Obama’s playlist earns rave reviews from DJs

AP-Barack Obama, April Slayton, Sally Jewell, Tom Tidwell, Randy Moore
FILE - In this July 10, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama, signs designations for three new national monuments; Berryessa Snow Mountain in California, Waco Mammoth in Texas, and the Basin and Range in Nevada, in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington. Behind him from left are April Slayton, chief of public affairs and chief spokesperson of the National Park Service; Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell; U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell; and Randy Moore, Forest Service. Conservationists are crying foul over federal land managers' initial conclusion they have no environmental concerns about an off-road race planned next month across 650 miles of Nevada desert and through part of a new national monument. A compromise may be in the works that would allow a popular off-highway race from Las Vegas to Reno to run next week through a new national monument in southern Nevada. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After he’s finished working in the Oval Office, President Barack Obama could find employment behind a pair of turntables.

Obama’s summer playlist is earning praise from music tastemakers. The White House released the track listing Thursday during Obama’s family vacation. Several critics are boasting about the commander in chief’s attention to detail and diverse taste in tunes.

“When I went through his playlist, I immediately wished we could elect him for another four years,” said Aaron Axelsen, the music director at Live 105 (KITS-FM) in San Francisco.

Axelsen praised Obama’s list for including such “legit indie rock” tunes as Courtney Barnett’s “Elevator Operator” and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ “Home,” as well as “credible backpack hip-hop” like Wale’s “LoveHate Thing” and Common’s “Forever Begins.” Axelsen also appreciated that Obama set a mood with the order of his musical choices.

“That’s a lost art,” said Axelsen. “It takes me back to the ’80s when I started and you had to earn cred with the perfect mixtape.”

The full list of 39 songs was divided by daytime and nighttime, the latter of which featured such saucy picks as Janet Jackson’s “I Get Lonely,” Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Green Aphrodisiac” and Antony Hamilton’s “Do You Feel Me.” On social media, many were taken back by Obama’s sexy selections.

“I wasn’t thrown off by the sexual nature of the nighttime list,” said Erik Bradley, the music director for B96 (WBBM-FM) in Chicago. “The songs were all good. It’s pop music. It’s mostly about sex, anyway.”

However, Bradley was surprised that music-making Obama supporters such as Beyoncé, John Legend, Kendrick Lamar and Katy Perry didn’t make the cut. (Beyonce and Legend were among those featured on last year’s choices.)

“I was also really shocked he put a song called ‘Criminal’ on there,” said Bradley, referring to the Fiona Apple track. “I guess this really is about the music and not politics.”

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