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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Best I Ever Had - Drake



tempo: 81 bpm

bpm range: 80 bpm to 85 bpm

the DJ’s take: The single that launched a legend... Ok, maybe legend is a strong word. But he's about as big as it gets at the moment, and this is where it began. Worth a spin on a pop or hiphop night. Try mixing or mashing up with:

Comin Out Strong - Future ft. The Weeknd
Love & War - Yellow Claw
Dirt Off Your Shoulder - Jay-Z
Don't Mind - Kent Jones
Happy - Pharrell
Daydreamin' - Lupe Fiasco
Hello (Cover) - Conkarah & Rosie Delmah
I Can Transform Ya - Chris Brown

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It's Tricky - Run DMC



tempo: 128 bpm

bpm range: 125 to 130 bpm

the DJ’s take: When the crowd needs a boost, this is a good bet to get things going. Works across most genres and demographics - 80s night, Top 40 night, hiphop; you can't go wrong. Run DMC is an institution, and this deserves a long-term spot in your rotation.

Try mixing with tracks like:

Evacuate The Dancefloor - Cascada
Now You See It - Honorebel ft. Pitbull and Jump Smokers
True Colors - Zedd & Ke$ha
Bailar - Deorro ft. Elvis Crespo
Liberate - Eric Prydz
Faith - Calvin Harris
Book of Love - Felix Jaehn
Let Me Love You - Ne-Yo
California Gurls - Katy Perry

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Izzo (H.O.V.A.) - Jay-Z



tempo: 88 bpm

bpm range: 85 bpm to 90 bpm

the DJ’s take: A joyous throwback track you can blast at a family bbq or block party. Also worth a spin on a hiphop night in NYC or a venue where the crowd appreciates the classics. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with:

Empire State of Mind - Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys
Famous - Kanye West
Back to Back - Drake
Izzo (H.O.V.A.) - Jay-Z
Energy - Drake
The Black The Berry - Kendrick Lamar
Black Widow - Iggy Azalea ft. Rita Ora
Rude Boy - Rihanna
Reaper - Sia

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Right Here (Human Nature Remix) - SWV



tempo: 94 bpm

bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm

the DJ’s take: One of the hottest songs in the country when I was in middle school, and it's still a head-nodder. An uplifting throwback that should get a good reaction on a 90s night.

Try mixing with key-compatible tracks in the scroll-down box below:


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Monday, April 24, 2017

Felices los 4 - Maluma



tempo: 94 bpm

bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm

the dj's take: Video is probably not safe for work. But the song is suitable for a change of pace in a dance-friendly set. Worth a spot in the rotation when your crowd needs a breezy pick-me-up. Good list of key-compatible tracks to mix or mash up with:

From 90 to 95 bpm:

Tek Weh Yuh Heart - Sean Paul ft. Tory Lanez
The Ocean - Mike Perry ft. Shy Martin
Genghis Khan - Miike Snow
Slow Motion - Trey Songz
Blank Space - Taylor Swift
Back That Azz Up - Juvenile
Slow Motion - Trey Songz

And from 95 to 100 bpm:

Don't Tell Em - Jeremih
Dreamlover - Mariah Carey

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Throwback Track: Jigga What, Jigga Who - Jay-Z



tempo: 67 bpm

bpm range: 65 bpm to 70 bpm

the DJ’s take: Watch your neck when you listen to this one - manic head-nodding can lead to whiplash. Fast rapping is a gimmick for many, but Jay-Z pulls it off pretty well in this underrated banger. Drop it on a hiphop night and try mixing with:


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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Mic Jack - Big Boi, Adam Levine



tempo: 115 bpm

bpm range: 110 to 115 bpm115 to 120 bpm

the dj's take: Futuristic funk is a genre I wouldn't mind hearing a little more of on the pop charts. Might feel a little overdone to a Top 40 crowd, but drop it at the right time, and this could work. The presence of familiar vocals should make it a bit more palatable. Good list of tracks to mix with in two different speeds:

110 to 115 bpm:

Routine - Alan Walker x David Whistle
Safe And Sound - Justice
D.A.N.C.E. - Justice
Kiss The Sky - Jason Derulo
Fast Car - Jonas Blue ft. Dakota
C O O L - Le Youth
Say My Name - ODESZA ft. Zyra
Poison - Bel Biv Devoe

And from 115 to 120 bpm:

Solo Dance - Martin Jensen
This Town (Tiesto Remix) - Niall Horan
Welcome - Martin Garrix & Julian Jordan
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Get Lucky - Daft Punk

download or stream the song:

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spotify playlist (115 to 120 bpm)

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Attention - Charlie Puth



tempo: 100 bpm

bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm100 to 105 bpm

the dj's take: Sounds like something you'd hear during a party scene in a movie about clean-cut twenty-something professionals in Manhattan. Has a Maroon 5 quality that should be a safe spin at a pop gig. Some other songs worth mixing or mashing up with:

I Ain't No Joke - Eric B & Rakim
Calm Down - G-Eazy
Bitches N Marijuana - Chris Brown, Tyga & SchoolBoy Q
Loyal - Chris Brown
Ayo - Chris Brown & Tyga
I Don't F**k With You - Big Sean ft. E-40
Team - Lorde
U Know What's Up - Donell Jones

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Hard Times - Paramore



tempo: 120 bpm

bpm range: 115 to 120 bpm120 to 125 bpm

the dj's take: Sounds like the theme song for a sitcom about a group of young, quirky hipsters living in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Feels a little indie, a little 80s - should get people dancing in a dive bar or a casual setting.

If you're at 115 to 120 bpm, try mixing with:

Anywhere - Dillon Francis
Treasure - Bruno Mars

And from 120 to 125 bpm (scroll down in the box below):

Thursday, April 20, 2017

#TBT: LoveGame - Lady GaGa



tempo: 105 bpm

bpm range: 100 to 105 bpm105 to 110 bpm

the DJ’s take: Kind of rode the coattails of tracks like Just Dance, Bad Romance, and Poker Face. But it's loud and proud, and should fit right in during a throwback set or a fashion show. If you're between 100 and 105 bpm, try mixing with key-compatible songs in the scroll-down box below:


And from 105 to 110 bpm:

Madiba Riddim - Drake
Sleeping With A Friend - Neon Trees
Nasty Boy - Notorious BIG

download or stream the song:

spotify playlist (100 to 105 bpm)

spotify playlist (105 to 110 bpm)

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