Even if your New Year’s resolutions are still holding up or you remain in the honeymoon phase with one of your Christmas presents, January and February can be a drag thanks to the freezing temperatures.
Unless you’re one of the lucky people of the world who happens to live where people usually vacation (looking at you, Floridians), winter can get old really fast. But instead of dwelling on the fact that the temperature hasn’t reached above freezing in weeks — or even months — why not pretend that it’s not winter after all?
While summery songs are always fun to listen to, they can serve as a beacon of hope that warm weather is on the way eventually. Sure, The Beach Boys’ and Jimmy Buffett’s entire catalog could pretty much have that kind of effect on their own, but it may be nice to switch things up a bit when you’re trying to pretend you’re somewhere less prone to the cold.
Alas, here’s a playlist for you to kick back, relax and imagine yourself in a place where the grass is green, the sun is shining bright and you’re not ghostly pale. As you listen, remember — only a few more months of the tundra.
Its safe to say Dirtybird is here to stay, as is their now flagship event, Dirtybird Campout. Year three sees the relatively tiny festival moving to the location of another beloved festival, Lightning in a Bottle, in Bradley, California just north of Santa Barbara. With a venue change always comes criticism but this has not seemed to be the case with Campout. I’ve been attending Dirtybird Campout since it started and to see it grow is a beautiful thing. While its roots remain in Southern California at the birth site of Ligthning in a Bottle, Woogie Weekend and many other smaller but largely loved boutique festivals in California, the movement of Campout was done in favor of the Northern California crowd whom has been following Dirtybird the longest. If Campout continues to grow at this rate, if anything they can just where they are in Central California. For now, here’s ten tracks that should prime you p and get you in the mood for the third edition of Dirtybird Campout as these tracks have been lighting up the earlier part of the year and look to keep things warm not only at Campout but the rest of the year as well.
Sacha Robotti – The Sloth Man will be making a stop in Bradley during his Sloth Acid tour and its always a pleasure running into him either at a festival or some warehouse party in LA.
Claude Von Stroke – Papa Bird himself will of course be gracing the decks and since he was my first electronic event ever back in Hollywood at Avalon, I can honestly say he is my favorite DJ out there today. What a journey it has been and the rest of the story is still yet to be written. We can only be grateful for what him and Dirtybird has graced us with to this point and savor every moment at Campout in two weeks.
Bleep Bloop – A surprise booking to be sure, Bleep Bloop is a rising star and has killed it everytime I’ve seen him. With his signature bass/trap infused style this might be the one set not to miss at Campout thjs year.
Mikey Lion – Another legend in the making. Mr. Desert Hearts himself also graces Campout this year and has been doing so since the first Campout which I was also in attendance at. While there might be no Desert Hearts Fall Edition this year, by now Dirtybird and Desert Hearts events feel one in the same with their distinct styles and good vibes only attitude.
Shiba San – This Parisian has become a staple in the foundation of Dirtybird. When not tearing it up on tour, Shiba San has built a following and sound that has developed and only gotten better with time.
Worthy – Another Dirtybird OG, Worthy personifies the Dirtybird sound and always has a trick or five up his sleeve.
Araabmusik – Like Bleep Bloop, Araabmusik’s unique blend of bass and trap makes him stand out amongst the saturated bass scene these days. With numerous festival appearance under his belt already, I look forward to a more intimate set given the size of Campout.
Amtrac – This guy is one of the hardest working producers out there today. It seems now that all the hard work is paying off and has equated into a steady stream of tours and shows the past two years.
Chris Lorenzo – The man. The myth. The legend.
Will Clarke – Will always gets the party started and keeps it going well after it should end, but for all the right reasons.
It’s about time to get acquainted with Daya, the 18-year-old vocal powerhouse whose soulful, lip-glossed croons you might recognize from the Chainsmokers’ massive 2016 Grammy winner “Don’t Let Me Down.” The breakout star, born Grace Tandon, turned heads with her debut album Sit Still, Look Pretty last year, which included Hot 100 chart-climber “Hideaway” and earned her the No. 5 slot on Billboard‘s 21 Under 21 list for 2016 — all before her 18th birthday.
That said, we can only imagine what’s to come from this emerging name. For now, tune in to our seven favorite Daya songs thus far — and brush up on all there is to know about the dance-pop wunderkind — below.
