Sunday, May 22, 2016

Everyday - Ariana Grande ft. Future



Speed: 65.5 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 65 bpm to 70 bpm

The DJ's Take: This one feels like a Future or Weeknd-style beat with Ariana Grande's vocals. She's been a little hit-or-miss when it comes to singles, but Everyday should have a chance to do as well as any of the rest of her recent catalogue. Worth a spin in the new music portion of a pop night. Try mixing or mashing up with key-compatible tracks like:

Forgot About Dre - Dr. Dre ft. Eminem, Often - The Weeknd, GDFR - Flo Rida, Inside Out - The Chainsmokers, Private Show - TI ft. Chris Brown, Rap God - Eminem

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Side To Side - Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj



Speed: 79.5 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 80 bpm to 85 bpm

The DJ's Take: Beat kind of sounds like Welcome To Jamrock in a different key with little hints of Skrillex. Given the artists and the reggae vibe, I think this has some summer pop potential. Worth a spot in the new music playlist. Try mixing with key-compatible tracks like:

LA Confidential - Tory Lanez, Sure Thing - Miguel, Spaceships - Area21, Blast Ya - Borgore ft. Barrington Levy, Golden - Travie McCoy ft. Sia, Collard Greens - SchoolBoy Q ft. Kendrick Lamar, Talk That Talk - Rihanna, No Sleep - Wiz Khalifa, Halo - Beyoncé

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Never Be Like You - Flume ft. Kai



Speed: 60 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 60 bpm to 65 bpm

The DJ's Take: Beat-wise, this kind of reminds me of Love In This Club and My Love. Has a warmth that slowly seeps into you; probably better for listening than spinning, but worth a try in a lounge-type environment or on a mixtape. Try mixing with key-compatible tracks like Car Radio - twenty one pilots, No Broken Hearts - Bebe Rexha ft. Nicki Minaj, and All Day - Kanye West.

If you need to keep the energy up, drop a couple bpm's and try blending with the following tracks in the 115 to 120 range:

CAN'T STOP THE FEELING! - Justin Timberlake, Adore - Jasmine Thompson, Safe and Sound - Capital Cities, Bad Romance - Lady Gaga, Don't You Want Me - The Human League, SexyBack - Justin Timberlake

You could also bump up a couple bpm's and half-time into 125 to 130 bpm tracks like:

Intoxicated - Martin Solveig ft. GTA, Higher Place - Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ft. NeYo, Shades of Grey - Oliver Heldens & Shaun Frank ft. Delaney Jane, 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 - AviciiPrayer In C - Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin SchulzLay Me Down - AviciiAdore You - Miley Cyrus (Cedric Gervais Remix)Ten Feet Tall - AfrojackTake Me - TiestoWe Run The Night - Havana Brown ft. PitbullMarry The Night - Lady GagaClub Can't Handle Me - Flo RidaDanza Kuduro - Don OmarShut It Down - Pitbull ft. AkonF*ck You - Ceelo GreenPush It - Salt N PepaU Can't Touch This - MC Hammer, Right Round - Flo Rida

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Dope - T.I. ft. Marsha Ambrosius



Speed: 95 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm

The DJ's Take: Dr. Dre does a solid job sampling Aaliyah's last single Rock The Boat without really altering the key or bpm. Mix with Back & Forth, and that's a nice little 10 minute section of a set. You can also try blending with key-compatible tracks like:

Write On Me - Fifth Harmony, Running Out - Matoma ft. Astrid S, Boom - Major Lazer, Lean On - Major Lazer and DJ Snake, Lush Life - Zara Larsson, Dance Like We're Making Love - Ciara, Left, Right - YG, My House - Flo Rida, Classic Man - Jidenna, Let Me Love You - Mario, Girls Around The World - Lloyd ft. Lil Wayne

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Chainsaw - Nick Jonas



Speed: 85 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 80 bpm to 85 bpm

The DJ's Take: Sounds like background music from a traumatic breakup scene in a modern TV drama. Actually, it's basically Jealous minus about 8 bpm, right? Probably a better fit at the beginning or end of a relaxed Top 40 night. Try mixing or making a mashup with key-compatible tracks like:

Messin' Around - Pitbull ft. Enrique Iglesias, Be As You Are (JordanXL Remix) - Mike Posner, Send My Love - Adele, The Man - Aloe Blacc, Live Your Life - Rihanna, Royals - Lorde, Paper Planes - MIA, American Oxygen - Rihanna

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Feel No Ways - Drake



Speed: 97 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm

The DJ's Take: Percussion feels like something from an old school rap beat, and the synths are straight from an 80s R&B track. Light, breezy feel that should play well in a lounge-type environment.

If you're spinning closer to 90 bpm, try mixing with key-compatible tracks like Youth - Troye Sivan, 0 To 100 - Drake, Bailando - Enrique Iglesias, Partition - Beyoncé, and Killing Me Softly - Fugees (or half-time over Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande).

If you're up around 95 bpm, try mixing with Company - Justin Bieber, Misery - Gwen Stefani, Show Me - Kid Ink, Partition - Beyoncé, Animals - Maroon 5, Survival of the Fittest - Mobb Deep, and You And Your Friends - Wiz Khalifa.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Controlla - Drake



Speed: 94 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm

The DJ's Take: Smooth, bouncy, club-friendly beat; a little surprised this isn't doing a little better on the charts, but I think that'll happen in time. Even if it doesn't, Controlla is still worth a spot in your prime-time hiphop playlist. Try mixing or mashing up with key-compatible tracks like:

Magnets - Disclosure ft. Lorde, Locked Away - R. City ft. Adam Levine, Post To Be - Omarion ft. Chris Brown & Jhené Aiko, F**kin' Problems - A$AP Rocky

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

At Night (I Think About You) - MNEK



Speed: 72.5 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm

The DJ's Take: Beat may be a little busy for some, but so was Where Are Ü Now, and that one did pretty well. Anyway, if there's a solo breakout in MNEK's future, this could be it. Creative beat that's a serious head-nodder.

If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing or mashing up with tracks like Forgot About Dre - Dr. Dre ft. Eminem, Often - The Weeknd, GDFR - Flo Rida, Inside Out - The Chainsmokers, Private Show - TI ft. Chris Brown, and Rap God - Eminem.

Or you can half-time into Cupid Shuffle - Cupid and Applause - Lady Gaga.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

This One's For You - David Guetta ft. Zara Larsson



Speed: 110 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 105 to 110 bpm, 110 to 115 bpm

The DJ's Take: Even before looking this up on YouTube, I thought 'this has to be some commissioned track for an international athletic event.' Sounds like a hybrid of Major Lazer and DJ Snake, which makes sense if you produce electronic music these days. Probably better suited as background music at an event, but still worth a spin earlier on in a pop or EDM night.

If you're in the 110 to 115 bpm range, try mixing with key-compatible tracks like CAN'T STOP THE FEELING! - Justin Timberlake, In The Night - The Weeknd, Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd, Light It Up (Remix) - Major Lazer, Adventure of a Lifetime - Coldplay, and Bang My Head - David Guetta ft. Sia & Fetty Wap.

If you're at 105 to 110 bpm, try mixing with Stick Around - Akon & Matoma, Light It Up (Remix) - Major Lazer, Somebody - Natalie La Rose ft. Jeremih and Whistle - Flo Rida.

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