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Friday, March 24, 2017

Still Got Time - ZAYN, PARTYNEXTDOOR



Speed: 61 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 60 bpm to 65 bpm

The DJ's Take: Feels like a beat that didn't quite make the cut for More Life. Still easy on the ears though; has an organic bounce that's worth integrating into a more eclectic pop mix. Try mashing up with songs like:

I Don't Wanna Live Forever - ZAYN & Taylor Swift
Never Be Like You - Flume

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Light My Body Up - David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj & Lil Wayne



Speed: 73 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm

The DJ's Take: Long way from When Love Takes Over, right? That said, it's fun when everything isn't a pounding 130 bpm EDM track. Nice little piece of pop trap that should work during the new music portion of a set. Try mixing with:

Changed It - Nicki Minaj ft. Lil Wayne
Heavy - Linkin Park ft. Kiiara
Sidewalks - The Weeknd
Tell Your Friends - The Weeknd
Pop That - French Montana
Spaceships - Area21
Blast Ya - Borgore ft. Barrington Levy

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Madiba Riddim - Drake



Speed: 106 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 100 to 105 bpm105 to 110 bpm

The DJ's Take: My toe is involuntarily tapping as I listen to this, so there's my seal of approval. More than worth a spin as a change of pace that caters to the masses. If you're staying key-compatible in the 105 to 110 bpm range, try mixing with:

Sleeping With A Friend - Neon Trees
Nasty Boy - Notorious BIG

More options from 100 to 105 bpm:


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Gyalchester - Drake



Speed: 66 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 60 bpm to 65 bpm65 bpm to 70 bpm

The DJ's Take: What's Gyalchester? England's version of Noiva do Cordeiro? I don't know about you, but this beat makes me feel cool just by listening to it. Decent list of tracks to mix or mash up with, including:

From 60 to 65 bpm:

Bad Intentions - Niykee Heaton ft. Migos
Running Back - Wale ft. Lil Wayne
Jam - Kevin Gates ft. Trey Songz, Ty Dolla $ign, Jamie Foxx

From 65 to 70 bpm:


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Use Me - Future



Speed: 76 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 75 bpm to 80 bpm

The DJ's Take: Sounds like something you play on the way home after a long night out. I'd try this out at the end of a hiphop set, just to wind down the energy a bit. Consider mixing with key- and tempo-compatible tracks like:

Private Show - Britney Spears
Messin' Around - Pitbull ft. Enrique Iglesias
Live Your Life - Rihanna
American Oxygen - Rihanna

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Blem - Drake



Speed: 98 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm

The DJ's Take: An unconventional beat that feels a little like dancehall. Should get a solid response in almost any venue outside an EDM gig. Good list of key- and tempo-compatible tracks in two different bpm ranges:

From 100 to 103 bpm:

Doo Wop - Lauryn Hill

From 95 to 100 bpm:

Tek Weh Yuh Heart - Sean Paul
Blank Space - Taylor Swift
Don't Tell Em - Jeremih
Back That Azz Up - Juvenile
Dreamlover - Mariah Carey
Slow Motion - Trey Songz

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Portland - Drake ft. Quavo & Travis Scott



Speed: 68 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 65 bpm to 70 bpm

The DJ's Take: Off to a fast start on the iTunes charts, and it's a definite head-nodder. The recorder (?) is an interesting touch - takes me back to second grade music class. Strong list of key- and tempo-compatible songs to mix or mash up with, including:


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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Passionfruit - Drake



Speed: 112 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 110 to 115 bpm

The DJ's Take: Not sure if this'll be the biggest hit off More Life, but I think it could have the most crossover appeal - especially with females. Soothing vibe that should work in a lounge or a cabana bar. Keep in mind that the song stops and starts again around 1:00, so that's where I'd begin. Try mixing with:

Just Hold On - Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson
Ocean Drive - Duke Dumont
Poker Face - Lady Gaga
The Way I Are - Timbaland ft. Keri Hilson

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Versace (Remix) - Migos ft. Drake



Speed: 66 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 65 bpm to 70 bpm

The DJ's Take: Two notable names and a contemporary beat should keep things moving on a hiphop night. And if you like watching YouTube dance videos, here's a blast from the past that's spot on. Try mixing or mashing up with key-compatible tracks like:

Gucci On My - Mike WiLL Made-It, 21 Savage, YG, Migos
Fake Love - Drake
Hotline Bling - Drake
No Sense - Justin Bieber

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