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Saturday, May 18, 2019

I Don't Care - Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber



tempo: 102 bpm

bpm range: 100 to 105 bpm

the dj's take: The final song in our esteemed mix #28 (21:17):



Another example of where we dropped it on the one, while leaving in that percussion-less section from Bitch Better Have My Money and letting it trail off:


Sounds pretty good to me.

Some other tracks worth mixing with:

Back To You - Selena Gomez
I Ain't No Joke - Eric B & Rakim
Bitches N Marijuana - Chris Brown and Tyga
Loyal - Chris Brown
Ayo - Chris Brown and Tyga
I Don't F**k With You - Big Sean
Team - Lorde
U Know What's Up - Donell Jones

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Thrift Shop - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz



tempo: 95 bpm

bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm95 to 100 bpm

The DJ's Take: Song #5 in our XXV mix (10:05):



A little behind-the-scenes - I did some creative editing to make the transition into Outta Control as tight as possible. Percussion doesn't match up on every beat, so we played with the wave forms [?] a bit. I regret nothing.

Anatomy of a chop-job:



Good list of key-compatible tracks to mix with:


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Monday, May 6, 2019

No Scrubs - TLC



tempo: 93 bpm

bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm

the dj's take: Song #4 in our XXV mix (8:32):



When we assess the pantheon of classic 90s singles, this one is right up there. A classic hook that inebriated females will be yelling for years to come.

People forget that there was a male version of this:


Forget the lyrics or the merits - I say the women won that one.

Try mixing with:


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Sunday, May 5, 2019

In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins



tempo: 94-95 bpm

bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm, 95 to 100 bpm

the dj's take: The leadoff song in mix 26:



If vengeance is a dish best served cold, then this is pure ice. Maybe the best pre-game music of all-time.

Worth a spin on a quieter 80s night or as a build-up to something bigger. Try mixing with:

Kids See Ghosts - Kid Cudi, Kanye West
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

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Public Service Announcement - Jay-Z



tempo: 89 bpm

bpm range: 85 to 90 bpm

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



Sometimes you want to beatmatch for 20 seconds, and sometimes it's smoother to drop it on the one. The transition into Con Calma (start listening at around 2:25) is a good example of the latter.

Definitely worth a spin as an underrated hype track on a hiphop night. Try mixing with:


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Before I Let Go - Beyoncé



tempo: 103 bpm

bpm range: 100 to 105 bpm

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



That bass starting around 1:43 makes me think of an old 2Pac track:



Funky. Anyway, whether you prefer the cover or the original, it's new Beyoncé, so this should probably go in the rotation.

Try mixing with:


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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Old Town Road (Remix) - Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus



tempo: 68 bpm

bpm range: 65 bpm to 70 bpm

the dj's take: Fun idea for your instagram page while the song is still hot - rent a horse, a cowboy / cowgirl outfit, visit this location, and pose accordingly:



Instant likes and follows guaranteed! Then again, my social media presence suggests you should get your advice elsewhere.

Guess I'll stick with what I know. Try mixing with:

Sensualidad - Bad Bunny x Prince Royce x J Balvin
She Knows - NeYo
We Dem Boyz - Wiz Khalifa
Right Now (Na Na Na) - Akon
All Night - Beyoncé

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