June marks the beginning of Pride month and although we strive to platform LGBTQ+ artists all year round, we wanted to take this opportunity to share some of our favourite tracks that you should be listening to.
First up we have indie-folk legend SOAK who began her music journey at just 14 with her breakthrough track ‘Sea Creatures’. She’s already impressed fans across the globe, winning the prestigious Choice Music Award and becoming one of Mercury Prize’s youngest ever nominees. Some of our favourite tracks include: I Was Blue, Technicolour Too, Life Trainee and Everybody Loves You.
Small Talks (aka Cayley Spivey) began writing songs in her bedroom fuelled by a keen interest in the inner workings of music, before beginning to book gigs at her local coffee shop. Since then, she has released her debut album, toured the country and performed at the likes of the Vans Warped Tour and Bled Fest. She strives to provide a live show that provides fans with a place to be themselves regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age or race. Some of our favourite tracks include: Honeydew, Oceans and Better for It.
Kera and the Lesbians have quickly built a reputation as one of the best live bands in LA with their unique sound that front woman Kera Armendariz describes as ‘bipolar folk’. Their name was originally created as an inside joke as most of Kera’s bandmates were male, but now she enjoys that it plays with people’s expectations and is a deceleration of her own identity as a queer woman. Some of our favourite tracks include: November, One Minute Please and Gypsy Song.
Cavetown (aka Robin Skinner) began posting original songs and covers on YouTube at just 14 years old and has quickly become a fan favourite due to his honest lyrics and barrier-free relationship with his fans. He has now sold out shows across the globe and self released his first full-length debut ‘Lemon Boy’, where the title track reached 16M streams on Spotify. He has also recently released his 2020 album ‘Sleepyhead’. Some of our favourite tracks include: Sweet Tooth, This Is Home and Lemon Boy.
Donna Missal is set to release her new album ‘Lighter’ on July 10th and seeks a place where she can share her rawest emotions and realest stories, having chased stories since she was too young to read them. Having experienced the pain of the uncomfortable and emotional experiences that she now writes about, her unique sense of vulnerability makes her a one-of-a-kind artist. Some of our favourite tracks include: Girl, Let You Let Me Down and Hurt By You.
Boy Blue (aka David Timm) makes his music from his dorm room. Featuring rich vocals, soft acoustics and meaningful lyrics, Boy Blue is an extremely underrated talent and a must add for your chill out playlist. Some of our favourite tracks include Back to the Night, Blue and Where’d Ya Go?
Saturn 17 is the brainchild of 18 year old Nika Fazeli who produces, writes the the lyrics and plays the instruments for all of their tracks. Her vision is to utilise a range of vocalists to platform her ideal sound and she is currently working on their new album which is due to be released in autumn 2020. Some of our favourite tracks include closure, could this be love? and right now.
Queen of Electro-pop Sofya Wang is a singer/songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist from LA who prides herself as an active, vocal member of the LGBTQ+ community. Her unique vocals and catchy beats bring a refreshing twist to pop and her tracks cover a range of styles meaning that she has something for everyone. Some of our favourite tracks include: Great Big Show, Boys Aside and Need Ya.