Pride month is upon us, so for the entirety of June, I’ll be focusing on bringing you the hottest bops to add to your Pride party playlists. In this week’s instalment, I’ve got the latest from UK sensations Jessie Ware and Bimini as well as new tunes from John Roberts, Tush, and Mykki Blanco. As always, if you dig what you hear, be sure to stream and follow these artists.
Jessie Ware – Last year, when clubs were largely closed, Jessie Ware brought the thrill of nightlife to listeners around the world with her album What’s Your Pleasure? Jessie is making us all dance again with her new single “Hot N Heavy”, the second single from her deluxe offering What’s Your Pleasure? The Platinum Pleasure Edition, due out on June 11. Co-produced by SG Lewis, “Hot N Heavy” keeps the 80s dance and post-disco vibes going and you can already hear how well it will work alongside Jessie’s other recent hits “Ooh La La” and “Save a Kiss.” It’s the perfect song for an intimate poolside Pride party.
Listen to Jessie Ware’s new single “Hot N Heavy” below.
John Roberts – You know we love us some John Roberts here. The brilliant actor dropped his debut album Lights Out just in time for Pride festivities. Produced by the iconic Junior Sanchez and with guest appearances from Debbie Harry and Beth Ditto, Lights Out is truly a legends-only affair. In three words, Lights Out can best be described as big gay fun – giving us everything we need from a dance album. A standout track is “Nobody” featuring the always incredible Beth Ditto. The housey cut gets elevated to a whole other level when Beth’s vocals kick in and then hits a particular sweet spot when John and Beth’s voices blend together. With a message of being yourself and standing strong in your uniqueness, “Nobody” is the perfect Pride anthem.
Listen to John Robert’s new song “Nobody” feat. Beth Ditto below.
Mykki Blanco – Let’s have a “Summer Fling” with Mykki Blanco and Kari Faux. “Summer Fling” follows “Love Me” and “Free Ride” as tastes of what’s to come from Mykki Blanco’s forthcoming mini-album Broken Hearts & Beauty Sleep, due out digitally on June 18. Sonically and visually, this new single is a love letter to YK2 aesthetics with a sound that evokes summertime in the 2000s and a video that wouldn’t be out of place on Myspace. On what inspired “Summer Fling”, Mykki says: “I wanted Summer Fling to feel like a song I could have heard at my middle school dance, maybe it’s because those were the years in which I was coming of age.”
Listen to Mykki Blanco’s new single “Summer Fling” feat. Kari Faux below.
Tush – Toronto electronic act Tush wants to get you on the dance floor with “Chrysalis”, the lead single from their forthcoming debut album Fantast. The duo consisting of Kamilah Apong and Jamie Kidd has previously been featured in What’s Going On for their cover of Freeez’s 1981 classic “Southern Freeez” and if you liked that, you’re going to love “Chrysalis.” A sultry slice post-disco with heavy retro 8-bit video game vibes, this track is designed to make you want to move. On what “Chrysalis” is about, Tush says: “It’s 2021, in a damn pandemic! We don’t have time for polite modesty. Do what you need to do right now. Whatever is scary and wild and curious to you.”
Listen to Tush’s new single “Chrysalis” below.
Bimini – There’s no doubt that Bimini Bon Boulash is the breakout star of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Season 2 and now the talented drag queen is out with “God Save This Queen”, their debut single. If you’ve been following Drag Race, you know it’s common for the contestants to release music to capitalize off their time on the show but there’s nothing average or run of the mill about “God Save This Queen.” Written by Bimini with Billie Blonde and Redshank, it evokes the same cheeky & sneering attitude as Shampoo’s 1994 pop hit “Trouble” but with a modern spin. If this is what Bimini is bringing right out the gate, we can’t wait to see what they’ll do next.
Listen to Bimini’s debut single “God Save This Queen” below.