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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Come Back to Me - Janet Jackson

tempo: 78 bpm

the dj's take: Song #6 in chapter 42 (15:48):

Never heard of this one until that Plies track from awhile back. I dig the original a little more. Emerges almost seamlessly from Drake's Best I Ever Had in this mix, and sets the stage nicely for P.M. Dawn.

Some other key-compatible music ~80 bpm:

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Best I Ever Had - Drake

tempo: 81 bpm

bpm range: 80 bpm to 85 bpm

the DJ’s take: Track #5 in chapter 42 (12:05):

The song where it all began. Maybe better suited for a party mix; I lowered the volume a little to match the softer overall mood. Still fits though - thumps and tugs at the heartstrings at the same time.

Some other key-compatible music:

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Friday, January 17, 2020

Break Free - Ariana Grande ft. Zedd

tempo: 130 bpm

bpm range: 125 to 130 bpm, 130 to 135 bpm

The DJ's Take: Song #5 in episode #37 (7:11):

Explosive. It's like Zedd channeled Eric Prydz and turned the volume up to 11:

Good choice for an event in a big venue. Or a party for a friend who just got out of a bad relationship.

Try mixing / mashing up with:

Red Lights - Tïesto
Five More Hours - Deorro x Chris Brown
Lalala - Y2K, bbno$
What Is Love - Haddaway
Hey Brother - Avicii
Dreamer - Axwell /\ Ingrosso
Somebody To Love (Remix) - Justin Bieber ft. Usher
Like A G6 - Far East Movement
Would You Ever - Skrillex & Poo Bear
Byte - Martin Garrix & Brooks
Pillowfight - Bassjackers, Skytech, Fafaq
I Want You - Tiesto & Mike Williams
Lions In The Wild - Martin Garrix & Third Party
Ghost - Oliver Heldens
Lift Me Up - David Guetta
Whip It! - LunchMoney Lewis
Sweet Lovin' - Sigala
Won't Stop Rocking - R3hab & Headhunterz
Heaven - Shaun Frank & KSHMR
Poison - Martin Garrix
Love Myself - Hailee Steinfeld
Five Hours - Deorro
Don't Wake Me Up - Chris Brown
Born To Get Wild - Steve Aoki ft.
Hideaway - Kiesza
Kanye - The Chainsmokers
Helicopter - Martin Garrix & Firebeatz
Samurai (Go Hard) - R3hab
Love Me Again - John Newman
Wizard - Martin Garrix & Jay Hardway
Revolution - R3hab & Nervo & Ummet Ozcan
Scream & Shout - and Britney Spears
Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO
Count On Me - Chase & Status
Scream - Usher
Birthday Sex - Jeremih
Glad You Came - The Wanted

download or stream Break Free:


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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Lose Yourself to Dance - Daft Punk ft. Pharrell

tempo: 100 bpm

The DJ's Take: Song #5 in version 31 (9:47):

Sounds like we set a record for longest beat match in the history of our mix show - I counted 43 seconds before Pump It Up finally faded out. And it held together, thanks to the miracle of technology. Not a bad funk substitute; worth dropping from time to time. Although this is kind of long, so try to move on to the next one before the crowd starts nodding off.

Some other key-compatible music:

Download or stream Lose Yourself to Dance:


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Children - Justin Bieber

tempo: 127 bpm

bpm range: 125 to 130 bpm

The DJ's Take: Song #12 in Episode 40 (18:54):

A little tricky to beat match perfectly in Logic Pro X, at least for me - I had to slide it around a couple times and trust my ears. Good enough. Left out the percussion-less sections; you should probably do the same to maintain the energy on a dance floor.

Try mixing with:

Only Girl In The World - Rihanna
Yeah 3X - Chris Brown
Meet Me Halfway - Black Eyed Peas
Disturbia - Rihanna
Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5
Who's That Chick - David Guetta, Rihanna
Wake Me Up - Avicii
Don't Start Now - Dua Lipa
Breathe - Jax Jones ft. Ina Wroldsen
Angel - Akon
Space Race - Sterling Mercury
Freak - R3hab ft. Quintino
FREE.K - Pitbull
Break Through The Silence - Martin Garrix, Matisse & Sadko
Children - Justin Bieber
Sun Is Shining - Axwell ^ Ingrosso
Beautiful Now - Zedd
Together - Calvin Harris
That High - Pitbull
Noche No Termina - Pitbull
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
Gangnam Style - PSY
Starships - Nicki Minaj
Without You - David Guetta ft. Usher
Mr. Saxobeat - Alexandra Stan
Yeah 3X - Chris Brown
Only Girl in the World - Rihanna
Sexy Bitch - Akon
Down - Jay Sean
Hotel Room Service - Pitbull

Download or stream Children:

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Monday, January 13, 2020

Deuces - Chris Brown ft. Tyga and Kevin McCall

tempo: 74 bpm

bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm

The DJ’s Take: Song #3 in Episode 41 (2:58):

Can't lie; I am a big fan of that hook. Fun to shout out, and it works perfectly fine as a way to say goodbye to your friends or as an exclamation point at the end of a breakup. Also - during the transition out of Drunk In Love, listen to how those repeating notes bounce right in time with Beyoncé's drawn-out 'lo-o-o-ve' at around 3:20. Fits like a hand in glove.

Try mixing with:

Drunk In Love - Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z
Ni**as in Paris - JAY-Z & Kanye West
Curve - Gucci Mane ft. The Weeknd
Grammys - Drake, Future
Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae) - Silento
iSay - Wiz Khalifa ft. Juicy J
Light Years - Yellow Claw
Malibu - Miley Cyrus

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