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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Nobody to Love - Sigma



tempo: 87 bpm

bpm range: 85 bpm to 90 bpm

the dj's take: The final track in chapter 39 (17:46):



Had a hard time beatmatching with a number of the songs in this mix; maybe it was the software. All good in the end though - that opening piano riff over the end of Ariana Grande's needy sounds like its own separate single. Good vibe for a rave where the redbull is flowing freely.

Some other key-compatible tracks:


download or stream needy:

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Come Undone - Duran Duran



tempo: 87 bpm

bpm range: 85 bpm to 90 bpm

the dj's take: Track #8 in chapter 39 (13:32):



A random idea for Brooklyn hipster musicians / sports fans:

Start up a band called Durant Durant. Everyone wears Kevin Durant jerseys and you play Duran Duran covers. Not sure where you go from there, but the concept alone should be enough for some youtube views and dive bar gigs, right?

On a side note, here's how we chopped up and copy-pasted the drum section that led into Ariana Grande's needy in Logic Pro X:


Some other key-compatible music:


download or stream Come Undone:

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored - Ariana Grande



tempo: 85 bpm

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

the dj's take: The leadoff song in our Deuces mix:



Sounds good with So Fresh So Clean, right? Dial up a couple bpm's, and you've got track #5 in chapter 39 (8:45):



Bottom line: a versatile single that should have a lengthy shelf life if you spin pop. Worth a longer-term spot in the rotation.

Some key-compatible music:


download or stream break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored:

amazon

spotify playlist (80 to 85 bpm)

spotify playlist (85 to 90 bpm)

Waterfalls - TLC



tempo: 86 bpm

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

The DJ's Take: Track #4 in chapter 39 (6:10):



That transition from Bag Lady with this intro over it is its own little mashup. Soulful.

On a side note, here's how old this song is - first time I heard it was on Entertainment Tonight with Mary Hart. Proof positive you can find anything on youtube these days:



Some other key-compatible music:


Download or stream Waterfalls:

Spotify playlist

Apple Music

iTunes

Amazon

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Bag Lady - Erykah Badu



tempo: 85 bpm

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

the dj's take: Track #3 in chapter 39 (4:42):



A prime example of dropping it on the one. Makes perfect sense here, especially because this song uses the same beat as Xxplosive. Worth a spin for r&b fans around my age (i.e. old millennial / young gen x).

Some other key-compatible music:


download or stream Bag Lady:

amazon

spotify playlist

Monday, November 11, 2019

Say You Will - Kanye West



tempo: 86-87 bpm

bpm range: 85 bpm to 90 bpm

the dj's take: Track #6 in chapter 39 (10:57):



That transition from break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored is its own little mashup. Here's how it looks in Logic Pro X (Say You Will is on the bottom):


Did some cut-copy-paste to make sure the instrumental-only part of Say You Will (starts ~3:03 into the song) comes in as Ariana fades out. Technology's a beautiful thing.

Some other key-compatible music:


download or stream Say You Will:

amazon

spotify playlist

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Xxplosive - Dr. Dre ft. Nate Dogg, Hittman, Kurupt & Six-Two



tempo: 84 bpm

bpm range: 80 bpm to 85 bpm

the dj's take: Second track in chapter 39 (3:35):



The beat is on point, but not a fan of the rapping, so I did some surgery in Logic Pro:


As you can see, if you just let the song play through, it would've been one solid bar. Worth a little editing for most mixes; I'm no social justice warrior, but the lyrics are cringey for about 50% of the population.

Some key-compatible music:


download or stream Xxplosive:

amazon

spotify playlist

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Last Call - Kanye West



tempo: 88 bpm

bpm range: 85 bpm to 90 bpm

the dj's take: The leadoff track in chapter 39:



This is basically his career autobiography through 2004 over one of his greatest beats. I got out of it with about 9 minutes to go, but definitely worth a listen the whole way through. Worth a spin on a throwback hiphop night.

Try mixing with:


download or stream Last Call:

amazon

spotify playlist