dj and musician alex chapman's ultimate summer playlist

new york's ultimate party-starter spreads the wealth

photo by Alex Barket

Alex Chapman's rise has been swift. The Chicago-born DJ, musician, and NYU graduate went from being a star of New York's party circuit—his Thursday night residency at Manhattan's Up & Down is legendary—to an artist in his own right. Last month, a few weeks after DJing Rihanna's Met Gala after party, Chapman released a visual LP called Progress Report, an ambitious project where all eight tracks come with their own music video. It expands Chapman's reputation as an arbiter of everything that's cool in music. 

We asked him to bless us with his ultimate summer playlist, and he came back with an eclectic list of producers, vocalist, and rappers who are making some of the most exciting music around. Consider your summer soundtracked.