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Saturday, January 16, 2021

The Cheat Sheet, episode 10: A Tour of the DJ Cheat Sheet

A tour of, featuring playlists with key- and bpm-compatible songs for your next mix. Search by song title/artist, bpm (beats per minute) or key.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Con Calma - Daddy Yankee, Snow

tempo: 94 bpm

bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm

the dj's take: Song #2 in our XXV mix (2:31):

And song #5 in our chapter 51 mix (10:22):

That video reminds me of one of those The General insurance commercials:

Wild. I imagine that second half made the rounds on the subreddit r/idiotsincars. Proves once again that old people may want to hang up the steering wheel beyond a certain age.

On a side note, congratulations to Daddy Yankee for joining the Sterling Mercury show two-timers club - truly an honor. Solid intro for mixing in; that heavy rattle at the end punctuates the transition like a hard stop-and-pop jumper:

Also, you can do a little throwback back-to-back with Snow's Informer - similar key, and close enough in bpm.

Some other key-compatible music:

download or stream Con Calma:


DJ Cheat Sheet playlist

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Mood - 24kGoldn, Iann Dior

tempo: 91 bpm

The DJ's Take: Song #2 in our #59 mix (2:36):

Tougher than I thought it would be to bring in after Flo Rida's My House; heavy drums throughout My House, and no drums in the short intro to Mood. But we found a little percussion break in My House, so it worked out. The transition into It's All About The Benjamins was easier - the single note beep emerged pretty seamlessly as I faded this one out (via Logic Pro X):

Some other key-compatible tracks:

download or stream Mood:


DJ Cheat Sheet playlist

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Get Down On It - Kool & The Gang

Speed: 110 bpm

The DJ's Take: Song #7 in our edition 57 mix (20:06):

Another example of how sampling can expose the youth to the classics - I discovered this one back in college during an mp3 deep dive / procrastination session (pre-streaming, sometime ~2000). Dug up the somewhat obscure Jermaine Dupri & Snoop Dogg single We Just Wanna Party With You. Went down the rabbit hole and found out this was where the beat came from - mind blown.

Best suited for a cruise ship dance party for Boomers, but put it in the right spot and you could transcend the generation gap. Easy to mix and a seamless fit in between Rapper's Delight and Hot in Herre.

Some other key- and bpm-compatible music:

Download or stream Get Down On It:

DJ Cheat Sheet playlist


Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Real Love - Mary J. Blige

tempo: 95 bpm

The DJ's Take: Song #4 in our chapter 53 mix (6:33):

#2 in a series of 3 tracks in this episode with a hiphop vibe and prominent piano in a similar key (following One More Chance and preceding I Wonder). Had to chop it up a bit to match the beats better, and raised the volume gradually in Logic Pro X:

Pretty sure I put this in an old mix cd from the mid 2000s, which got me my share of work back in the day. Worth a long-term spot in the rotation; it's aged well.

Some other key-compatible music:

download or stream Real Love:

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

If - Janet Jackson

Speed: 105-106 bpm

The DJ's Take: Song #10 in our edition 57 mix (27:10):

Best part of this track: healthy chunks of vocal-free instrumental to cut out and play with. I used one piece to create a smoother transition between If and Charli XCX & Rita Ora's Doing It in Logic Pro X:

It's basically rock infused with hiphop / r&b; a genre-bending classic that was all over MTV and pop radio in my early teen years. Solid choice for a 90s set.

Some other key- and bpm-compatible music:

Download or stream If:

DJ Cheat Sheet playlist