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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Only - Nicki Minaj ft. Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown

Speed: 60 bpm

The DJ's Take: If the producer's intention was to make my eyelids heavy, mission accomplished. Lot of hype though (guess it's the gossip value in the lyrics), so I'd consider breaking it out this weekend during a hiphop night in an urban club environment. We've got some decent 60 bpm tracks like the Stay High remix to blend with, but you probably shouldn't live there too long. Double-timing into the 115 to 125 bpm range (maybe go with something like i - Kendrick Lamar) should pick up the energy if things are getting stale.

Download the song:

Amazon: Only [feat. Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown] [Explicit], Only [feat. Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown] [Clean]

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Open Wide - Calvin Harris ft. Big Sean

Speed: 128 bpm

The DJ's Take: Isn't this pretty much C.U.B.A. with some vocals over it? No matter - it's straight club music with a little Latin flavor, so worth a spot in your new music playlist. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with tracks like Fireball - PitbullFlashlight - R3hab & Deorro#SELFIE - The ChainsmokersCannonball (Earthquake) - Showtek & Justin Prime ft. Matthew KomaI Love It - Icona PopAnimals - Martin GarrixUnder Control - Calvin Harris & AlessoStay The Night - ZeddClarity - ZeddThis Is What It Feels Like - Armin Van BuurenTurn Up The Music - Chris BrownWild Ones - Flo Rida ft. SiaBeautiful People - Chris BrownParty Rock Anthem - LMFAOFirework - Katy Perry, and I Like It - Enrique Iglesias.

Download the song:

Amazon: Open Wide [Explicit]

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Blank Space - Taylor Swift

Speed: 96 bpm

The DJ's Take: What's the over/under on how many Grammy's Taylor Swift wins this year? I'm going with 3. If you're spinning Top 40 for 20-something females, this should be on your playlist. Some key-compatible mix/mashup recommendations: Don't Tell Em - JeremihDreamlover - Mariah Carey for some 90s flavor, and Be Faithful - Fatman Scoop to jack up the energy and transition into 100 bpm range.

Download the song:

Amazon: Blank Space

Monday, October 27, 2014

Beg For It - Iggy Azalea ft. Mo

Speed: 93 bpm

The DJ's Take: Kind of an interesting key, although that exaggerated accent is starting to wear on me. That said, people know who it is, so it's a solid piece for the new music portion of your set. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with tracks like Feel Me Flow - Naughty by NatureJust a Dream - Nelly, and Lo Que Paso, Paso - Daddy Yankee.

Download the song:

Amazon: Beg For It [feat. MØ] [Explicit]

Friday, October 24, 2014

I Don't F**k With You - Big Sean ft. E-40

Speed: 98 bpm

The DJ's Take: The west coast vibes are strong with this one. I like the little breakdown/switchup in the beat at the beginning and end - kind of reminds of the beginning of Otis or Slow Jamz (i.e. Kanye-style sped up vocal samples). If you're staying key-compatible and cutting out the beginning and ending parts, try blending with tracks like Loyal - Chris Brown, Team - Lorde, and U Know What's Up - Donell Jones. If you're leaving those slow-downs in, the underrated Know Bout Me could be a nice little mix-mashup companion (or just double time with Don't Tell Em - Jeremih).

Download the song:

Amazon: I Don't F**k With You [feat. E-40] [Clean]

Thursday, October 23, 2014

GDFR - Flo Rida ft. Sage the Gemini & Lookas

Speed: 73 bpm

The DJ's Take: Beat reminds me of something you'd hear in a smoky 1920's speakeasy. And when that bass drops, that's like waving the green flag at a NASCAR race. Definitely something tipsy twenty-something females can get down to, so I'm giving it a thumbs up. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with tracks like Rap God - Eminem, Cupid Shuffle - Cupid, Applause - Lady GagaI Need A Doctor or Forgot About Dre.

Download the song:

Amazon: Gdfr (Feat. Sage The Gemini And Lookas)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Outside - Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding

Speed: 128 bpm

The DJ's Take: Let's just think of this as I Need Your Love 2.0 and call it a day. Not a huge fan of the fake violins, but I think there's some pop potential here, assuming 128 bpm EDM can still generate enough buzz on the charts. If you're staying key-compatible, try blending with tracks like Born To Get Wild - Steve Aoki ft. will.i.amHideaway - KieszaBreak Free - Ariana Grande ft. ZeddKanye - The ChainsmokersRed Lights - TiestoHelicopter - Martin Garrix & FirebeatzSamurai (Go Hard) - R3habLove Me Again - John NewmanWizard - Martin Garrix & Jay HardwayRevolution - R3hab & Nervo & Ummet OzcanScream & Shout - and Britney SpearsSexy and I Know It - LMFAOCount On Me - Chase & StatusScream - Usher, and Hey Brother - Avicii.

Download the song:

Amazon: Outside

Baby Don't Lie - Gwen Stefani

Speed: 100 bpm

The DJ's Take: All this song is missing is some full-on yodeling. Kind of bland, but there's a clean, fresh energy to it, plus we haven't heard from her for awhile, so that should give this single a little juice. If you're staying key-compatible and pop-oriented, try mixing with tracks like It Was Always You - Maroon 5Classic - MKTOLose Yourself To Dance - Daft Punk and F**kin' Problems - A$AP Rocky.

Download the song:

Amazon: Baby Don't Lie

Monday, October 20, 2014

Drankin' Patna - T-Pain

Speed: 87 bpm

The DJ's Take: Sometimes it's fun to spell things phonetically, but I thought 'Patna' was some exotic Indian liquor until I actually listened to the song. In any case, a chill track for the home stretch when people are pairing up and you're slowly defusing the energy in the room. This would fit nicely in a mashup or mix with How Many Drinks - MiguelPart II (On The Run) - Jay-Z ft. Beyoncé, Me and My Broken Heart - Rixton, and Obsessed - Mariah Carey.

Download the song:

Amazon: Drankin' Patna

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Slow Acid - Calvin Harris

Speed: 104 bpm

The DJ's Take: Sounds like a harder version of Disco Science (which I remember from watching the movie Snatch ~15 years ago). It's interesting, especially considering what Calvin Harris usually makes - I could picture this playing in a dark, seedy nightclub with people dressed in Goth gear swaying to the beat. Or during a montage of robot industrial laborers assembling weapons of mass destruction in a futuristic factory. Top 40 potential? I doubt it. But this could be a cool little mix/mashup with Get Low by Lil Jon. Otherwise, probably more of a mixtape nugget you can blend with trap or something more electronic in the 100 to 105 bpm range.

Download the song:

Amazon: Slow Acid