Y/N is a guide to the week’s music releases based on our very scientific, non-subjective Yes/No rating system. It’s very serious.
Y: Dej Loaf, “No Fear” – This video for the first single from Dej’s debut album plays on the allure of daydreams. Nothing spectacular, but as always I’m most attracted to her styling: the ponytail braids and silk pajama-suit combo, that all-white look with the bridal blazer. It feels like there’s a dark side to this song’s naïveté, hidden in her attempt at optimism, but I’m probably reading too much into it. -Clover Hope
N: “Versace on the Floor (Remix)” – Bruno Mars’s slow jam was perfect without David Guetta, whose version flattens all the spark from the original. CH
N: St. Vincent, “New York” – I love Annie Clark but this new St. Vincent song is… fine? I miss the weird, arty rockstar vibes that fit her so perfectly on her last record. At least she’s back! -Hazel Cills
Y: Calvin Harris ft. Jessie Reyez, “Hard to Love” – I’m into most of the songs on the new Calvin Harris record but this song, featuring Jezebel favorite Jessie Reyez, is an especially sweet closer after a full album of back-to-back party tracks. -HC
Y: Shea Coulée, “Feels So,” “Cocky,” and “Ride”- Last week there was a mild éscandalo among RuPaul’s Drag Race fans after Sasha Velour won the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar over Shea Coulée, who seemed both like a shoo-in and like perhaps she didn’t get a fair shot in the finale. (It was also especially wrenching because Sasha and Shea are best friends!!)
Not one let the bastards drag her down (NOT A PUN), Shea bounced back with three new videos ranging from breathless midnight ballad (“Feels So”), humid sex jam (“Ride”) and slick hip-house boast (“Cocky”), all of which show her versatility and her attention to glamorous detail. She may have lost Drag Race but she’s still a superstar. Plus she rhymed “be a legend” with “all dogs go to heaven.” I can relate! -Julianne Escobedo Shepherd