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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Five More Hours - Deorro x Chris Brown

Speed: 128 bpm

The DJ's Take: Since when did tie-dye and jorts become cool to wear? Fashion sense aside, I could pump my fist to this. Gives me visions of walking down Ocean Drive in South Beach. Thumping, club-friendly sound, and the vocals give it a shelf life beyond the occasional EDM festival. There's also a straight instrumental version (see below) if you're trying to keep it real or extend the song.

Try mixing with tracks like Born To Get Wild - Steve Aoki ft., Hideaway - Kiesza, Break Free - Ariana Grande ft. Zedd, 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 - and Britney Spears, Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO, Count On Me - Chase & Status, Scream - Usher, and Hey Brother - Avicii.

Download the song:

Five Hours (no vocals):

Five More Hours (with Chris Brown):

Amazon: Five Hours, Five More Hours (Deorro x Chris Brown)

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Nasty Freestyle - T-Wayne

Speed: 67.5 bpm

The DJ's Take: Question - is this the same guy that I joked about on Instagram awhile back? Amazing that this has gotten as popular as it has. That said, wouldn't be shocking if you get requests, so I can't blame you too much for dropping a dollar on a download.

If you're doing a key-compatible mix or mashup, I'd consider going with tracks like Kiss Kiss - Chris Brown ft. T-Pain and TKO - Justin Timberlake.

Download the song:

Amazon: Nasty Freestyle [Explicit]

Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh) - Rich Homie Quan

Speed: 82 bpm

The DJ's Take: This video needs some subtitles. Except for the part when he says 'ooh ooh ooh' - I understood that. Decent beat; the staccato handclaps give it some backbone. Worth a spin in an urban club setting on hiphop night. If you're looking for key-compatible tracks to mix or mash up with, some options include Collard Greens - SchoolBoy Q ft. Kendrick Lamar, Talk That Talk - Rihanna, No Sleep - Wiz Khalifa, or Halo - Beyoncé.

Download the song:

Amazon: Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh) [Explicit]

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Dance Like We're Making Love - Ciara

Speed: 96 bpm

The DJ's Take: It's been a minute since I heard some good R&B, and this one fits the bill. There's a quiet, driving intensity in the beat, and I like how the percussion switches up a bit during the bridge. That takes some thought - Dr. Luke certainly earned his ducats here.

If you're looking for something key-compatible to mix or mash up with, try tracks like Lean On - Major Lazer and DJ Snake, Tonight (Best You Ever Had) - John Legend, Let Me Love You - Mario, Girls Around The World - Lloyd ft. Lil Wayne, Magnificent - Rick Ross, and Left, Right - YG.

Download the song:

Amazon: Dance Like We're Making Love

Fight Song - Rachel Platten

Speed: 88 bpm

The DJ's Take: I do not watch the WNBA, but this could be a pretty good theme song for the playoffs (or for just about any other televised women's sport). Good mashup potential with We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift. Not A Bad Thing and I Need A Girl could also work around 86 bpm.

If you're at around 90 bpm and feel like changing the mood a little without switching key, try mixing with tracks like 0 to 100 - Drake, Bailando - Enrique Iglesias, Partition - Beyoncé, and Killing Me Softly - Fugees.

Download the song:

Amazon: Fight Song

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cheyenne - Jason Derulo

Speed: 100 bpm

The DJ's Take: Nice background music for an 80s movie as the protagonist searches the city streets for the love interest that got away. Here's my question - is there room for two songs from the same album at the top of the charts at the same time (not counting Taylor Swift)? In this case, I'm guessing not - Want To Want Me is an effusive, dancefloor-friendly blockbuster that'll probably overshadow any of the other singles.

That said, it's a clean, well-produced pop song that should get some radio play. Certainly worth a spin for a mixtape or during the 'new music' portion of your programming.

If you're looking for key-compatible tracks, try going with Shots - Imagine Dragons, Classic - The Knocks, Sleeping With A Friend - Neon Trees, Midnight City - M83, Alejandro - Lady Gaga, LoveGame - Lady Gaga, and Nasty Boy - Notorious BIG.

If you're working in the 97-98 bpm range, Style by Taylor Swift becomes another option.

Download the song:

Amazon: Cheyenne - Jason Derulo

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Private Show - T.I. ft. Chris Brown

Speed: 70 bpm

The DJ's Take: Another one for the gentlemen's club (or for winding things down at the end of the night). I like it - just a solid groove for the grown folks. Probably not going to set the dancefloor aflame, but mix into GDFR - Flo Rida and people should perk up. Other key-compatible tracks include Rap God - Eminem, Cupid Shuffle - Cupid, Applause - Lady Gaga, and Forgot About Dre - Dr. Dre ft. Eminem.

Download the song:

Amazon: Private Show [Explicit]

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Slow Motion - Trey Songz

Speed: 95 bpm

The DJ's Take: I have a sneaking suspicion this is in heavy rotation at gentlemen's clubs in metropolitan areas across the country. Nice track for new and established couples to get more familiar to at the end of the night. Worth a download, especially given its steady rise up the charts. For a key-compatible mix or mashup, try blending with tracks like Blank Space - Taylor Swift, Don't Tell Em - Jeremih, Back That Azz Up - Juvenile, and Dreamlover - Mariah Carey.

Download the song:

Amazon: Slow Motion

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Honey, I'm Good - Andy Grammer

Speed: 122 bpm

The DJ's Take: Is it just me, or does this sound like a slower, smoother version of Cotton Eye Joe? Reasonably popular song right now, and I don't see why you can't spin this during the hoedown at the local county fair. Makes me want to slap my thigh and swig moonshine. If you're looking for key-compatible tracks to mix or mash up with at around 123 to 125 bpm, consider tracks like:

La La La - Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith, Pompeii - Bastille, Invincible - Borgeous, Dear Boy - Avicii, I Could Be the One (Avicii vs Nicky Romero) [Nicktim - Radio Edit] - Single - Avicii & Nicky Romero, The Other Side - Jason Derulo, Alive - Krewella, The Veldt - EP - deadmau5, and Kids - MGMT.

Download the song:

Amazon: Honey, I'm Good.