Queer Jams of the Week: New Music From Halsey, Kaytranada, Omar Apollo & More

Pride season is officially upon us, so grab your headphones and jam out to 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 Halsey’s long-awaited new single to Kaytranada’s stunning new album, check out just a few of our favorite releases from this week below:

Halsey, “The End”

While Halsey has always had an aptitude for emotionally resonant songwriting, they managed to put something different in “The End.” On this stripped back acoustic single, Halsey lets the pain pour out of her, as her voices rises and falls with confessions about “poison in my blood” or that “once my God destroys the flesh, then there’s the flood.” As the singer continues to undergo serious medical treatment for their recently disclosed health issues, they’re not interested in just putting on a brave face — instead, they’d like you to see what that they’ve been dealing with.

Kaytranada, Timeless

For any and all Pride parties you’re intending to go to this month, Kaytranada’s newest album is an instant must play. Living up to its title, Timeless doesn’t aim to emulate any one particular era or sound — it just wants to make you dance. Kaytranada’s unmatched production work pairs flawlessly with a parade of guest stars including Childish Gambino (“Witchy”), Don Tolliver (“Feel a Way”) and Tinashe (“More Than a Little Bit”), making this new album the perfect party soundtrack.

Omar Apollo, “Less of You”

Where his last few releases have seen Omar Apollo embracing slow jams, “Less of You” sees the singer ready to hit the dancefloor. With an electronic-tinged beat and some lightly vocoded vocals, “Less of You” follows Apollo through a lovesick night out, as he yearns for the lover that might have left him the night before. “I’m seein’ less of you/ I’m still undressing you,” he croons on the chorus. “Am I depressing you?/ Felt like a blessin’, you.”

Orville Peck, Kylie Minogue & Diplo, “Midnight Ride”

What if Cowboy Carter and Renaissance were to have a baby? That’s a question that Orville Peck seeks to answer with a little help from Kylie Minogue and Diplo on “Midnight Ride,” their delectable new disco-meets-house-meets-country collaboration. Between Peck’s smoky baritone, Minogue’s unbridled energy and Diplo’s frenetic production, “Midnight Ride” immediately stands out as a must listen.

Doechii, “MPH”

After she turned up the heat with her club track “Alter Ego” earlier this year, Doechii decided to keep the energy up with her newest release. “MPH” puts the pedal to the metal right out of the gate, as Doechii spits out rapid-fire bars flexing her status as one of the hottest up-and-coming names in hip-hop. Add in some slick production and the coven leader’s uniquely unbothered attitude, and you’ve got yet another Doechii banger on your hands.

Soccer Mommy, “Lost”

With her first single since 2022′ Sometimes, Forever, Soccer Mommy would like to sing about grief. “Lost” never dives into particulars — only ever referring back to “her” — but it’s mood, atmosphere and tone all sound as though they were crafted with nothing but specificity in mind. Sophie Allison’s voice has never sounded more crystalline than it does on this heartbreaking, deeply moving new song.

Check out all of our picks on Billboard Queer Jams of the Week playlist below:

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