Your Summer Weekend Playlist, Courtesy of DJ Kalkutta
Photo courtesy of DJ Kalkutta
Now that Friday’s–finally–here, you’ll likely be spending your weekend in a perpetual state of chill, which obviously calls for a killer playlist.
Our curator this week: New York-based DJKalkutta, who got her start spinning around the city’s Lower East Side as a way to make ends meet while learning to produce music. Today, she’s a regular presence on “Good Morning America,” as well as providing the soundtrack to fashion events for brands likeBetsey Johnson,Tory Burch,Cosmopolitan, and Ferrari.
Most recently, Kalkutta signed with Sony ATV as a songwriter and producer after “New Americana”—a song she co-wrote for indie-pop sensation Halsey—took radio by storm.
Needless to say, this girl knows her stuff, so we’ll be blasting her on-point suggestions all weekend
Halsey – “New Americana”
Since I co-wrote this song (and have production on it as well!) I may or may not be biased, but it just hit the top 25 on Alt Radio Airplay so I know I’m not the only one who feels like this is a jam! The “would-be anthem of a generation” according to theNew York Timesserves up a hook filled with my truths and truths of many ’80s and ’90s babies: “We are the New Americana / High on legal marijuana / Raised on Biggie and Nirvana / We are the New Americana.”
The Knocks ft. Fetty Wap & Powers – “Classic”
When The Knocks first released the original version of “Classic” about a year ago, I put it in heavy rotation both at gigs and my own apartment—true to its title, this song is nothing shy of a classic. No idea what kind of sorcery was done to wrangleFetty Wapfor the re-release, but this combination of people could not make me happier.
MNEK – “Every Little Word You Say”
I have an obsession with MNEK that’s bordering on unhealthy. If you want to [change] your whole life, check out his recently released EP as well as the remixes on his Soundcloud—especially theVanessa Carlton“Thousand Miles” cover!
Bonnie McKee – “Easy”
With nine number 1 songs under her belt as a songwriter (she’s basically responsible forKaty Perry‘s existence), Bonnie’s released a long-awaited EP of her own and it’s popcrack. Also worth peeping: her insane ’80s aerobics-themed video for her song “Bombastic.”
Belly ft. The Weeknd – “Might Not”
Everything The Weeknd touches right now is gold (platinum??), and this song is no exception.
Modern Machines – “Feel It”
The only house track to make my playlist—I love these guys! While you’re at it check out their “Lean On” remix!
Majid Jordan ft. Drake – “My Love”
Their second collaboration since “Hold On We’re Going Home,” this track sounds like a distant cousin of Drake’s “Find Your Love” or “Take Care.”
Phoebe Ryan – “Mine (The Jane Doze Remix)”
Phoebe Ryan is a mermaid who emerged from the sea to bless us regular humans with this song. A myriad of remixes exist but The Jane Doze are the only producers to truly nail it, if you ask me.
Preston Harris – “Love Crazy”
If you haven’t heard Preston Harris’ debut EP ‘Love Crazy’ (produced by Hit-Boy), start by checking out its’ title track. Best R&B jam of the summer.
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