Tove Lo has been on our playlists since she broke out with “Habits (Stay High),” and since then she’s released a string of bops and bangers: “Cool Girl,” “Bitches,” and “Disco Tits,” to name a few. And then of course there was the bisexual breakup bop “Bad As the Boys,” which saw the artist lamenting that women can be just as awful to date as men — fucc girls are a thing, y’all.
This week the rising star cemented her status as one of our favorite queer pop artists by collaborating with a legendary gay pop icon, none other than Aussie songbird Kylie Minogue. The duo teamed up for “really don’t like u,” a track about that classic feeling of seeing another girl at the club who looks just a bit better than you, making you instantly hate her guts.
“Why, why, why, why did I go to this party? Thought I was done feeling sorry,” Tove Lo sings in the pre-chorus. “Know he'd be here with somebody, why did it have to be you?” Anyone who has ever gone to a gay bar and seen their Grindr trade grinding up against someone else knows this feeling intimately.
But this jealously is self aware, possibly even woke. “None of it is your fault,” sings Minogue, “and when I hate on you, I'm breaking the code. But you got him, I don't, I don't. Hard to be fair to you when I got my heart broke.” We love a pop song that deconstructs girl-on-girl hate while still acknowledging that just because we know a behavior is wrong doesn’t mean we can stop doing it. The lyrical power that that has!
Tove Lo’s album Sunshine Kitty is out September 20.