Looking for some new tunes to refresh that playlist of yours? Look no further.
Gay Times rounds up six of the hottest tracks that have been released by some of the biggest and best musical talent over the past few weeks – from the latest 1D solo outing, to a new RuPaul classic.
Harry Styles: Sign of the Times
We were hoping Harry’s first single would be more George Michael and less Robbie Williams covers Embrace, but you can’t always get what you want. And to be fair, this is a pretty decent start to his solo career.
Beth Ditto: Fire
We’re a bit gutted The Gossip are no more, but at the same time, Beth’s always felt like a solo star. This preview for her upcoming album, Fake Sugar, is a Southern rock stomper with a vocal that could restore your faith in humanity. Go see her live when you can – she’s magnificent.
Clean Bandit feat. Zara Larsson: Symphony
Clean Bandit are an oddly anonymous proposition, especially since Neil left, so teaming up with Zara Larsson is a smart move. The Swedish star brings a bit of gritty charisma to their super-polished and infectious electro-pop.
Bleachers: Don’t Take the Money
Who or what is Bleachers? Bleachers is Jack Antonoff from fun a.k.a. Lena Dunham’s boyfriend a.k.a. the co-writer of hits for Taylor Swift and Lorde. His new single is a bit like Take That for cool kids – i.e. very good indeed.
RuPaul: Kitty Gurl
Yes, it’s the one that’s all over the new season of Drag Race! But how does one know if one is a “boogie-body-rockin’ queen”? If you’ve ever twirled round the pole at your local gay bar, you’re halfway there.
Frank Ocean feat. Jay Z and Tyler the Creator: Biking
It’s not as catchy as his Calvin Harris collaboration, Slide, but Frank’s latest is a lovely low-key grower. We particularly like the line where he fantasises about having a kid – then concedes that he and his (presumably male) partner can’t do it “on our own”.