Monday, February 20, 2017

I Love You - Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Kid Ink



Speed: 115 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 110 to 115 bpm115 to 120 bpm

The DJ's Take: The violin riff reminds me of Bittersweet Symphony. Light, energetic beat that should work on a runway or in the club. Solid list of hits to mix with in two different bpm ranges:

Friday, February 17, 2017

Draco - Future



Speed: 65 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 60 bpm to 65 bpm65 bpm to 70 bpm

The DJ's Take: If you combined cough syrup and Christmas, I imagine it'd sound like this. Trippy, festive, and there's enough thump in the percussion to keep things moving on a hiphop night. Could sound good in a mashup with tracks like:

Halfway Off The Balcony - Big Sean
Caroline - Aminé

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Reminder - The Weeknd



Speed: 80 bpm

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

The DJ's Take: Cold and detached beat, but definitely something you can nod your head to. Plus, this is a brand new video, so expect it to boost the profile of the song. Lots of key-compatible tracks to mix with in a couple different tempos:

It Ain't Me - Kygo, Selena Gomez



Speed: 100 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm100 to 105 bpm

The DJ's Take: Two big names make a song that feels like a theme for a summer roadtrip - works for me. Worth a spin at your next Top 40 gig. Plenty of key-compatible songs to mix with in two different bpm ranges:

Throwback Thursday: Doo Wop (That Thing) - Lauryn Hill



Speed: 100 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm100 to 105 bpm

The DJ’s Take: Want a song from the 90s that people will still sing along to? Here you go. One of the biggest hits from my freshman year of college, and it represents the career apex of a great artist.

If you're in the 100 to 105 bpm range, try mixing with:

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Shining - DJ Khaled, Beyoncé, Jay-Z



Speed: 112 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 110 to 115 bpm

The DJ's Take: Big names flowing over a nice groove - what's not to like? I'll be surprised if this isn't a hit. Get it in the playlist as soon as possible, and try mixing with:

Get Ugly - Jason Derulo
All My Love (Remix) - Major Lazer
Motown Philly - Boyz II Men
Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

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Cold - Maroon 5 ft. Future



Speed: 100 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm100 to 105 bpm

The DJ's Take: On one hand, any new Maroon 5 single is a big deal at this point. But the percussion-less interludes present a bit of an issue if you're trying to keep the energy up on a Top 40 dancefloor. Still, this should be in your library - maybe you can do a creative mashup or add some drums of your own. Good list of hits worth mixing with:

Monday, February 13, 2017

Falling - Alesso



Speed: 116 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 115 to 120 bpm

The DJ's Take: This is EDM for the grown and sexy. Certainly worth a spin in a high-end lounge where there's a dress code. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with:

A Lonely Night - The Weeknd
Trust Nobody - Cashmere Cat, Tory Lanez, Selena Gomez
Love Runs Out - OneRepublic
She Doesn't Mind - Sean Paul
DJ Got Us Falling In Love - Usher
Teenage Dream - Katy Perry

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Chained To The Rhythm - Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley



Speed: 95 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm95 to 100 bpm

The DJ's Take: Still trying to figure out whether the beat feels more like an 80s montage or something Caribbean. Then again, it's 'featuring Skip Marley,' so probably the latter, right? Anyway, this is her first single in awhile, so expect to get at least a little mileage out of it. Try mixing with key-compatible tracks like:

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Groove Is In The Heart - Deee-lite



Speed: 122 bpm

Recommended bpm range: 120 to 125 bpm

The DJ’s Take: Another classic chick track you can drop on Throwback Night. The bassline and the breaks are tight, and it’s a fun, simple single. People either know it and love it, or they ask you who sings it. Stir it into your 120 bpm 80s or early 90s mix and let it simmer. Good list of key-compatible tracks worth blending with:


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