Baby, it’s cold outside. Luckily, gay dance floors are fired up this winter, thanks to new blazing tracks from our favorite club artists! Here are just a few of the new numbers heating up your favorite gay club this winter.
"Last Drag," Traci Lords (Sea to Sun)
The notorious Traci Lords returns to the dance floor with a catchy, full-throttle club track about the cravings that tempt the innocent to the wild side. Her first release through independent dance label Sea to Sun, "Last Drag" is anything but a drag. Its perfectly concocted blend of camp and vamp suits Lords to a tee proving she can be playful as a pussycat but when it comes to music, she is all business. The main edit is mix engineered by four‐time Grammy Award winner Tom Lord‐Alge. Remixes by Razor n Guido and Sted‐E & Hybrid Heights.
"I’m Your Man," Moses
The first single from the out-artist takes listeners on a sonic journey into the mind of a young man who is not afraid to turn conventional on its ear. Its dirty synth sound, heavy beat, and harmonies are influenced by 80s new wave pop. The song and its provocative music video explore the idea of masculinity and gender roles, demonstrating how a man can be strong and sexy in many forms. Even dressed in outfits Lady Gaga might wear, Moses packs a punch and his music is no-holds-barred honest and raw.
"I’m Not Going Down," Sariah
Sariah is as wholesome and well adjusted as they come, except when it comes to her provocative song titles. The follow-up to last summer’s "All About Sex" is a shiny, digitally rendered, huge power ballad. It’s a mix of Britney, Christina and maybe even old school Jessica Simpson. Sariah takes a rather cliché subject about not being in the mood for a dead end romance but adds a youthful vibe and playful lyrics (with double meanings) to make her message sound fresh and relevant to the young clubbers that adore her.
"Who’s In My Mouth?", LaLa
What makes club music worthwhile is that you can dance to it, you can make out to it, and you can get silly with it. LaLa does all that with her latest semi-camp, high-energy ditty that captures our celebrity-obsessed zeitgeist. With pop star sass, LaLa belts out lyrics that would make Ke$ha blush. LaLa may be half-pint sized but she is a lyrical and vocal firecracker and her R&B laced music is explosive.
"Queer Nation," Elephant
Jackson and Coleman Vrana make up the angst ridden, twin gay brother rap band, Elephant. Their first single since signing to Scruffy Records is their most confrontational ever, taking direct aim at the rampant homophobia in today’s hip hop community. There are obvious elements of Eminem, however their rhymes avoid topics common in traditional hip-hop. There is no mention of money, bling, or guns. In place of record scratching and hard pounding bass, the twins present an electro-based hip-hop, incorporating penetrating synthetic beats with punk‐laden melodies created from guitars and keyboards. It works to give a unique voice to a whole new generation of young queer activists.
The Austrian hitmaker’s follow-up to "Taste the Night" is less immediate and more experimental, a bit more alternative/electronica sounding than the club thumping zeal of her previous track. To some it will be seen as a tip of the hat to Kylie Minogue, and they may be right. The single’s strength is in large part due to Dalal’s willingness to toy with her sound -- even if it’s within the confines of dance-pop. Without risks, there can be no rewards, and the catchy melody of "Suddenly" paired with the young artist’s breathy, forlorn vocals make a tantalizingly smooth and seductive new dance track.
"World Keeps Turning," Sylvia Tosun
What makes Tosun stand out from the rest of the club diva pack is that her songs are genuine and unlike the pop-machine-manufactured tracks, they are clearly close to her heart. She sings with depth and passion and in her latest single, her power-pipes are on full display. She hits and sustains the song’s climactic note with such force you feel blown backwards. Her over-the-top vocals recall the crystalline euphoria that helped Enya rise to fame a decade ago.
"Neva Eva Eva," Faith Michaels
The sophomore track from the dance floor’s newest drag diva is another empowering club track about living life on your own terms. Penned by The Rhythm Rehab specifically for Michaels, the song mixes the classic bitch track with a fun campy beat. It’s a tongue-in-cheek warning to those who think they can suck Michael’s joy. The answer is "Neva Eva Eva" and after dancing to this delightfully fun ditty, you won’t want to.
"Mix Magic Music," Sugar House Crew
Tony Moran presents an album that embraces the soul, sympathy and conviction of club music. It is packed with extraordinary talent including legendary dance icon Jennifer Holiday whose inspiring track, "Magic," is aptly named. "Tenderness" reignites the powerful collaboration of Moran and Deborah Cox. It’s their first work together since their gem, "Easy as Life," from Broadway’s Aida. Newer diva faves are also abundant on the album including Wynter Gordon and Frenchie Davis who are particular standouts on an album where pretty much every track is destined to become a dance floor staple.
"Touch Me," D Alexander
D Alexander has been called the Justin Beiber of the gay dance floor but like Beiber, he and his music are growing up. This disco dance romp is a marked departure from the electronic R&B sound of D Alexander’s last hit, "Beautiful." In this latest, the out artist displays his flirty, passionate side, demonstrating a love affair with the dance floor. At least it’s a mutual love; his music is spinning in clubs all over the world.
"Who The Hell Do You Think I Am?", The Brunettes
Move over Pussycat Dolls, there are new sexy ladies in town. With the help of their producer, "American Idol’s" Randy Jackson, this all-girl group is clawing its way to the top of the pop charts with solid, quasi-feminism, I-Don’t-Need-a-Man girl-power anthems. The strong chorus in "Who the Hell..." absolutely bursts out of the blocks and blasts a serious dose of high energy into an already wickedly slammin’ house track that is sure to light dance floors on fire this winter.
Thank the shoe gods that Emii’s new track is not another Jennifer Lopez "Louboutins" disaster. What makes Emii’s ode to footwear successful is that it doesn’t take itself as seriously as it’s predecessor. It follows the path carved by "These Boots Are Made for Walking" in that it is vibrantly colorful with a glossy "Glee"-inspired music video that adds to the fun. Also, where Lopez’s track was lyrically repetitive and vocally lackluster, Emii’s is an up-tempo pop ditty with ear-pleasing vocals. It’s a solid follow-up to last summer’s "Mr. Romeo."