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Friday, October 24, 2014

I Don't F**k With You - Big Sean ft. E-40

Speed: 98 bpm

The DJ's Take: The west coast vibes are strong with this one. I like the little breakdown/switchup in the beat at the beginning and end - kind of reminds of the beginning of Otis or Slow Jamz (i.e. Kanye-style sped up vocal samples). If you're staying key-compatible and cutting out the beginning and ending parts, try blending with tracks like Loyal - Chris Brown, Team - Lorde, and U Know What's Up - Donell Jones. If you're leaving those slow-downs in, the underrated Know Bout Me could be a nice little mix-mashup companion (or just double time with Don't Tell Em - Jeremih).

Download the song:

Amazon: I Don't F**k With You [feat. E-40] [Clean]

Thursday, October 23, 2014

GDFR - Flo Rida ft. Sage the Gemini & Lookas

Speed: 73 bpm

The DJ's Take: Beat reminds me of something you'd hear in a smoky 1920's speakeasy. And when that bass drops, that's like waving the green flag at a NASCAR race. Definitely something tipsy twenty-something females can get down to, so I'm giving it a thumbs up. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with tracks like Rap God - Eminem, Cupid Shuffle - Cupid, Applause - Lady GagaI Need A Doctor or Forgot About Dre.

Download the song:

Amazon: Gdfr (Feat. Sage The Gemini And Lookas)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Outside - Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding

Speed: 128 bpm

The DJ's Take: Let's just think of this as I Need Your Love 2.0 and call it a day. Not a huge fan of the fake violins, but I think there's some pop potential here, assuming 128 bpm EDM can still generate enough buzz on the charts. If you're staying key-compatible, try blending with tracks like Born To Get Wild - Steve Aoki ft. will.i.amHideaway - KieszaBreak Free - Ariana Grande ft. ZeddKanye - The ChainsmokersRed Lights - TiestoHelicopter - Martin Garrix & FirebeatzSamurai (Go Hard) - R3habLove Me Again - John NewmanWizard - Martin Garrix & Jay HardwayRevolution - R3hab & Nervo & Ummet OzcanScream & Shout - and Britney SpearsSexy and I Know It - LMFAOCount On Me - Chase & StatusScream - Usher, and Hey Brother - Avicii.

Download the song:

Amazon: Outside

Baby Don't Lie - Gwen Stefani

Speed: 100 bpm

The DJ's Take: All this song is missing is some full-on yodeling. Kind of bland, but there's a clean, fresh energy to it, plus we haven't heard from her for awhile, so that should give this single a little juice. If you're staying key-compatible and pop-oriented, try mixing with tracks like It Was Always You - Maroon 5Classic - MKTOLose Yourself To Dance - Daft Punk and F**kin' Problems - A$AP Rocky.

Download the song:

Amazon: Baby Don't Lie

Monday, October 20, 2014

Drankin' Patna - T-Pain

Speed: 87 bpm

The DJ's Take: Sometimes it's fun to spell things phonetically, but I thought 'Patna' was some exotic Indian liquor until I actually listened to the song. In any case, a chill track for the home stretch when people are pairing up and you're slowly defusing the energy in the room. This would fit nicely in a mashup or mix with How Many Drinks - MiguelPart II (On The Run) - Jay-Z ft. BeyoncĂ©, and Obsessed - Mariah Carey.

Download the song:

Amazon: Drankin' Patna

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Slow Acid - Calvin Harris

Speed: 104 bpm

The DJ's Take: Sounds like a harder version of Disco Science (which I remember from watching the movie Snatch ~15 years ago). It's interesting, especially considering what Calvin Harris usually makes - I could picture this playing in a dark, seedy nightclub with people dressed in Goth gear swaying to the beat. Or during a montage of robot industrial laborers assembling weapons of mass destruction in a futuristic factory. Top 40 potential? I doubt it. But this could be a cool little mix/mashup with Get Low by Lil Jon. Otherwise, probably more of a mixtape nugget you can blend with trap or something more electronic in the 100 to 105 bpm range.

Download the song:

Amazon: Slow Acid

Friday, October 17, 2014

Jealous - Nick Jonas

Speed: 93 bpm

The DJ's Take: I must be in a weird mood - covering Taylor Swift, and now one of the Jonas Brothers. But hey, it's a Top 40 song on the rise, and a twenty-something demographic will probably dig it, so that's my excuse. Sounds like a sexier version of Whataya Want from Me. I think you could also make a nice mix or mashup with Diamonds and Adorn. If you're looking to stay key-compatible for a little longer, go back in time and blend with Check The Rhime and Candy Rain (though you may want to do it on a mixtape vs. doing it live). All that said, I think anything relatively chill in that 90 to 95 bpm range should work.

Download the song:

Amazon: Jealous

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Out Of The Woods - Taylor Swift

Speed: 92 bpm

The DJ's Take: More of a new age 80s-style synth ballad than a club banger. But this feels ripe for a remix - add a little extra percussion, and Out Of The Woods should appeal to the twenty-something female demo, which is all you really need, right? If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with tracks like This Is How We Do - Katy Perry, Na Na - Trey Songz, Paranoid - Ty Dolla $ign, Return of the Mack - Mark Morrison, One More Chance - Notorious BIG, No Games - Serani, and Real Love - Mary J. Blige.

Download the song:

Amazon: 1989

Monday, October 13, 2014

Tuesday - I LOVE MAKONNEN ft. Drake

Speed: 70 bpm

The DJ's Take: Is it just me, or does this guy kind of sound like Future? Chill, end-of-the-night vibe, but just enough percussion to make it danceable. Add all that to a singalong hook, and I think this could be a legit hit. If you're doing a key-compatible mix, try blending with tracks like Bang Bang - Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj, Motivation - Kelly Rowland, Young Forever - Jay-Z, and Love In This Club (feat. Young Jeezy) - Usher.

Download the song:

Amazon: Tuesday (feat. Drake) [Explicit]

Friday, October 10, 2014

Born To Get Wild - Steve Aoki ft.

Speed: 128 bpm

The DJ's Take: Explosive. Don't know if this'll set the floor on fire, but if people are already dancing and pumping their fists, this should stoke the flames even more. Standard fodder for a Vegas or Miami nightclub (or one of those festivals where people dress up and wave around glowsticks). To stay key-compatible, try mixing with some or all of the following: Hideaway - Kiesza, Break Free - Ariana Grande ft. Zedd, Kanye - The Chainsmokers, Red Lights - Tiesto, 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, Hey Brother - Avicii

Download the song:

Amazon: Born to Get Wild [Explicit]