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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

the light is coming - Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj

tempo: 99 bpm

bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm

the dj's take: If you're starting a religious cult, this is the track to blast for a mass congregation. Beat sounds like Rihanna's Lemon with a touch of Chris Brown / Busta Rhymes' Look At Me Now. Legitimate party music - worth a spin for the next weekend or two at least.

Could sound interesting with:

download or stream the light is coming:



APESHIT - The Carters

tempo: 80 bpm

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

the dj's take: That beat sounds like Black Beatles on molly. On a side note, for a dj, there's nothing like making a crowd go apeshit. A four hour gig will feel like fifteen minutes. So if you're just starting out, put in the work - it'll be worth it.

And while we're [kind of] on the subject of primates, I like this t-shirt:

Bigfoot riding the Loch Ness Monster. DJ fashion statement and conversation starter all in one; tremendous.

Slow down a couple bpm's and this could sound cool with I'm Upset - Drake.

Some other key-compatible tracks from 80 to 85 bpm:

download or stream APES**T:


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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Solo - Clean Bandit ft. Demi Lovato

tempo: 105 bpm

bpm range: 100 to 105 bpm105 to 110 bpm

the dj's take: Tremendous exchange on the meaning of this song in the youtube comments section:

Or could be a nod to the new Star Wars movie. Who knows for sure.

Personally, I want to hear it in the next commercial for red Solo cups. Has a good bounce, and the strings provide a refined vibe.

Try mixing with:

Between 100 and 105 bpm:

Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
Paris - The Chainsmokers
I'm In Control - AlunaGeorge
Perfect (Matoma Remix) - One Direction
Cheyenne - Jason Derulo
Classic - The Knocks
Alejandro - Lady Gaga

And from 105 to 110 bpm:

Anywhere - Rita Ora
LoveGame - Lady Gaga
Madiba Riddim - Drake
Sleeping With A Friend - Neon Trees
Nasty Boy - Notorious BIG
Shots - Imagine Dragons
Last Christmas - Wham!

download or stream Solo:


spotify playlist (100 to 105 bpm)

spotify playlist (105 to 110 bpm)

Girls Like You - Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B

tempo: 62-63 bpm

bpm range: 60 bpm to 65 bpm

the dj's take: This one seems ripe for a remix, doesn't it? Reminds me of Alphaville's Forever Young, only more acoustic:

Worth a spin on a pop night (maybe with a little extra percussion). Try mixing with:

Never Be The Same - Camila Cabello
Never Be Like You - Flume ft. Kai
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 Girls Like You:


spotify playlist

Monday, June 11, 2018

DJ Mix: 21 and done

21 minutes of pop, dance, and electronic music at 123 bpm

Made with this spotify playlist using Logic Pro X

Here's the tracklist with starting time in parentheses:

1. What Do You Mean? - Justin Bieber (0:00)

2. More Than You Know - Axwell /\ Ingrosso (1:33)

3. Time Of Our Lives - Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo (4:16)

4. Sonnentanz - Klangkarussell ft. Will Heard (7:08)

5. Telephone - Lady Gaga ft. Beyoncé (9:13)

6. Latch - Disclosure ft. Sam Smith (10:22)

7. Waves (Robin Schulz Remix Radio Edit) - Mr. Probz (13:23)

8. I Love It - Icona Pop ft. Charli XCX (14:03)

9. Bad Liar - Selena Gomez (16:22)

10. One Last Time - Ariana Grande (17:44)

Lucid Dreams - Juice WRLD

tempo: 84 bpm

bpm range: 80 bpm to 85 bpm

the dj's take: I knew I recognized that riff from somewhere:

Juice WRLD would be a tremendous name for a bar where you order adult beverages mixed with your favorite juice boxes from childhood. I was in elementary school in the mid to late 80s, so I'd probably go with the classics like Hi-C and Hawaiian Punch.

Some other key-compatible tracks to mix with:

Talk That Talk - Rihanna ft. Jay-Z
Call It What You Want - Taylor Swift
I'm Goin' In - Drake ft. Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy
Caught Their Eyes - Jay-Z ft. Frank Ocean
Side To Side - Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj
LA Confidential - Tory Lanez
Sure Thing - Miguel
Golden - Travie McCoy ft. Sia
No Sleep - Wiz Khalifa
Let Me - ZAYN
Russian Roulette - Rihanna

download or stream Lucid Dreams:


spotify playlist

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Kids See Ghosts - KIDS SEE GHOSTS, Kanye West, Kid Cudi

tempo: 95 bpm

bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm95 to 100 bpm

the dj's take: Someone needs to mash this up with Crockett's Theme:

Bad ass. Anyway, this one feels like background music for a jungle-themed level or a stealth mission in a video game. Or maybe in a 16-bit haunted forest.

Try mixing with:

Blank Space - Taylor Swift
Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt
Blem - Drake
Tek Weh Yuh Heart - Sean Paul
Don't Tell Em - Jeremih
Back That Azz Up - Juvenile
Dreamlover - Mariah Carey
Slow Motion - Trey Songz
Stargazing - Kygo

download or stream Kids See Ghosts:


spotify playlist (90 to 95 bpm)

spotify playlist (95 to 100 bpm)


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Sorry - Justin Bieber

tempo: 100 bpm

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

The DJ's Take: The leadoff track in our world-famous Pop Sampler 1.0:

One of the great trop-pop records of our generation, and it should still bring the house down for a mainstream crowd. Will definitely age well.

Good list of key-compatible songs from 95 to 99 bpm:

And from 100 to 105 bpm:

download or stream Sorry:


spotify playlist (95 to 100 bpm)

spotify playlist (100 to 105 bpm)