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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Promises - Calvin Harris, Sam Smith

tempo: 123 bpm

bpm range: 120 to 125 bpm

the dj's take: Sometimes a song just puts a picture in your head. And this video captures it perfectly. If they'd given me a cameo, I would've picked an ensemble like this (via Amazon):

Key question - how stretchy and breathable is the material? Because when the camera's on, I go all out. May need to switch out those sneakers with these:

Try mixing with key-compatible tracks like:

Temperature - Sean Paul
Fire Burning - Sean Kingston
Kill Em With Kindness - Selena Gomez
Hula Hoop - Omi
Automatic - ZHU x AlunaGeorge
Sugar - Robin Schulz ft. Francesco Yates
Sugar - Maroon 5

download or stream Promises:


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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Happier - Marshmello, Bastille

tempo: 100 bpm

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

the dj's take: Sounds similar to Lonely Together - Avicii ft. Rita Ora, so there's an easy mix / mashup. Versatile track that should work on a pop or electronic night. Considering the buzz on streaming, your crowd probably knows and likes it.

Try mixing with:

Me & The Rhythm - Selena Gomez
Crazy In Love - Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z
Doo Wop (That Thing) - Lauryn Hill
I Think Of You - Jeremih, Chris Brown, Big Sean
Kiss The Sky - The Knocks
Levels - Nick Jonas
Be Faithful - Fatman Scoop
Pretty Girls - Britney Spears ft. Iggy Azalea

download or stream Happier:


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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Lucky You - Eminem ft. Joyner Lucas

tempo: 76-77 bpm

bpm range: 75 bpm to 80 bpm

the dj's take: I was wondering why the phrase 'Lucky You' sounded familiar... then remembered my Lucky Brand jeans say this behind the zipper:

So let's say you're on a date. Things are going well, relations commence, and your companion sees that message. Cute? Or a mood killer? Either way, that's a lot of bravado to live up to.

Brings to mind Brick Tamland in Anchorman:

As for the track, try mixing with:

Bam - Jay-Z ft. Damian Marley
PIE - Future ft. Chris Brown
Stitches - Shawn Mendes

download or stream Lucky You:



I Love It - Kanye West & Lil Pump ft. Adele Givens

tempo: 104 bpm

bpm range: 100 to 105 bpm

the dj's take: The beat reminds me of Fade, which would make a nice little mix / mashup. You're probably not dropping this at a bar mitzvah, but if you spin at a shady college bar, the hook alone should get the crowd going.

On a side note, nice to see Kanye paying homage to his mom with that chain. I'm sure she's beaming down proudly from the ether as he spits gems like 'you're such a fucking hoe' and 'I'm a sick fuck, I like a quick fuck.' Wash your mouth out with soap, mister:

Would you get a chain like that? Apparently they have them on Amazon. I'd get one with the word 'albatross' on it. Then the world would know the burden I live with every day. #dadjoke

As for the track, try mixing with:

download or stream I Love It:


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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Before You Walk Out Of My Life - Monica

tempo: 85 bpm

bpm range: 80 bpm to 85 bpm85 bpm to 90 bpm

the dj's take: Track #10 in our tenthirtynine mix (23:59):

Hard to believe Monica was 14 when this came out. At that age, I was holed up in my basement after school trying to beat Legend of Zelda.

Makes sense as a final song to gently nudge the crowd out the door on a Thursday night. Not as obvious as End of the Road, but it should get the job done.

Try mixing with:

download or stream Before You Walk Out Of My Life:


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Monday, September 10, 2018

Feel Me Flow - Naughty by Nature

tempo: 90 bpm

bpm range: 85 to 90 bpm90 to 95 bpm

The DJ’s Take: Song #9 from our tenthirtynine mix (21:13):

A perfect track for a block party or summer backyard barbecue. In fact, check out this hefty claim from wikipedia:

If that isn't authoritative, I don't know what is.

Worth a permanent spot in your throwback hiphop rotation. Try mixing with:

download or stream Feel Me Flow:


spotify playlist (85 to 90 bpm)

Saturday, September 8, 2018

breathin - Ariana Grande

tempo: 100 bpm

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

the dj's take: Song #4 in our Session 11 mix (4:58):

Once it gets going, the percussion reminds me of Hold On We're Going Home. Has an ethereal quality with enough thump to make people move on a pop night. Definitely worth a spot in your Top 40 rotation.

Some key-compatible tracks from 100 to 105 bpm:

Magenta Riddim - DJ Snake
Freaky Friday - Lil Dicky ft. Chris Brown
Particula - Major Lazer
A Different Way - DJ Snake ft. Lauv
Let Me Go - Hailee Steinfeld, Alesso, Florida Georgia Line, watt
Goodies - Ciara
This Is How We Do It - Montell Jordan
U Don't Have To Call - Usher
The Cure - Lady Gaga
Stay - Zedd, Alessia Cara
Get Busy - Sean Paul
Work From Home - Fifth Harmony
Finesse - Bruno Mars
Body Moves - DNCE
That’s My Girl - Fifth Harmony
We Can (feat. Tory Lanez) - Kranium
#BDAY - Tank ft. Chris Brown, Siya, Sage The Gemini
I'm Sayin' - Omarion
Working For It - ZHU & Skrillex & THEY
Saved - Ty Dolla $ign ft. E-40
Not For Long - B.o.B ft. Trey Songz
Body Language - Kid Ink (feat. Usher & Tinashe)
Gust of Wind - Pharrell ft. Daft Punk
Bend Ova - Lil Jon
Recess - Skrillex
No Letting Go - Wayne Wonder
Hold Yuh - Gyptian
Children's Story - Slick Rick

And from 95 to 99:

Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
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

download or stream breathin:


spotify playlist (95 to 100 bpm)

spotify playlist (100 to 105 bpm)


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Fall - Eminem

tempo: 91-92 bpm

bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm

the dj's take: That shadow guy in the video makes me think of the black flames in Naruto:

Scary. I remember in elementary school, we were taught to 'stop, drop & roll' if our clothes caught on fire. Probably wouldn't work here, right?

As for the track, try mixing with:

Perro Fiel - Shakira ft. Nicky Jam
Ruff Ryders' Anthem - DMX
Controlla - Drake
Magnets - Disclosure ft. Lorde
Locked Away - R. City ft. Adam Levine

download or stream Fall: