Thursday, May 5, 2016

Throwback Thursday: My Boo - Ghost Town DJs

Speed: 130 bpm

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

The DJ's Take: Another sign I am approaching middle age - a lot of people are discovering this through that viral running man challenge, and I remember being in high school in the mid 90s listening to it on the local hiphop radio station. Regardless of how you found out about My Boo, that percussion is like nectar for b-boys and over-enthusiastic dancefloor exhibitionists. Definitely worth a download for the next couple weekends. Try mixing or mashing up with key-compatible tracks like:

No Money - Galantis, Hey - Fais ft. Afrojack, Sweet Harmony - Dubvision, DADDY - PSY, Another You - Armin Van Buuren ft. Mr. Probz, Cool - Alesso, Get Outta My Way - Kylie Minogue, Waiting For Love - Avicii, La La La - Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith, Pompeii - Bastille, Invincible - Borgeous, Dear Boy - Avicii, I Could Be the One (Avicii vs Nicky Romero) [Nicktim - Radio Edit] - Single - Avicii & Nicky Romero, The Other Side - Jason Derulo, Alive - Krewella, Easy Love - Sigala, The Veldt - EP - deadmau5

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

True Colors - Zedd & Kesha

Speed:126 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 125 to 130 bpm

The DJ's Take: I'm sure you can get some mileage because of the artists, but too many percussion-less interludes for a Top 40 dance set. Better suited for a recorded mix or an event / party where people are sitting, standing or walking around. Try blending with key-compatible tracks like:

Bailar - Deorro ft. Elvis Crespo, Liberate - Eric Prydz, New Romantics - Taylor Swift, Nocturnal - Disclosure ft. The Weeknd (Disclosure VIP), Faith - Calvin Harris, Book of Love - Felix Jaehn, I Really Like You - Carly Rae Jepsen, Let Me Love You - NeYo, California Gurls - Katy Perry

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Buried in Detroit (Lucas Löwe Remix) - Mike Posner ft. Big Sean

Speed: 103 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 100 to 105 bpm

The DJ's Take: Painfully obvious that you need to mix this with I Took A Pill In Ibiza - same singer, same key, and almost the same bpm. In fact, as I've said in the past, more artists should try the same tactic. Because if you do it right, dj's don't have to think twice about playing your tracks back to back.

If you're closer to 105 bpm, you can also try mixing with Yeah! - Usher ft. Lil Jon & Ludacris, Fade - Kanye West, Champagne Problems - Nick Jonas, and Truffle Butter - Nicki Minaj.

If you're around 100 bpm, try mixing with Boom - Major Lazer & MOTi, Right Hand - Drake, Lush Life - Zara Larsson, and Fancy (Yellow Claw Remix).

And if you feel like throwing in some Kanye, try double-timing over Waves.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Too Good - Drake ft. Rihanna

Speed: 118 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 115 to 120 bpm

The DJ's Take: If Work worked, then another collabo between the two artists should be a hit, right? Has sort of a pre-packaged Latin vibe like One Dance, which may or may not throw off Drake fans. Worth a spin in the new music portion of a pop set.

Try mixing with key-compatible tracks like I Wanna Know - Alesso ft. Nico & Vinz, Under Pressure - Queen & David Bowie, Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice, Wasted - Tiesto, A Place With No Name - Michael Jackson, and Wild Wild Love - Pitbull.

Or you can double-time over waves - Miguel ft. Travis Scott, Bad Intentions - Niykee Heaton ft. Migos, Jam - Kevin Gates ft. Trey Songz, Ty Dolla $ign, Jamie Foxx, and White Walls - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

9 - Drake

Speed: 50 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 50 bpm to 55 bpm

The DJ's Take: Those shimmering synths make you feel fancy, don't they? May go a little unnoticed in a 20 track album, but the beat stood out to me. Worth a spin near the end of the night, whether it's the party or the after-party. Try mixing or mashing up with Naked - Jason Derulo or Know Bout Me - Timbaland.

If you want to pick up the energy, you can half-time into songs like Genghis Khan - Miike Snow, Slow Motion - Trey Songz, Blank Space - Taylor Swift, Don't Tell Em - Jeremih, Back That Azz Up - Juvenile, Dreamlover - Mariah Carey, and Kiss The Sky - The Knocks ft. Wyclef Jean.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

This Is What You Came Here For - Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna

Speed: 124 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 120 to 125 bpm, 125 to 130 bpm

The DJ's Take: Not nearly as explosive as We Found Love, but it's a smooth, slick track you can drive or groove to. And considering the artists, this should have some decent shelf life for either a Top 40 or EDM dj.

