyan just may be his most emotionally impactful yet; it deals with his “relationship with a society that’s growing increasingly hateful towards minorities.” As Kalyan says, “All of us — queer people, people of colour — we’ve all grown up investing in a world that seems to be turning its back on us, and ‘The Road’ is a song about mourning what we’ve lost, but also hoping that trust can be rebuilt.”
Kim Petras, “Broken”
As the title suggests, “Broken” sees Kim Petras kicking off chapter two in her career with an immediately personal record. Revealing a more vulnerable side than we’re used to hearing from her after pure pop bangers like “Heart To Break” and “I Don’t Want It At All,” the new song will leave you wanting more Petras as soon as possible.
Delia Dane, “Brick in New York”
Florida-bred Delia Dane perfectly captures NYC’s complicated relationship with winter on this breezy, sun-drenched, genre-bending escape.
Siena Liggins, “Laws of Attraction”
Detroit-based talent Siena Liggins tackles jealousy, envy and a little bit of passion on “Laws of Attraction” over a tripping hip-hop beat and menacing electro loops.
Dorian Electra, “Flamboyant”
Emerging pop star Dorian Electra continues to break pop expectations with the joyride that is “Flamboyant,” an equally daring and comical, Liberace-inspired exploration of excellence.
Bronze Avery, “Anybody Else”
Pop crooner Bronze Avery takes us back on “Anybody Else,” a sparkling chilled-out, throwback R&B nod that organically builds along a breezy summertime beat, leading all the way to what is a genuinely feel-good, emotional chorus. It offers up some effortlessly strong melodies and a bit of nostalgia.
Kaytranada & VanJess, “Dysfunctional”
Producer Kaytranada brings his trademark effortless and soulful grooves on this House-driven VanJess team up, and the results are intoxicating.
Carlie Hanson, “Back in My Arms”
Striding into the speakers on a infectious guitar strum, Carlie Hanson drops the swag shtick and supplies us instead with a full-bodied, super grown up mid-tempo power ballad of pop star-proportions.
Boy Untitled, “Skin”
“Skin,” the latest single from Boy Untitled’s forthcoming EP, sees him perfectly fusing a variety of world influences on this colorful and self-liberating anthem.
Grayson, “Cherry Pits”
Non-binary singer-songwriter Grayson confidently takes charge of their wants and needs on this slick, mid-tempo that feels like it came directly from a diary entry in the best of ways.
Miss Benny, “Every Boy”
Rising multi-talent Miss Benny makes a convincing plea for wanting to kiss every boy in the world on his latest pop bop “Every Boy,” offering a welcome change of sonic pace in the process compared to it’s predecessor.
Russell Elliot & Ges, “Watermelon (Easy)”
Brooklyn-based singer Russell Elliot paints the perfect picture in “Watermelon (Easy),” a silky, spacey next-level R&B production that provides the perfect new addition to that baby makin’ soundtrack.
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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.