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New Music Friday: RAYE, A R I Z O N A, and Christine & the Queens

Happy Friday! It’s Pride in London eve, so we’ve got to admit that we felt a little bit of pressure to ensure we brought the tunes and party anthems to get you all geared up…

We reckon we’ve done a pretty good job IF WE DO SO SAY SO OURSELVES! We hope you enjoy!

Don’t forget to follow the full playlist on Spotify which has all the tracks mentioned below, plus many more, all ready for your streaming pleasure.

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RAYE – Friends

The South London R&B popstar is back and her new song is F.I.E.R.C.E. In this tropical bop, she asks “what’s up with all the girl hate girl shit…?” as she calls out the snakes in the grass of fake friends.

A R I Z O N A – Freaking Out

A R I Z O N A, comprising of Zach Hannah, Nate Esquite, and David Labuguen, are a rock/electropop band from New Jersey. ‘Freaking Out’ is one of two songs on their newly-released ‘Cold Nights / Summer Days’ EP, and it’s a excellently dark electro tune.

Holiday Sidewinter – Leo

Infused with the 80s, ‘Leo’ is the sassy Tinder-age anthem about moving on with your life. Having been part of the 90s indie pop band Bridezilla at the age of 14, you might recognise Sidewinter. Her debut solo album is out later this year and we can’t wait.

Future Generations – All the Same

Another 80s influence here, this time courtesy of Brooklyn-based indie rockers Future Generations. ‘All the Same’ is the first slice from their upcoming album ‘Landscape, and is described by the band as being “about fighting this urge to get back into toxic relationships. It has turned out to be one of our favorite songs on the record.”

Christine and the Queens – Doesn’t Matter

Can Héloïse Letissier do no wrong at this point? Alongside announcing the upcoming second album ‘Chris’, the French band released a new track in the form of ‘Doesn’t Matter’. Blending their usual brilliance with a Lily-Allen blockbeat, it’s a catchy anthem that we’ll be singing along to all summer.

Molly – Bangs

‘Bangs’ is a dark electronic pop that fans of Lorde and Kiiara will certainly be able to get behind. At just eighteen years old, Molly has managed to create a sublime and sensual bop that contains lots of promise for such a young artist. Bring on the album!

Lontalius – I Wanted Him

The Om’Mas Keith (Frank Ocean, Jay Z)-produced ‘I Wanted Him’ from L.A. based alternative lo-fi pop artist Lontalius is a raw yet intensively emotional track about a failed love. “I don’t need no crush to hold me down,” he says as he sings about a boy he can no longer see himself with. Giving us all the feels.

China Lane – Feel Good

Manchester band China Lane have done it again. New single ‘Feel Good’ is a summery anthem that will deliver all the #GoodVibez you need. Taking inspiration from Calvin Harris, the indie-pop track is full of confidence and swag.

Frank Pole featuring Dia Frampton – Take Back My Love

Speaking of summery anthems, ‘Take Back My Love’ is a lively, tropical dance track that’ll get you moving along with your cocktail. Featuring Dia Frampton’s soothing vocals, expect to hear lots of this one over the next few months.

Huku & Kylie Auldist – No Use

Blending soul with house music, ‘No Use’ is a sassy and empowering anthem about making it on your own. You might recognise Auldist’s powerhouse voice, as she’s previously lent her vocals to the super-massive hit ‘This Girl’ by Kungs Vs. Cookin’ on 3 Burners.


This track is equal parts brilliant as it is bizarre. ‘Cake’ is a catchy, bubblegum pop track from Chinese Australian YouTuber WENGIE. It’s a nice summer bop, and a bit of an ear worm to add. “That’s the icing on the cake” will be ingrained into your brain.

So, what’s your top pick for new music this week?

Don’t forget to listen to our ‘New Music Friyay’ playlist for plenty more new jams, including Ella Mai, Tom Grennan, and Ward Thomas.

Written by QWEERIST editor

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