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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Elevated - Wiz Khalifa

tempo: 69 bpm

bpm range: 65 bpm to 70 bpm

The DJ's Take: Song #8 in Episode 41 (12:31):

Can we just call this iSay, Part II? Fun game - listen to that song and this one in the mix and guess where the transition is. May be tougher than you think. Flows well into Grammys too - gives you the feeling that things are starting to wind down. 

Some other key-compatible music:  

Let Me Live - Rudimental & Major Lazer
Stars - Marshmello
Deuces - Chris Brown
Drunk In Love - Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z
Ni**as in Paris - JAY-Z & Kanye West
Curve - Gucci Mane ft. The Weeknd
Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae) - Silento
Light Years - Yellow Claw
Malibu - Miley Cyrus

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Saturday, August 8, 2020

dj mix: episode LIV (ft. Jason Derulo, Drake & Kanye West)

Made with Logic Pro X at 76 bpm

30:15 of pop & hiphop

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Tracklist (start times in parentheses):

1. Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat) - Jawsh 685 x Jason Derulo

2. Man Down - Rihanna (1:55)

3. Sunshine - Charlie Heat & Ant Beale (5:05)

4. Power - Kanye West (7:24)

5. Forever - Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem (10:46)

6. Rockin' That Thang - The-Dream (15:30)

7. Mirrors - Justin Timberlake (17:43)

8. Pain 1993 - Drake ft. Playboi Carti (22:08)

9. Soldier - Destiny's Child ft. T.I. & Lil Wayne (24:30)

10. BedRock - Young Money ft. Lloyd (27:05)

Closer - Nine Inch Nails

tempo: 90 bpm

The DJ's Take: Song #7 in our chapter 53 mix (13:42):

This must be an anthem for people who are into S&M, right? Kind of puts a spell on you. One benefit - long instrumental stretches you can lay over other songs that are heavier on the vocals. Worth a spin as a change of pace; some of the older people in the crowd may recognize it.

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Back To Sleep - Chris Brown

tempo: 93 bpm

The DJ's Take: Song #2 in our chapter 53 mix (1:52):

One of the rare examples where I'm going with the clean version over the explicit one. If you're generating a Marvin Gaye vibe, a smooth, gentler approach is the way to go, if you ask me.

Generous instrumental-only intro enables you to ease in. And on the back end, fits nicely with the intro to Biggie's One More Chance Remix. Decent choice for a hiphop / r&b night in a laidback, classier environment.

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Friday, July 31, 2020

Whatchamacallit - Ella Mai ft. Chris Brown

tempo: 99 bpm

The DJ's Take: Final song in chapter 52 (18:36):

Pretty good candy; I was always happy to get one in my Halloween trick-or-treat bag back in the late 80s. Worth a try [via amazon]. As for the song, decent filler for a pop / light hiphop & r&b night. Internet props if you can figure out where I cut and shortened it in the mix.

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Starboy - The Weeknd, Daft Punk

tempo: 93 bpm

bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm

The DJ's Take: Song #6 in our chapter 53 mix (11:38):

As we saw with the I Wonder lead-in, that percussion-only intro makes this easier to mix and to play around with. Also melts nicely into Nine Inch Nails' Closer. In fact, even though I know when the transition's coming, it still creeps up on me a bit.

Still worth a spot in your prime-time pop rotation.

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Saturday, July 25, 2020

U Got It Bad - Usher

tempo: 62 bpm

The DJ's Take: Song #8 in 7squared (15:59):

Is there any easier mix / mashup than this and Burn? Almost like Usher delivered twins. If you're going from U Got It Bad into Burn, that guitar solo starting around 3:04 is a good spot to start the transition.

Some other key-compatible music:

Believer - Imagine Dragons
Ghosts N Stuff - deadmau5
The Box - Roddy Ricch
Dark Horse - Katy Perry ft. Juicy J
Bad and Boujee - Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert
My Way - Fetty Wap ft. Monty
DEVASTATED - Joey Bada$$

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