Tuesday, July 22, 2014

You and Your Friends - Wiz Khalifa ft. Snoop Dogg & Ty Dolla $ign

Speed: 97 bpm

The DJ's Take: Definitely a West Coast throwback vibe here. Nothing really noteworthy for me, but it's the hiphop equivalent of elevator music - doesn't offend the senses, and fills up an extra couple minutes in your set. Try mixing with tracks like 0 To 100 - Drake, Bailando - Enrique Iglesias, Partition - Beyoncé, Show Me - Kid Ink, and Killing Me Softly - Fugees (and maybe throw in Survival of the Fittest - Mobb Deep if there are older hiphop heads in the house).

Download the song:

Amazon: Blacc Hollywood (Deluxe) [Explicit] [+video]

Monday, July 21, 2014

Chandelier - Sia

Speed: 87 bpm

The DJ's Take: More of a ballad than a danceable pop hit, but this is probably getting too popular not to cover. Watch out for those high notes if you're blasting on a weaker sound system. If you like key-compatible mixes and mashups, try blending with Burn - Ellie Goulding and Miss Independent - NeYo.

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Amazon: 1000 Forms Of Fear

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Black Widow - Iggy Azalea ft. Rita Ora

Speed: 82 bpm

The DJ's Take: If you're a Top 40 dj, you ride the hot hand as long as you can - and Iggy Azalea's got it. Should be a solid addition to your new music rotation. For those looking to stay relatively key-compatible, try mixing with tracks like Walk It Out - DJ Unk, Empire State of Mind - Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys, Rude Boy - Rihanna, and Cyclone (feat. T-Pain) - Baby Bash.

Download the song:

Black Widow [feat. Rita Ora] [Explicit]

Friday, July 18, 2014

Don't Tell 'Em - Jeremih

Speed: 98 bpm

The DJ's Take: I'm guessing this is getting play in car stereos of young people on weekend nights looking for the local bar/club with the longest line. Sleek dance floor track for the dj looking to switch it up from pop EDM. I'll go a little unconventional and give you two interesting key-compatible mix recommendations (which will probably work better for older hiphop fans) - Be Faithful - Fatman Scoop and Dreamlover - Mariah Carey.

Download the song:

Amazon: Don't Tell 'Em [feat. YG] [Clean]

Thursday, July 17, 2014

0 To 100 / The Catch Up - Drake

Speed: 90 bpm

The DJ's Take: Kind of a nice, hypnotic beat that has a raw yet refined 90s feel. Reminds me of Survival of the Fittest by Mobb Deep. Try mixing with tracks like Bailando, Partition, Show Me, and Killing Me Softly - Fugees; you can also slow down a couple bpm's and blend with Not A Bad Thing and I Need A Girl.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

She Came To Give It To You - Usher ft. Nicki Minaj

Speed: 120 bpm

The DJ's Take: This would sound pretty nice with Take Your Time (Do It Right) by The S.O.S. Band, right? Nice little throwback vibe; could work with Blurred Lines or Call Me Maybe. And if you feel like transitioning into a slightly faster speed, try going into Calvin Harris' Summer.

Download the song:

Amazon: She Came to Give It to You

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Waves - Mr. Probz (Robin Schulz Remix)

Speed: 120 bpm

The DJ's Take: Not exactly new, but I heard this for the first time on pop radio the other day, so someone's probably listening. Nice little summer vibe, and the gravelly voice gives it something extra. For a key-compatible mix, try blending with tracks like Latch - Disclosure, Telephone, Say It Right, Sonnentanz and/or Marilyn Monroe - Pharrell.

Download the song:

Amazon: Waves (Robin Schulz Radio Edit)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Break Free - Ariana Grande ft. Zedd

Speed: 130 bpm

The DJ's Take: It's probably been addressed before, but Ariana Grande really needs to learn to enunciate her words. I'm not typically a stickler for lyrics, but this is kind of ridiculous. Gonna be (or already has been) a tough conversation for whoever has to tell her.

All that said, I think teens and early 20-somethings will eat this up. Has that manic Call On Me vibe. Try mixing with some or all of the following to stay key-compatible: 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, Hey Brother - Avicii. Love Runs Out - OneRepublic could work too, if you stretch both tracks to around 125 bpm.

Download the song:

Amazon: My Everything (Deluxe Version)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

New Flame - Chris Brown ft. Usher & Rick Ross

Speed: 71 bpm

The DJ's Take: I'll be surprised if this isn't at least a moderate hit. Or on rotation at the local gentleman's club. Try mixing with tracks like Rude - MAGIC!, Dark Horse, Drunk In Love, and/or All Of The Lights to stay key-compatible.

Download the song:

Amazon: New Flame

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Lovers On The Sun - David Guetta ft. Sam Martin

Speed: 125 bpm

The DJ's Take: That drop is distinctly Avicii-like, right? Anyway, if Hollywood re-makes some old Clint Eastwood or John Wayne movie, this is probably going on the soundtrack. Makes me want to shake off the rust, get on the dance floor, and break out the imaginary six shooters. If you're looking to stay key-compatible, try mixing with some or all of the following:

Noche No Termina - Pitbull, That High - Pitbull ft. Kelly Rowland, Wake Me Up - Avicii, Don't You Worry Child - Swedish House Mafia, PYT - Michael Jackson, Gangnam Style - PSY, Starships - Nicki Minaj, Without You - David Guetta ft. Usher, Mr. Saxobeat - Alexandra Stan, Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5, Who's That Chick - David Guetta ft. Rihanna, Yeah 3X - Chris Brown, Only Girl in the World - Rihanna, Sexy Bitch - Akon, Meet Me Halfway - Black Eyed Peas, Down - Jay Sean, Disturbia - Rihanna, Hotel Room Service - Pitbull

Download the song:

Amazon: Lovers on the Sun (feat. Sam Martin)