Make sure to add these to your playlists
BY CHARLOTTE GRIMWADE, IMAGE BY UNSPLASH
The days are getting warmer, which can mean only one thing. Slowly but surely Spotify is witnessing a growth in summer playlists. There are a multitude of queer women and non-binary people producing incredible music at the moment. Whether you’re looking for the vibes of an ambient coming-of-age movie or upbeat pop, this playlist has got you covered. From new hits to older classics, every queer artist on this list is an icon in their own right.
Lucy Dacus – Kissing Lessons
This track is short but sweet and wouldn’t feel out of place in a teen movie. Lucy’s stunning voice infuses Kissing Lessons with nostalgia perfect for a summers day.
Frankie Cosmos – Abigail
Abigail is another beautifully soft song from indie favourite Frankie Cosmos. It’s simultaneously light and full of longing, encapsulating the universal emotions that come with a crush.
Clairo – Amoeba
This catchy track from bi-icon Clairo is inherently relatable. The song’s funky bass line and instrumentation is ideal to walk to on a warm day as the lyrics blend angst with acceptance.
Towa Bird – Wild Heart
After their viral success on TikTok wowing us with stunning guitar solos and riffs, Towa Bird is back with original music! Wild Heart is packed with effortlessly cool 90s nostalgia, with Towa’s voice and stunning guitar lines rightly taking centre stage.
Lava La Rue, Biig Piig – Hi Fidelity
If you’re looking for some futuristic sounding hits this summer, look no further than Lava La Rue. High Fidelity is undeniably pleasing on the ears as this collab transports listeners to the artist’s out of this world, queer utopia.
MUNA – Silk Chiffon (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
If the iconic But I’m A Cheerleader-inspired music video isn’t enough incentive to put this song on, we don’t know what is. This MUNA classic is catchy, upbeat and infused with summer happiness. And to top it all off, it features bi-icon Phoebe Bridgers.
boygenius – $20
Continuing with the Phoebe Bridgers theme, boygenius’ debut album – the record – is full of emotional tracks. $20 has a lovely nostalgic sound, allowing each member of this incredible queer trio to shine.
Dizzy Fae – Body Move
If you’re in the mood for edgy, electronic pop this summer, look no further than Dizzy Fae. Body Move is the ideal track for some late-night parties over the long summer weekends, with Dizzy’s energetic and unique sound dominating this undeniably fun single from 2021.
dodie – In The Middle
dodie has been releasing plenty of incredible music over the past year. However, if you’re looking for a nostalgia hit look no further than In The Middle, which featured on the bi singer-songwriter’s 2017 EP, You.
chloe moriondo – Manta Rays
chloe moriondo’s infectiously charming vocals are the star of the show in Manta Rays. The song is great for a summer crush or just a sunny day requiring a soundtrack.
The Japanese House – Boyhood
The Japanese House is back with new music, and Boyhood is already sounding like it will make the perfect summer hit. It’s got a beautifully modern feel for a summer reset.
Arlo Parks – Impurities
It only makes sense to end any summer playlist on a high, which in this case means Arlo Parks. Impurities is vibey and mellow, setting you up for an incredible summer of love packed with queer indie hits.
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