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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Miss You - Cashmere Cat, Major Lazer & Tory Lanez



tempo: 100 bpm

bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm, 100 to 105 bpm

the dj's take: The final song in version 31 (25:43):



Just when you thought we were gonna end it with 'thank u, next'... we sneak this one in. Kind of like finding a dollar bill in your sofa cushion.

On a side note, there's no doubt that 'thank u, next' and 'Miss You' are probably among the top 20 most texted phrases among teenaged girls in the US.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Monday, August 19, 2019

Keep Ya Head Up - Tupac



tempo: 86 bpm

bpm range: 85 bpm to 90 bpm

the dj's take: The leadoff song in 33XL:



Tried to use the filler words he says right after the chorus to set up the transition into Khalid's Location. Kind of fun to have them go 'And uhh... send me your location...' Sounds like what half the websites I visit are asking me these days:


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Friday, August 16, 2019

Down and Out - Cam'ron ft. Kanye West



tempo: 83 bpm

bpm range: 80 bpm to 85 bpm

the dj's take: Track #7 in our 33XL mix (14:58):



Speaking of being down and out:



Just goes to show that cheaters never win. And winners never cheat.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Exchange - Bryson Tiller



tempo: 80 bpm

bpm range: 75 bpm to 80 bpm80 bpm to 85 bpm

the dj's take: The final song in our 33XL mix (19:17):



Chopped this one up and made a mini-mashup with Always Be My Baby:



This may be the first somewhat interesting loop I've cobbled together - managed to make him sing 'We used to... break it down.' Shoutout to Logic Pro X for helping me become the Korean Pete Rock.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

N.Y. State of Mind - Nas



tempo: 84-85 bpm

bpm range: 80 bpm to 85 bpm85 bpm to 90 bpm

the dj's take: Leadoff song in mix #33:



Want to hear something happy and uplifting? Look elsewhere. But if you appreciate classic hiphop, N.Y. State of Mind is required listening. Gritty, hypnotic beat that makes you feel like you're on a subway train to nowhere.

Couldn't quite find a place for it in 33XL (using Logic Pro X makes me pickier), but a throwback dj should find a place for it in his/her rotation.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Can't Take It From Me - Major Lazer ft. Skip Marley



tempo: 72-73 bpm

bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm

the dj's take: Song #8 in episode 29 (21:03):



Track title reminds me of what Boban Marjanovic must've been thinking in this video:



Something to look forward to when you're playing one-on-one with your kid in the driveway.

The vocal-less opening makes this a mix-friendly single; I cut it up and used it again in the transition to Whatcha Say.

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Hips Don't Lie - Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean



tempo: 100 bpm

bpm range:  95 to 100 bpm, 100 to 105 bpm

the dj's take: Track #6 in our version 31 mix (13:21):



Talk about painting with a broad brush - I found a video that totally disproves the song title:



Curious as to how many aspiring little Lionel Messis have popped a knee or an ankle practicing this. I put the over/under at ~25,000 worldwide.

As for the track, those opening notes are pretty distinctive - worth a spin on a throwback pop night.

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Pump It Up - Joe Budden



tempo: 105 bpm

bpm range: 100 to 105 bpm, 105 to 110 bpm

the dj's take: Track #4 in our version 31 mix (6:40):



Song title reminds me of Dee Brown in the 1991 Slam Dunk Contest:



Full disclosure: My mom got me a pair of these in sixth grade. Best gimmick I ever fell for. Apparently Reebok still makes them - this edition reminds me of the vest a school crossing guard would wear.

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