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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

You Need To Calm Down - Taylor Swift



tempo: 85 bpm

the dj's take: Song #8 in session 61 (16:13):



Title of this song reminds me of when Will Ferrell didn't have the money to pay his rent:



A reminder that social media and alcohol have one thing in common - they make people a little bolder than usual. Enjoy both in moderation.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

10,000 Hours - Dan + Shay, Justin Bieber



tempo: 90 bpm

The DJ's Take: Song #8 in our #59 mix (21:21):



Guessing this is the only time and place you'll hear Lil Tecca mixing right into syrupy country wedding music. Apologies in advance if that altered the vibe a bit; sounded ok, and I got to have a little fun at the expense of any hiphop fans listening.

Quick tip if you're ending a set with this - I used the last ~50 seconds, and my copy of the song was 2:47, so try cutting in at around 1:57 for the full final chorus and conclusion.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Latin Grammys - Action Bronson



tempo: 85 bpm

the dj's take: Song #5 in session 61 (8:05):



Quick note on the intro - there's a little pattern where you've got the softer funky guitar, then the louder horns pop in with the signature riff. If you're beatmatching against a softer song, consider cutting out the horn part and isolating the guitar-only section. Here's how it looked when I mixed over Brandy's I Wanna Be Down in Logic Pro X:



Re: the music video, amazing to see what Action Bronson was doing back in 1995. He was winning World's Strongest Man, and I was in high school, beating Chrono Trigger and raining 3's on my cousin in NBA Live '95. Greatness comes in many forms and forums.

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Saturday, March 20, 2021

Temptations - Ty Dolla $ign ft. Kid Cudi



tempo: 81-82 bpm

the dj's take: Leadoff song in session 61



Yes, music is subjective, and not every track that could be a hit actually becomes a hit. But this is certainly hit-level, even if the reception was muted. Easy bounce that should translate just about anywhere. Melts nicely into Kali Uchis' telepatía.

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Friday, March 19, 2021

No Ordinary Love - Sade



tempo: 83-84 bpm

the dj's take: Song #3 in session 61 (2:42):



The first time I heard this song was on tv in an ad for the movie Indecent Proposal, where Robert Redford plays a billionaire who offers a million dollars to a couple (Woody Harrelson and Demi Moore) for one night with the wife. Even as a young teen, it felt like a perfect fit to me, despite never getting on the official soundtrack.

Probably better suited for the bedroom than a pop set, but that extended vocal-free intro with the softly growling guitar is as mixable as it gets. Notice that I brought in No Ordinary Love as the drums cut out of Kali Uchis' telepatía; no need to double up on the percussion and potentially create distortion.

Then the transition into Brandy's I Wanna Be Down (which has its own vocal-free, guitar-laden intro) is money in the bank - strong mashup candidate for someone who appreciates the 90s.

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Monday, March 15, 2021

telepatía - Kali Uchis



tempo: 84 bpm

the dj's take: Song #2 in session 61 (1:20):



You could put Sade or Anita Baker over that beat and it would still be smooth as silk. But the Spanglish adds a little extra kick. I felt like it would fit in seamlessly with just about any r&b or adult contemporary, and this mix confirmed everything - easy transition out of Ty Dolla $ign's Temptations and then into Sade's No Ordinary Love.

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