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Sunday, January 14, 2018

EL BAÑO - Enrique Iglesias ft. Bad Bunny

tempo: 90 bpm

bpm range: 85 to 90 bpm90 to 95 bpm

the dj's take: Spanish word of the day via Google Translate:

Good suggestion for people who were getting bored doing their business in the bedroom.

If you spin Latin pop, get this in the rotation a.s.a.p. Easy to dance to, and your crowd has probably heard it. Try mixing / mashing up with:

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Friday, January 12, 2018

End Game - Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Future

tempo: 79-80 bpm

bpm range: 75 bpm to 80 bpm80 bpm to 85 bpm

the dj's take: Seems like an unusual spot for a feature from Future. Then again, he did do this:

Hard to say no to a paycheck, especially for an entertainer.

Try mixing / mashing up with:

download or stream End Game:


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In The Dark - Camila Cabello

tempo: 88 bpm

bpm range: 85 to 90 bpm

the dj's take: Long percussion-less interludes make this a tough spin at a gig where you need to keep the energy up. But if it's just background music, a recorded set, or you can do the proper editing, this should fit in just fine.

A few other key-compatible tracks to mix with:

Bad Blood - Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift
Hey Mama - David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj
Nobody Has To Know - Kranium ft. Ty Dolla $ign
Fight Song - Rachel Platten

download or stream In The Dark:


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Spotlight - Marshmello, Lil Peep

tempo: 75 bpm

bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm75 bpm to 80 bpm

the dj's take: Has a laidback California vibe to it - like Black Beatles with guitars. Should sound pretty good in a pop set at the local college bar. Solid buzz upon its release, which means at least someone in the crowd will recognize it.

Try mixing / mashing up with:

download or stream Spotlight:


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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

IDGAF - Dua Lipa

tempo: 97 bpm

bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm

the dj's take: Sounds like a beat tailor-made for Maroon 5. And if you're spinning for a crowd of jilted females, that chorus should get them going. Worth a spot in the rotation for pop night at a college bar.

Some other key-compatible tracks to mix with:

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Finesse - Bruno Mars

tempo: 105 bpm

bpm range: 100 to 105 bpm, 105 to 110 bpm

The DJ's Take: Put Bobby Brown on the track and I wouldn't bat an eyelash. Pretty accurate early 90s throwback vibe, and worth a spin in the earlier part of a Top 40 set. Video for the remix needed a cameo from Jamie Foxx (or even Jim Carrey) and J. Lo. Cardi B provides a little Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes vibe.

If you're staying key-compatible in the 100 to 105 bpm range, try mixing with:

If you're in the 105 to 110 bpm range, try mixing with

A Different Way - DJ Snake ft. Lauv 24K Magic - Bruno Mars
Work From Home - Fifth Harmony
Help Me Lose My Mind - Disclosure
Entourage - Omarion
Rich Boy - Galantis

download or stream Finesse:


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Don't Wanna Go Home - Jason Derulo

tempo: 122 bpm

bpm range: 120 to 125 bpm

The DJ's Take: This was a big hit on this site early on. Kind of random, but I can see why. Notable vocalist and a dancefloor-friendly beat that should work in just about any setting with people of all ages. Shoutout to Harry Belafonte and Robin S.

Try mixing with:

Now You See It - Honorebel ft. Pitbull & Jumpsmokers
Nocturnal - Disclosure ft. The Weeknd
Book of Love - Felix Jaehn
New Romantics - Taylor Swift
I Really Like You - Carly Rae Jepsen
Let Me Love You - NeYo
California Gurls - Katy Perry

Could be a nice follow-up after the key change in Sisqo's Thong Song too.

download or stream Don't Wanna Go Home:


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Monday, January 8, 2018

Man Down - Rihanna

tempo: 78 bpm

bpm range: 75 bpm to 80 bpm

The DJ's Take: Perfect hook to play during a dodgeball tournament when a player goes down (followed by the infamous reggaeton horn). Not her biggest hit, but this could work on a pop night or at a pool or beachside bar.

Some other key-compatible tracks to mix / mash up with:

download or stream Man Down:


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Family Feud - Jay-Z ft. Beyoncé

tempo: 83 bpm

bpm range: 80 bpm to 85 bpm

the dj's take: Probably won't pop with the youth on a Top 40 or hiphop night. But it's elegant, dignified, and something the grown folk can nod their heads to. I could see turntablists having some fun with this too. Worth a spot in the car or around-the-house playlist.

Some tracks to mix with in the 80 to 85 bpm range:

Tell Me You Love Me - Demi Lovato
Plain Jane - A$AP Ferg
Dirty Sexy Money - David Guetta
The Way Life Goes - Lil Uzi Vert
Black Widow - Iggy Azalea ft. Rita Ora
Reaper - Sia
Walk It Out - DJ Unk

And from 86 to 88 bpm:

Rude Boy - Rihanna
Izzo (H.O.V.A.) - Jay-Z
Empire State of Mind - Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys
Famous - Kanye West
Back to Back - Drake
Energy - Drake
The Black The Berry - Kendrick Lamar
Remember Me - T.I. ft. Mary J. Blige

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