Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Purple Lamborghini - Skrillex & Rick Ross





Speed: 74 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm

The DJ's Take: Probably not going in your wedding playlist. But if you have a young, high energy crowd that likes it loud, this is worth a spin. Part of a major movie soundtrack, and getting some initial traction on the charts, so the shelf life should last at least through the summer. Try mixing with tracks like:

Panda - Desiigner, Long Time - Ty Dolla $ign, Ride - twenty one pilots, King of Everything - Wiz Khalifa, Bake Sale - Wiz Khalifa ft. Travis Scott, Kiss Kiss - Chris Brown ft. T-Pain, TKO - Justin Timberlake

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Cold Water - Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber & MØ





Speed: 93 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm

The DJ's Take: So I mentioned awhile ago how people would ask me for Golddigger a few times a night back in ~2005. This may be that song for you for the rest of the summer. Lot of hype, and it's got that seasonal appeal. Get this in your playlist a.s.a.p. Try mixing or making a mashup with tracks like:

Cheap Thrills - Sia, Stand By You - Rachel Platten, Should've Been Us - Tori Kelly, You Be Killin Em - Fabolous, It Girl - Pharrell, Magic - Coldplay, Stereo Hearts - Gym Class Heroes, You're All I Need - Method Man & Mary J. Blige, Baby Baby Baby - TLC, Opposite of Adults - Chiddy Bang, Ridin Solo - Jason Derulo, Airplanes - B.o.B, Find Your Love - Drake, Flashing Lights - Kanye West, Replay - IYAZ, Take On Me (Kygo Remix) - a-ha, Renée - Lost Boyz

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ocean - Mike Perry ft. Shy Martin



Speed: 90 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 85 bpm to 90 bpm, 90 to 95 bpm

The DJ's Take: Feels like either a happy karaoke song or something you play around a bonfire at the beach. Doing well on the Spotify charts, and has a loping bounce that should get college kids' heads nodding. Try mixing with Good Morning - Kanye West and Wake Up - Fetty Wap.

If you're closer to 95 bpm, try mixing with Genghis Khan - Miike Snow, Slow Motion - Trey Songz, Blank Space - Taylor Swift, and Back That Azz Up - Juvenile.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Make Me... - Britney Spears ft. G-Eazy



Speed: 62 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 60 bpm to 65 bpm

The DJ's Take: So I thought once you get your own show in Vegas, your career is pretty much over. But apparently with Britney, life goes on after Sin City. This one shot straight into the top 2 on iTunes upon its release, which proves that she still matters. Definitely worth integrating into your summer pop playlist. Try mixing with:

2 Phones - Kevin Gates, Often - The Weeknd, Yoga - Janelle Monae, CoCo - O.T. Genasis, Party Girls - Ludacris ft. Wiz Khalifa, Birthday Sex - Jeremih, Loveeeeeee Song - Rihanna ft. Future

If you need to increase the energy, try half-timing into:

Ghost - Oliver Heldens ft. RUMORS, Lift Me Up - David Guetta, Whip It! - LunchMoney Lewis, Sweet Lovin' - Sigala, Won't Stop Rocking - R3hab & Headhunterz, Heaven - Shaun Frank & KSHMR, Poison - Martin Garrix, Love Myself - Hailee Steinfeld, Break Free - Ariana Grande ft. Zedd, Five More Hours - Deorro x Chris Brown, Five Hours - Deorro, Don't Wake Me Up - Chris Brown, Born To Get Wild - Steve Aoki ft. will.i.am, Hideaway - Kiesza, Kanye - The Chainsmokers, Red Lights - Tiesto, Helicopter - Martin Garrix & Firebeatz, Samurai (Go Hard) - R3hab, Love Me Again - John Newman, Wizard - Martin Garrix & Jay Hardway, Revolution - R3hab & Nervo & Ummet Ozcan, Scream & Shout - will.i.am and Britney Spears, Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO, Count On Me - Chase & Status, Scream - Usher, Hey Brother - Avicii

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Rise - Katy Perry



Speed: 51 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 50 bpm to 55 bpm

The DJ's Take: Considering it's the Olympics, this should have a shelf life of at least a few weeks, right? And considering he used Roar for his entrance music a few years ago, maybe the newly-unretired Manny Pacquiao will use Rise for his next bout. Try mixing with Kiss It Better - Rihanna and Bitch Better Have My Money - Rihanna.

If you're feeling the need to pick up the pace, half-time into At Night - Flo Rida, Bitches N Marijuana - Chris Brown, Tyga & SchoolBoy Q, Loyal - Chris Brown, Ayo - Chris Brown & Tyga, I Don't F**k With You - Big Sean ft. E-40, Team - Lorde, and / or U Know What's Up - Donell Jones.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

We Don't Talk Anymore - Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez



Speed: 100 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm, 100 to 105 bpm

The DJ's Take: I could've sworn there was initially a more acoustic version of this that didn't take off. Now there's a little more bounce, and it's probably made it more appealing to the masses. Worth a spin during the more laidback portion of a Top 40 night. I'd consider mixing or doing a mashup with key-compatible tracks like:

Touch - Nick Jonas, I'm Up - Omarion, Roses - The Chainsmokers, Love Me Harder - Ariana Grande ft. The Weeknd, Rack City - Tyga, Going Back To Cali - Notorious BIG, Love More - Chris Brown, Run It! (feat. Juelz Santana) - Chris Brown, Juicy - Notorious BIG, Mo Money Mo Problems - Notorious BIG

You can also try double-timing over Sorry Not Sorry - Bryson Tiller.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Olé - John Newman



Speed: 90 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm

The DJ's Take: So apparently this is Calvin Harris throwing shade at Taylor Swift (and yes, I only recently learned what 'shade' means). Or maybe he's just really into bullfighting; who knows. Nice, light summery feel that should work at a laidback outdoor party where people are sipping Corona Light and daintily nibbling on hors d'oeuvres.

If you're around 90 bpm, try mixing with Heathens - twenty one pilots, Youth - Troye Sivan, 0 To 100 - Drake, Bailando - Enrique Iglesias, Partition - Beyoncé, and Killing Me Softly - Fugees (or half-time over Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande).

If you're closer to 95 bpm, try mixing with Company - Justin Bieber, Misery - Gwen Stefani, Partition - Beyoncé, Animals - Maroon 5, and Survival of the Fittest - Mobb Deep.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Gold - Kiiara



Speed: 85 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 80 bpm to 85 bpm, 85 bpm to 90 bpm

The DJ's Take: This makes me think of two things - raindrops and playing songs backward to see if they have underlying messages. A cool, laidback vibe and a steady rise through the charts make this worth a spin on a pop night. Other key-compatible tracks to mix or mash up with include:

Body Say - Demi Lovato, Coming Over - Dillon Francis & Kygo ft. James Hersey, My Last - Big Sean ft. Chris Brown, Karma - Lloyd Banks, Hey Ma - Cam'ron

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