DREAMING PEMIERES 'lay all your love on me', the new single from the Brooklyn singer celebrating Pride month and continuing ABBA's queer appeal.
Hi Gay. It’s Pride Month! That means it is officially time to update your Pride playlist before heading out to celebrate over fifty years since Hilary Duff threw a brick at Lindsay Lohan. First on our list? Why, a delicious synth soaked cover of one of ABBA’s biggest floor-fillers brought to you by Bentley. No, this isn’t another corporate cash in, we mean Brooklyn based queer Latinx pop star Bentley Robles. Lay All Your Love On Me, indeed.
With the arrival of ABBA’s Voyage residency in London earlier this week, the Swedish legends are rightfully perched upon their pop culture thrones. Having sold over 350 million records, ABBA’s music captured the zeitgeist of the 1970s and with 1992’s Gold, ABBA mania returned and has thankfully never left. The same year saw the release of Erasure’s No.1 ABBA-Esque which strengthened the group’s connection with the LGBTQ+ community. Erasure’s video for Take A Chance On Me, saw openly gay Andy Bell and ally Vincent Clarke in drag while Lay All Your Love On Me, saw the singers dressed in metallic gold looks en route to rescue fairytale favourites Snow White and Little Red. Camp. Cult classics, Muriel’s Wedding and Priscilla Queen of the Desert arrived in 1994, featuring ABBA’s music as integral parts of their soundtracks and storylines and continuing the group’s queer appeal. 1999 saw two major signs that there was no slowing down. The multi-million selling, The ABBA Generation, by Swedish Y2K favourites A*Teens and of course, Mamma Mia! - The Musical. ABBA’s music is unapologetically bold and camp. It is pop music at its best and is utterly joyous and celebratory, making it an ultimate Pride season soundtrack.
‘’ABBA’s music is dramatic and has given a lot of queer people a sense of escapism that is very needed. I always try and not speak for the whole queer community, but for me, their music has always made me feel powerful, like I’m part of something bigger’’, Bentley told us. The US singer releases his cover of Lay All Your Love On Me today to help kick off Pride season.
Boisterous, impassioned & unapologetically queer, Bentley has become one of the defining voices of New York underground. Born in LA and now based in Brooklyn, Bentley debuted his first single in 2019 and has been writing, producing and releasing songs from his home studio. Bentley co-produced lay all your love on me with Ryan Schumer and Jao Alberton.‘’Lyrically, it always felt like something I could have written. My songs are often an emotional super-storm and the lyrics of this song have always felt unapologetically overdramatic. The production is fresh and nothing like the original, and that really gave me the opportunity to make my own. It’s the perfect follow-up to “i hate the weekend” and I think it’ll fit right in with it. The song starts with a bang and never lets up. It is without a question made to dance to in a sweaty club. There are dirty dance pop foundations to the song that give it a new life’’, the singer continued. Get us to a dance floor now!
Bentley is set to perform at New York City’s 3 Dollar Bill this June, following his sold out set at Bowery Electric in May. His sophomore EP is set for release later this year.
lay all your love on me is now available here