The weekend’s coming, which, long story short, also means this: New tracks to add to your playlists, and what will eventually end up stuck in your head for a good while. (No complaints here.)
As June almost wraps up, queer artists have taken the stage with fresh releases to soundtrack our Pride month. Elsewhere, bops and emotive folk ballads are also earworm-worthy additions, whether they’ve emerged from the local or international sphere. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled some of ’em here—take a listen to our picks below.
“Don’t Like You Like That” by Stef Aranas
What better way to say “sorry, you don’t pass the vibe check” than through candy-colored visuals and a catchy rap verse? Stef Aranas’ solo track does exactly this, as she rejects a friends-to-lovers fantasy while earning her spot as a P-pop must-see.
“Break My Soul” by Beyoncé
“Work Bitch’s” rebellious sibling has blessed us with her presence. With “Break My Soul,” the Beyhive’s almighty leader has created the party anthem for the burned-out anti-9-to-5 crowd, decked in ’90s dance fashion. We, for one, won’t tell if you blast this on a Monday.
“Lagot!” by Sassa Gurl
Madonna who? The internet’s resident mima Sassa Gurl serves us her own “Vogue” with an upbeat track tailor-made for strutting your stuff on an imaginary runway, all the while showing off her singin’ chops. (But, hey, we’ve already experienced that.)
“Disaster” by Conan Gray
Fresh out of his sophomore record drop “Superache,” the singer/songwriter taps into our self-sabotaging inner selves who almost always—and sometimes, unwittingly—expect red flags to come falling down at any given moment. If anyone’s worried about jumping head first into a relationship, don’t worry, Conan’s a confidante.
“Carolina” by Taylor Swift
Dr. Taylor Swift has decreed: The “Folklore” and “Evermore” eras live on. As the actual OST to the upcoming mystery drama “Where the Crawdads Sing,” Taylor croons a haunting folk song as an ode to a young girl growing up in the marshlands of North Carolina.
“Left and Right” by Charlie Puth feat. Jung Kook
The Bangtan Boys’ temporary break is off to a poppy start, with golden maknae Jung Kook exchanging a few lines alongside American musician Charlie Puth. In the infectious single and its accompanying music video, an omnipresent thought fills Charlie’s head as personified by JK, which for ARMY, is a hard “same!”
“Lagi” by BINI
If meet-cutes and head-over-heels crushin’ could be wrapped in a track, then “Lagi” would be it. The eight-member group sums up budding love in their new song, which wouldn’t be lost in the backdrop of a swoon-worthy romance flick.
“Langyang Pag-Ibig” by Ben&Ben
Let it be known: Hard rock and scorned love are a heady mix. In “Langyang Pag-Ibig,” Ben&Ben muses about the “whys” and “what ifs” of a past relationship, along with the promises left unkept in its wake. To sum it all up: ouch.
“Pop!” by Nayeon
Energetic choreo? Check. A snappy single? Yup, that’s Nayeon for you. The Twice member enters her solo debut era with a playful track and an equally fun MV that has Sharpay Evans shaking in her pink boots. (It’s the Broadway stage, y’all.)
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