Monday, June 27, 2016

I Got The Keys - DJ Khaled ft. Jay-Z and Future

Speed: 70 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm

The DJ's Take: Whether you spin hiphop or pop, this should probably be in your playlist for at least the next couple weekends. Wouldn't be shocked if Future's hook is used in an ESPN SportsCenter segment where an analyst gives his / her keys to a big game. Try mixing with tracks like:

Pony - Ginuwine, Uber Everywhere - Madeintyo, Jumpman - Drake & Future, Wonderful - Travis Scott ft. The Weeknd, Might Not - Belly ft. The Weeknd, Mercy - Kanye West, Throw Sum Mo (feat. Nicki Minaj & Young Thug) - Rae Sremmurd, Bad Girls - M.I.A.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Hype - Dizzee Rascal, Calvin Harris

Speed: 124 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 120 to 125 bpm, 125 to 130 bpm

The DJ's Take: Let's classify this one under the TDM genre (Tacky Dance Music). Loud, bouncy, and in-your-face - I kinda like it. Has a UK feel, but should translate almost anywhere with the right crowd. Would make a strong key-compatible mix or mashup with This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna.

If you're around 121 bpm, try mixing with tracks like Adore You - Jasmine Thompson, Prayer In C - Robin Schulz, Safe and Sound - Capital Cities, Bad Romance - Lady Gaga, Don't You Want Me - The Human League, and SexyBack - Justin Timberlake.

If you're in the 125 to 130 bpm range, try mixing with tracks like:

Intoxicated - Martin Solveig & GTA, Higher Place - Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ft. NeYo, Shades of Grey - Oliver Heldens & Shaun Frank ft. Delaney Jane, Can't Feel My Face (Martin Garrix Remix) - The Weeknd, Never Leave - DVBBS, Don't Look Down - Martin Garrix ft. Usher, On My Way - Axwell ^ Ingrosso, I Want You To Know - Zedd ft. Selena Gomez, Light Years Away (feat. DBX) - Tiesto, Save the World (Radio Mix) - Swedish House Mafia, Pursuit of Happiness (Extended Steve Aoki Remix) [feat. MGMT & Ratatat] - Kid Cudi, The Days - AviciiPrayer In C - Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin SchulzLay Me Down - AviciiAdore You - Miley Cyrus (Cedric Gervais Remix)Ten Feet Tall - AfrojackTake Me - TiestoWe Run The Night - Havana Brown ft. PitbullMarry The Night - Lady GagaClub Can't Handle Me - Flo RidaDanza Kuduro - Don OmarShut It Down - Pitbull ft. AkonF*ck You - Ceelo GreenPush It - Salt N PepaU Can't Touch This - MC Hammer, Right Round - Flo Rida

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Friday, June 24, 2016

WILD - Troye Sivan ft. Alessia Cara

Speed: 94 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm

The DJ's Take: Nice case study on how to re-invigorate an older single - drop in a new verse from a well-known female singer. On a side note, I think he should sell eye masks shaped like that mass of flowers on his face. Could be a hot item among sleep-deprived Troye Sivan fans. Try mixing with key-compatible tracks like:

DOPE - T.I., Write On Me - Fifth Harmony, Running Out - Matoma ft. Astrid S, Boom - Major Lazer, Lean On - Major Lazer and DJ Snake, Lush Life - Zara Larsson, Dance Like We're Making Love - Ciara, Left, Right - YG, My House - Flo Rida, Classic Man - Jidenna, Let Me Love You - Mario, Girls Around The World - Lloyd ft. Lil Wayne

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Oops - Martin Garrix

Speed: 128 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 125 to 130 bpm

The DJ's Take: During my first listen, I was thinking 'someone's been hitting the Sega Genesis pretty hard.' Then you read that this is the theme song for his new video game, and it all makes sense. Worth a spin if your crowd needs something head-pounding to clear the wax out their ears. Try mixing with tracks like:

The Right Song - Tiesto & Oliver Heldens, A Sky Full Of Stars - Coldplay, You Make Me - Avicii, On The Floor - Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull, Give It 2 U - Robin Thicke, Live For The Night - Krewella, Don't Stop The Party - Pitbull, Right Now - Rihanna and David Guetta, We Found Love - Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris, S&M - Rihanna, Bulletproof - La Roux, Low (feat. T-Pain) - Flo Rida, Calabria 2007 - Enur

