Happy December, friends! What better way to celebrate the winter season than by listening to new jams from your favorite queer artists? BIllboard pride is here to help you with First Out, our weekly roundup of some of the best new music releases by LGBTQ artists.
From Kim Petras’ new campy single to Elton John’s new Christmas song with Ed Sheeran, check out some of our favorite releases from this week below:
Kim Petras, “Coconut”
From the moment she starts singing on “Coconuts”, Kim Petras makes it clear that titular drupes are much more than just a tasty fruit – although they are fruitful and tasty, because she lets you know that “you can them. put it in your mouth ”with the song’s cheeky opening lyrics. Wandering along to a groovy disco beat, Petras rings every last drop of her lyrics, as she nicknames her melons“ Mary-Kate and Ashley ”, “Cartier and Tiffany” and lets you know that other people’s fruits just don’t. Measure yourself – “Strawberry, mango, lime / Don’t compare yourself to these,” she hums.
Ed Sheeran and Elton John, “Merry Christmas”
It wouldn’t be the holiday season without a new hit Christmas song ready for you to enjoy – but we’re in luck, the providers of this year’s new Christmas bop are none other than Sir Elton John and Ed Sheeran. On “Merry Christmas” the duo reunite for some festive and light music, while acknowledging that the road has been difficult to get to the holiday season in 2021. Their voices blend perfectly for this new pop hymn, making ” Merry Christmas ”an instant staple for your holiday playlists.
Dropping an album is a pretty tough task – dropping four in a week is almost impossible. And yet Venezuelan producer Arca managed to do just that, shutting her down cut album saga with shot ii, shot iii, shot iiii, and kick iiiiii, falling one after the other throughout the week. While the 47 tracks from the four projects bring something fresh and innovative to the table, it’s kick iii Remarkable “Señorita” who manages to bring the warmth you will need into your life this weekend. With a jerky and relentless rhythm, mixed with a few bloated bars and a mind-changing blackout, “Señorita” becomes an absolute staple among the star producer’s gargantuan effort.
Hippo Campus, “Semi Pro”
On this relaxing yet catchy single from their upcoming album, Hippo Campus grapples with the idea of burnout. Lead singer Jake Luppen is dripping with impassiveness as he sings about how overwhelmed he feels about his own ambition, before concluding that it’s okay to exist outside of his music. Thanks to the band’s expertise in distinguishing between full-fledged alt-pop banger and plaintive ballad, “Semi Pro” comes across as a story of internal conflict followed by eventual resolution – and it sounds glorious in it. doing.
For the last LP album, the singer-songwriter decided that we had had enough tragedy in the last year. Churches acts like a kind of love letter to a world that has been in the throes of a lot of pain and heartache – nowhere on the album does she give in to despair, choosing instead to always focus on the lesser parts. sweetest and kindest in life and love. Highlighted by a subtle and moving production by Mike Del Rio, Churches Also accentuates the voice of one in a million LPs, allowing him to show off his skill and soul on each subsequent track.
Everyone loves a good love song, but indie duo Boyish are here to show you why sometimes those love songs can be pretty toxic. “Smithereens”, the latest from Brooklyn artists Claire Altendahl & India Shore, addresses the idea of this guy – the one who listens to The Smiths and tells you “how you feel, and we kiss, then we fk, then you shut me up” – and why he still manages to be such an alluring figure to so many people. Dreamy guitars and stable drums amplify the isolation factor, while Boyish relishes the haze of a poisoned crush.