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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Monday, November 12, 2018

thank u, next - Ariana Grande



tempo: 107 bpm

bpm range: 105 to 110 bpm

the dj's take: The next-to-last track in our Formula 15 mix (10:37):



If this isn't in the rotation on a Top 40 night, you simply aren't doing your job as a dj. Or you've been living under a rock (which still doesn't excuse anything). Shelf life is debatable, although possibly infinite for the right kind of event:



Try mixing with:

My My My! - Troye Sivan
Me Rehúso - Danny Ocean
One Dance - Drake
For Free - DJ Khaled ft. Drake
Let's Talk About Sex - Salt N Pepa
Piece By Piece - Kelly Clarkson
In My Room - Yellow Claw & DJ Mustard ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Tyga

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Dipset Anthem - The Diplomats



tempo: 84 bpm

bpm range: 80 bpm to 85 bpm

the dj's take: Song #8 in our Episode 14 mix (20:54):



Interesting & inspirational backstory behind the beat:



Tremendous. No wonder people wanted to make this the national anthem.

Some other key-compatible tracks to mix with:

Ether - Nas
Downtown - Anitta & J Balvin
Chainsaw - Nick Jonas
Messin' Around - Pitbull ft. Enrique Iglesias
Be As You Are (JordanXL Remix) - Mike Posner
Send My Love - Adele
The Man - Aloe Blacc
Live Your Life - Rihanna
Royals - Lorde
American Oxygen - Rihanna

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Ether - Nas



tempo: 81 bpm

bpm range: 80 bpm to 85 bpm

the dj's take: Song #7 in our Episode 14 mix (16:37):



Probably the first (and last) time anyone will ever transition from Lorde straight into Nas. Yet another reason to subscribe.

As for the track itself, it's hard to overstate its status in the pantheon of hiphop disses. Some people believe Jay-Z cried in the aftermath. Worth a spin on a throwback night in NYC - the older folk will appreciate the knowledge.

Try mixing with:

Live Your Life - T.I. ft. Rihanna
Dipset Anthem - The Diplomats
Downtown - Anitta & J Balvin
Chainsaw - Nick Jonas
Be As You Are (JordanXL Remix) - Mike Posner
Send My Love - Adele
Royals - Lorde

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Live Your Life - T.I. ft. Rihanna



tempo: 80 bpm

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

the DJ’s take: Song #12 in our Chapter 14 mix (31:55):



And Song #1 in if you know, throw some d's:



And in case you forgot, the sample that started it all:



So old that I used to drop this at my Top 40 gig in '08. The emphatic hook should guarantee a lengthy shelf life; worth an occasional spin as a throwback.

From 75 to 80 bpm:

Genius - LSD (Labrinth, Sia, Diplo)
Miss Me - Drake ft. Lil Wayne
XO TOUR Llif3 - Lil Uzi Vert
Use Me - Future
Private Show - Britney Spears
Messin' Around - Pitbull ft. Enrique Iglesias
American Oxygen - Rihanna

From 80 to 85 bpm:

Dipset Anthem - The Diplomats
Downtown - Anitta & J Balvin
Chainsaw - Nick Jonas
Be As You Are (JordanXL Remix) - Mike Posner
Send My Love - Adele
Royals - Lorde

download or stream Live Your Life:

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Lady - D'Angelo



tempo: 85 bpm

bpm range: 80 bpm to 85 bpm85 bpm to 90 bpm

the dj's take: Song #11 in our tenthirtynine mix (26:53):



A former top 10 song in the country, and also a top 10 entry on the US Hot Dance Music chart (via wikipedia):


Hard to believe for the youth who think dance music is all-electronic, but this is a classic groove that could double as baby-making music in a pinch. Try mixing with:


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