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Monday, March 23, 2020

Kanye - The Chainsmokers ft. SirenXX

tempo: 64 bpm, 128 bpm

The DJ's Take: The final song in episode #37 (13:48):

For some reason the opening piano notes remind me of the beginning of Bob Seger's We've Got Tonight:

Kind of feels like Bohemian Rhapsody; quiet interludes build up into a heavy drop. If you're spinning a set, you may want to isolate the loud parts, get in and out quickly. Or lay a looped instrumental from another song over the softer parts, like we did with Steve Aoki &'s Born To Get Wild.

Some other key-compatible tracks:

Break Free - Ariana Grande ft. Zedd
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
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

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Always Be My Baby - Mariah Carey

tempo: 79 bpm

bpm range: 75 bpm to 80 bpm

the dj's take: Song #5 in our 33XL mix (10:48):

This came out when I was in high school, and the hook is a certified classic. A must-spin in a 90s mix, and delivers a cool change of pace in a pop set. I could've done a better job transitioning in and out during this session; maybe we'll give it another go at some point.

Watch for the change in key ~3 minutes in.

Some other key-compatible tracks:

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Crazy - Gnarls Barkley

tempo: 112 bpm

The DJ's Take: Song #6 in mix 46 (8:24):

Easter egg alert - as this song transitions into Pitbull's Fun, you'll hear Chris Brown singing 'oh, feeling crazy.' Nice little touch, don't you think? A solid hit when it came out, and the hook rates highly on the singalong scale. Worth a long-term spot in the rotation, especially as a change of pace on a pop night.

On a side note, trippy t-shirt design from the group's live album [click the image for the amazon link]:

Try mixing with:

download or stream Crazy:


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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Praise The Lord (Da Shine) - A$AP Rocky ft. Skepta

tempo: 80 bpm

the dj's take: Song #3 in session 47 (4:55):

Random reference - the flute-like instrument in the beat reminds me of the opening theme to Final Fantasy IX:

Good fodder for a hiphop mix. Hisses a bit at times, so check your levels during the transition into whatever's next.

Some other key-compatible music:

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Midnight City - M83

tempo: 105 bpm

The DJ's Take: Song #6 in 45 and Lex (8:57):

Midnight City has always reminded me of a cold, industrial version of Peter Gabriel's In Your Eyes:

Has a nice bounce - I've always liked it. In the bigger picture, I'd argue episode 45 may be my best mix to date. Everything just kinda snapped into place, and this track was an important piece. Made it the day after going out drinking until 5 a.m. with a couple friends in Manhattan; should probably do that more often.

Some key-compatible music between 100 and 105 bpm:

Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
Paris - The Chainsmokers
I'm In Control - AlunaGeorge
Perfect (Matoma Remix) - One Direction
Cheyenne - Jason Derulo
Classic - The Knocks
Alejandro - Lady Gaga

And from 105 to 110 bpm:

download or stream Cake:

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

fuck, i'm lonely - Lauv ft. Anne-Marie

Speed: 95 bpm

The DJ's Take: Song #8 in 43 degrees (14:44):

The inspiration behind the song [via Lauv on]:

Yeah; that's when you know you've hit rock bottom. Then again, if I were him, I'd have just looked them up on grubhub or something. Modern times call for modern solutions.

As for the track, it's easy enough to mix, and tells the crowd that you're starting to wind things down. Took a little work to properly fade into Coldplay's Magic - Coldplay, but it turned out ok in the end.

Some other key-compatible music:

And another good pairing ~88 bpm: ROXANNE - Arizona Zervas.

Download or stream fuck, i'm lonely:

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Get It Right - Diplo, MØ

tempo: 80 bpm

bpm range: 75 bpm to 80 bpm80 bpm to 85 bpm

the dj's take: Song #7 in Episode 38 (15:08):

Those first notes make me think of a cowboy entering the swinging doors of a bustling saloon. I liked this as a followup to Wiggle because the emerging high-pitched vocals match with Jason Derulo's singing.

That drop can legitimately rattle the wax out of your ears - worth a spin at a festival or in a cavernous club with a big sound system.

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download or stream Get It Right:


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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Tha Crossroads - Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

tempo: 72-73 bpm

bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm

the dj's take: Song #7 in our XXI mix (15:50):

A big enough hit that Mariah ran it back; easy mashup right there:

One of the more memorable hooks in hiphop history; should work on a 90s night, at a 25th high school reunion, or as a change of pace in a pop set.

Most importantly, it has a t-shirt on amazon; could make a cool fashion statement at your next gig [link is in the image]:

Some other key-compatible music:

download or stream Tha Crossroads:


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