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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Waves - Mr. Probz (Robin Schulz Remix)

tempo: 120 bpm

bpm range: 115 to 120 bpm, 120 to 125 bpm

The DJ's Take: One of the great remixes in recent memory. It starts with the soulful vocals - sounds like he's seen some things, felt some feelings. Reminds me of a gravelly Lionel Richie:

And then infuse it with a beat that feels like your last good vacation. Relaxing and danceable at the same time. If you're spinning this and the girls in torn jean shorts with the pockets sticking out aren't waving their arms around, it's not your fault:

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

download or stream Waves:


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Break Free - Ariana Grande ft. Zedd

tempo: 130 bpm

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

The DJ's Take: Explosive. It's like Zedd channeled Eric Prydz and turned the volume up to 11:

Good choice for an event in a big venue. Or a party for a friend who just got out of a bad relationship.

Try mixing / mashing up with:

Red Lights - Tïesto
Somebody To Love (Remix) - Justin Bieber ft. Usher
Like A G6 - Far East Movement
Would You Ever - Skrillex & Poo Bear
Byte - Martin Garrix & Brooks
Pillowfight - Bassjackers, Skytech, Fafaq
I Want You - Tiesto & Mike Williams
Lions In The Wild - Martin Garrix & Third Party
Ghost - Oliver Heldens
Lift Me Up - David Guetta
Whip It! - LunchMoney Lewis
Sweet Lovin' - Sigala
Won't Stop Rocking - R3hab & Headhunterz
Heaven - Shaun Frank & KSHMR
Poison - Martin Garrix
Love Myself - Hailee Steinfeld
Five More Hours - Deorro x Chris Brown
Five Hours - Deorro
Don't Wake Me Up - Chris Brown
Born To Get Wild - Steve Aoki ft.
Hideaway - Kiesza
Kanye - The Chainsmokers
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
Birthday Sex - Jeremih
Glad You Came - The Wanted

download or stream Break Free:


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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Roll In Peace - Kodak Black, XXXTENTACION

tempo: 70 bpm

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

the dj's take: The beat sounds like background music for footage from the 1900s:

At the very least you're choosing between this song and Maple Leaf Rag.

Not exactly uplifting, but I could see it working in a hiphop set or at a chill, casual gathering. If you're between 65 and 70 bpm, try mixing with:

And from 70 to 75 bpm:

I Get The Bag - Gucci Mane ft. Migos
Sky Walker - Miguel ft. Travis Scott
T-Shirt - Migos
Bake Sale - Wiz Khalifa ft. Travis Scott
Panda - Desiigner
Purple Lamborghini - Skrillex & Rick Ross
Long Time - Ty Dolla $ign
Ride - twenty one pilots
King of Everything - Wiz Khalifa
Kiss Kiss - Chris Brown ft. T-Pain

download or stream Roll In Peace:


spotify playlist (65 to 70 bpm)

spotify playlist (70 to 75 bpm)

C'Mon - Ke$ha

tempo: 126 bpm

bpm range: 125 to 130 bpm

The DJ's Take: What's up with Kesha's love of warm alcoholic beverages (via

Which one would you choose? Gun to my head, I'd say nothing and die with my pride intact. Anything with an alcohol content < 10% should be consumed ice cold.

Long list of key-compatible tracks to mix or mash up with:

download or stream C'Mon:


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Monday, October 16, 2017

Want to Want Me - Jason Derulo

tempo: 114 bpm

bpm range: 110 to 115 bpm

The DJ's Take: Add back in I and You, and we've basically got the same title as that Cheap Trick song, right?

Anyway, Want to Want Me is a sentimental favorite for me. Easy to dance to, and should work at a wedding or on a pop night at the local bar.

If you're between 110 and 115 bpm, try mixing with:

In My Head - Jason Derulo
Because Of You - Ne-Yo
Heat Stroke - Calvin Harris
Hands To Myself - Selena Gomez
Cool For The Summer - Demi Lovato
Fun - Pitbull ft. Chris Brown
The Hills - The Weeknd

And from 115 to 120:

Anywhere - Dillon Francis
Treasure - Bruno Mars

download or stream Want To Want Me:


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Friday, October 13, 2017

High End - Chris Brown ft. Future, Young Thug

tempo: 77 bpm

bpm range: 75 bpm to 80 bpm

the dj's take: I think this is the second Halloween-themed music video from Chris Brown, right? After Wall To Wall:

Anyway, we all know Thriller is the gold standard, but always nice to get a reminder it's that time of year again.

Solid club track for a pop or hiphop night. Try mixing / mashing up with:

rockstar - Post Malone, 21 Savage
We Did It - AREA21
Knock You Down - Keri Hilson, Kanye West, NeYo
I Need A Doctor - Dr. Dre ft. Eminem
Welcome to Jamrock - Damian Marley
See You Again - Wiz Khalifa
Stick Talk - Future
Myself - NAV
Reminder - The Weeknd
Bounce - 2 Chainz ft. Lil Wayne
Come & Get It - Selena Gomez

download or stream High End:


spotify playlist


Sneakin' - Drake, 21 Savage

tempo: 85 bpm

bpm range: 80 bpm to 85 bpm, 85 bpm to 90 bpm

the DJ's take: Fancy cars, big chains, and asses shaking; life as a famous rapper looks pretty good. Even Drake can't believe his luck:

Never really turned into a hit, but a solid track with notable vocalists that should pop on a hiphop night. If you're in the 85 to 90 bpm range, try mixing with:

Te Amo - Rihanna
Go Off - Lil Uzi Vert, Quavo, Travis Scott
Bye Bye Bye - NSYNC
Army - Ellie Goulding
Winner - Jamie Foxx

If you're in the 80 to 85 bpm range, you can mix with:

Oh Boy - Cam'Ron
Throw Some D's - Rich Boy
Used To This - Future, Drake

download or stream Sneakin':

spotify playlist

Apple Music



Whatever It Takes - Imagine Dragons

tempo: 67 bpm

bpm range: 65 to 70 bpm

the dj's take: Expect this to have a healthy shelf life as background music for inspirational training montages in movies and tv shows:

Also worth a spot in your workout playlist. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing or mashing up with the following:

download or stream the song:


spotify playlist

apple music

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Particula - Major Lazer & DJ Maphorisa ft. Nasty C, Ice Prince, Patoranking & Jidenna

tempo: 100 bpm

bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm, 100 to 105 bpm

the dj's take: No idea how this'll do on the pop charts, but that beat makes it real easy to swing and sway. Reminds me of a faster, richer version of Sweetest Girl. Plus, Major Lazer is a brand the people believe in, and they deliver the goods more often than not. Worth a spin in a pop, hiphop or dancehall set.

Some key-compatible tracks from 95 to 99 bpm:

Closer - The Chainsmokers
Don't - Ed Sheeran
Mayores - Becky G ft. Bad Bunny
Only You - 112 ft. Notorious BIG, Mase
Selfish - Future, Rihanna
Beware - Big Sean
Up Down - T-Pain
Beat It - Sean Kingston

And from 100 to 105 bpm:

download or stream Particula:


spotify playlist (95 to 100 bpm)

spotify playlist (100 to 105 bpm)