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Sunday, December 16, 2018

MIA - Bad Bunny ft. Drake



tempo: 97 bpm

bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm

the dj's take: Song #3 in our Session 17 mix (6:14):



The first of four straight Drake tracks in a similar key & bpm - I should get a medal for that, right? Or a stint in prison, depending on your taste in music. Anyway, feel free to do a variation (or a carbon copy) in your next pop set - easy way to drop a few hits in a row and keep things moving.

download or stream MIA:

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Hold On, We're Going Home - Drake ft. Majid Jordan



tempo: 100 bpm

bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm100 to 105 bpm

The DJ's Take: Song #6 in our Session 17 mix (16:11):



Lot of covers of this song are floating around. One of the funner versions:



Sounds like when you decide to hire a local band instead of a dj for a wedding, and they do an impression of Daft Punk doing an impression of Drake.

As for the original, I think it'll have a long shelf life. Worth a permanent spot in the rotation.

Try mixing with:

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

download or stream Hold On, We're Going Home:

amazon

spotify playlist

itunes

Monday, December 10, 2018

Worth It - Fifth Harmony ft. Kid Ink



tempo: 100 bpm

bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm100 to 105 bpm

The DJ's Take: Song #9 in Pop Sampler 1.0 (11:47):



First Problem, then Talk Dirty, and now this. Just goes to show - when you're a producer in doubt, throw in some heavy horns, set to around 100 bpm, and hope you have a hit.

On a side note, the title makes me think of the buzzfeed guys who try & compare the affordable vs. expensive versions of food. This one would've made a good theme song:



Key-compatible tracks from 95 to 100 bpm:


And between 100 and 105 bpm:


download or stream Worth It:

amazon

spotify playlist (95 to 100 bpm)

spotify playlist (100 to 105 bpm)

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Get Low - Zedd, Liam Payne



tempo: 108 bpm

bpm range: 105 to 110 bpm

the dj's take:Song #5 in our Formula 15 mix (7:05):



Is it possible for any song to call itself Get Low without getting overshadowed by Lil Jon? Because even if it turns into a moderate hit, we all know second place is first loser:



Anyway, decent filler on a pop night as you build up into something bigger.

If you're staying key-compatible around 106 bpm, try mixing or mashing up with:

thank u, next - Ariana Grande
One Dance - Drake
Questions - Chris Brown
For Free - DJ Khaled ft. Drake

And if you don't feel like slowing down:

Me Rehúso - Danny Ocean
Let's Talk About Sex - Salt N Pepa
Piece By Piece - Kelly Clarkson

download or stream Get Low:

amazon

itunes

Saturday, December 8, 2018

One Dance - Drake ft. Wizkid & Kyla



tempo: 104 bpm

bpm range: 100 to 105 bpm

The DJ's Take: Song #3 in our Formula 15 mix (3:13):



Couldn't find a legit video for the song, so I embedded the live performance from SNL. Props to Drake - voice is wavering a bit, which proves he's definitely not pulling an Ashlee Simpson:



Anyway, we all know how big this was when it came out. Should have a solid shelf life in the years to come.

Try mixing with:

Me Rehúso - Danny Ocean
thank u, next - Ariana Grande
Questions - Chris Brown
My My My! - Troye Sivan
For Free - DJ Khaled ft. Drake
Let's Talk About Sex - Salt N Pepa
Colors - Halsey
Piece By Piece - Kelly Clarkson
Lose Yourself To Dance - Daft Punk
In My Room - Yellow Claw & DJ Mustard ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Tyga

download or stream One Dance:

amazon

spotify playlist

iTunes

Friday, December 7, 2018

Send My Love (To Your New Lover) - Adele



tempo: 82 bpm

bpm range: 80 bpm to 85 bpm

The DJ's Take: Song #5 in Episode 14 (13:03):



The hook sounds like DJ Screw chopped and screwed a professional yodeling album:



Not really recommended during prime time in a Top 40 set; better employed as background music in a more low-key setting, unless you can do a little editing / re-mixing.

Some other key-compatible tracks:


download or stream Send My Love (To Your New Lover):

spotify playlist

iTunes

amazon

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Me Rehúso - Danny Ocean



tempo: 105 bpm

bpm range: 100 to 105 bpm105 to 110 bpm

the dj's take: Song #4 in our Formula 15 mix (4:44):



Fits like a hand in glove coming out of Drake's One Dance (and going into Zedd & Liam Payne's Get Low). Easy to get down to in the club, at a house party, or on a random dock with a buddy:



Some other key-compatible tracks:

thank u, next - Ariana Grande
Questions - Chris Brown
My My My! - Troye Sivan
One Dance - Drake
For Free - DJ Khaled ft. Drake
Let's Talk About Sex - Salt N Pepa
Colors - Halsey
Piece By Piece - Kelly Clarkson
Lose Yourself To Dance - Daft Punk
In My Room - Yellow Claw & DJ Mustard ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Tyga

download or stream Me Rehúso:

spotify playlist

apple music

itunes

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

1st Day Out Tha Feds - Gucci Mane



tempo: 69 bpm

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

The DJ's Take: Song #3 in our Sweet 16 mix (5:14):



Got a little creative for the transition - isolated the section starting at ~1:51 of the song, did a copy-and-paste, and made it overlap with the end of Halsey's Without Me. Then you get the standalone beat (without Gucci Mane's vocals), and the notes match up better.

Definitely worth a spin on a hiphop night. One of the more underrated rap tracks in recent memory.

Try mixing or mashing up with:


Download or stream 1st Day Out Tha Feds:

Spotify playlist

Apple Music

iTunes

Amazon