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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Bitch Better Have My Money - Rihanna



Speed: 52 bpm

The DJ's Take: This could be one of those club anthems where people start swaying and waving their hands and drinks in the air (and singing the chorus). Not sure how much staying power it'll have, but a must-download for at least the next couple weekends, considering all the hype. If you're looking to jack up the energy and stay key-compatible, try double-timing with tracks like 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, and U Know What's Up - Donell Jones.

Download the song:



Amazon: Bitch Better Have My Money [Explicit]

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Night Is Still Young - Nicki Minaj



Speed: 128 bpm

The DJ's Take: Feel like I've uttered the title of this song a few times around 1 am while hanging out with friends in Vegas, NYC or Miami in the early to mid 2000s. Solid potential as a party anthem, and people will recognize the voice. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with tracks like I Will Never Let You Down - Rita Ora, Dare You - Hardwell, Addicted To You - Avicii, Levels - Avicii, Good Feeling - Flo Rida, Die Young - Ke$ha, and Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix) - Lana Del Rey

Download the song:



Amazon: The Night Is Still Young [Explicit]

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Don't Look Down - Martin Garrix ft. Usher



Speed: 128 bpm

The DJ's Take: Not that I know much about EDM, but if I hadn't read the song title beforehand, my first guess would've been that it's something from David Guetta. In any case, I could see myself downing a few cocktails and pumping my fist to this. Should be a solid addition to your prime time dance music playlist - if you're trying to maintain the vibe and keep things key-compatible, try mixing with tracks like:

On My Way - Axwell ^ Ingrosso, I Want You To Know - Zedd ft. Selena Gomez, Light Years Away (feat. DBX) - TiestoThe 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, and Right Round - Flo Rida.

Download the song:



Amazon: Don't Look Down

Hey Mama - David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj and Afrojack



Speed: 86 bpm

The DJ's Take: Three quick thoughts:

1. Is that Nicki Minaj or Fergie?

2. I had no idea this was David Guetta ft. Afrojack until seeing the video title.

3. This track reminds me a lot of Drop It Low by Ester Dean (Go Hard or Go Home could make for another interesting mashup).

May be worth a download for a one or two week trial, considering the artist name recognition. You can also drop 3 or 4 bpm's and try to mix with Shake It Off - Taylor Swift or Hey Ya! by Outkast.

Download the song:



Amazon: Hey Mama (feat. Nicki Minaj & Afrojack)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Lean On - Major Lazer and DJ Snake ft. M∅



Speed: 98 bpm

The DJ's Take: I skipped out on the club scene during Spring Break, but I imagine this may have gotten some play somewhere. Little EBM (electronic Bollywood music) vibe going on here - has a tranquil, laidback danceability to it. Try speeding up a couple bpm's and mixing or mashing up with tracks like Truffle Butter - Nicki Minaj, Yeah - Usher, La Nueva y La Ex - Daddy Yankee, and Fancy (Yellow Claw Remix).

If you're staying closer to 95 bpm and want to stay key-compatible, my recommendations include Left, Right - YG, Tonight (Best You Ever Had) - John Legend, Let Me Love You - Mario, Girls Around The World - Lloyd ft. Lil Wayne, and Magnificent - Rick Ross.

Download the song:



Amazon: Lean On (feat. MØ & DJ Snake)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Shut Up And Dance - WALK THE MOON



Speed: 128 bpm

The DJ's Take: I don't know what to make of this one - a little hokey, but it's getting a little too popular to ignore, right? Probably a lock for the Footloose 2 soundtrack, whenever Hollywood gets lazy enough to get that one done. If you're okay slowing down to around 124 or 125 bpm, this could be a nice little key-compatible mix/mashup with Sugar - Maroon 5. Worth a download for Top 40 and mobile dj's with upcoming prom gigs.

Download the song:



Amazon: Shut Up and Dance

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Fairly Local - twenty one pilots



Speed: 58 bpm

The DJ's Take: Pretty sure if this was a hiphop beat, it'd be a hit. Booming, stadium-friendly sound - worth a spot in a mixtape, and doing well on iTunes, so someone's listening somewhere. I'd mix with Only - Nicki Minaj, especially because the bpm's match up and the sound is similarly ominous (plus, people should know that one if they're giving you blank stares over this).

If you want to brighten the vibe a bit, try double-timing with tracks like Poison - Bel Biv Devoe, Billie Jean - Michael Jackson, C O O L - Le Youth, and Get Lucky - Daft Punk.

Download the song:



Amazon: Fairly Local

Friday, March 13, 2015

On My Way - Axwell ^ Ingrosso



Speed: 128 bpm

The DJ's Take: With spring break and music festivals on the horizon, I'm guessing this'll get you some brownie points with a younger crowd. Pretty danceable and fist-pumpable, and worth a spot in your EDM playlist. If you're looking to stay key-compatible, try mixing/mashing up with tracks like I Want You To Know - Zedd ft. Selena Gomez, Light Years Away (feat. DBX) - TiestoThe 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, and Right Round - Flo Rida.

Download the song:



Amazon: On My Way

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Peaches N Cream - Snoop Dogg ft. Charlie Wilson



Speed: 110 bpm

The DJ's Take: In the wake of the Blurred Lines verdict, shouldn't Kool & The Gang sue Snoop Dogg for this blatant ripoff of Get Down On It? I'm only half-kidding; as ignorant as I am on the law and the facts, seems like Kool & The Gang would have a much better case. That said, who cares - this track is a fun little throwback to an era when many of today's pop fans weren't even born yet.

Some key-compatible tracks worth mixing/mashing up with include Get Down On It - Kool & The Gang, Trouble - Iggy Azalea ft. Jennifer Hudson, Doing It - Charli XCX ft. Rita Ora, and Let's Get Blown - Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell. And if you're feeling frisky, why not throw in Jump Around - House of Pain.

Download the song:



Amazon: Peaches N Cream

Monday, March 9, 2015

Want to Want Me - Jason Derulo



Speed: 114 bpm

The DJ's Take: This is almost a perfect mix/mashup candidate with tracks like Treasure - Bruno Mars, In My Head - Jason Derulo, and Because Of You - NeYo. Speed up a little and you can mix with Am I Wrong - Nico & Vinz and International Love - Pitbull ft. Chris Brown. Whether you like it or not, it's hard to go wrong with a new Jason Derulo track. Worth a download.

Download the song:



Amazon: Want To Want Me