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Friday, November 21, 2014

No Type - Rae Sremmurd

Speed: 62.5 bpm

The DJ's Take: This track feels like eating a bag of potato chips when you're starving - better than nothing, but ultimately unsatisfying. That said, it's becoming a hit, so worth a download if you spin Top 40/hipPop. If you want to step up the energy in a key-compatible way, try double-timing with tracks like Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, Love Never Felt So Good - Michael Jackson, Tik Tok - Ke$ha and Motown Philly - Boyz II Men. Or you can stay in the 60 bpm range - we've got some tracks you can comb through.

Download the song:

Amazon: No Type [Explicit], No Type [Clean]

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Divine Sorrow - Wyclef Jean ft. Avicii

Speed: 130 bpm

The DJ's Take: For a song called 'Divine Sorrow,' sounds pretty happy. Maybe I need to listen to lyrics more closely. This reminds me a lot of Perfect Gentleman, except Wyclef isn't talking about falling in love with a stripper (might make an interesting mix/mashup if you're a fan). Canned, easy listening if you like pop EDM, with a little Haitian flavor; worth a download for a mixtape - you may want to skip the vocal intro and start ~1:00 in. Some key-compatible mix recommendations: Light Years Away (feat. DBX) - TiestoThe Days - AviciiPrayer In C - Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin SchulzLay Me Down - AviciiAdore You - Miley Cyrus (Cedric Gervais Remix)Ten Feet Tall - AfrojackTake Me - TiestoWe Run The Night - Havana Brown ft. PitbullMarry The Night - Lady GagaClub Can't Handle Me - Flo RidaDanza Kuduro - Don OmarShut It Down - Pitbull ft. AkonF*ck You - Ceelo GreenPush It - Salt N PepaU Can't Touch This - MC Hammer, and Right Round - Flo Rida.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bed of Lies - Nicki Minaj ft. Skylark Grey

Speed: 86 bpm

The DJ's Take: Nice easy listening (title makes me think of a bad romance novel or Lifetime movie), but is it bar or club-worthy? Depends - if you're a karaoke or trivia dj doing a break between songs, or the vibe is relaxed and no one's dancing, then I think this is worth a spin. Of course, if it becomes a bigger hit (which is possible), then you consider breaking it out at almost any time in a Top 40 environment. Interesting key-compatible mix or mashup idea - pair Bed of Lies up with Magic by B.o.B. Big contrast in terms of energy, but maybe you can make it work.

Download the song:

Amazon: Bed Of Lies [feat. Skylar Grey] [Explicit], Bed Of Lies [feat. Skylar Grey] [Clean]

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

Speed: 115 bpm

The DJ's Take: Mix or mash up with James Brown's Living In America, and you'll have done about the best thing you can with this track. Wouldn't surprise me if it appears in a vodka commercial or something. Motown Philly would also work pretty well, as well as Like A Prayer. Mashing up with Tove Lo's Habits might be interesting, although there's obviously a big difference in energy level. In any case, worth a spin this weekend - a legit party track.

Download the song:

Amazon: Uptown Funk

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Heart Wants What It Wants - Selena Gomez

Speed: 83 bpm

The DJ's Take: Saw this trending somewhere, clicked the link against my better judgment, and you know what? Even though she looks like she's 14, there's actually a mature sound here (those guitars after she says 'the heart wants what it wants' are kind of a nice touch). This is end of the night fare, but something a younger crowd will recognize - we'll see if it gets popular enough for 20-something females to start singing along. Try mixing/mashing up with Love The Way You Lie - Eminem ft. Rihanna, Irreplaceable - BeyoncĂ©, and/or Come & Get It - Selena Gomez.

Download the song:

Amazon: The Heart Wants What It Wants

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Together - Calvin Harris ft. Gwen Stefani

Speed: 128 bpm

The DJ's Take: Whenever a hyped album comes out, you figure there'll be at most 3 singles that do reasonably well. Summer was possibly the most overplayed track of the summer, Blame is on the rise, Outside got some buzz, and Open Wide is doing alright. Is there room for a fifth? Maybe - Together has the basic ingredients with its polished beat and recognizable vocals from a star on the comeback trail. At the very least, this is solid filler for the 125 to 130 bpm portion of your set.

If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with tracks like That High - PitbullNoche No Termina - PitbullWake Me Up - AviciiDon't You Worry Child - Swedish House MafiaP.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)Gangnam Style - PSYStarships - Nicki MinajWithout You - David Guetta ft. UsherMr. Saxobeat - Alexandra StanMoves Like Jagger - Maroon 5Who's That Chick - David Guetta ft. RihannaYeah 3X - Chris BrownOnly Girl in the World - RihannaSexy Bitch - AkonMeet Me Halfway - Black Eyed PeasDown - Jay SeanDisturbia, and Hotel Room Service - Pitbull.

Download the song:

Amazon: Together - Calvin Harris ft. Gwen Stefani

Monday, November 3, 2014

Lips Are Movin - Meghan Trainor

Speed: 139 bpm

The DJ's Take: Looks like Meghan Trainor's got a monopoly on Hairspray-inspired doo woo pop. Is the follow-up to All About That Bass a hit? Maybe, although it's not quite as fun to sing the hook. Worth a flyer though, while people can still recognize her voice. If you're staying key-compatible, try double-timing over tracks like X - Chris BrownCan't Hold Us - Macklemore and Ryan LewisDay N Nite - Kid Cudi and Big Pimpin - Jay-Z. Or if you're trying to transition down into the 130 to 135 bpm range, try blending with Feel This Moment - Pitbull.

Download the song:

Amazon: Lips Are Movin

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]