Monday, January 16, 2017

T-Shirt - Migos



Speed: 69.5 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 65 bpm to 70 bpm70 bpm to 75 bpm

The DJ's Take: Nice little Revenant-themed video that gives me the sudden urge to go snowmobiling. Should keep things moving at the club on a hiphop night, and it definitely has appeal as a backing track for teenagers doing choreographed dances on YouTube.

If you're in the 65 to 70 bpm range, try mixing with:

Friday, January 13, 2017

Paris - The Chainsmokers



Speed: 100 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm100 to 105 bpm

The DJ's Take: Are we sure there isn't some upcoming movie about two American exchange students who meet fortuitously at the Louvre and fall in love? Because I nominate this as the featured song during the montage where they romp around the Eiffel Tower and other notable local landmarks.

If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with tracks like:


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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Throwback Thursday: I Need A Doctor - Dr. Dre ft. Eminem



Speed: 78 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 75 bpm to 80 bpm

The DJ’s Take: Pretty good workout music, especially if you're pumping iron. Worth playing at a sporting event or on a hiphop night in a more casual bar setting. Try mixing with tracks like:

Welcome to Jamrock - Damian Marley
See You Again - Wiz Khalifa
Stick Talk - Future
Knock You Down - Keri Hilson ft. NeYo and Kanye West
Party - Beyoncé

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

No Lie - Sean Paul ft. Dua Lipa



Speed: 102 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 100 to 105 bpm

The DJ's Take: A party isn't a party without a fridge full of wine coolers and Sean Paul blasting out the speakers. This one should keep things moving earlier on as you transition into the bigger hits. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with tracks like:

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Mack - Nevada, Mark Morrison, Fetty Wap



Speed: 106 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 105 to 110 bpm

The DJ's Take: A 90s favorite over a trop pop beat - not sure how I feel about it. But if you're spinning for a younger crowd, not a bad way to bridge the generational gap. Solid list of key- & bpm-compatible tracks to mix with:

Friday, January 6, 2017

Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran



Speed: 96 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm

The DJ's Take: Sounds a lot like the recent singles from Sia and Maroon 5. No idea how this'll go over in the longer-term, especially with fans who prefer his softer ballads. But if you're looking for some bouncy, danceable new music to drop, Shape Of You should fit the bill pretty well. Some other songs worth mixing with:


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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Mo Money Mo Problems - Notorious BIG ft. Mase and Puff Daddy



Speed: 104 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 100 to 105 bpm

The DJ’s Take: A definitive party anthem of the 90s. Has an almost timeless quality - good chance a typical pop crowd (especially in NYC) will wave their hands side to side yelling, 'b-i-g p-o-p-p-a, no info fuh the D-E-A...'

If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with:


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Throwback Thursday: I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston



Speed: 119 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 115 to 120 bpm

The DJ’s Take: If there's one 80s song you need in your library, this is it. Pretty much a guarantee to increase the energy in a room, and will likely get females to sing along.

Keep in mind there's a key change a little over 3 minutes in. Try leading in with Cyndi Lauper's Girls Just Want To Have Fun. After the key change, go into tracks like:

Paparazzi - Lady Gaga
Dirty Mind - Flo Rida
Waves - Mr. Probz (Robin Schulz Remix)
Latch - Disclosure
Telephone - Lady Gaga ft. Beyoncé
Say It Right - Nelly Furtado
Sonnentanz - Klangkarussell ft. Will Heard
Marilyn Monroe - Pharrell

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Throwback Thursday: Get Busy - Sean Paul



Speed: 101 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 100 to 105 bpm

The DJ’s Take: Thinking of spinning a little dancehall to break the monotony? Then get this in the playlist. Old enough that I can remember dropping it at some of my first gigs, but timeless enough that you should get some mileage from it too. Mix with some or all of the following:


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Caroline - Aminé



Speed: 60 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 55 bpm to 60 bpm60 bpm to 65 bpm

The DJ's Take: The beat sort of sounds like a slowed-down, distorted version of Madonna's Like A Virgin. Not the highest energy track, but considering its success, you'll probably be ok throwing this on during a Top 40 night. Try half-timing into songs like:


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