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Shura – “religion (u can lay your hands on me)”
In her clever new cut about forbidden love, Shura blends religious iconography with whimsical synth pop. The video features a stylized convent-romance story line that is nothing short of fine art, calling to mind early Madonna in its provocation. The queer singer’s new record, forevher, is due out this August.
Kevin McHale – “James Dean”
During Glee’s heyday, McHale was always one of the smoothest vocalists, and the first single from his debut EP, Boy, offers a cool, laid-back vibe that’s easy to fall in love with. Meanwhile, the video, which features McHale canoodling with Johnny Sibilly from FX’s Pose in a steamy shower session, is just plain hot. In honor of Pride, all proceeds from the song will be donated to The Trevor Project this month.
Jared Gelman – “Proximity”
Gelman is an L.A.-based artist known for his catchy hooks, captivating stage presence, and in-your-face visuals. This titillating new track, the video for which recently screened at the fourth annual QueerX Festival in West Hollywood, is a confident standout, with an arrangement that builds and burns.
Megan Vice – “Super Delicious”
The title track from Vice’s new EP is a flirty, disco-infused gem that pairs well with a sandy beach and a plastic cup of your flavored vodka of choice. Its video seals the deal, unfolding like an unhinged Fire Island groove fest in which the singer brings all the boys (and their wigs) to the yard.
Charli XCX feat. Lizzo – “Blame It on Your Love”
Collaborations like this one are a dream come true—like spinning the wheel and hitting the jackpot twice. Charlie’s new record will drop this September, and what we’ve heard so far is truly otherworldly. Here, over a summery tropical house beat, she sings of desire and self-sabotage, while the video celebrates the literal evolution of love. Also, can we talk about Lizzo’s outfit?
Photo: Kevin McHale shot by Demi Ward.