Saturday, May 23, 2015

Waiting For Love - Avicii

Speed: 128 bpm

The DJ's Take: The piano adds some depth and musicality, and the lead-up into the drop has that early 90s 8- and 16-bit video game soundtrack feel. A nice piece for your next soundcloud mix; drop down to around 125 bpm and you should be able to integrate with most of the following:

Honey I'm Good - Andy Grammer, 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, The Veldt - EP - deadmau5, Kids - MGMT

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Amazon: Waiting For Love

Friday, May 22, 2015

Secrets - Tiësto and KSHMR

Speed: 128 bpm

The DJ's Take: Straight fist-pumping club music - save it for a festival or EDM-oriented event. Also not a bad track for the car if you're trying to re-enact Furious 7. For dj's looking to stay key-compatible, try mixing with Summer - Calvin Harris, Feel So Close - Calvin Harris,
I Cry - Flo Rida, Feel This Moment - Pitbull, Day 'N' Nite (Remix) - Kid Cudi, Let's Go - Calvin Harris and NeYo, and We'll Be Coming Back - Calvin Harris.

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Amazon: Secrets (Original Mix)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

About You - Trey Songz

Speed: 102 bpm

The DJ's Take: For a second there, I thought Craig David was making a comeback. Solid track for a hiphop-oriented evening at a lounge; worth a download for the new music playlist. Bonus point for the the Carly Simon-inspired hook. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with tracks like You Know You Like It - DJ Snake and AlunaGeorge, Worth It - Fifth HarmonyStuck On A Feeling - Prince Royce, Electric Feel - MGMT and Get Low - Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz.

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Amazon: About You [Explicit], About You [Clean]

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Bad Blood - Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar

Speed: 85 bpm

The DJ's Take: Instant hit. And at the risk of sounding like an infomercial, Top 40 dj's should download this now. Try mixing or mashing up with Shake It Off, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, Hey Mama, or Go Hard Or Go Home if you're staying key-compatible. Fight Song and Not A Bad Thing could work too. But really, just make sure this gets in with whatever else you're spinning in the 80 to 85 bpm range. Safe to say you'll be playing it a lot in the next couple months.

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Amazon: Bad Blood

Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae) - Silento

Speed: 70 bpm

The DJ's Take: Is this Rae Sremmurd's little cousin or something? If you're wondering what the demographic is, look up who's grooving to it on YouTube. This video tells me that Watch Me is appropriate for all ages, but probably best suited for the youth.

All that said, I would just mix or mash up with Drunk In Love and drop the mic. Easy.

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Amazon: Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae)

Friday, May 15, 2015

This Summer's Gonna Hurt Like a MotherF****r - Maroon 5

Speed: 99 bpm

The DJ's Take: I'm probably the 278,905th person to say this, but c'mon man - this is Animals + 4 bpm's. And on the same album too.

That said, it feels like a seasonal anthem for the YOLO generation. Personally, I'm determined to make this summer not hurt like a motherf****r. Only two weddings, a bachelor party in Miami, maybe a music festival or two (deep breath), and I'll be in the clear.

Top 40 dj's should probably invest the $1 for a download. If you're looking to stay key-compatible, try mixing with tracks like Sledgehammer - Fifth Harmony, L.A. Love (La La) - FergieTurn Down For What - DJ Snake and Lil JonShow Me - Kid Ink, and You and Your Friends - Wiz Khalifa. Bump up a couple bpm's and Doing It - Charli XCX ft. Rita Ora and Trouble - Iggy Azalea ft. Jennifer Hudson could be in play for a mixtape or mashup.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Feel Right - Mark Ronson ft. Mystikal

Speed: 110 bpm

The DJ's Take: Is it just me or does Mystikal sound like DMX doing an impression of a reverend doing an impression of James Brown? I'm old enough to remember owning his last hit on vinyl, and I actually like this one better (if only because I am a sucker for anything that feels like an authentic breakbeat). On a sidenote, let's hope the pudgy black kid doesn't flame out and end up on Dr. Drew Jr.'s Celebrity Rehab 2.0 in 15 years.

Try mixing with tracks like Peaches N Cream - Snoop Dogg, Get Down On It - Kool & The Gang, Trouble - Iggy Azalea ft. Jennifer Hudson, Doing It - Charli XCX ft. Rita Ora, Jump Around - House of Pain and Let's Get Blown - Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell.

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Amazon: Feel Right [Explicit], Feel Right [Clean]

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

How Many Times - DJ Khaled ft. Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Big Sean

Speed: 58 bpm

The DJ's Take: If you ever needed a prime illustration of the term 'god-awful,' just watch the video and listen to the song the whole way through. Because god - this is awful. And yet it's somehow in the top 20 on iTunes. Then again, makes sense. Big names, and the fans are probably the same kids who think Nasty Freestyle is worth dancing to.

If you're looking to do a key-compatible mix or mashup with another hipPop track, dial down to about 55 bpm and go with Bitch Better Have My Money. Otherwise, I got nothing for you outside of digging through whatever else is in the 60 bpm range. Now excuse me as I dry my tears and play Illmatic and Ready To Die on repeat to purify my defiled ears.

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Amazon: How Many Times [Explicit], How Many Times [Clean]

The Only Way Is Up - Martin Garrix & Tiësto

Speed: 128 bpm

The DJ's Take: Not sure how I feel about all the distorted voices, but the beat has a sizzle to it. Plus, you've got two names that are so big in EDM, even a know-nothing like me can recognize them. Better employed during an electronic set than Top 40, although if you mix into something like Avicii's Levels, Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix) - Lana Del Rey or Flo Rida's Good Feeling, a pop crowd may forgive you.

Some other key-compatible tracks include Pound The Alarm - Nicki Minaj, The Night Is Still Young - Nicki Minaj, I Will Never Let You Down - Rita Ora, Addicted To You - Avicii, and Die Young - Ke$ha.

Edit: Was just listening to Pandora, and if you want to keep the electronic vibe going, Dare You - Hardwell, Calling (Lose My Mind) [Radio Edit] [feat. Ryan Tedder] - Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso and City of Dreams (feat. Ruben Haze) - Dirty South & Alesso should fit in pretty nicely.

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