If you're staying key-compatible around 120 bpm, try mixing with tracks like Adore You - Jasmine Thompson, Prayer In C - Robin Schulz, Safe and Sound - Capital Cities, Bad Romance - Lady Gaga, Don't You Want Me - The Human League, and SexyBack - Justin Timberlake.

If you're dialing it up into the 125 to 130 bpm range, try blending with tracks like:

Intoxicated - Martin Solveig & GTA, Higher Place - Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ft. NeYo, Shades of Grey - Oliver Heldens & Shaun Frank ft. Delaney Jane, Can't Feel My Face (Martin Garrix Remix) - The Weeknd, Never Leave - DVBBS, Don't Look Down - Martin Garrix ft. Usher, On My Way - Axwell ^ Ingrosso, I Want You To Know - Zedd ft. Selena Gomez, Light Years Away (feat. DBX) - Tiesto, Save the World (Radio Mix) - Swedish House Mafia, Pursuit of Happiness (Extended Steve Aoki Remix) [feat. MGMT & Ratatat] - Kid Cudi, The Days - AviciiPrayer In C - Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin SchulzLay Me Down - AviciiAdore You - Miley Cyrus (Cedric Gervais Remix)Ten Feet Tall - AfrojackTake Me - TiestoWe Run The Night - Havana Brown ft. PitbullMarry The Night - Lady GagaClub Can't Handle Me - Flo RidaDanza Kuduro - Don OmarShut It Down - Pitbull ft. AkonF*ck You - Ceelo GreenPush It - Salt N PepaU Can't Touch This - MC Hammer, Right Round - Flo Rida

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Ni**as in Paris - Jay- Z & Kanye West

Speed: 70 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 65 bpm to 70 bpm, 70 bpm to 75 bpm

The DJ's Take: Came out a few years ago, but still a crowd pleaser. And on top of that, one of the great movie samples of all-time. If you haven't spun this in awhile, blow the dust off it and see what happens. Try mixing or mashing up with key-compatible tracks like:

Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae) - Silento, Drunk In Love - Beyoncé, Deuces - Chris Brown, iSay - Wiz Khalifa ft. Juicy J, Elevated - Wiz Khalifa, I Remember - AlunaGeorge

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Drifting - G-Eazy ft. Chris Brown & Tory Lanez

Speed: 68 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 65 bpm to 70 bpm

The DJ's Take: I don't listen to a lot of G-Eazy, but this is the second single where the chorus & the hook seem to overshadow the rapping. Nice, majestic beat too - not a bad option for when you're starting to wind the night down. Try mixing with tracks like Elastic Heart - Sia, Pop That - French Montana, and Pour It Up - Rihanna.

Or you can try half-timing with tracks like All About That Bass - Meghan TrainorBeautiful Girls - Sean KingstonLa La La - Naughty Boy ft. Sam SmithPompeii - BastilleInvincible - BorgeousDear Boy - AviciiI Could Be the One (Avicii vs Nicky Romero) [Nicktim - Radio Edit] - Single - Avicii & Nicky RomeroCinema - Benny BenassiThe Other Side - Jason DeruloAlive - Krewella, and The Veldt - EP - deadmau5.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sorry - Beyoncé

Speed: 65 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 60 bpm to 65 bpm, 65 bpm to 70 bpm

The DJ's Take: For all the hype, I'd say that Sorry and Formation are really the only DJ-friendly tracks from this album, unless you get creative laying new instrumentals over the other songs. Worth a download for at least the next couple weekends, especially as an anthem for your key demo (i.e. twenty-something females).

If you're in the 60 to 65 bpm range, try mixing with Pop Style - Drake, Bad Intentions - Niykee Heaton ft. Migos, waves - Miguel ft. Travis Scott, and Jam - Kevin Gates ft. Trey Songz, Ty Dolla $ign, Jamie Foxx.

If you're in the 65 to 70 bpm range, try blending with Pop That - French Montana, Iz U Down - Kid Ink ft. Tyga, and No Option - Kid Ink.

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