Thursday, July 31, 2014

It Was Always You - Maroon 5

Speed: 104 bpm

The DJ's Take: Is it just me or would this make a great song for a training montage from an 80s movie? Expect this to climb up the charts at some point. If you're looking to stay key-compatible, try blending with tracks like Classic - MKTO, Lose Yourself To Dance and F**kin' Problems.

Download the song:

Amazon: It Was Always You

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor

Speed: 134 bpm

The DJ's Take: Definitely one for the ladies, but I have to admit - it's catchy. Sounds like a hit, so certainly worth a download for your next sock hop or shindig - would make a pretty nice little mashup/mix with Beautiful Girls - Sean Kingston. Some other key-compatible (although slower) mix recommendations include La La La - Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith, Pompeii - Bastille, Invincible - Borgeous, Dear Boy - Avicii, I Could Be the One (Avicii vs Nicky Romero) [Nicktim - Radio Edit] - Single - Avicii & Nicky Romero, Cinema - Benny Benassi, The Other Side - Jason Derulo, Alive - Krewella, and The Veldt - EP - deadmau5. Or try double-timing over something like Pop That - French Montana or Pour It Up - Rihanna for an NSFW (Not Safe For Weddings) mix.

Download the song:

Amazon: All About That Bass

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bang Bang - Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj

Speed: 75 bpm

The DJ's Take: 'Girl power' overload - I feel like this should be in the soundtrack for some Broadway musical. Sub in Katy Perry for Jessie J and you're guaranteed at least a short-term hit, but there's still potential here. And who can resist a track that grabs its hook from an 80s hit by Wham! (hint: a mashup/mix may be interesting, depending on the audience)? Other key-compatible mix recommendations in the 70 to 75 bpm range include Motivation - Kelly Rowland, Young Forever - Jay-Z, and Love In This Club (feat. Young Jeezy) - Usher.

Download the song:

Amazon: Bang Bang

Monday, July 28, 2014

Come Get It Bae - Pharrell

Speed: 120 bpm

The DJ's Take: Talk about slow burn - I feel like I was hearing this all over TV for awhile when the album came out, and now it's a single with its own video. Call me Captain Obvious, but this would be a nice little key-compatible mashup/mix with Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke (and even Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen if you're feeling playful). She Came To Give It To You by Usher could work too, if you mix it in right. Then when you're ready to transition into a higher bpm range without changing the key, maybe go into something like Summer - Calvin Harris.

Download the song:

Amazon: Come Get It Bae

Friday, July 25, 2014

Bend Ova - Lil Jon ft. Tyga

Speed: 103 bpm

The DJ's Take: Back in January, we predicted Turn Down For What would be a legitimate banger. I feel the same way about this too. Loud, hard-hitting, and custom-made for the dance floor. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with Recess - Skrillex, This Is How We Do It - Montell Jordan, No Letting Go - Wayne Wonder, Get Busy - Sean Paul, and/or Hold Yuh - Gyptian. All that said, dig around in the 100 to 105 bpm range, find anything loud and danceable, and it should work.

Download the song:

Amazon: Bend Ova [Explicit]

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fireball - Pitbull ft. John Ryan

Speed: 123 bpm

The DJ's Take: Wouldn't this be the perfect theme song for a Fireball Whisky tv ad? On a side note, interesting how popular that beverage has become - just goes to show how you can take something strong, flavor it like candy, and your consumers will explode across genders and demographics. Anyway, regarding the song, I'll give this a 40/60 chance of becoming a moderate hit. Regardless, it's new Pitbull, so worth a spin.

If you're mixing around 120 bpm and want to stay key-compatible, try blending with tracks like Waves - Mr. ProbzLatch - DisclosureTelephoneSay It RightSonnentanz and/or Marilyn Monroe - Pharrell.

If you're mixing in the 125 to 130 bpm range, try blending with tracks like Flashlight - R3hab & Deorro#SELFIE - The ChainsmokersCannonball (Earthquake) - Showtek & Justin Prime ft. Matthew KomaI Love It - Icona PopAnimals - Martin GarrixUnder Control - Calvin Harris & AlessoStay The Night - ZeddClarity - ZeddThis Is What It Feels Like - Armin Van BuurenTurn Up The Music - Chris BrownWild Ones - Flo Rida ft. SiaBeautiful People - Chris BrownParty Rock Anthem - LMFAOFirework - Katy Perry, and I Like It - Enrique Iglesias.

You can also try double-timing over This Is How We Roll (Remix) - Florida Georgia Line and Drunk In Love - Beyoncé.

Download the song:

Amazon: Fireball

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

You and Your Friends - Wiz Khalifa ft. Snoop Dogg & Ty Dolla $ign

Speed: 97 bpm

The DJ's Take: Definitely a West Coast throwback vibe here. Nothing really noteworthy for me, but it's the hiphop equivalent of elevator music - doesn't offend the senses, and fills up an extra couple minutes in your set. Try mixing with tracks like 0 To 100 - Drake, Bailando - Enrique Iglesias, Partition - Beyoncé, Show Me - Kid Ink, and Killing Me Softly - Fugees (and maybe throw in Survival of the Fittest - Mobb Deep if there are older hiphop heads in the house).

Download the song:

Amazon: Blacc Hollywood (Deluxe) [Explicit] [+video]

Monday, July 21, 2014

Chandelier - Sia

Speed: 87 bpm

The DJ's Take: More of a ballad than a danceable pop hit, but this is probably getting too popular not to cover. Watch out for those high notes if you're blasting on a weaker sound system. If you like key-compatible mixes and mashups, try blending with Burn - Ellie Goulding and Miss Independent - NeYo.

Download the song:

Amazon: 1000 Forms Of Fear

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Black Widow - Iggy Azalea ft. Rita Ora

Speed: 82 bpm

The DJ's Take: If you're a Top 40 dj, you ride the hot hand as long as you can - and Iggy Azalea's got it. Should be a solid addition to your new music rotation. For those looking to stay relatively key-compatible, try mixing with tracks like Walk It Out - DJ Unk, Empire State of Mind - Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys, Rude Boy - Rihanna, and Cyclone (feat. T-Pain) - Baby Bash.

Download the song:

Black Widow [feat. Rita Ora] [Explicit]

Friday, July 18, 2014

Don't Tell 'Em - Jeremih

Speed: 98 bpm

The DJ's Take: I'm guessing this is getting play in car stereos of young people on weekend nights looking for the local bar/club with the longest line. Sleek dance floor track for the dj looking to switch it up from pop EDM. I'll go a little unconventional and give you two interesting key-compatible mix recommendations (which will probably work better for older hiphop fans) - Be Faithful - Fatman Scoop and Dreamlover - Mariah Carey.

Download the song:

Amazon: Don't Tell 'Em [feat. YG] [Clean]