With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we’re already feeling thankful for all these new tunes from your favorite queer artists. Billboard Pride is proud to present the latest edition of Queer Jams of the Week, our roundup of some of the best new music releases from LGBTQ artists.
From Reneé Rapp’s new team-up with Coco Jones to Brittany Howard’s thrilling new track, check out just a few of our favorite releases from this week below:
Reneé Rapp feat. Coco Jones, “Tummy Hurts (Remix)”
Among the new deluxe version of Reneé Rapp’s Snow Angel is a made-in-heaven collaboration. Revamping the beloved B-side “Tummy Hurts,” Rapp invites Grammy nominee Coco Jones to the mic, offering a brand new verse that only adds to the song’s virulent heartbreak. Rapp’s voice remains undeniably excellent, a fact that is further bolstered by the inclusion of Jones’ out-of-this-world performance, making for a duet that you simply have to hear to believe.
Brittany Howard, “Red Flags”
Ever been in a relationship, seen the uglier sides of the person you’re with, and decided to just plow ahead? Brittany Howard certainly has — on her latest single “Red Flags,” the rocker recognizes all of her partner’s bad behaviors and decides to stay with them to her own detriment. A dogged beat underlines the singer’s ridiculously good vocal, as she tries to find a way forward that will minimize the damage to herself.
Boygenius & Ye Vagabonds, “The Parting Glass”
When it came time for Phoebe Bridgers to release her annual holiday charity single, she decided to team up with her bandmates Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker as well as Irish folk duo Ye Vagabonds to pay tribute to an icon. Their new rendition of the traditional Scottish & Irish folk song “The Parting Glass” honors the Sinéad O’Connor (who offered her own rendition of the song in 2002) by donating all proceeds to an Irish after-school project chosen by her estate, the Aisling Project. The stunning harmonies and simple production of this gorgeous song provide yet another clear example of Boygenius’ brilliance.
Gossip, “Crazy Again”
After 11 years away, queer pioneers and indie pop-rock trio Gossip are back, baby. “Crazy Again,” the band’s first new release in over a decade, sees the trio leaning back into their classic sound, while embracing the bliss of a lover who just gets you. Beth Ditto’s voice is in peak form, while guitarist Nathan Howdeshell and drummer Hannah Blilie maintain the perfectly-curated vibe throughout this delightful return track.
Wrabel, Based on a True Story
For an album about breaking down one’s own life, Wrabel’s Based on a True Story really wants you to feel better about your own. Throughout his sophomore LP, the acclaimed singer-songwriter uses his diaristic songwriting to process everything from his own sobriety (“One Drink Away”), to stunning heartbreak (“Lost Cause”), all while urging anyone listening to take note of his stories and find their own truth within them. It’s a powerful work from a talented artist, and one that deserves your attention.
Billy Porter, Black Mona Lisa
If you’re in need of a good old-fashioned mood boost, Billy Porter is here with a solution for you. Black Mona Lisa, Porter’s latest LP, is a burst of joy from start to finish — whether he’s offering a rallying cry for change on “Children” or boosting up his own confidence on the titular track, the veteran triple threat makes sure to keep to energy up, with bouncing dance beats and cascading synths permeating each song. Your weekend will be off to a good start the second you press play on this exuberant new album.
Check out all of our picks on Billboard’s Queer Jams of the Week playlist below:
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