Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Alone - Alan Walker

Speed: 97 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm

The DJ's Take: I like the percussion in the drop - pretty satisfying. Definitely worth a spin on a free-form night where you're not locked into Top 40. Lengthy list of key-compatible hits you can mix with this, including:

Monday, December 5, 2016

Baptized In Fire - Kid Cudi, Travis Scott

Speed: 76 bpm

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

The DJ's Take: Calling this trippy would be a severe understatement. Perfect video game theme music for a level where you're slogging through a swamp, cemetery, underground cave, or zombie-infested city block. If you're staying key-compatible in the 70 to 75 bpm range, try mixing with the following songs:

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Gear Review: Denon DJ MCX8000 Controller

Looking for a higher-end controller with an award-winning resumé? The Denon DJ MCX8000 may be exactly what you're looking for. It just won the 2016 DJ Mag Tech Award for Ultimate DJ Controller, and the reviews are impressive. Check out the feedback and some cool videos of dj routines using the MCX8000:

Friday, December 2, 2016

All Night - Beyoncé

Speed: 68 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 65 bpm to 70 bpm

The DJ's Take: Seems like every new Beyoncé video is an event, which means you may get some mileage out of this. Feels a little like Jamaican / rocksteady-infused soul; a nice listen that should go over well in a more relaxed setting. Couldn't find it on Spotify, but here's a list of key-compatible tracks you can mix or mash up with in the 65 to 70 bpm range:

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The BMC Top 10 for November 2016

1. Starboy - The Weeknd and Daft Punk

2. Side To Side - Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj

3. Sneakin' - Drake, 21 Savage

4. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars

5. Let Me Love You - DJ Snake, Justin Bieber

6. Don't Wanna Know - Maroon 5

7. Black Beatles - Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane

8. Cold Water - Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber

9. Closer - The Chainsmokers

10. The Greatest - Sia ft. Kendrick Lamar

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Throwback Thursday: Nasty Boy - Notorious BIG

Speed: 107 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 105 to 110 bpm

The DJ’s Take: Can't overemphasize how underrated this song is. Not something you'll be spinning at a church or school dance, but in a grimy bar or club, it's pure gold. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with these tracks:

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Shed A Light - Robin Schulz, David Guetta ft. Cheat Codes

Speed: 122 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 120 to 125 bpm

The DJ's Take: Sounds like Firework with the violins, right? Uplifting dance track that should work at an outdoor event, festival, electronic night, or in a recorded mix. I'd try mixing or mashing up with songs in the following key-compatible list:

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Love To Lay - The Weeknd

Speed: 117 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 115 to 120 bpm

The DJ's Take: So at this point, you're probably wondering if there's any new music worth covering besides this album. And I'll go on the record and say 'not really.' Another solid dance track that enough people should recognize. Some other key-compatible hits worth mixing with:

Monday, November 28, 2016

Six Feet Under - The Weeknd

Speed: 70 bpm

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

The DJ's Take: If HBO ever resurrects Six Feet Under, here's your theme song. Should go well with Sidewalks and Tell Your Friends in terms of key and bpm. Other songs in the 70 to 75 bpm range worth mixing with include Pop That - French Montana, Spaceships - Area21 and Blast Ya - Borgore ft. Barrington Levy.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

A Lonely Night - The Weeknd

Speed: 114 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 110 to 115 bpm

The DJ's Take: Smooth, danceable track with legitimate hit potential. The only way this doesn't make its mark is if it's competing with the other singles off the album. One interesting mix / mashup possibility is double-timing over slower songs like Needed Me - Rihanna, March Madness - Future, CoCo - O.T. Genasis, Birthday Sex - Jeremih, Man of the Year - SchoolBoy Q, and Loveeeeeee Song - Rihanna ft. Future.

If you're staying key-compatible at a similar bpm, try bumping up to about 117 and mixing with singles like: