Summer Illustration by Chris Pyle
Neil Drumming
July 01, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Cranking up the contenders for summer’s pop anthem

”Beyoncé’s ”Crazy in Love” may be this summer’s anthem. ”The first time I played that song in a club, I brought back the horn intro — the first eight bars — for two minutes, running two copies of vinyl, and people were just going crazy,” says celebrity DJ Mark Ronson, who knows a hot single when he plays one. ”People just can’t seem to get enough of it.” The East Coast tastemaker, who coproduced Nikka Costa’s 2001 breakout hit, ”Like a Feather,” hopes to squeeze a couple of summer smashes off of his own guest-laden debut, ”Here Comes the Fuzz” (Aug. 19). Here are three other chart climbers he expects to compete with:

FANNYPACK, ”Cameltoe” ”It feels like it could have been straight out of 1982, but in a good way — like a Young MC record or something. You’re not going to play it in the most ghetto clubs, but it gets the party going.”

JOE BUDDEN, ”Pump It Up” ”They took the Kool & the Gang sample, which is just a classic already. That song is like crack at the party the minute that little thing comes in.”

LUMIDEE, ”Never Leave You (Uh-Oh)” ”It’s like the 17,000th record to come out [using] that beat,” he says, referring to songs like Sean Paul’s ”Get Busy” and Wayne Wonder’s ”No Letting Go.” ”People don’t seem to care. The guy that did that beat is going to make a killing in publishing because he’s going to have, like, four singles off of it.”

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