New Music: Icona Pop, Sofi Tukker, Tafari Anthony, Lauv, Conan Gray, Sofonda Cox, Nadia Vaeh

Icona Pop and Sofi Tukker in ‘Spa’

The chart-topping duo Icona Pop are back with the official music video for “Spa,” their musical collaboration with electronic duo Sofi-Tukker.

The quirky, retro-inspired video is the perfect pairing for the new wave-ish, techno-pop bop.

Speaking about the collaboration, Icona Pop’s Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo explain, “This song is weird in the very best way and we hope that people can have a rave spa at home while listening to it.”

Sofi Tukker adds, “We hope people can feel the joy and giddiness and ridiculousness that we all felt while making it. Even though we miss the club now more than ever, there’s also never been such an important time for self-care. Put some cuces on your eyes.”

Tafari Anthony

Queer pop artist Tafari Anthony releases his latest single, “No Good.”

The soulful electro-pop track features soaring vocals by Anthony as he explores how some relationships are just no good for us, yet we somehow still end up pursuing them for whatever reason.

“It is so much easier than you’d think to get trapped in this cycle of a bad relationship,” Anthony recently told American Songwriter. “I’ve heard too often from people that when a relationship is going well they feel like it’s missing something and that something is the drama.”

Conan Gray and Lauv in ‘Fake’ (screen capture)

Lauv joins forces with Conan Gray for the breezy mid-tempo “Fake,” which skewers vapid, phony social media personalities that seem to prize the number of followers over actual connections.

Amid a series of escalating fake photoshoots, the colorful music video features the duo engaging in staged pillow fights and dancing through super-saturated, bigger-than-life soundstage sets before being returned to reality.

Toronto-based drag artist Sofonda Cox

Toronto drag artist Sofonda Cox recently dropped her new circuit-house track, “Thrive,” featuring piano-based, big-room synth production with plucked strings, sharp drum kicks, and Cox’s gospel-tinged vocals.

This is Sofonda’s first release since signing with LGBTQIA+ music label So Fierce Music.

Out singer/songwriter Nadia Vaeh puts a bold and jazzy spin on this stripped-down version of her dark hit single “1000 Cuts.”

With hints of Jane Monheit and Sara Gazarek, the artist shows she can move with equal ease from sultry pop/rock to sassy jazz.

The playful confidence of the track and Vaeh’s musical virtuosity make this a winning track.

Vaeh is donating proceeds to The Trevor Project, which offers a safe space and support to LGBTQ youth. I previously covered