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Saturday, November 18, 2017

A Different Way - DJ Snake ft. Lauv

tempo: 105 bpm

bpm range: 100 to 105 bpm105 to 110 bpm

the dj's take: One of the more distinctive drops in recent memory - definitely goes in an unexpected direction (gold star to anyone who can decipher what that voice is scatting). Worth a spin on a pop or electronic night.

Btw, if you're curious about the guy behind the sunglasses, here he is in an entertaining episode of Hot Ones:

Long list of key-compatible tracks from 100 to 105 bpm:

And from 106 to 110 bpm:

24K Magic - Bruno Mars
Help Me Lose My Mind - Disclosure
Entourage - Omarion
Rich Boy - Galantis
download or stream A Different Way:


spotify playlist (100 to 105 bpm)

spotify playlist (105 to 110 bpm)


Friday, November 17, 2017

Échame La Culpa - Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato

tempo: 96 bpm

bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm

the dj's take: A big beat with a sharp bounce, and notable artists - feels like a hit to me. The combination of Spanish & English should make this pretty playable in any setting. Get it in the rotation immediately.

Good list of key-compatible tracks to mix / mash up with:

Corazón - Maluma ft. Nego do Borel
Run Me Dry - Bryson Tiller
Sua Cara - Major Lazer
Chained To The Rhythm - Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley
Daddy Yo - WizKid
Old Thing Back - Matoma & Notorious BIG ft. Ja Rule & Ralph Tresvant
This Is How We Do - Katy Perry
Shoop - Salt N Pepa
Na Na - Trey Songz
Paranoid - Ty Dolla $ign

download or stream Échame La Culpa:


spotify playlist

Get It Right - