Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Omen - Disclosure ft. Sam Smith

Speed: 106 bpm

The DJ's Take: Has that trippy Euro-nightclub vibe a crowd can sway to; I like it. Is it a smash like Latch? I'm guessing not, simply because of that foreign feel - may lack mass appeal in America. Still, I'd download and throw your crowd a curveball on a pop night or keep things moving in a more stylish venue where there's a dress code.

If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing or mashing up with tracks in the 100 to 105 bpm range like About You - Trey Songz, You Know You Like It - DJ Snake and AlunaGeorge, Worth It - Fifth HarmonyStuck On A Feeling - Prince Royce, Electric Feel - MGMT, Sexual Healing - Maxamillion, and Get Low - Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz.

Download the song:

Amazon: Omen [feat. Sam Smith]

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Marvin Gaye - Charlie Puth ft. Meghan Trainor

Speed: 110 bpm

The DJ's Take: Did I just watch a 3.5 minute episode of Glee? Doowop-Pop hasn't exploded, but it's got fans, as evidenced by the popularity of this song. Probably won't set the dancefloor aflame, at least for now, because of the energy level. I'd consider downloading it anyway, for specific requests or a recorded mix.

If you're staying around 105 to 110 bpm, try mixing with tracks like The Monster - Eminem ft. Rihanna, Mo Money Mo Problems - Notorious BIG and Turn Me On - Kevin Lyttle.

If you're pushing closer to 115 bpm, try mixing with tracks like Cheerleader - OMI, I Don't Mind - Usher, Dynamite - Taio Cruz, Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car - Billy Ocean, Black or White - Michael Jackson, and Just Dance - Lady Gaga.

Download the song:

Amazon: Marvin Gaye (feat. Meghan Trainor)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Disarm You - Kaskade ft. Ilsey

Speed: 128 bpm

The DJ's Take: Traditional buildup and drop, pounding percussion and resonating, buzzsaw-like synth - I like it. Danceable and fist-pumpable; worth a spin for your next EDM night, but probably not a Top 40 night, unless your crowd is all in with whatever you're doing. Try mixing with some or all of the following:

One Last Time - Ariana Grande, Time of Our Lives - Pitbull and NeYo, Fireball - Pitbull, Open Wide - Calvin HarrisFlashlight - 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, I Like It - Enrique Iglesias

Download the song:

Amazon: Disarm You (feat. Ilsey)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Ex's & Oh's - Elle King

Speed: 140 bpm

The DJ's Take: Catchy hook, distinctive voice, and a swaying rock beat with a little edge - feels like a potential hit. I could picture this playing in a jeans commercial or a promo for a provocative TV show featuring recently divorced 40 year old cougars. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with tracks like the following:

Where Are Ü Now - Skrillex & Diplo ft. Justin Bieber, Feeling Myself - Nicki Minaj, Lips Are Movin - Meghan TrainorX - Chris BrownCan't Hold Us - Macklemore and Ryan LewisDay N Nite - Kid Cudi, Big Pimpin - Jay-Z, Feel This Moment - Pitbull

Download the song:

Amazon: Ex's & Oh's

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Where Ya At - Future ft. Drake

Speed: 81 bpm

The DJ's Take: Don't know about you, but I think we need a little more harp in hiphop. Also, I have almost no idea what Future is saying other than 'where ya ass was at.' Probably best suited for an urban hiphop club night, unless it makes a move up the pop charts. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with tracks like the following:

No Games - Big Sean ft. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign, Just Kickin' It - Xscape, Always Be My Baby - Mariah Carey, Down and Out - Cam'ron, Cheers (Drink To That) - Rihanna, We Go Down - Krewella

Download the song:

Amazon: Where Ya At [Explicit], Where Ya At [Clean]

Friday, July 17, 2015

My Way - Fetty Wap ft. Monty

Speed: 64 bpm

The DJ's Take: What can I say; it's Fetty's world right now, and we're just living in it. Catchy hook, fast rise up iTunes, and it'll probably do damage in the Billboard Top 100 as well. I think this could make a pretty cool-sounding mix or mashup with Dark Horse - Katy Perry (and maybe even Ghosts N Stuff by extension). And while you're at it, why not half-time into Shut Up And Dance - WALK THE MOON?

