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Peter Thomas – “If You’re Happy Now”
With each relatable and mesmerizing ballad he puts out, Thomas gets closer and closer to pop-star status. “If You’re Happy Now” is about processing the aftermath of a breakup. “Heartbreak has been replaced by a less intense heartache,” Thomas says. “Maybe we’re not ready to talk yet, and maybe we won’t end up together, but I still care, and I want to know if you’re all right.” His emotional intelligence runneth over here. We’re obsessed.
VINCINT – “Someday”
Ever had a Flashdance moment in front of the mirror when no one else was home? No? You’re lying. VINCINT’s latest is also about heartbreak, but it’s laced with a sense of positivity and hope for the future. With ’80s-inspired drums and synths, incredible choreography, and looks from our favorite era of fashion, the singer breathes life into every second of this song.
Blu DeTiger – “Tangerine”
Inspired by ’70s punk culture, New York-born Blu DeTiger makes lively retro pop accented by modern synth stylings. Featuring backup dancers from the Hetrick-Martin Institute, the first and largest LGBTQ youth organization, “Tangerine” is a glittery groove-fest full of cheeky attitude and empowerment. According to Blu, the track is about “going beyond that initial step and creating the environment you want.”
Dandelot – “Tutu”
Dandelot (pronounced DON-de-loh) is an emerging Brooklyn-based artist who mixes hip hop with piano loops and deep basslines; listening to his new track is like taking the train from Lincoln Center and then ending up in Bed-Stuy (or Coney Island, by the looks of the video). Its aesthetic and melting pot of sounds are about as New York as it gets.
Rouge Mary – “So Into Love”
Rouge Mary (who collaborated with Hercules & Love Affair on the 2017’s “Rejoice”) has unveiled a debut EP anchored by this perfect low-key disco cut. With its gospel vibes and Euro dance-floor energy, it’s a love song that feels authentic because it’s simple and mature. If you like Robyn’s latest record, give this a spin. You won’t be disappointed.
Photo: Peter Thomas shot by Joe DeSantis.