Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hot N*gga - Bobby Shmurda

Speed: 84 bpm

The DJ's Take: Good rule of thumb - when a song has its own dance, probably time to get it in your rotation. The beat is an ear worm (even if it did come from somewhere else), and there's a grim, gritty NYC vibe. I think it'd be kind of funny if you double-timed into Shake It Off, but if your crowd likes hiphop/hipPop, maybe transition into something like Black Widow (or Teach Me How To Dougie if you want to go straight percussion with no melody) then do work in that 80 to 85 bpm range.

Download the song:

Amazon: Hot N*gga [Explicit]

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Songs On 12 Play - Chris Brown ft. Trey Songz

Speed: 61 bpm

The DJ's Take: How much do you want to bet that a remix with R. Kelly is in the works (assuming this takes off a little)? Nice to see the younger generation showing respect to a classic album, even if the artist has some issues we all know about. Take the song for what it is - end-of-the-night bedroom music. If closing time is only a few minutes away and you're playing in the 120 to 125 bpm range, this would be a nice way to kill the energy.

To stay key-compatible in the 125 to 130 bpm range, try double-timing or mashing up with tracks like Lay Me Down - 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, F*ck You - Ceelo Green, Push It - Salt N Pepa, U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer, and Right Round - Flo Rida

In the 120 bpm range, try mixing with tracks like Safe And Sound - Capital Cities, Bad Romance - Lady Gaga, Don't You Want Me - The Human League, and SexyBack - Justin Timberlake.

Download the song:

Amazon: Songs On 12 Play [Explicit]

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Classic - The Knocks ft. Powers

Speed: 102 bpm

The DJ's Take: I'm gonna go off the beaten path a little and cover a track that probably isn't getting a ton of pub (but should). Nice little slice of late summer disco-pop; the guitar feels like a slightly sanitized, more detached version of a Nile Rodgers lick. Will this bring the house down? No - the best place to play this is probably in a lounge where people are just chilling, or a weeknight gig where the crowd is dancing to whatever. That said, I could see someone asking you 'who's this song by' if you slip it in on a Top 40 night.

For a key-compatible mix or mashup, try blending with some or all of the following: Sleeping With A Friend - Neon Trees, Midnight City - M83, Alejandro - Lady Gaga, LoveGame - Lady Gaga, Nasty Boy - Notorious BIG

Download the song:

Amazon: Classic (feat. Powers)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Hideaway - Kiesza

Speed: 123 bpm

The DJ's Take: You know, I like this song a lot more when I'm not watching the video. All the stiff dance moves and outfits scream 'trying too hard.' Otherwise, cool little 90s Euro dance vibe. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with tracks like Love Runs Out - OneRepublic, She Doesn't Mind, DJ Got Us Falling In Love, and Teenage Dream.

If you're looking to speed up a few bpm's, try mixing with some or all of the following: Break Free - Ariana Grande ft. Zedd, Kanye - The Chainsmokers, 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 - and Britney Spears, Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO, Count On Me - Chase & Status, Scream - Usher, Hey Brother - Avicii

Download the song:

Amazon: Hideaway - EP

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

X - Chris Brown

Speed: 74 bpm

The DJ's Take: Interesting buildup with a futuristic bounce. I could see the dance floor getting active when the drop comes. Worth a download for your new music collection. Try mixing (or mashing up) with tracks like Can't Hold Us - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Day N Nite - Kid Cudi and Big Pimpin - Jay-Z.

Download the song:

Amazon: X - Chris Brown

Monday, August 25, 2014

Guts Over Fear - Eminem ft. Sia

Speed: 70 bpm

The DJ's Take: Not exactly a dancefloor banger, but it's new Eminem featuring Sia, so it's worth paying attention to. I could see people nodding their heads to this in a sit-down bar environment. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with some or all of the following: Best Mistake - Ariana Grande, New Flame - Chris Brown, Rude - MAGIC!, Dark Horse, Drunk In Love, and/or All Of The Lights.

Download the song:

Amazon: Guts Over Fear [feat. Sia] [Explicit]

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Animals - Maroon 5

Speed: 95 bpm

The DJ's Take: Kind of sounds like a slower version of Misery, doesn't it? For now, probably more elevator music/opening material, but if it keeps getting buzz and downloads, this could become a more important part of your playlist.

For a key-compatible mix, try blending with tracks like 0 To 100 - Drake, Bailando - Enrique Iglesias, Partition - Beyoncé, Show Me - Kid InkKilling Me Softly - FugeesSurvival of the Fittest - Mobb Deep, Na Na - Trey Songz, Paranoid - Ty Dolla $ign, Return of the Mack - Mark Morrison, One More Chance - Notorious BIG, No Games - Serani, Real Love - Mary J. Blige, You And Your Friends - Wiz Khalifa, and maybe This Is How We Do - Katy Perry. If you're going up toward 100 bpm, Turn Down For What - DJ Snake & Lil Jon would work too.

Download the song:

Amazon: V (Deluxe) [Explicit] [+digital booklet]

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