Music Monday: 5 Songs You Need to Hear Today

Because standout LGBTQ artists—and new queer bops—should be highlighted all year long.

NewNowNext spotlights new music by upcoming and established artists we think you should know about. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

  1. K.Flay – “Not In California”

    We’re living in tough times, and it can be easy to tune out the news and lose all sense of hope. In a warning against indifference, K.Flay reminds us to pay attention to the issues outside of our bubbles. The track is serving us some socially conscious, progressive ’90s rock vibes, complete with powerful chords that make sure you get the message. Her new record Solutions drops July 12.

  2. Aidan Alexander – “Guts”

    The first time we listened to “Guts,” we actually listened five times in a row. The lyrics explore the restlessness that comes from wanting someone you like to make the first move, balanced with a beautiful mix of subtle sensuality and enigma. The arrangement is disarmingly quirky, creating a memorable sound that will leave you curious for more of Alexander’s ethereal pop musings.

  3. Slayyyter – “Mine”

    “Mine” is like a lost hit from the early-2000s dance pop days—or a song that would be playing in the background as we made a questionable decision or two during undergrad. Slayyyter is quickly becoming a queer pop icon, consistently bringing a sense of fun and freedom to her music. This track is infectious, bouncy, and perfect for summer.

  4. Chika – “High Rises”

    Chika is known for her political and socially conscious raps that seek to express and inspire self-love. Even without the incredibly smooth jam that backs this track, we would also be just as pleased to sit back and listen to her storytelling. Gaining buzz among artists like Erykah Badu and Lena Waithe, Chika shares her coming-of-age story, proving to new listeners that she’s truly an artist to watch.

  5. Sam Tsui – “Free”

    Fresh off of Pride, Tsui wrote “Free” about the power of feeling able to express his true self and how a sense of community and togetherness has allowed him to feel safe in that freedom. His voice is absolutely magical over empowering tribal beats that amplify these sentiments. The video was created in support of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, too, so donate if you’re able.

Jay writes about music and pop culture since us LGBT folks pretty much run these kinds of things.
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