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Friday, March 23, 2018

Flames - David Guetta & Sia

tempo: 94 bpm

bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm

the dj's take: Beat feels a lot like a slicker version of Adele's Water Under The Bridge (see the mix list below). Imagine if she did a collabo with Daft Punk; the internet might explode. Anyway, I think this'll become a popular playlist addition in spinning classes across the country. Has an 80s inspirational montage feel that makes you want to push it just a little bit more.

Note to the NHL's Calgary Flames - maybe make this song a part of your pre-game presentation:

Long list of key-compatible hits to mix with:

download or stream Flames:


spotify playlist


Color Blind - Diplo, Lil Xan

tempo: 87 bpm

bpm range: 85 to 90 bpm

the dj's take: Whoever made that painting is a genius. Or a 7 year old at a local elementary school. Or both:

As for the track, it has a heavy thump that could fit into a set at a club where everyone's standing around filming with their phones and nodding their heads. Try mixing / mashing up with:

download or stream Color Blind:


spotify playlist


Tuesday, March 20, 2018


tempo: 64 bpm

bpm range: 60 bpm to 65 bpm

the dj's take: If you told me this was The Weeknd or Rae Sremmurd, I'd probably believe you. Interesting beat - could work in a club or as the song playing in a windup music box. Maybe something like this:

Some other key-compatible tracks to mix / mash up with:

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 Moonlight:


spotify playlist


Walk It Talk It - Migos, Drake

tempo: 73 bpm

bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm

the dj's take: Track title would be a good name for a toy dog that responds to voice commands. Also, someone needs to make a beat out of this:

Bottom line, when Migos and Drake get together, it needs to be in the rotation. Try mixing / mashing up with:

Eye 2 Eye - Huncho Jack, Travis Scott, Quavo, Takeoff
Blocks - Marshmello
Locked Out Of Heaven - Bruno Mars
All I Do Is Win - DJ Khaled
Handsome And Wealthy - Migos
Holy Grail - Jay-Z ft. Justin Timberlake
Marry You - Bruno Mars
First Day Out - Kodak Black

download or stream Walk It Talk It:


spotify playlist


Monday, March 19, 2018

Plug Walk - Rich The Kid

tempo: 95 bpm

bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm95 to 100 bpm

the dj's take: Video makes me think of that 80s movie Mac and Me:

Gives you hope that when the aliens arrive on Earth, we can get along if we try.

As for the track, I'd spin it in a club or a college bar. Dance-friendly percussion and positive buzz should get the crowd going.

Good list of key-compatible tracks between 90 and 95 bpm:

And from 95 to 100 bpm:

download or stream Plug Walk:


spotify playlist (90 to 95 bpm)

spotify playlist (95 to 100 bpm)


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Freaky Friday - Lil Dicky ft. Chris Brown

tempo: 100 bpm

bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm100 to 105 bpm

the dj's take: First thing's first - doesn't this basically jack the beat from Ty Dolla $ign's Saved? Has to be the same producer. Come on; try a little harder. On the positive side, that's an easy mix / mashup right there.

So is Freaky Friday worth a spin on a pop night? I'd give it a go, although the video adds some context if you're a VJ.

Some key-compatible tracks from 95 to 99 bpm:

Closer - The Chainsmokers
Don't - Ed Sheeran
Mayores - Becky G ft. Bad Bunny
Only You - 112 ft. Notorious BIG, Mase
Selfish - Future, Rihanna
Beware - Big Sean
Up Down - T-Pain
Beat It - Sean Kingston

And from 100 to 105 bpm:

download or stream Freaky Friday:


spotify playlist (95 to 100 bpm)

spotify playlist (100 to 105 bpm)


Saturday, March 17, 2018

FLY - Marshmello

tempo: 67-68 bpm

bpm range: 65 bpm to 70 bpm

the dj's take: Pretty sure this will be the background music in a slam dunk highlight video in the near future. Or maybe as an entrance theme for a younger MMA fighter. Probably better employed in a concert / festival setting or in a recorded electro set.

Some other key-compatible tracks:

No Hands - Waka Flocka
Portland - Drake
No Frauds - Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne
Scared To Be Lonely - Martin Garrix, Dua Lipa
Jigga What, Jigga Who - Jay-Z
I Got The Keys - DJ Khaled
Uber Everywhere - Madeintyo
Might Not - Belly ft. The Weeknd
Mercy - Kanye West

download or stream FLY:


spotify playlist


Friday, March 16, 2018

Everybody Hates Me - The Chainsmokers

tempo: 77-78 bpm

bpm range: 75 bpm to 80 bpm

the dj's take: Some life advice from yours truly - whenever it feels like the walls are closing in and everybody hates you, take a deep breath and respond in a calm, mature manner:

Feels good, right? You're welcome.

As for the track, the percussion-less interludes make it tough to spin when there's a mandate to keep people moving. But if we're dealing with a concert or a gamers' convention, this should fit in just fine.

Some other key-compatible singles to mix with:

Saint - Huncho Jack, Travis Scott, Quavo
Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You) - UGK, Outkast
You Da Baddest - Future, Nicki Minaj
All Eyes On You - Meek Mill ft. Nicki Minaj & Chris Brown
Live Your Life - T.I. ft Rihanna
I'm On One - DJ Khaled
Miss Me - Drake
American Oxygen - Rihanna
Messin' Around - Pitbull ft. Enrique Iglesias
Touch My Body - Mariah Carey

download or stream Everybody Hates Me:


spotify playlist