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Monday, December 11, 2017

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

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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

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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

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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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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Find Your Love - Drake



tempo: 96 bpm

bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm

The DJ’s Take: Wasn't this the first single where Drake sang the whole time? Felt kind of strange when it came out, but turned into a Top 5 hit and set the stage for the future. Worth a spin as a throwback in a hiphop / pop set.

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 Find Your Love:

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

All I Want Is You - Miguel ft. J. Cole



tempo: 97 bpm

bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm

The DJ’s Take: The shuffling drums remind me of Amy Winehouse's You Know I'm No Good. Solid, laidback track for a hiphop / r&b - themed set. And if you've got Miguel fans in the crowd, expect a possible singalong to ensue.

If you're between 92 and 95 bpm, try mixing with:

Locked Away - R. City ft. Adam Levine

And from 95 to 100:

Colors - Halsey
Post To Be - Omarion ft. Chris Brown & Jhené Aiko
F**kin' Problems - A$AP Rocky
Lose Yourself To Dance - Daft Punk

download or stream All I Want Is You:

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Him & I - G-Eazy & Halsey



tempo: 88 bpm

bpm range: 85 to 90 bpm

the dj's take: So G-Eazy called this a Bonnie & Clyde type song in an interview, which reminded me of Beyoncé and Jay-Z's 03 Bonnie & Clyde:



Similar bpm and key, so there's a nice little mashup possibility. Try it out on a pop night and see what happens.

Some other tracks worth mixing with:

4:44 - Jay-Z
Slow Hands - Niall Horan
Just A Friend - Biz Markie
Big Poppa - Notorious BIG
Better - Meghan Trainor
Ride of Your Life - Tinashe
Pills N Potions - Nicki Minaj

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Tell Me You Love Me - Demi Lovato



tempo: 82 bpm

bpm range: 80 bpm to 85 bpm

the dj's take: When it comes to music video weddings with a twist, I'm riding with We Belong Together:



That said, it should work just fine as background music on a pop night. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with:

Plain Jane - A$AP Ferg
Dirty Sexy Money - David Guetta
The Way Life Goes - Lil Uzi Vert
Walk It Out - Unk
Redbone - Childish Gambino
Family Feud - Jay-Z ft. Beyoncé
Black Widow - Iggy Azalea ft. Rita Ora
Reaper - Sia

download or stream Tell Me You Love Me:

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