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Broccoli - D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty

Speed: 73 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm

The DJ's Take: Sometimes less is more, and I guess this is a pretty good illustration. The beat isn't quite as minimal as D4L's Laffy Taffy, but you could picture it as the background music in a viral puppy video or a Saturday morning cartoon. Try mixing with tracks like:

Purple Reign - Future, Low Life - Future + The Weeknd, RGF Island - Fetty Wap, Blood On the Money - Future, Trophies - Drake, Mirrors - Justin Timberlake, Give Me A Try - Sizzla, Bottoms Up - Trey Songz, BedRock - Young Money, Got Your Back - T.I. ft. Keri Hilson, All The Above - Maino, Boyfriend #2 - Pleasure P, Crank That - Soulja Boy, Say My Name, Man Down - Rihanna, Obsesion (No Es Amor) - Frankie J featuring Baby Bash, Chains - Nick Jonas

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Heathens - twenty one pilots

Speed: 90 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm

The DJ's Take: Not exactly energetic or uplifting, but somehow it plods along. More importantly, this group seems to have something the young people like. Tough to say if Heathens will turn into a radio staple, but it's doing well on iTunes, so worth a spin in a recorded mix.

If you're around 90 bpm, try mixing with tracks like Youth - Troye Sivan, 0 To 100 - Drake, Bailando - Enrique Iglesias, Partition - Beyoncé, and Killing Me Softly - Fugees (or half-time over Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande).

If you're closer to 95 bpm, try mixing with Company - Justin Bieber, Misery - Gwen Stefani, Partition - Beyoncé, Animals - Maroon 5, and Survival of the Fittest - Mobb Deep.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Flexicution - Logic

Speed: 80 bpm

Recommended bpm range:  75 bpm to 80 bpm, 80 bpm to 85 bpm

The DJ's Take: When he's saying 'oh god, oh my god,' it makes me think of the Tribe Called Quest track that had me breaking my neck back in college. Beats drives hard like a steady rain, flow feels like a throwback (in a good way), and the early returns on iTunes and on the web are promising. Try mixing with key-compatible tracks like:

Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio, Simple Things (Remix) - Miguel, Mirrors - Justin Timberlake, Man Down - Rihanna, This Is Why I'm Hot - MIMS, Turnin Me On - Keri Hilson, You Make Me Wanna - Usher, Rockin That Thang - The Dream, Power - Kanye West

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Champions - Kanye West

Speed: 67.5 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 65 bpm to 70 bpm

The DJ's Take: Any doubt this will be blasting on the sound system when the NBA Finals end? Kind of feels like Flashing Lights, only with re-arranged notes and about 25 bpm slower. This is straight stadium music, and considering the hype, I'd download it as soon as possible. Try mixing with tracks like:

Drifting - G-Eazy, Elastic Heart - Sia, Pop That - French Montana, Pour It Up - Rihanna

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Touch - Nick Jonas

Speed: 100 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm, 100 to 105 bpm

The DJ's Take: Little touch of acoustic, a little pop, and just enough percussion to make it danceable. Kind of feels like George Michael's Faith, although probably won't reach the same status as a karaoke classic. Worth dropping in the early portion of a set to see what happens. Try mixing with tracks like:

I'm Up - Omarion, Roses - The Chainsmokers, Love Me Harder - Ariana Grande ft. The Weeknd, Rack City - Tyga, Going Back To Cali - Notorious BIG, Love More - Chris Brown, Run It! (feat. Juelz Santana) - Chris Brown, Juicy - Notorious BIG, Mo Money Mo Problems - Notorious BIG

Or you can try double-timing over Sorry Not Sorry - Bryson Tiller.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Crash - Usher

Speed: 104 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 100 to 105 bpm

The DJ's Take: Very rare that Usher disappoints, and this is another solid single for the catalogue. Buzzing synth gives the understated beat some extra oomph, and there's enough percussion to groove to. Other key-compatible tracks worth mixing with include:

BeFoUr - ZAYN, Team - Iggy Azalea, Don't Need Nobody - Ellie Goulding, This Summer's Gonna Hurt... - Maroon 5, Sledgehammer - Fifth Harmony, L.A. Love (La La) - Fergie, Turn Down For What - DJ Snake and Lil Jon

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