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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Goodies - Ciara ft. Petey Pablo



tempo: 102 bpm

bpm range: 100 to 105 bpm

the DJ’s take: This was the single that put her on the map, and that incessant beeping makes it pop. Pretty emblematic of early to mid 2000s r&b / hiphop, when Southern flavor started to seep into the mainstream. Certainly worth a place in your digital crate on a throwback night.

Good list of key-compatible tracks to mix / mash up with, including:


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Friday, August 18, 2017

Younger Now - Miley Cyrus



tempo: 122 bpm

bpm range: 120 to 125 bpm

the dj's take: Reminds me of Rod Stewart's Forever Young with bigger percussion and a little 50s / country vibe mixed in. I'd try it out in a pub or casual bar setting during the earlier portion of a pop set.

Try mixing / mashing up with key-compatible tracks like:

Dynamite - Taio Cruz
Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell
Stereo Love - Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina
Maps - Maroon 5

Or you can drop a couple bpm's and mix with:

Just Dance - Lady Gaga
Thriller - Michael Jackson

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Friends - Justin Bieber, BloodPop®



tempo: 105 bpm

bpm range: 100 to 105 bpm105 to 110 bpm

the dj's take: String this together (or mash up) with Sorry and Let Me Love You, and even the most stoic Belieber will probably pass out. Danceable beat, satisfying drop, and vocals from the biggest male artist in the business - pretty sure this needs to go in the rotation a.s.a.p.

Some other key-compatible tracks to mix with:


download or stream the song:

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Questions - Chris Brown



tempo: 106 bpm

bpm range: 105 to 110 bpm

the dj's take: Nice little dancehall-Caribbean-Latin hybrid; clean production, and easy to get down to. A little short, so pick the next song quickly, set it up in advance, or find a way to extend the beat.

Speaking of 'questions,' there's actually a Chris Brown quiz book on Amazon. Good way to test the extent of your fandom:



As for the track, if you're dropping down a bpm or two, try mixing with:

One Dance - Drake
For Free - DJ Khaled ft. Drake

And from 105 to 110 bpm:

Get Low - Zedd, Liam Payne
Me Rehúso - Danny Ocean
Let's Talk About Sex - Salt N Pepa

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Glorious - Macklemore, Skylar Grey



tempo: 70 bpm

bpm range: 65 bpm to 70 bpm70 bpm to 75 bpm

the dj's take: Grandma's are pretty cool, aren't they? Letting you do all the stuff your parents won't, and buying you all the toys your parents don't. The beat is a little sentimental, but has enough drive to be inspirational. Feels like a hit - definitely worth a spin on a pop night or at a sporting event / pep rally.

Try mixing or mashing up with key-compatible tracks like:


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Memories - David Guetta ft. Kid Cudi



tempo: 130 bpm

bpm range: 125 to 130 bpm, 130 to 135 bpm

the DJ’s take: If you can love anything half as much as the dj below loves this song, consider yourself fortunate:



Worth a spin in a throwback dance or electronic set. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with:

Temperature - Sean Paul
Move Your Body (Alan Walker Remix) - Sia
WIEE - Martin Garrix
If It Ain't Love - Jason Derulo
Home - Firebeatz & Jay Hardway
Sunglasses At Night - Corey Hart
Shut Up and Dance - WALK THE MOON

download or stream the song:

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spotify playlist

itunes

Walk It Out - Unk



tempo: 80 bpm

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

the DJ’s take: 2005-08 was an uneven era for hiphop (to put it nicely). Sure, you had Gold Digger, but D4L's Laffy Taffy was the #1 song in the country at one point. Still scratching my head over that.

Anyway, this is one of the tracks from that period with a legitimate shelf life. Infectious beat, and a catchy hook - drop it in a pop or hiphop set, and you just might start a danceoff.

