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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Forever - Martin Garrix, Matisse & Sadko



tempo: 128 bpm

bpm range: 125 to 130 bpm

the dj's take: Long live 128 bpm festival-level edm. This one needs an elaborate light show and people making heart signs with their hands:



Can the genre make a comeback? Tough to say. But I don't think it'll ever really go away.

Extensive list of key-compatible tracks to mix with:


download or stream Forever:

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How Long - Charlie Puth



tempo: 110 bpm

bpm range: 105 to 110 bpm, 110 to 115 bpm

the dj's take: That hook reminds me of this song:



I obviously listened to a lot of soft rock radio as a kid in the mid to late 80s.

Getting back to the track in question, sounds like a hit. Easy, breezy pop with slick little guitar riffs sprinkled in. Should be especially appealing to the young female demographic.

Some key-compatible tracks between 105 and 110 bpm:

Rich Love - OneRepublic, Seeb
Are You Sure? - Kriss Kross Amsterdam & Connor Maynard ft. Ty Dolla $ign
Run Up - Major Lazer ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR, Nicki Minaj
Be Alright - Ariana Grande
Wild Things - Alessia Cara
The Monster - Eminem ft. Rihanna
Something In The Way You Move - Ellie Goulding
Cruel Summer - Bananarama
Mo Money Mo Problems - Notorious BIG

And if you venture above 110:

The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson

download or stream How Long:

spotify playlist (105 to 110 bpm)

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Silence - Marshmello, Khalid



tempo: 71 bpm

bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm

the dj's take: Good ambient music for a workout or a run. Probably not lively enough for a high-energy club night, but if you're spinning in public, this should work in a more laid-back bar setting or in a streaming / recorded mix.

On the topic of silence, I went on Amazon and found maybe the most lavish earplugs ever made:



Pop these in during a nap and you will truly be a Sleeping Beauty.

As for the track, try mixing or mashing up with:


download or stream Silence:

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itunes

Friday, October 20, 2017

Patek Water - Future, Young Thug, Offset



tempo: 77 bpm

bpm range: 75 bpm to 80 bpm

the dj's take: Had to google Patek, and my jaw dropped:



Here's my question: why not just get a knockoff? Most people can't tell the difference. And if you get robbed, no big deal.

Then again, considering I had to google Patek, I'm probably the wrong guy to ask about fashion.

Try mixing / mashing up with key-compatible tracks like:

I Just Can't - R3HAB, Quintino
Headlines - Drake
Heavy - Linkin Park ft. Kiiara
Side To Side - Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj
Down in the DM - Yo Gotti
LA Confidential - Tory Lanez
Collard Greens - SchoolBoy Q ft. Kendrick Lamar
No Sleep - Wiz Khalifa
Halo - Beyoncé

download or stream Patek Water:

amazon

spotify playlist 

itunes

Gorgeous - Taylor Swift



tempo: 92 bpm

bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm

the dj's take: Reminds me of TLC's Unpretty minus the fancy drums and guitar:



Also, if this gets big, don't be shocked if a quirky acappella group at Cornell University does a parody:



Anyway, you know the drill - get this in the pop rotation a.s.a.p.

Try mixing or mashing up with tracks like:


download or stream Gorgeous:

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spotify playlist 

itunes

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Lean On - Major Lazer and DJ Snake ft. M∅



tempo: 98 bpm

bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm

The DJ's Take: So I went to a bachelor party in Miami around the time Lean On was hot, and we had a whatsapp group to keep tabs on everyone. Which was good, because I may have wandered off once or twice...

Anyway, that's when one guy posted the video that would change our lives forever:



You're welcome.

Some key-compatible tracks from 95 to 99 bpm:

Alone - Alan Walker
Lush Life - Zara Larsson
Dance Like We're Making Love - Ciara
Waves - Kanye West
Girls Around The World - Lloyd ft. Lil Wayne

And from 100 to 103:

Right Hand - Drake
Don't Quit - DJ Khaled, Calvin Harris, Travis Scott, Jeremih
Obsession - Vice ft. Jon Bellion
No More Sad Songs - Little Mix ft. Machine Gun Kelly
Buried In Detroit (Lucas Löwe Remix) - Mike Posner ft. Big Sean
I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Remix) - Mike Posner
Boom - Major Lazer
Fancy (Yellow Claw Remix)

download or stream Lean On:

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spotify playlist

apple music

iTunes

Hey Mama - David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj and Afrojack



tempo: 86 bpm

bpm range: 85 bpm to 90 bpm

The DJ's Take: If we're talking songs named Hey Mama, I'm partial to Kanye:



That said, this is a former Top 10 hit with a big presence. Worthy of being blasted in a Top 40 set or at a sporting event.

Some key-compatible tracks from 81 to 84 bpm:

I'm The One - DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Chance The Rapper, Quavo
Just Like Fire - Pink
I Need A Girl - Trey Songz
Go Hard Or Go Home - Wiz Khalifa

And from 85 to 90:

Bad Blood - Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift
Hey Mama - David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj
Nobody Has To Know - Kranium ft. Ty Dolla $ign
Fight Song - Rachel Platten

download or stream Hey Mama:

apple music

amazon

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Waves - Mr. Probz (Robin Schulz Remix)



tempo: 120 bpm

bpm range: 115 to 120 bpm, 120 to 125 bpm

The DJ's Take: One of the great remixes in recent memory. It starts with the soulful vocals - sounds like he's seen some things, felt some feelings. Reminds me of a gravelly Lionel Richie:



And then infuse it with a beat that feels like your last good vacation. Relaxing and danceable at the same time. If you're spinning this and the girls in torn jean shorts with the pockets sticking out aren't waving their arms around, it's not your fault:



Try mixing or mashing up with these key-compatible tracks:


download or stream Waves:

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Break Free - Ariana Grande ft. Zedd



tempo: 130 bpm

bpm range: 125 to 130 bpm, 130 to 135 bpm

The DJ's Take: Explosive. It's like Zedd channeled Eric Prydz and turned the volume up to 11:



Good choice for an event in a big venue. Or a party for a friend who just got out of a bad relationship.

Try mixing / mashing up with:

Red Lights - Tïesto
Somebody To Love (Remix) - Justin Bieber ft. Usher
Like A G6 - Far East Movement
Would You Ever - Skrillex & Poo Bear
Byte - Martin Garrix & Brooks
Pillowfight - Bassjackers, Skytech, Fafaq
I Want You - Tiesto & Mike Williams
Lions In The Wild - Martin Garrix & Third Party
Ghost - Oliver Heldens
Lift Me Up - David Guetta
Whip It! - LunchMoney Lewis
Sweet Lovin' - Sigala
Won't Stop Rocking - R3hab & Headhunterz
Heaven - Shaun Frank & KSHMR
Poison - Martin Garrix
Love Myself - Hailee Steinfeld
Five More Hours - Deorro x Chris Brown
Five Hours - Deorro
Don't Wake Me Up - Chris Brown
Born To Get Wild - Steve Aoki ft. will.i.am
Hideaway - Kiesza
Kanye - The Chainsmokers
Helicopter - Martin Garrix & Firebeatz
Samurai (Go Hard) - R3hab
Love Me Again - John Newman
Wizard - Martin Garrix & Jay Hardway
Revolution - R3hab & Nervo & Ummet Ozcan
Scream & Shout - will.i.am and Britney Spears
Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO
Count On Me - Chase & Status
Scream - Usher
Hey Brother - Avicii
Birthday Sex - Jeremih
Glad You Came - The Wanted

download or stream Break Free:

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