Saturday, August 27, 2016

False Alarm - Matoma & Becky Hill





Speed: 103 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 100 to 105 bpm

The DJ's Take: No gimmicks, no ear-splitting pretense - just bouncy electronic tropPop. Fits right into a pop mix while the weather's still warm. Mix with key-compatible tracks like the following:

Invitation - Yellow Claw ft. Yade Lauren, Let Me Love You - DJ Snake & Justin Bieber, Sorry - Justin Bieber, Hymn For The Weekend (Seeb Remix) - Coldplay, Seeb, Promise - Kid Ink ft. Fetty Wap, Try Me - Jason Derulo ft. Jennifer Lopez & Matoma, Sexual Healing (Kygo Remix) - Marvin Gaye, Stay - Kygo ft. Maty Noyes, Here For You - Kygo ft. Ella Henderson, Omen - Disclosure ft. Sam Smith, About You - Trey Songz, You Know You Like It - DJ Snake and AlunaGeorge, Worth It - Fifth Harmony, I'm Sprung - T-Pain, Stuck On A Feeling - Prince Royce, Electric Feel - MGMT, Sexual Healing - Maxamillion, Get Low - Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Gone - Afrojack, Ty Dolla $ign



Speed: 74 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm

The DJ's Take: Clean, hard-hitting trap that should resonate with a younger crowd. Worth a spin earlier on in a pop set, and if it catches on in the coming weeks, move it into more of a prime time slot. This could sound pretty good with On My Mind - Ellie Goulding.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Throwback Thursday: ...Baby One More Time - Britney Spears





Speed: 93 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm

The DJ's Take: What more can you say - maybe the biggest hit of my freshman year in college, and it marked the start of one of the most polarizing pop careers in the past 20 years. A true throwback, especially if you're spinning a 90s night. Try mixing with:

Capsize - FRENSHIP & Emily Warren, Why You Always Hatin? - YG ft. Drake, Kamaiyah, Impatient - Jeremih ft. Ty Dolla $ign, Kevin - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Express Yourself - N.W.A., Sexy Love - Ne-Yo, Used To Love You - Gwen Stefani, The Fix - Nelly ft. Jeremih, Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye, Creep - TLC, Honey - Mariah Carey, Where The Party At - Jagged Edge, What's Luv - Fat Joe, T.I.'s Ball

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Calm Down - G-Eazy





Speed: 106 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 100 to 105 bpm, 105 to 110 bpm

The DJ's Take: Who said a single has to be three or four minutes long to make an impact? This one proves you can do two and keep things moving. Worth a spin in the hipPop portion of a Top 40 set. Recommended key-compatible tracks for a mix or mashup include:

Bitches N Marijuana - Chris Brown, Tyga & SchoolBoy Q, Loyal - Chris Brown, Ayo - Chris Brown & Tyga, I Don't F**k With You - Big Sean ft. E-40, Team - Lorde, U Know What's Up - Donell Jones

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

STARVING - Hailee Steinfeld & Grey ft. Zedd





Speed: 100 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 100 to 105 bpm

The DJ's Take: If someone combined Roses and We Don't Talk Anymore, it would probably sound like this. Little bit acoustic, little bit pop - I could see it keeping things moving at a high school or college party. Worth mixing with key-compatible tracks like:

Touch - Nick Jonas, I'm Up - Omarion, Love Me Harder - Ariana Grande ft. The Weeknd, Rack City - Tyga, Going Back To Cali - Notorious BIG, Love More - Chris Brown, Run It! (feat. Juelz Santana) - Chris Brown, Juicy - Notorious BIG, Mo Money Mo Problems - Notorious BIG

Could also work if you double-time over Sorry Not Sorry - Bryson Tiller.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

LUV - Tory Lanez





Speed: 95 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm

The DJ's Take: This sounds like a cross between Rihanna's Work and Tanto Metro & Devante's Everyone Falls In Love Sometimes. Has a dancefloor-friendly bounce that should work in a hiphop / dancehall oriented set. I'd consider mixing or mashing up with tracks like:

Sit Still, Look Pretty - Daya, Hide Away - Daya, Again - Fetty Wap, 679 - Fetty Wap, Style - Taylor Swift, Jealous - Nick Jonas, Good Thing (feat. Nick Jonas) - Sage the Gemini, Diamonds - RihannaAdorn - MiguelCandy Rain - Soul For Real, and Check The Rhime - A Tribe Called Quest

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Alarm - Anne-Marie





Speed: 73.5 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm

The DJ's Take: Sounds like someone put female vocals over a variation on the beat from Trap Queen. And that's not a bad thing; has a modern pop feel a younger crowd can appreciate. This should integrate smoothly into a mix including tracks like:

Ain't No Time - Future, Remember Me - Chris Brown ft. Tyga, 7/11 - Beyoncé, Tuesday - I LOVE MAKONNENBang Bang - Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki MinajMotivation - Kelly RowlandYoung Forever - Jay-Z, Love In This Club (feat. Young Jeezy) - Usher

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Keep Ya Head Up - Tupac





Speed: 86 bpm

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

The DJ's Take: I personally prefer his party tracks, but you can't deny this is an anthem. And if you get the right crowd, it could start a mass sing-along. More than worth a spin in the throwback portion of your program. Key-compatible tracks worth mixing with include Holy Key - DJ Khaled, Exchange - Bryson Tiller, Back Up - DeJ Loaf ft. Big Sean, Play No Games - Big Sean, Just Kickin' It - Xscape, Always Be My Baby - Mariah Carey, Down and Out - Cam'ron, Cheers (Drink To That) - Rihanna, and We Go Down - Krewella.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Kids - OneRepublic





Speed: 100 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 100 to 105 bpm

The DJ's Take: Sounds like a more refined form of 80s synth pop. Would add an invigorating couple of minutes to a roadtrip playlist, or a Top 40 set, considering the group and the solid initial reception it's getting on iTunes & Spotify. If you're around 102-103 bpm, try mixing with key-compatible tracks like:

I'm In Control - AlunaGeorge, Perfect (Matoma Remix) - One Direction, Cheyenne - Jason Derulo, Shots - Imagine Dragons, Classic - The Knocks, Sleeping With A Friend - Neon Trees, Midnight City - M83, Alejandro - Lady Gaga, LoveGame - Lady Gaga, Nasty Boy - Notorious BIG

If you're in the 95 to 100 bpm range, consider integrating with Same Old Love - Selena Gomez, What's The Difference - Dr. Dre, Nuthin' But A G Thang - Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg, Diamonds from Sierra Leone (Remix) [feat. Jay-Z] - Kanye West, 679 - Fetty Wap, Style - Taylor Swift, Candy Rain - Soul For Real, and Check The Rhime - A Tribe Called Quest.

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