Ah, summertime the season for balmy rooftop barbecues and afternoon road-trips to the beach. As your calendar starts expanding to accommodate all that outdoor activity, and so should your music library. Artists wait to release so many of their hottest songs until the sunny months that it's often hard to keep track and make a playlist of your own. To combat summer music overload, we talked to the groovy, sought-after DJ Kalkutta about her top summer playlist picks. We trust the New York-based DJ completely she's opened for pop legends like Ke$ha, Ludacris, and LMFAO, and has performed on Saturday Night Live, Ellen, and Americas Got Talent, among others. Read on for her expert commentary on select artists' tracks, and see her full playlist that you should totally copy, right now.
The Surefire Hits
"Icona Pop is obviously going to be number uno for a really long time. 'I Love It' has been around for almost two years. When I used to play it at clubs, I would say, 'You are going to be obsessed with this song when it gets so, so big in six months.'"
"Anticipation grows for Beyoncé's 'Grown Woman.' It's going to be super-good; it's going to break the internet."
"Next up is 'Beam Me Up' by Cazzette. It's a dance song, but it shot to number one on the dance charts, so I think it's going to work it's way to the Top 40."
"Also coming out this summer is Bonnie McKee. She co-wrote Katy Perry's 'California Gurls', 'Wide Awake', and 'Teenage Dream', and Taio Cruz's 'Dynamite'. She's literally pop royalty. Her first single is called 'American Girl,' and is going to sound akin to Ke$ha and Katy Perry."
The Summertime Playlist
Iggy Azalea, "Work"
Krewalla, "Alive" (remix with "Cash Cash")
Taylor Swift, "22"
Rihanna, "Nobody's Business ft. Chris Brown", "Right Now ft. David Guetta"
Daft Punk, "Get Lucky ft. Pharrell Williams", "Doin' It Right ft. Panda Bear"
Macklemore, "Same Love ft. Mary Lambert"
Icona Pop, "Good for You"
Lorde, "Royals", "The Love Club"
Azealia Banks, "212 ft. Lazy Jay", "1991"
The Great Gatsby Soundtrack, "Crazy in Love", "Back to Black", "Young and Beautiful"
Justin Timberlake, "Strawberry Bubblegum"
Leah Labelle, "Lolita"
Cash Cash, "Take Me Home ft. Bebe Rexha"
Photo: By Gavin Thomas, courtesy of djkalkutta.com