London-based pop provocateur Belot proved herself an adept translator of social awkwardness on last year’s debut EP Electric Blue, and she continues that trajectory into a place of confidence with her new single “Bed”. As an introduction, she reveals:

“‘Bed’ is about when you have a whole bunch of sexual tension with someone and although you’re both doing the polite back and forth of small talk, at the heart of it you really do just want to hook up. I think we’ve all had some version of that with someone. I wrote the song after me and my two best friends spoke about the sort of funny social politics that are attached to that situation. What we all really want to say vs what we actually do.”

She begins “Bed” in a place of reticence, admitting “I shouldn’t pick up your call,” but that’s out the window within seconds as she’s already imagining the touch of the other person: “but your taste is on my lips / your handprint’s on my hips / and I go down the rabbit hole.” She pulls us down that spiral of desire with her, the production picking up to a clicking and tickling slice of electro-pop, full of kinetic energy that mirrors Belot’s nervous excitement. She may portray someone who’s in conflict about whether to follow her desires, but everything about her performance is confident and cool, oozing across the stylish production with alluring presence. By the time she gets to the chorus and flatly states “let’s just cut the bullshit and go straight to the bed,” we’re about ready to hop in there with her.

Find “Bed” on your preferred streaming platform.

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