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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Yeah 3X - Chris Brown

tempo: 130 bpm

bpm range: 125 to 130 bpm, 130 to 135 bpm

The DJ’s Take: Maybe one of the most efficient song titles of all time. And if your crowd needs a boost, this should do the trick:

A little past its prime, but still worth a spin at a wedding or as a throwback in a pop set. Try mixing / mashing up with:

download or stream Yeah 3X:


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Buscando Huellas - Major Lazer ft. J Balvin, Sean Paul

tempo: 108 bpm

bpm range: 105 to 110 bpm

the dj's take: Fun little cross-pollination of genres - a little Latin, and a little dancehall with Sean Paul. Major Lazer music can keep a party going, and I wouldn't hesitate to drop this at an ethnic cookout or dance night. Could also be a nice change of pace on a hiphop night. Solid list of key-compatible tracks to mix or mash up with:

In the 103-104 bpm range:

Nothin' On You - B.o.B ft. Bruno Mars
Buried In Detroit (Lucas Löwe Remix) - Mike Posner ft. Big Sean

And from 105 to 110 bpm:

Friend of Mine - Avicii
Yeah! - Usher ft. Lil Jon & Ludacris
Fade - Kanye West
Truffle Butter - Nicki Minaj

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

My Way - Fetty Wap ft. Monty

tempo: 64 bpm

bpm range: 60 bpm to 65 bpm

The DJ's Take: If we're ranking songs called My Way, I'm giving this one the edge over Usher:

A former Top 10 hit, and the hook should inspire a singalong for the Fetty fans in the crowd. Try mixing / mashing up with:

Bad and Boujee - Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert
That's What I Like - Bruno Mars
Believer - Imagine Dragons
Devastated - Joey Bada$$
Pull Up - Wiz Khalifa
Grass Ain't Greener - Chris Brown
Antidote - Travis Scott
My Way - Fetty Wap
Dark Horse - Katy Perry
Ghosts N Stuff - deadmau5

download or stream My Way:


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So Far Away - Martin Garrix & David Guetta ft. Jamie Scott & Romy Dya

tempo: 74-75 bpm

bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm

the dj's take: Song title may as well be about how far away this is from your run-of-the-mill 128 bpm edm. Probably best employed in a festival or recorded set. Long list of key-compatible tracks to mix with:

download or stream So Far Away:


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Monday, December 11, 2017

Trophies - Young Money ft. Drake

tempo: 72 bpm

bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm

The DJ's Take: Whether you just won the Super Bowl or the district tiddlywinks championship, this should be blasting over the speakers as you accept the hardware. Also worth a spin as a hard-hitting hype-up track in a hiphop set.

Try mixing with some or all of the following:

download or stream Trophies:


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Never Be The Same - Camila Cabello

tempo: 65 bpm

bpm range: 60 bpm to 65 bpm65 bpm to 70 bpm

the dj's take: Sounds a little like a country ballad. Vibe is similar to Flume's Never Be Like You, only less electronic and more traditional. Good choice for a mashup. Not really club material, but should be just fine in a lower-key bar environment.

Some other key-compatible tracks to mix with:

Faking It - Calvin Harris ft. Kehlani, Lil Yachty
Gucci Gang - Lil Pump
Car Radio - twenty one pilots
No Broken Hearts - Bebe Rexha ft. Nicki Minaj
All Day - Kanye West

download or stream Never Be The Same:



Sunday, December 10, 2017

In The Night - The Weeknd

tempo: 112 bpm

bpm range: 110 to 115 bpm

The DJ's Take: Major Michael Jackson vibes - if you're doing choreography for this one, go heavy on the fedoras and finger snaps. Decent hit when it came out in 2015, and should still work on a Top 40 night.

A couple key-compatible tracks between 105 and 110 bpm:

Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd
Light It Up (Remix) - Major Lazer
Bang My Head - David Guetta ft. Sia & Fetty Wap

And a few more from 110 to 115:

Secrets - The Weeknd
CAN'T STOP THE FEELING! - Justin Timberlake
In The Night - The Weeknd
I Love You - Axwell /\ Ingrosso
Adventure of a Lifetime - Coldplay
Rockin' - The Weeknd
This One's For You - David Guetta ft. Zara Larsson

download or stream In The Night:



Saturday, December 9, 2017

Sober - G-Eazy ft. Charlie Puth

tempo: 96 bpm

bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm

the dj's take: Illmatic it ain't, but if you're spinning rap for a pop crowd, this is a pretty solid option. Catchy hook, relatable lyrics, a danceable beat, and artists everyone will likely recognize.

Try mixing / mashing up with:

You're All I Need To Get By - Method Man ft. Mary J. Blige
Find Your Love - Drake
What's My Name - Rihanna ft. Drake
Galway Girl - Ed Sheeran
Alive - Sia
Talk Dirty - Jason Derulo
Do What U Want - Lady Gaga
Hold On, We're Going Home - Drake
It Girl - Pharrell
Opposite of Adults - Chiddy Bang

download or stream Sober:


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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Last Christmas - Wham!

tempo: 107 bpm

bpm range: 105 to 110 bpm

the dj's take: Just like All I Want For Christmas Is You, this one's a seasonal staple. Perfect music if you're spinning for a holiday party at the local senior center:

Worth a permanent spot in any December-themed playlist.

Try mixing with:

LoveGame - Lady Gaga
Madiba Riddim - Drake
Sleeping With A Friend - Neon Trees
Nasty Boy - Notorious BIG
Shots - Imagine Dragons

download or stream Last Christmas:


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