The confrontational singer/songwriter’s Idler Wheel album culminates in this dainty curiosity of a love song on which she loops and multitracks her voice with her cabaret-singer sister’s over rumbling percussion. Every homo I know does jazz hands when they hear it, so she must be on to something.
If you can bring yourself to overlook the fact that the rising R&B heartthrob chose the title of one of the most obnoxiously overrated movies of the 1990s as a metaphor for the man “running on my mind,” you’ll be rewarded with a sublimely sensual and vivid elegy to unrequited love.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Moloko-singer-turned-pop-couture-queen Roísín Murphy. As we wait for the follow-up to her excellent 2007 LP, Overpowered, she can be heard on the summer gem “Golden Era,” superstar DJ David Morales’s sophisticated disco-house banger that is
essential for any respectable pool-party playlist.
"Do You Remember Being a Roller?"
Hunx and His Punx’s Seth Bogart pays homage to the Bay City Rollers and the garage pop of yesteryear on this sunny and slightly lispy summertime pop song. It can be found on the Oakland-based indie idol’s highly underrated solo album, Hairdresser Blues.
Just in time for the London Olympics, British pop duo Pet Shop Boys are back with a new album, Elysium, and the triumphant synth-pop single “Winner.” One listen to this uplifting ballad will have you feeling refreshed and invigorated — like you just finished jerking off to a men’s synchronized diving competition.
After releasing umpteen freestyles on YouTube, upstart rapper Angel Haze shows off her tough-as-fuck and lethally technical rhyming skills over double-dutch hand claps and minimal bursts of bass on “New York.” It’s the first single from her just-released debut EP, Reservation.
Mega-producer and niche-genre enthusiast Diplo teamed up with Nicky Da B — the latest queer rapper to emerge from New Orleans’ bounce music scene — for this frenetic and freaky booty-clapping block-party jam.
New York-based performance artist and MC Zebra Katz rocketed onto the Rick Owens runway this past spring after the music video for this drag slang/literacy anthem went viral. With its menacing, repetitive lyrics and ballroom-inspired bass beat, the song has become the year’s queer rap anthem.
"Sometimes You Need"
Those embittered, lonely summer nights are much easier to get through thanks to Rufus Wainwright’s bittersweet paean to the city of Los Angeles. With its rambling guitar riff and lilting orchestral arrangement, it’s a standout song from his excellent Out of the Game album and serves as a reminder that 72 and sunny is easier to cope with than 45 with the humidity.
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