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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Peanut Butter Jelly - Galantis



tempo: 128 bpm

bpm range: 125 to 130 bpm

the dj's take: Reminds me of Barry White's My First, My Last, My Everything, especially with the similar key and the violins. That drop is a super-sugary rush of electro 70s disco. Not a new release, but feels like something that should work pretty well in a freeform dance set.

Try mixing with key-compatible tracks like:

California Gurls - Katy Perry
It's Tricky - Run DMC
Evacuate The Dancefloor - Cascada
Now You See It - Honorebel ft. Pitbull and Jump Smokers
True Colors - Zedd & Ke$ha
Bailar - Deorro ft. Elvis Crespo
Liberate - Eric Prydz
Faith - Calvin Harris
Book of Love - Felix Jaehn
Let Me Love You - Ne-Yo

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spotify playlist

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Bam - Jay-Z ft. Damian Marley





tempo: 78 bpm

bpm range: 75 bpm to 80 bpm

the dj's take: Kanye sampled Sister Nancy on his last album, so it's only right that Jay-Z goes to the well again for this one. Should work as a nice change of pace in a hiphop set, especially for a crowd that wants a little taste of reggae / dancehall.

Try mixing with key-compatible tracks like:

PIE - Future ft. Chris Brown
Stitches - Shawn Mendes

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Return of the Mack - Mark Morrison



tempo: 96 bpm

bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm, 95 to 100 bpm

the DJ’s take: If 90s night is a thing in your area, this is a must-spin. A fantastic hook that will likely inspire a sing-along. Was hot when I was in high school, and it should get a good reaction this weekend and in the foreseeable future.

If you're in the 91 to 95 bpm range, try mixing with:


And if you're around 96 bpm:

This Is How We Do - Katy Perry

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Check Yo Self - Ice Cube



tempo: 101 bpm

bpm range: 100 to 105 bpm

the DJ’s take: Hard to believe the same guy who was in N.W.A. ended up doing Are We There Yet:



Gotta make that money I guess. Anyway, at least we have tracks like this to remind us of what he used to be. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with:

Been Around The World - Puff Daddy (Featuring The Notorious B.I.G. & Mase)
The Message - Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

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Back to You - Louis Tomlinson ft. Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals



tempo: 75 bpm

bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm75 bpm to 80 bpm

the dj's take: That intro makes me wonder if the beatmaker was listening to Work From Home for inspiration. Feels more like something to wave your phone to at a Louis Tomlinson concert than a club banger. But certainly worth an occasional spin on a pop night, especially while it's new.

If you're between 70 and 75 bpm, try mixing with:


And from 75 to 80 bpm:


download or stream the song:

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spotify playlist (70 to 75 bpm)

spotify playlist (75 to 80 bpm)

itunes

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Numb / Encore - Jay-Z, Linkin Park



tempo: 107 bpm

bpm range: 105 to 110 bpm

the dj's take: A little late based on the news cycle, but still relevant, right? This is really the only Linkin Park song I know, and that's because it got mashed up with a notable Jay-Z track. Regardless, Numb / Encore should have some staying power in a hiphop / pop set.

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

Afrojack - Wave Your Flag
You - Lost Kings ft. Katelyn Tarver
Kiss The Sky - Jason Derulo
Into You - Ariana Grande
Ghost - Ella Henderson
Wave Your Flag - Afrojack
Middle - DJ Snake

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Calabria - Enur ft. Natasja



tempo: 126 bpm

bpm range: 125 to 130 bpm

the DJ’s take: Back in my dj'ing days, this track was money in the bank. I'd drop it, kick back, and put it in cruise control, because people always got down. Guessing that will still apply today, especially if you've been doing your job leading in.

Fun wikipedia fact: Calabria is the toe in the Italian boot.

If you're in the 123 to 125 bpm range, try mixing with:

Bulletproof - La Roux
The Right Song - Tiesto & Oliver Heldens
You Make Me - Avicii

And if you're between 125 and 130 bpm:


download or stream the song:

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spotify playlist

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Heartz of Men - Tupac



tempo: 93 bpm

bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm

the DJ’s take: One of the underrated tracks off All Eyez On Me. Should sound good on a big pair of speakers, and even though most people in your crowd won't recognize it, the notable vocals may make them wonder if this is an exclusive new release. Worth a spin on a 90s hiphop night or in a freeform set.

Complex has a lengthy and interesting interview with DJ Quik on the story behind the track.

Try mixing with:

How Do U Want It - Tupac ft. KCi & Jojo
X Gon' Give It To Ya - DMX
Baby - Brandy

download or stream the song:

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

In The Dark - DEV



tempo: 125 bpm

bpm range: 120 to 125 bpm125 to 130 bpm

the DJ's take: It's been awhile since I heard this in any late night establishment, but my ears are still ringing from 2011. Has an exotic / Mediterranean vibe, which should work just fine in a nightclub environment. Drop it in the mix every once in awhile and see what happens.

Long list of key-compatible tracks between 120 and 125 bpm:


And from 125 to 130 bpm:


download or stream the song:

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spotify playlist (120 to 125 bpm)

spotify playlist (125 to 130 bpm)

itunes

Redbone - Childish Gambino



tempo: 80 bpm

bpm range: 75 bpm to 80 bpm80 bpm to 85 bpm

the dj's take: First thought re: the song title - reminds me of Redbones, the bbq spot near my old apartment. Worth a visit if you ever go to Boston and feel like venturing outside downtown.

As for the song, feels like a slower version of Prince's The Most Beautiful Girl In The World. Or maybe just a general nod to D'Angelo and 70s funk / soul / r&b. Not really one for the club, but worth a spin in a chill bar environment.

Cool interview with the guy who made the beat:



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

Family Feud - Jay-Z ft. Beyoncé
Black Widow - Iggy Azalea ft. Rita Ora
Reaper - Sia
Walk It Out - DJ Unk

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