Some other key-compatible tracks to mix with:

Redbone - Childish Gambino
Family Feud - Jay-Z ft. Beyoncé
Black Widow - Iggy Azalea ft. Rita Ora
Reaper - Sia

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Be Faithful - Fatman Scoop ft. Faith Evans



tempo: 101 bpm

bpm range: 100 to 105 bpm

the DJ’s take: This track is a weapon of mass destruction for dj's. An NYC classic, and if you're spinning at a house party in almost any part of the country, Be Faithful is money in the bank. As Karl Malden once said about Travelers Cheques, don't leave home without it.

Some key-compatible tracks to mix with:

Crazy In Love - Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z
Lonely Together - Avicii, Rita Ora
Doo Wop (That Thing) - Lauryn Hill
I Think Of You - Jeremih, Chris Brown, Big Sean
Kiss The Sky - The Knocks
Levels - Nick Jonas
Pretty Girls - Britney Spears ft. Iggy Azalea

And if you're bumping up a couple bpm's:

Me & The Rhythm - Selena Gomez

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When Doves Cry - Prince



tempo: 126 bpm

bpm range: 125 to 130 bpm

the dj's take: If you spin 80s, there's no way you can leave this out of the rotation, right? An iconic song of the decade, and certainly worth breaking out from time to time in a pop or wedding set. And to think that it all revolves around a simple little 3 note keyboard / synth riff. Brings to mind a certain musical cat:



Obligatory Chappelle's Show shoutout:


Anyway, if you're staying key-compatible, some tracks worth mixing with from 121 to 124 bpm:

This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna
Instruction - Jax Jones ft. Demi Lovato
Hype - Dizzee Rascal & Calvin Harris
Shades of Grey - Oliver Heldens & Shaun Frank ft. Delaney Jane
Prayer In C - Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin Schulz

And from 125 to 130 bpm:

Momentum - Don Diablo
Fuck You - CeeLo
Supercut - Lorde
I'm In Miami Bitch - LMFAO
Right Round - Flo Rida
Boom Boom Pow! - Black Eyed Peas
Intoxicated - Martin Solveig & GTA
Higher Place - Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ft. NeYo
Lay Me Down - Avicii
Can't Feel My Face (Martin Garrix Remix) - The Weeknd Never Leave - DVBBS
Don't Look Down - Martin Garrix ft. Usher
On My Way - Axwell ^ Ingrosso
I Want You To Know - Zedd ft. Selena Gomez
Light Years Away (feat. DBX) - Tiesto
Save the World (Radio Mix) - Swedish House Mafia
Pursuit of Happiness (Extended Steve Aoki Remix) [feat. MGMT & Ratatat] - Kid Cudi
The Days - Avicii
Adore You - Miley Cyrus (Cedric Gervais Remix)
Ten Feet Tall - Afrojack
Take Me - Tiesto
We Run The Night - Havana Brown ft. Pitbull
Marry The Night - Lady Gaga
Club Can't Handle Me - Flo Rida
Danza Kuduro - Don Omar
Shut It Down - Pitbull ft. Akon
Push It - Salt N Pepa

download or stream the song:

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spotify playlist (120 to 125 bpm)

spotify playlist (125 to 130 bpm)

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Versace On The Floor - Bruno Mars



tempo: 87 bpm

bpm range: 85 bpm to 90 bpm

the DJ's take: Sounds like the last song at a late 80s / early 90s high school dance. Just barely straddles that line between parody and legitimate baby-making music. Keep in mind that there's a key change late in the song.

If you're staying key-compatible with the first 3:20 or so, here's a track to mix with in the 80 to 85 bpm range:

Send My Love - Adele

And from 85 to 90:

Despacito - Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber
Perfect Pint - Mike WiLL Made-It ft. Kendrick Lamar, Gucci Mane, Rae Sremmurd
Tunnel Vision - Kodak Black
Chainsaw - Nick Jonas
Be As You Are (JordanXL Remix) - Mike Posner
The Man - Aloe BlaccRoyals - Lorde
Paper Planes - MIA

After the key change, here are some more tracks worth mixing with:


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