7. Daya – “Words”
This sizzling dance-pop earworm covers impressive ground in its three-and-a-half minute runtime, layering thoughtful lyricism about saying those three special “Words” for the first time over atmospheric echoes, simmering percussion and Daya’s signature raspy vocal edge. All this makes the Daya song a hidden gem among her collection of radio smashes, though we wouldn’t expect it to stay under the radar for too long.
6. Daya – “Cool”
Another single from Sit Still, “Cool” has a slightly different taste than the rest of the album’s collection, leaning toward a chilled-out vibe with a bubbly, minimal melody. That mellow, laid-back feel meshes perfectly with the track’s message: that even doing absolutely nothing with the right person can mean, well, everything.
5. Daya – “Back to Me”
This raw heartbreak ballad is possibly the most emotive point in Daya’s catalogue, featuring goosebump-inducing new vocal heights and delicate piano chords. But it’s hardly a step in unfamiliar territory for the star. Listen closely to any of the tracks included on our list, and you’ll find the same tender, expressive lyricism under even the most club dancefloor-ready hook.
4. Gryffin & Illenium feat. Daya – “Feel Good”
Released in March, “Feel Good” with Gryffin and Illenium marks the newest addition to Daya’s collection of stellar collabs — and one of her best. The breezy Daya song pairs a glimmering, sunshine-y drop with blissful verses that more than live up to the track’s bright title.
3. Daya – “Sit Still, Look Pretty”
For the title track to Sit Still, Daya tackles societal expectations and female empowerment while managing to keep listeners dancing the whole way through — not to mention notching a No. 28 on the Hot 100. One listen through the bubbly, infectious chorus of this track, and “I don’t wanna sit still, look pretty” might just become your new mantra.
2. Daya – “Hide Away”
It should come as no surprise that “Hide Away” makes our list. With its smoldering, snappy soundscape and the catchiest of choruses, the track peaked at No. 23 on the Hot 100, snagging No. 20 on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay charts. Released in 2015, it served as the lead single off Daya’s debut self-titled EP, and was later included on Sit Still.
1. The Chainsmokers feat. Daya – “Don’t Let Me Down”
It’s hard to find a better track to top our list than “Don’t Let Me Down,” the sweeping 2016 heavy-hitter from the Chainsmokers that brought Daya’s expansive vocal range into the spotlight. It’s safe to say the world noticed — the track snagged a Grammy for Best Dance Recording that year, not to mention hitting a No. 3 peak on the Hot 100. We can barely believe Daya was only 17 years old when the song rose to fame, but if it’s any indication of what she’s capable of, there will be much more to come from this burgeoning star.
Splash House is right around the corner and the heat is building up. Back for yet another edition of the rowdy summer pool party, it’s finally time for the “must listen” to list from some of the acts playing the fest. Whose to say all of the acts aren’t “must listen to”? Not me. I will however say unless you wanna blindly listen through everybody’s catalogs, follow me through this curated musical journey I have put together for you all below. Afterall, it is a party so the more the merrier!
Catz ‘N Dogz
Catz ‘N Dogz have seen the spotlight for over a decade in a world that is driven by distorted four on the floor beats and grooves only House music can dictate. Straight from Poland, The CnD guys have have released on plenty of top-tier labels, the most notorious to the US being Dirtybird Records which have been a great support for these guys. This isn’t a cat and mouse chase. This is a party with some of the best House music around.
Bob Moses The House duo originated in Vancouver but slowly found their way into the Big Apple after combined efforts of pushing their musical boundaries. Sultry vocals and soothing rhythms are what define Bob Moses in both a live and recorded setting. This is easily recognized through their Grammy winning tune, Tearing Me Up, which, received a flip by RAC and the rest was history.
Desert Hearts You’ve never been fully off of the grid unless you’ve partied with Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, and Porkchop. House, Techno and Love is the mantra and they’ve got only the best in revolving kick drums in abundance. When you’ve got the Desert Hearts guys behind the decks, expect a looping musical experience that will have you dancing through the entirety of their set. This is one you do not wanna miss.
SNBRN Splash House has seen SNBRN before, and once again he is bringing his summer vibes to the function. One of the most appropriate acts for a thriving pool party, SNBRN is no rookie when it comes to keeping the music going. With plenty of new tunes and old school anthems notoriously in his libraries, we can expect nothing less than a nostalgic rollercoaster of a set.