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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Find Your Love - Drake



tempo: 96 bpm

bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm

The DJ’s Take: Song #4 in Session 17 (9:20):



I think this was the first single where Drake sang the whole time, right? Introductory percussion makes it easy to mix in - worth a spin as a throwback in a hiphop / pop set.

Try mixing / mashing up with:


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Monday, January 14, 2019

Diamonds from Sierra Leone (Remix) - Kanye West ft. Jay-Z



tempo: 97 bpm

bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm

the dj's take: Song #2 in our Exhibit 18 mix (2:42):



Reading about conflict diamonds makes me wonder whether we give ourselves too much credit as a species. Especially considering our weakness for shiny objects. My solution - buy more cubic zirconia.

As for the track, it's an underrated banger. Worth a spin on a throwback hiphop night.

Some other key-compatible singles:

Lemon - N.E.R.D & Rihanna
Versace On The Floor - Bruno Mars vs David Guetta
Same Old Love - Selena Gomez
Nuthin' But A G Thang - Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg
Style - Taylor Swift
LUV - Tory Lanez
Hide Away - Daya
679 - Fetty Wap
Check The Rhime - A Tribe Called Quest

download or stream Diamonds from Sierra Leone:

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Black or White - Michael Jackson



tempo: 115 bpm

bpm range: 110 to 115 bpm, 115 to 120 bpm

the DJ’s take: Song #2 in our Item 19 mix (1:48):



Yet another reason to follow us on mixcloud: it may the only place you can hear Tame Impala roll smoothly into the King of Pop.

Anyway, if you spin a 90s night, this needs to be in the rotation. An illustration of how times have changed - I remember being in sixth grade and watching the premier of the music video on Fox; pretty big deal at the time, and those effects were pretty impressive. Should give almost any crowd a solid injection of energy during a set.

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And if you slow down a couple bpm's, I Don't Mind - Usher should sound good too.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Pon de Replay - Rihanna



tempo: 99 bpm

bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm

the dj's take: Song #2 in Session 17 (2:48):



Rihanna's debut single, before she became an icon. Not her biggest hit, but at least it made it onto NOW 20:



Worth a spin when you go into throwback mode. Try mixing with:


download or stream Pon de Replay:

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Less I Know The Better - Tame Impala



tempo: 117 bpm

bpm range: 115 to 120 bpm

the dj's take: Safe to say whoever did this video was on some high-grade adult intoxicants. But sometimes it takes a little more to make something memorable. Mission accomplished.

Also, some rare footage of tame impala at the Melbourne Zoo - enjoy:



Try mixing with:


download or stream The Less I Know The Better:

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Friday, January 4, 2019

What's My Name - Rihanna ft. Drake



tempo: 100 bpm

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

The DJ’s Take: Song #5 in our Session 17 mix (12:06):



Vocals start right away, so try slipping this in as the instrumental from the previous song is fading out. A former #1 single in the country with two megastars, so make it a long-term part of your rotation as a throwback / filler.

If you're in the 95 to 100 bpm range, try mixing with:


And between 100 and 105 bpm:

Middle - DJ Snake Picture Me Rollin' - Chris Brown
Most Girls - Hailee Steinfeld
Ghost - Ella Henderson
2 On - Tinashe
You - Lost Kings ft. Katelyn Tarver
Scenario - A Tribe Called Quest

download or stream What's My Name:
 
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itunes

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Wow. - Post Malone



tempo: 100 bpm

bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm100 to 105 bpm

the dj's take: Song title makes me think of the acronym for World of Warcraft. I remember going outside for a smoke break in grad school, and this guy showed me an index card he kept in his pocket with a diagram of all the keyboard controls. It looked like this (via gamecareerguide.com):


How do people keep track of all that? My middle-aged brain can only handle games that use 5-6 buttons and a directional pad. Anyway, after he tried to explain it to me, all I could say was 'Wow.'

As for the music, if you're in the 95 to 100 bpm range, try mixing with:

Hold On, We're Going Home - Drake
Sober - G-Eazy ft. Charlie Puth
You're All I Need To Get By - Method Man ft. Mary J. Blige
Find Your Love - Drake
What's My Name - Rihanna ft. Drake
Galway Girl - Ed Sheeran
Alive - Sia
Talk Dirty - Jason Derulo
Do What U Want - Lady Gaga
It Girl - Pharrell
Opposite of Adults - Chiddy Bang

And between 100 and 105 bpm:

Picture Me Rollin' - Chris Brown
Most Girls - Hailee Steinfeld
Ghost - Ella Henderson
2 On - Tinashe
You - Lost Kings ft. Katelyn Tarver
Scenario - A Tribe Called Quest

download or stream Wow.:

amazon

spotify playlist