Welcome back to INTO’s Queer Music Mixtape, your #1 hub for all things new music from LGBTQ+ artists. Here, we’re covering all the hottest recent releases in one handy guide.
Welcome back to the bops, folks! We’ve resumed our regularly scheduled programming, now with a little twist; our music column is going biweekly, so now each list will be extra stacked with releases.
This edition of the mixtape has everything to get you started: new singles from INTO faves like Madison Rose and Mel 4Ever, hot debuts from artists like Sophie Shredz and Manulani, and some instant Album of the Year contenders (in our hearts if nothing else).
We’ve included Instagram links in each byline, streaming links below for your convenience, and a full Queer Music Mixtape playlist from our Spotify page to keep you rocking out for hours to come!
Brace yourself for the new biweekly Queer Music Mixtape:
“Got Me Started” by Troye Sivan
While the “Shooting Stars” sample here may have been more grower than shower (Troye himself used the Nicki “You’re not gonna get the song the first time you hear it” sound over on TikTok to describe it), “Got Me Started” continues to show off the refreshingly bold direction of the Something to Give Each Other era. Further props are due to the “Rush” choreographers Sergio Reis & Mauro van de Kerkhof for showing up and showing out yet again!
The “Rush” singer is back with more hot twink chaos!
“Kiss Me” by Empress Of & Rina Sawayama
After months of supporting Rina on the European and US legs of the Hold The Girl Tour, Honduran-American dream pop artist Empress Of has finally gotten the headliner on a fresh new track. The breezy, romantic sound of “Kiss Me” is a perfect bit of levity for Rina following the now-public interview in which she revealed a traumatic origin behind her Hold The Girl album. “Kiss Me” sees this duo floating over the beat on angel wings, as they deserve.
“GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS” by Madison Rose
Madison Rose is once again showing off her mastery over pure, genre-true pop and talking her sapphic shit along the way. With production from “Don’t Call Me At A Party” singer Liam Benayon and Rose’s Technicolor faithful Arthur Besna, “GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS” is guaranteed to light up any crowd lucky enough to hear it. Fans have been clamoring for the drop since its live awards show debut earlier this year, and the fantasy has proven to be worth the wait.
The Rise and Fall of a Midwest Princess by Chappell Roan
After building groundswell with eight (8!) hot-to-go singles over the past year and half, Chappell Roan’s debut album is finally upon us. The Rise and Fall of a Midwest Princess explores Chappell’s experience with her queerness in all its exuberance, sensuality, and heartache, from the mad celebration of “Femininomenon” to the spurned resignation of “Casual”. Filled cover-to-cover with Chappell’s endless charm and co-written and produced by Olivia Rodrigo’s musical right hand-man Dan Nigro, Midwest Princess is a ride you’ll want to get right back on as soon as it ends.
Chappell Roan’s debut album is glittering, queer AF, and more than worth the wait.
Diving Lessons by Addison Grace
Addison Grace’s equally simplistic and thorough exploration of the self shines as this delicate, endearing debut LP. “This entire album is about healing, and going through something really hard as a teenager, and having to grow through it,” the artist states. “I named it Diving Lessons because when you hit the water, it hurts and it sucks, and you’re overstimulated and it’s hard, and you have to swim to the edge. That’s how this album feels to me.”
“The Radio” by Zee Machine
With “The Radio”, Zee Machine bravely asks, “What if we took ‘Robbers’ and ‘It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)’ out of the hands of that gross little man and made them cunt?” Between Zee’s own unspeakable skill on modern power ballads and Gregory Dillon‘s special brand of production, “The Radio” absolutely soars.
“How To Ruin Everything” by Bentley Robles
If you’re in need of a toxic situationship bop, Chicano dance-pop hottie Bentley Robles has just the thing. With floorfillers like “Hope U Cry” and “I JUST WANNA DANCE” out now and the upcoming single “God Is A Fuckboy” already available to pre-save, fans (Roblenators? Robletics? Robles Navy?) are getting fed within an inch of our lives.
