Rafa Spunky – No te puedo olvidar

Rafa Spunky is not only well-known in his native Spain as a long-term backing singer for Fangoria and as a DJ, but increasingly also as a solo artist who records in English and Spanish. He’s a big fan of 70s and 80s pop, as he explains in this interview with Swedish photojournalist Micke Bayart.

This particular song – from 2008 – has also been re-mixed for an album, but we like the original.

Huntington – Secret

Huntington is a duo based in Hamburg, consisting of queer vocalist and producer Scott Huntington (originally from Sydney Australia) and producer and engineer Dustin Ibrahimoglu ( who’s from Germany).

This simple but effective (and rather stylish) video was released in the summer of 2014, and we think it more than deserves to be featured.

REINDIER – Cold Love

A song “about being so desperately in love with a boy that he makes you do things that aren’t human anymore”, it’s the work of Amsterdam-based musician Reinier van Harten, aka REINDIER.

Reinier told TGMB that “…since the beginning of writing my own songs, my love for other boys/men have been a huge influence on my creations. Music gave me the freedom to express myself, lyrically and physically.”  He cites Kate Bush, Björk, Jeff Buckley and Bob Dylan among others as having influenced his music.

Kate Ryan – We All Belong

Kate Ryan wrote and sang the official anthem for the 2007 Eurogames, an LGBT sporting event staged in her home country, Belgium. In the next few years, she went on to become a major Europop star, with a Eurovision appearance and sharp cover versions of songs by artists such as Mylène Farmer and France Gall, while continuing to be a public supporter of LGBT rights.

Her popularity in the gay community wobbled a little after she agreed to appear in the Winter Olympics at the Russian resort of Scochi, at a time when that country’s new repression of the LGBT community was much in the news, but she has continued to appear at Gay Pride events, including the Drag Queen Gala at Maspalomas, Gran Canaria in 2014

 

Hozier – Take Me To Church

Irish singer-songwriter Hozier’s Grammy-nominated Take Me to Church had huge success on both sides of the Atlantic at the end of 2014, and carried with it a strong message against homophobia, both through its attack on Roman Catholic and its hard-hitting video referencing the repression and violence faced by the LGBT community in Russia.

Early in 2015, David LaChapelle’s video of a dance piece by Sergei Polunin using the song also became a viral hit.