We’ve brought back our Sounds Like Queer Spirit issue for a second year, showcasing and celebrating the musical brilliance of LGBTQ artists and advocates out there right now. We have little doubt that our three cover stars this month have already inspired a young queer kid to help understand who they are. It’s a journey Greyson Chance had to undergo in the spotlight himself. After becoming a viral superstar aged 12, the Oklahoma native has been on a decade- long journey to become the artist he was always meant to be. The same can be said for ALMA who, after speaking about her sexual orientation publicly for the first time with GAY TIMES last year, reflects on the journey she has been on over the past 12 months as an openly queer artist. Then there’s the powerful, political and punchy lyrics of Chika; one of the most exciting new queer talents to burst onto the scene in recent years. The Alabama rapper is taking a no holds barred approach with her music, which has earned her a legion of fans and highlights her as a queer force to be reckoned with. Alongside the poetic storytelling of Arlo Parks, the long-awaited debut album from Zebra Katz, rising star mxmtoon, hit-maker extraordinaire Tayla Parx, the return of La Roux, and much much more, this issue is packed full of queer excellence shaking up the music industry this year.
A note from us.
the love list.
buds for life. • Six of the best wireless earbuds to rock your (queer) world.
ARLO PARKS. • This Londoner is the cinematic storyteller of her generation.
LA ROUX. • British pop enigma Elly Jackson is back and bolder than ever.
ALMA • With a debut album that’s been years in the making, Finnish singer-songwriter ALMA is ready to make her mark on the world.
SONIKKU. • The London-based DJ has finally made the album he’s always wanted to.
GREYSON CHANCE • Taking back control never sounded so good.
TAYLA PARX. • This “little queer black girl” is the songwriter behind your favourite pop anthems.
MXMTOON. • Meet the relatable musician putting honest songwriting front and centre.
RAVEENA. • Pop music’s most delicate singer-songwriter is finding power in vulnerability.
CHIKA • This self-described “political rebel ass” is shaking up the industry, one viral moment at a time.
ZEBRA KATZ. • It’s been eight years since Ima Read put all ears on the US rapper, and he’s finally ready to release a debut album that’s worth the wait.
Miami Nice • South Beach has no sense of decorum whatsoever. It’s what people like about it. Which is what makes Miami such an eye-opener.
Where to Stay. • If you’re doing Miami, you’re going to want to stay somewhere totes appropes.Luckily, its hotel game is strong. Here are four of our favourites…
Stock Exchange Hotel, MANCHESTER
Check in. • The latest and greatest in the world of travel; from the hottest new hotels to those must have accessories.
Six Senses Kaplankaya, TURKEY.
Queer Beauty the new romantics • Step into our music time machine destined for a trip to the late 70s/early 80s for a New Romantic visual spectacle. Hair was crimped, teased and hair-sprayed into oblivion. Makeup was loud and experimental. Androgyny and fluidity were essential, and the fashion was fierce.
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