Summer may be over, but that just means we’ve reached a new season for new queer songs! We’re proud to present 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.
Kdl, “777 (feat. Ferras)”
Production duo Kdl collaborate with Katy Perry signee Ferras on this passionate, laidback summer love anthem.
Louis The Child & Wrabel, “Too Close”
Chicago producers Louis The Child have joined forces with singer-songwriter Wrabel for the latest evolution of their signature future-bass craft with this heart-racing yet spirited new single, “Too Close.”
Tove Lo, “Bad as the Boys (feat. Alma)”
On this breezy, acoustic-laced summertime bop, Tove Lo and Alma detail a summer fling that turned to heartbreak in the catchiest of ways.
Delia Dane, “So Good (feat. Twelve’len)”
Delia Dane’s newest single “So Good” is a smooth and sensual dance number that details a relationship fueled by indecisive friction, featuring fellow Floridian artist Twelve’len.
Leon Else, “Easy Love”
UK import Leon Else has turned his struggle with a vicious sex-dependent cycle into an upbeat, rhtymic pop-bop reminiscent of your favorite ’90s hits.
Michael Medrano, “Fluids”
Pop prince on-the-rise Michael Medrano tackles sexual fluidity in a cheeky yet impressive way on this thrilling disco-pop production.
Sakima, “Sweet Nothing”
On “Sweet Nothing,” one of the many highlights off of British pop star Sakima’s Project Peach, the singer finds temporary peace in his heart with a sweet escape to the bedroom over an array of euphoric pop beats.
Miss Benny, “That’s My Man”
Like “Every Boy” before it,” Miss Benny’s “That’s My Man” is a bit on the moodier side of things, atmospheric and full of infectious synths. Thematically, however, Benny‘s even more aggressive in his come-on game this time around. He’s got the boy, now.
James Indigo, “Cxntour”
British rapper James Indigo leaves us wanting more with his unapologetically confident and powerful queer debut that celebrates all members of the LGBTQ + community with it’s “I’m that bitch” mantra.
Justin Ingalis, “But, You Don’t”
Iowa-born singer-rapper Justin Ingalis proves he’s no one-trick-pony with the release of this dance-filled slice of pop perfection, loaded with his signature slick word play.
Siena Liggins, “My Girl”
Rising pop star Siena Liggins takes The Temptations classic “My Girl” and gives it a fresh, modern take with a queer point of view.
Sateen, “Gotta Gimme Your Love”
New York music duo Sateen, made up of wives Ruby and Queenie, make their glamorous return after releasing their debut EP two years ago with “Gotta Gimme Your Love,” a gay disco empowerment anthem that will have you up and dancing as soon as you hear it.
Fhat, “She Can’t Love You”
Fhat, the duo made-up of singer-songwriters Aaron Pfeiffer and Sedric Perry, takes us back in time with their modern disco-packed cover of Chemise’s signature song “She Can’t Love You.”
Brooklyn-based sensation Ehrie takes their R&B/soul sound to another level with this latest offering from their upcoming debut EP — a funky and sensual feel-good disco-tinged escape that serves as a great addition to your love-making playlist.
Leuan, “Virtual Reality”
The lead single for Leuan’s upcoming EP Childstar finds him taking on the theme of dystopian technology as commentary to his and our world, where everyone seems to be living in their very own digital world life escape.
Non-heteronormative collective Brockhampton’s fifth album Ginger is an eclectic, tight-knit listen from start to finish, and track no. 2, “Sugar,” is without a doubt a highlight. The song is a sweet and soulful sunshine break in between the moodier tones, centered by an intoxicating hook from Ryan Beatty.
L.A. newcomer Drumaq has been consistent with his upcoming Vitamin D EP offerings, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. “Translucent” finds him calling out a love interest with stark heaviness.
Liz, “Btr 2Gthr”
Liz continues to bring the nostalgic, bubblegum-dance-pop circa 2002 vibes with her latest “Btr 2Gthr,” co-written alongside pop dream-team Kim Petras and Aaron Joseph.
London bred crooner Sxmson takes us on an atmospheric escape on this pensive number that he says “captures the exact moment when I realized and accepted that I still had feelings for my ex-boyfriend, however much I had told myself that I’d moved on and forgotten about him.”
Damez, “Pull Up”
Multi-faceted Atlanta rapper Damez’ newest single “Pull Up,” from his highly-anticipated upcoming fourth project, sees him making no apologies about his come-on across an array of slick verses on top of a bass-heavy production, as he chants “Fuck it up, fuck it up, aye!”
Foxgluvv, “Desperately Seeking Susan”
London-based diva Foxgluvv preps the release of forthcoming debut EP, titled I Never Felt Hollywood, with yet another slice of retro-tinged, synth-driven pop perfection.
F. Virtue, “Bootleg Anohni Drone Bomb Me Remix”
NYC rapper F. Virtue’s continues to bring further attention to the vast spectrum of voices and views navigating the LGBTQ+ experience with his latest bootleg remix of “Drone Bomb Me” by Anohni: “…this isn’t straight bashing, ’cause even in our community some act like gay clansman / like no Asians, fatties, femme boys, or trans men / dividing our own, but it’s time to take action,” he declares. “Our people are in danger, the targets of killings / for just being themselves, out, and visibly living…”
Robokid, “Take Me Down”
“Take Me Down,” the latest from the L.A.-based producer and singer-songwriter, takes on a mixed ball of genres that work together effortlessly as he pleads for some good time lovin’.
Baum, “Bad Kid”
Alt-pop star Baum continues to be the queen of bold self-awareness as she navigates her regret on show she ended a relationship on this reflective power ballad.
Bill Priss, “Blue Collar Baby”
“Blue Collar Baby,” the title track to Bill Priss’ impressive debut EP, is a pensive synth-landen escape that finds the non-gender conforming artists seeing the strength and beauty in the lessons learned from his family and town’s blue collar roots.
Queer producer Gess’ latest single “Clouds” is intimate, mysterious, dreamy and unquestionably sophisticated all at once.
Pat Reilly, “Flip”
NYC-based newcomer Pat Reilly continues to impress with his second offering “Flip,” a sultry and breezy ode to a special lover.
Leo Kalyan, “Time Can Wait”
London based singer, songwriter and producer Leo Kalyan’s latest offering “Time Can Wait” is a dreamy cut that sees the singer’s falsetto-laden vocals seductively float across a soundscape of breezy electronics.
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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.