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Saturday, May 19, 2018

OTW - Khalid ft. 6LACK, Ty Dolla $ign

tempo: 73 bpm

bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm

the dj's take: How did Chris Brown not end up on this one? Smooth, chill music for the car or the bedroom. Worth a spin on a pop night or in a more laidback r&b / hiphop set.

Try mixing with:

Where Are Ü Now - Skrillex & Diplo ft. Justin Bieber
Can't Hold Us - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton
Relationship - Young Thug ft. Future
DNA. - Kendrick Lamar
Party - Chris Brown ft. Usher, Gucci Mane
Feeling Myself - Nicki Minaj
X - Chris Brown
Moses - French Montana

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Genius - LSD ft. Sia, Diplo, Labrinth

tempo: 79-80 bpm

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

the dj's take: That video feels like one of those random animated shorts that used to pop up on Adult Swim at ~3:30 a.m. Also, props to Labrinth for taking out that pesky y between the b and the r - who knows how many spelling bee contestants have tripped up over that one.

As for the song, sounds like something to put on the soundtrack of an Addams Family re-make in a scene where Gomez & Morticia profess their eternal love for each other. Not exactly uplifting, but has enough snap to make your head nod.

Try mixing with:

Dipset Anthem - The Diplomats
Downtown - Anitta & J Balvin
Chainsaw - Nick Jonas
Messin' Around - Pitbull ft. Enrique Iglesias
Be As You Are (JordanXL Remix) - Mike Posner
Send My Love - Adele
The Man - Aloe Blacc
Live Your Life - Rihanna
Royals - Lorde
American Oxygen - Rihanna

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Back To You - Selena Gomez

tempo: 102 bpm

bpm range: 100 to 105 bpm

the dj's take: A perfectly teen-friendly slice of electro-folk-pop. Maybe drop it during a prom and see how the song resonates with the target demographic. I imagine you'd get a solid reaction, given the artist, the show, and the buzz.

Try double-timing over Bitch Better Have My Money - Rihanna or mixing with:

I Ain't No Joke - Eric B & Rakim
Bitches N Marijuana - Chris Brown and Tyga
Loyal - Chris Brown
Ayo - Chris Brown and Tyga
I Don't F**k With You - Big Sean
Team - Lorde
U Know What's Up - Donell Jones

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Girls - Rita Ora ft. Cardi B, Bebe Rexha & Charli XCX

tempo: 94 bpm

bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm

the dj's take: So apparently there was some controversy on social media over the message in this song. Went off and over my head, kinda like Jose Canseco back in the day:


Anyway, for a simple mind like mine, sounds like a solid song choice for a girls' night out at the club or a female-only slumber party. Worth a spin, especially because it's been in the news.

Try mixing with:

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

I Like It - Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin

tempo: 68 bpm

bpm range: 65 bpm to 70 bpm

the dj's take: Remember that Chappelle's Show skit where they go into the barber shop and play different kinds of music to see what people like:

Looks like this is a crossover that both groups can get down to. And for nostalgia's sake, I kinda dig the Tito Nieves sample.

Some other tracks worth mixing with:

Drunk In Love - Beyoncé
Confessions Part II - Usher
Ignition (Remix) - R. Kelly
Elevated - Wiz Khalifa
I Remember - AlunaGeorge
Call Casting - Migos
Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae) - Silento
Ni**as In Paris - Jay-Z, Kanye

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Bottoms Up - Trey Songz ft. Nicki Minaj

tempo: 74 bpm

bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm

The DJ’s Take: The origin of the expression 'Bottoms Up' (according to

Origin stories are always boring, aren't they? Someone needs to go into wikipedia and set the record crooked like Ron Burgundy:

As for the track, this was a banger when it came out, and should still get a good reaction wherever adult beverages are served. Try mixing / mashing up with:

download or stream Bottoms Up:


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Sunday, May 6, 2018

This Is America - Childish Gambino

tempo: 60 bpm

bpm range: 55 bpm to 60 bpm60 bpm to 65 bpm

the dj's take: Possibly one of the most dad bod positive music videos ever. +1 for the pose as he pulls the trigger, and the dance moves are on point. Too bad he didn't show up at the Met Gala dressed like that.

Anyway, solid beat to nod your head to, and the buzz is palpable, so try it out this weekend and see how everything goes. Some other key-compatible tracks:

download or stream This Is America:

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