Now Hear This is a daily dive into the standout songs of the day. Today, Scott Hardware explores queer politics in dance music, Logic invites Pusha T on his breakthrough, and WHOOP-Szo walks the right path.
Scott Hardware, Mutate Repeat Infinity
Dance clubs occupy sacred ground in queerness. For many, they represent the places where one could safely express their identity and find community (a notion that was attacked directly in Orlando). Mutate Repeat Infinity, a new EP by Scott Harwood (Ken Park) recording as Scott Hardware, reflects on the relationship between the dance floor and queer politics through synth pop, lite house, electro, and other thumpier genres.
"This record is the summation of a years-long obsession with capitalism's slow and frictional courtship of queerness: of the focus on marriage instead of healthcare, of erasure where remembrance is due, of an inflamed prejudice among the first let into the club," he told THUMP.
"Most of all I hope this album serves as a tribute to a generation of people who were left to die of a vicious plague and an indictment of their would-be heirs who choose to forget. Throughout, I imagine dance music as hallowed ground. The soundtrack and battle cry of a group of martyrs suffering for all the things I take for granted as an M4M in 2016."
What better place to launch this inquiry than with a dance record? - Chris Hampton
Scott Hardware's Mutate Repeat Infinity is out June 24 on Banko Gotiti Records.
Logic's about to hit the road with G-Eazy, YG and Yo Gotti this summer, and this is the track he needed in his arsenal. Up to this point, he's put out some solid bodies of work and gained quite the following, but for some reason it feels like he hasn't fully crossed over into hip-hop's mainstream. With a club-friendly song like "Wrist" and a guest verse from Pusha T, though, he might just make the transition. Let's wait and see. - Adam Pugsley
"Bmaadiziwin" is an Ojibwe word that means "a healthy way of life" or "the good life." The sludgy psychedelia of Guelph/London's WHOOP-Szo suggests it's not a destination, but a journey, all-encompassing in scale, evolving gradually to reveal its beauty. Which is to say, this song is a trip. - Chris Hampton