Other key-compatible tracks to consider mixing with include Guts Over Fear - Eminem ft. Sia, Best Mistake - Ariana Grande, New Flame - Chris Brown, Rude - MAGIC!, and All Of The Lights.

Download the song:

Amazon: My Way (feat. Monty) [Explicit], My Way (feat. Monty) [Clean]

How Deep Is Your Love - Calvin Harris + Disciples

Speed: 122 bpm

The DJ's Take: Whether or not your crowd can tell this is Calvin Harris, it's a pretty solid dance track. Probably better suited for a traditional club night vs. Top 40 night at a bar, but worth a download anyway.

If you're working in the 120 bpm range, try mixing with songs like Talking Body - Tove Lo, Come Get It Bae - Pharrell, She Came To Give It To You - Usher, Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke, Take Your Time (Do It Right) by The S.O.S. Band, Ghost Town - Adam Lambert and Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen.

If you're moving into the 125 bpm range, try mixing with tracks like Secrets - Tiësto and KSHMR, Summer - Calvin Harris, Feel So Close - Calvin Harris, I Cry - Flo Rida, Let's Go - Calvin Harris and NeYo, and We'll Be Coming Back - Calvin Harris.

Download the song:

Amazon: How Deep Is Your Love

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Uma Thurman - Fall Out Boy

Speed: 75 bpm

The DJ's Take: I'm kind of feeling the summery surfer vibe. It's in the Top 20 on iTunes and should work if you're playing to more of a Caucasian crowd. By the way, if you want to know what dancing like Uma Thurman is like, here's the Pulp Fiction scene I think the song's referencing.

Try mixing or mashing up with tracks like Where Are Ü Now - Skrillex & Diplo ft. Justin Bieber, Feeling Myself - Nicki Minaj, Lips Are Movin - Meghan TrainorX - Chris BrownCan't Hold Us - Macklemore and Ryan LewisDay N Nite - Kid Cudi and Big Pimpin - Jay-Z.

Download the song:

Amazon: Uma Thurman

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Yoga - Janelle Monáe ft. Jidenna

Speed: 65 bpm

The DJ's Take: Is there such a thing as classy twerking music? Because if so, this is it. Has that slow bounce females should enjoy - I bet this sounds pretty good over a big pair of club speakers, especially with those bass drums. Try mixing with key-compatible tracks in the 60 to 65 bpm range like CoCo - O.T. Genasis, Party Girls - Ludacris ft. Wiz Khalifa, Birthday Sex - Jeremih and Loveeeeeee Song - Rihanna ft. Future.

On a side note, we covered this about three weeks ago in the newsletter. So if you were a subscriber, you'd have read my initial take on it already. Just sayin...

If you're feeling like ramping up the energy, try half-timing into tracks in the 125 to 130 bpm range like Five More Hours - Deorro x Chris Brown, Five Hours - Deorro, Born To Get Wild - Steve Aoki ft. will.i.am, Hideaway - Kiesza, Break Free - Ariana Grande ft. Zedd, Kanye - The Chainsmokers, Red Lights - Tiesto, Helicopter - Martin Garrix & Firebeatz, Samurai (Go Hard) - R3hab, Love Me Again - John Newman, Wizard - Martin Garrix & Jay Hardway, Revolution - R3hab & Nervo & Ummet Ozcan, Scream & Shout - will.i.am and Britney Spears, Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO, Count On Me - Chase & Status, Scream - Usher, and Hey Brother - Avicii.

Download the song:

Amazon: Yoga - Janelle Monáe ft. Jidenna