She Culture.1 by Mel 4Ever
Hot on the heels of the brooding and provocative title track “She Culture”, Mel 4Ever has landed with her full sophomore EP buzzing with energy and trans rebellion. From the genre-rejecting tell-off opener “J.K. Rowling” down to the stirring, almost somber “i hate u” demo closer, Mel continues to make music all exactly her own.
Pop star Mel 4Ever talks the real-world experiences that shaped her music and why she refuses to be boxed in by genre.
“XX” by Hey, Baby
Anyone who hasn’t updated their knowledge of queer UK creative Baby since their appearance on a certain reality competition needs to get with the new program. Since their debut track “Theatre!”, Baby has been delivering dark, pulse-pounding beats somewhere right between electronic, industrial, and pure punk goodness, and “XX” is no exception.
“Never Believed In Love” by Vardaan Arora
Actor/pop boy Vardaan Arora is in his Y2K bag with this hopeful romantic techno track. After a string of lovelorn singles like “Diamond Tears” and “It’s Okay If You Forget Me”, this turn into the rush of the new is a refreshing and highly enjoyable one — and of course, the usual Vardaan charm is on full display.
“Little Blue” by Brandi Carlile & Jacob Collier
Brandi Carlile just brought us the collab we absolutely knew we needed with Hozier last month on “Damage Gets Done”, but this new team-up is one we had no idea we were in need of. Carlile’s folksy vocal power finds itself folded perfectly into the layers of this latest wonder-filled tune from Jacob Collier.
“WHAT U NEED” by RYL0 ft. B4DFRi3ND & ko aka koala
The vibes of RYL0’s current era of endless summer continue to be immaculate. Always one for a great electropop collab, the “Loud Sex” singer has brought B4DFRi3ND and ko aka koala to commiserate on this piece of “Oops!…I Did It Again”-level of accidental seduction.
With their new single “Loud Sex” hot off the presses, now is the perfect time for new listeners to get to know RYL0.
“Somebody Else’s Baby” by Gia Woods
Just weeks away from the Your Engine EP, “Lesbionic” star Gia Woods is keeping the crowd clamoring for more with this glittering, lovesick dance track. “Somebody Else’s Baby” is yet another successful step in the mission of her upcoming work: “leveling up to share a project that is even more audacious, charming, and true to herself.”
Can I Go Again? by Benét
Smooth trans troubadour Benét’s debut album is one brimming with moving melodies and gentle R&B sensibilities. A tune change from the artist’s disco-charged Game Over! EP, fans of Arlo Parks and Kelela’s lighter work will find something to love in this equally easygoing and engaging release.
“Love Bump” by MANULANI
PR pro Robbie Manulani is taking all they’ve learned from their front seat to the indie pop industry and putting it to work as MANULANI, a melodramatic alt act with a flair for all things brooding and witchy. With another dose of Gregory Dillon production and some deeply serious subject matter, “Love Bump” marks an intriguing debut for this artist.
“EYEZ ON ME” by SOPHIE SHREDZ
Fresh hyperpop act SOPHIE SHREDZ has landed with a debut single she’s calling “the ultimate IDGAF anthem”. Of the electric new track, SHREDZ writes, “This song was a huge turning point in my life. I realized I didn’t care about what anyone thought about me. It’s about regaining confidence and making the best of bad situations.”
“Hot Shame” by FIGHTMASTER
FIGHTMASTER continues on their way towards their debut EP Violence with this hot-under-the-collar single. While previous releases “Bad Man” and “Cowboy Tumbleweed” showed off their classic rock background, “Hot Shame” shines with unexpectedly funk influences — after all, “How better to process trans funk, than with trans funk?”
Crank up the radio this week and join us back here next time for another biweekly Queer Music Mixtape!
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