Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Shake It Off - Taylor Swift

Speed: 160 bpm

The DJ's Take: If you spin Top 40, download this for a simple reason - getting women in their early to mid 20's on the dance floor is your top priority. Good chance they've probably got this on their iPhone, so when you play it, they will go 'OMG - that's the new song I love!' and freak out. Then the dudes will follow (due to the natural food chain effect of any nightspot), and you've got yourself a party.

Perfect key-compatible mix/mashup companion - Hey Ya! by Outkast. In fact, click that link I just gave, and you can even download the instrumental to mess around with. Other candidates include Green Light by John Legend and Best Love Song by T-Pain, although those are a little more obscure (mixing into Happy is another option). From there, you can either keep things going in the 80 bpm range, or stay key-compatible and slow down into that 130 bpm sweetspot with something like Summer. Whichever way you go, swallow your pride and add this to your playlist in time for the weekend.

Download the song:

Amazon: Shake It Off

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Place With No Name - Michael Jackson

Speed: 119 bpm

The DJ's Take: After hearing the last couple of MJ singles, I have to say this is a little more like it. Could be a legit hit with staying power beyond 'OMG - it's new Michael Jackson!' If you're staying reasonably key-compatible, try mixing with tracks like Bright Lights Bigger City - CeeLo, Get Lucky - Daft Punk, COOL - Le Youth, Wasted - Tiesto, White Walls - Macklemore, and Wild Wild Love - Pitbull.

Download the song:

Amazon: A Place With No Name

No Love - August Alsina ft. Nicki Minaj

Speed: 65.5 bpm

The DJ's Take: Straight end-of-the-night music here. You may want to avoid if it's an all-Caucasian crowd, but not a bad way to wrap things up otherwise. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with tracks like Climax - Usher, On My Level - Wiz Khalifa ft. Too Short, Give Me A Try - Sizzla, Boyfriend #2 - Pleasure P, and Say My Name - Destiny's Child. You can also slow down a little and go into Bed - J. Holiday.

Download the song:

Amazon: No Love [feat. Nicki Minaj] [Explicit]

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Best Mistake - Ariana Grande ft. Big Sean

Speed: 72 bpm

The DJ's Take: Sure, this is pillow talk music, but you figure this'll make at least a quick trip to the Top 10 of some major chart, right? Given the low energy level, this is something you close a gig with. To stay key-compatible, try blending with tracks like New Flame - Chris Brown, Rude - MAGIC!, Dark Horse, Drunk In Love, and/or All Of The Lights.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Kanye - The Chainsmokers ft. Siren

Speed: 64 bpm, 128 bpm

The DJ's Take: Guess what song'll be on repeat at Kanye's next birthday party? I like this - has the feel of a kid's song that young adults can jump around to. And that drop feels like a pure sugar rush. If you're trying to stay key-compatible, try mixing with tracks like Break Free - Ariana Grande, Red Lights - Tiesto, Helicopter - Martin Garrix & Firebeatz, Samurai (Go Hard) - R3hab, Love Me Again - John Newman, Wizard - Martin Garrix & Jay Hardway, Revolution - R3hab & Nervo & Ummet Ozcan, Scream & Shout - will.i.am and Britney Spears, Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO, Count On Me - Chase & Status, Scream - Usher, and Hey Brother - Avicii.

Download the song:

Amazon: Kanye [feat. Siren]

Monday, August 4, 2014

Anaconda - Nicki Minaj

Speed: 65 bpm

The DJ's Take: Feels like a tribute to 2 Live Crew, a young Lil Kim, and Akinyele; even I cringed a little listening to those lyrics. Just be careful where you spin this - much more of a bombastic strip club anthem than for a wedding or a Top 40 bar (unless it can stay popular for an extended period). Try mixing with tracks like Pop That - French Montana and Pour It Up - Rihanna.

Download the song:

Amazon: Anaconda [Explicit]

Thursday, July 31, 2014

This Is How We Do - Katy Perry

Speed: 96 bpm

The DJ's Take: Rule of thumb - when a new Katy Perry single comes out, you should probably download it for the short-term 'new music' value and potential longer-term hit value. Not a bad track for your rotation, and the lyrics seem to speak to your target audience (college students and twenty-somethings). If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with Na Na - Trey Songz, Paranoid - Ty Dolla $ign, Return of the Mack - Mark Morrison, One More Chance - Notorious BIG, No Games - Serani, and Real Love - Mary J. Blige. If you're transitioning into the 100 bpm range, Turn Down For What or Get Low - Dillon Francis & DJ Snake might be a nice jumping off point.

Download the song:

Amazon: This Is How We Do

It Was Always You - Maroon 5

Speed: 104 bpm

The DJ's Take: Is it just me or would this make a great song for a training montage from an 80s movie? Expect this to climb up the charts at some point. If you're looking to stay key-compatible, try blending with tracks like Classic - MKTO, Lose Yourself To Dance and F**kin' Problems.

Download the song:

Amazon: It Was Always You

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor

Speed: 134 bpm

The DJ's Take: Definitely one for the ladies, but I have to admit - it's catchy. Sounds like a hit, so certainly worth a download for your next sock hop or shindig - would make a pretty nice little mashup/mix with Beautiful Girls - Sean Kingston. Some other key-compatible (although slower) mix recommendations include La La La - Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith, Pompeii - Bastille, Invincible - Borgeous, Dear Boy - Avicii, I Could Be the One (Avicii vs Nicky Romero) [Nicktim - Radio Edit] - Single - Avicii & Nicky Romero, Cinema - Benny Benassi, The Other Side - Jason Derulo, Alive - Krewella, and The Veldt - EP - deadmau5. Or try double-timing over something like Pop That - French Montana or Pour It Up - Rihanna for an NSFW (Not Safe For Weddings) mix.

Download the song:

Amazon: All About That Bass