Thursday, September 29, 2016

Throwback Thursday: It's Gonna Be Me - NSYNC

Speed: 82.5 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 80 bpm to 85 bpm

The DJ's Take: As with Bye Bye Bye, this is straight fire for twenty-something females remembering their boy band crushes. And nostalgia aside, that beat hits as hard as Gennady Golovkin. Make it a fixture in your throwback rotation. Try mixing with key-compatible tracks like:

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Water Under The Bridge - Adele

Speed: 95 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm, 95 to 100 bpm

The DJ's Take: How did this not become a hit? Guess everyone was so obsessed with Hello that it slipped under the radar. Anyway, I think if things break right, Water Under The Bridge could get a second shot at pop success at some point. In the meantime, worth a spin in a more laid back setting where you don't necessarily have to keep the dance floor packed. If you're in the 90 to 95 bpm range, try mixing with key-compatible tracks like:

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Anywhere - Dillon Francis ft. Will Heard

Speed: 115 bpm

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

The DJ's Take: If someone were to do an electro-remix of Jason Derulo's Want to Want Me, this could be the beat. Light, airy pop with just enough thump in the chorus. Probably better suited for a UK / euro audience (or a TV commercial for some portable electronic device), but that shouldn't stop you from dropping it in a Top 40 set from time to time. Besides Want to Want Me, try mixing with these key-compatible tracks:

Monday, September 26, 2016

??? (Where) - Ty Dolla $ign ft. Migos

Speed: 65 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 65 bpm to 70 bpm

The DJ's Take: Something kinda grimy and sinister about this beat - sounds like the theme music for a villain in one of those comic book films that are all the craze these days. But this could work on a hiphop night in a club setting with an inebriated crowd; just don't go and start a riot, ok? If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with tracks like:

Saturday, September 24, 2016

In The Name Of Love - Martin Garrix ft. Bebe Rexha

Speed: 67 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 65 bpm to 70 bpm

The DJ's Take: Could this be the first Martin Garrix single we've covered that wasn't 128 bpm? Yet another sign that pop EDM is moving in another direction. This was actually in the newsletter back in early August, I didn't bother to put it on the site, and now it's in the Spotify Top 10. May be better for a festival, event, or laidback bar gig because of the lengthy percussion-less stretches during the build-up. Try mixing with:

Friday, September 23, 2016

Would You Wear This? Thoughts on DJ Footwear and the Yeezy Boost 350 v2

I don't pretend to know much about sneakers (or fashion in general). But the impending release of the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 v2 got my attention. Interesting design, and it made me think - is this something a dj would wear at a gig?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Starboy - The Weeknd, Daft Punk

Speed: 93 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm

The DJ's Take: So I'm a little confused - is The Weeknd putting out a theme song for some new comic book persona he's adopting? If so, he needs to try a little harder with the costume. In any case, get this in the rotation as soon as possible, because it's got 'hit' written all over it. Try mixing with key-compatible tracks like:

Throwback Thursday: Waterfalls - TLC

Speed: 86 bpm

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

The DJ's Take: I am a fan of rich guitar riffs and muted trumpets, whether real or synthesized, and this beat is smothered in both. One of my top 10 favorite songs from high school. If you play or enjoy 90s rap and R&B, Waterfalls needs to be in your library. Try mixing with:

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Pick Up The Phone - Young Thug, Travis Scott

Speed: 69 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 65 bpm to 70 bpm, 70 bpm to 75 bpm

The DJ's Take: Probably my front-runner for Ringtone of the Year. And if I ever own a hotel in a tropical location, this is going in the elevator playlist. Worth a spin in the new music portion of a hiphop set. If you're in the 70 to 75 bpm range, try mixing with:

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Dang! - Mac Miller ft. Anderson .Paak

Speed: 107 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 105 to 110 bpm

The DJ's Take: Sounds like a slower, mellower CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!, right? Has a nice groove that would fit right in at a trendy hotel lounge. If you're willing to drop a couple bpm's while staying key-compatible, consider mixing with Cool Girl - Tove Lo, The Life - Fifth Harmony, and Whistle - Flo Rida.

If you're staying in the 105 to 110 bpm range, try mixing with: