We’re now in the latter half of Pride month but we’re not slowing up on the party anthems. In this week’s instalment of What’s Going On, I’ve got an international treat courtesy of the Red Hot organization as well as tunes from Jessie J, Rebecca Black, Shea Diamond, and Mabel. As always, if you dig what you hear, be sure to follow and stream these artists.
Jessie J – The first taste of what’s to come from Jessie J’s highly anticipated fifth album, “I Want Love” is brimming with camp and drama. If you haven’t kept up with Jessie J since she took over the charts with songs like “Bang Bang” and “Domino”, she’s still serving up powerhouse vocals. It’s the sort of song you can already picture drag queens performing but probably not the queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race, that’s a story for another day. Having recently opened up about her struggles with a painful throat condition, it’s a triumph that we even have new Jessie J music to enjoy.
Listen to Jessie J’s new single “I Want Love” below.
SOFI TUKKER and Amadou & Mariam – The Red Hot organization is dropping their Red Hot + Free double album on July 2 and with that comes this collaboration of global superstars SOFI TUKKER and Amadou & Mariam. “Mon Cheri” sees the EDM tandem behind hits like “Best Friend” and “Purple Hat” teaming up with the beloved Malian Afro-blues duo on what’s sure to be a dancefloor filler. As you’ve come to expect from Red Hot, the proceeds from “Mon Cheri” and Red Hot + Free will be going to great LGBTQ charities, this time The Ally Coalition, Trevor Project, and SAGE. On how the collaboration came to be, SOFI TUKKER says: “About a year ago, when Red Hot approached us about doing a collaboration, they asked us who our dream collaborators would be. We said Amadou & Mariam.”
Listen to SOFI TUKKER and Amadou & Mariam’s new collaboration “Mon Cheri” below.
Mabel – Pop progeny Mabel is putting the world on notice with “Let Them Know”, her shiny new single. The daughter of Neneh Cherry has already taken the UK by storm, winning a Brit Award for British Female Solo Artist in 2020 and now she’s got her sights set on conquering the world. Inspired by Paris Is Burning, Pose, and RuPaul’s Drag Race and with a subtle interpolation of RuPaul’s iconic 1992 hit “Supermodel”, “Let Them Know” feels like a love letter to the LGBTQ community just as much as it’s an empowerment anthem. With references to being on her queen shit, six-inch heels, and Mugler, it’s destined to be a club hit for the gays.
Listen to Mabel’s new single “Let Them Know” below.
Shea Diamond – 2020 was seen by many as the year of the disco resurgence with Kylie Minogue, Jessie Ware, and Victoria Monet all injecting that sound into their projects. Singer and trans rights activist Shea Diamond is keeping the disco vibes going with her new song “Smile.” The feel-good track is sure to brighten up with its big horns and Diamond’s soaring vocals. With its roller disco party theme, the music video for “Smile” is a real treat. Speaking on what influenced the song, Shea Diamond says: “I wanted a song that captured the roller coaster of emotions and experiences we go through in life. With the pandemic mostly over I wanted a song of triumph and celebration, one that encourages you to get up, get out, and dance!”
Listen to Shea Diamond’s new single “Smile” below.
Rebecca Black – Let’s talk about Rebecca Black. Yes, that Rebecca Black. Obviously, we were all introduced to her via the mega-viral “Friday” back in 2011 but she’s since reinvented herself and found success on the dance charts. Earlier this year, the now-out Queer performer released a star-studded remix to celebrate her signature song’s 10-year anniversary. Whereas the original was in the standard teen pop sound of the early 2010s, the remix features Dorian Electra, Big Freedia, and 3OH!3 and is done over in an audacious hyperpop sound. As with a lot of hyperpop, the “Friday” remix is maximalist and obnoxious in the best possible ways – making it perfect for your Pride parties.
Listen to Rebecca Black’s “Friday” (Remix) ft. Dorian Electra, Big Freedia & 3OH!3 below.