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Monday, February 19, 2018

Love Lies - Khalid & Normani

tempo: 72 bpm

bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm

the dj's take: Normani sounds like a high-end fashion line inspired by Norm from the 80s sitcom Cheers. One piece from the initial run:

And the junior collection (via

As for the track, has an easy groove that should play well in a cocktail lounge or during a modern dance routine. Try mixing with:

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King's Dead - Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, James Blake

tempo: 82 bpm

bpm range: 80 bpm to 85 bpm

the dj's take: Two big names on a head-nodding beat - sounds like a no-brainer if you spin hiphop. Keep in mind that ~2:10 in, it gets slower and trippier, so transition out before then to keep the flow going.

Some other key-compatible tracks:

...Ready For It? - Taylor Swift
Bad Blood - Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
I'm The One - DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Chance The Rapper, Quavo
Love On The Brain (Remix) - Rihanna, Don Diablo
Nothing Wrong - G-Eazy
Just Like Fire - Pink
Wicked - Future
I Need A Girl - Trey Songz
Go Hard Or Go Home - Wiz Khalifa

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Friday, February 16, 2018

God's Plan - Drake

tempo: 77 bpm

bpm range: 75 bpm to 80 bpm

the dj's take: If I ever open a megachurch or a Christian-themed academy for future D1 college basketball recruits, it'll be named God's Plan. Ethereal beat matches the track title, and this should get a good reaction in almost any setting considering the positive buzz.

Not quite key-compatible, but could sound interesting with:

Spotlight - Marshmello, Lil Peep
Can't Hold Us - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton
Relationship - Young Thug ft. Future
X - Chris Brown
Moses - French Montana

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You Owe Me - The Chainsmokers

tempo: 90 bpm

bpm range: 85 to 90 bpm90 to 95 bpm

the dj's take: Search for 'you owe me' on itunes and this is what you'll see:

I'll go with Nas & Ginuwine for a back-to-the-00s party in NYC, and The Chainsmokers for background music at a hipster gathering or a lower-key electro-pop set.

Try mixing with:

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

International Love - Pitbull ft. Chris Brown

tempo: 120 bpm

bpm range: 115 to 120 bpm120 to 125 bpm

The DJ's Take: Some interesting reviews of this track from back in the day (via wikipedia):

Props to the guy who fit 'puerile' and 'Pitbull' in the same sentence.

Anyway, a fun song to drop as a throwback in a pop set. Oozes that glitzy Miami club vibe; worth a spot in the dance rotation.

If you're between 115 and 120 bpm, try mixing with:

Anywhere - Dillon Francis
Treasure - Bruno Mars

And from 120 to 125 bpm (scroll down in the box below):

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

River - Eminem, Ed Sheeran

tempo: 90 bpm

bpm range: 85 to 90 bpm90 to 95 bpm

the dj's take: Not a club banger, but this could work as background music at a rock-themed bar. Two big name artists should keep the buzz going for a bit beyond the initial release. Worth a spot in your pop rotation.

Try mixing / mashing up with these key-compatible tracks:

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Look Alive - Blocboy JB, Drake

tempo: 70 bpm

bpm range: 65 bpm to 70 bpm70 bpm to 75 bpm

the dj's take: That riff sounds like a 10 year old messing around during a piano lesson. If Genius ever does a Deconstructed on this, it'll be one of Drake's security guards talking about how he got bored during a recording session, tickled the ivories, and the beat-maker ran with it.

Should get a solid reaction at an urban club. Try mixing with:

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Dura - Daddy Yankee

tempo: 95 bpm

bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm95 to 100 bpm

the dj's take: Tough to top Gasolina, but this one's a worthy entry in the Daddy Yankee catalog. Feels like a hit if you're spinning in a smaller NYC club with an ethnic clientèle. May be fun to drop on occasion on a Top 40 night, just to see the reaction.

If you're between 90 and 95 bpm, try mixing with Locked Away - R. City ft. Adam Levine.

And from 95 to 100 bpm:

All I Want Is You - Miguel
Colors - Halsey
Post To Be - Omarion ft. Chris Brown & Jhené Aiko
F**kin' Problems - A$AP Rocky
Lose Yourself To Dance - Daft Punk

download or stream Dura: