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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Man of the Woods - Justin Timberlake

tempo: 50 bpm

bpm range: 45 bpm to 50 bpm50 bpm to 55 bpm

the dj's take: The leadoff song in our nine is fine mix:

Half pop, half honky tonk - would be fun to drop this in a place like the Dogwood Cocktail Cabin. I sense a strong influence from Lou Reed's Take A Walk On The Wild Side; someone should do a mashup of that. Or you could go into A Tribe Called Quest's Can I Kick It.

Some other key-compatible tracks:

From 95 to 100 bpm:

And from 101 to 105 bpm:

download or stream Man of the Woods:


spotify playlist (95 to 100 bpm)

spotify playlist (100 to 105 bpm)


Monday, March 18, 2019

Nuh Ready Nuh Ready - Calvin Harris, PARTYNEXTDOOR

tempo: 116 bpm

bpm range: 115 to 120 bpm

the dj's take: Song #4 in our Item 19 mix (5:50):

Goes well with OMI's Cheerleader because of the horns, the island vibe, and transition in key from major to minor. Not as notable as some of Calvin Harris's other singles, but should add a danceable injection of Caribbean flavor into a pop, hiphop or dance set.

Some other key-compatible tracks:

download or stream Nuh Ready Nuh Ready:


spotify playlist


Thursday, March 14, 2019

So Fresh So Clean - Outkast

tempo: 83 bpm

bpm range: 80 bpm to 85 bpm

the dj's take: Song #2 in our Deuces mix (1:49):

Has this ever been featured in an ad campaign for body wash? Because that would be a no-brainer. Fits seamlessly in between Ariana Grande's break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored and Usher's You Make Me Wanna. A modern rap classic that should get the people going on a hiphop night.

Try mixing with:

download or stream So Fresh So Clean:


spotify playlist

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Jump - Kris Kross

tempo: 102 bpm

bpm range: 100 to 105 bpm

the dj's take: Track #7 in our #20 mix (16:10):

The official theme song of jump balls at NBA games, and a staple of 90s parties across the country. Worth a permanent spot in the rotation as a hype-inducing throwback.

Try mixing with:

download or stream Jump:


spotify playlist

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Nonstop - Drake

tempo: 78 bpm

bpm range: 75 bpm to 80 bpm

the dj's take: Song #7 in our Entry 23 mix (12:10):

That bass is buzzy; treat your speakers right and watch the levels. Easy to mix - I especially like this one with Down in the DM. Should get a solid reaction on a pop or hiphop night.

Try mixing with:

download or stream Nonstop:


spotify playlist

Monday, March 4, 2019

SICKO MODE - Travis Scott ft. Drake

tempo: 69 bpm, 77-78 bpm

bpm range: 65 bpm to 70 bpm, 75 bpm to 80 bpm

the dj's take: The leadoff song in our Entry 23 mix:

This one is like the Neopolitan ice cream of music - three flavors in one. Makes sense for the younger listeners and their shorter attention spans. And as a producer / songwriter, you can take three half-finished attempts at a single, then mash them together to make a hit.

Some key-compatible tracks to mix with Part I (up to ~0:59):

And for Part II (up to ~2:49)

And for Part III (starting ~2:57):

Walk It Out - DJ Unk
Redbone - Childish Gambino
Family Feud - Jay-Z ft. Beyoncé
Black Widow - Iggy Azalea ft. Rita Ora
Reaper - Sia

Another benefit of the three part format - you can smoothly move into another bpm / key in a mix without a trick or pre-programmed effect.

download or stream SICKO Mode:


spotify playlist (part I)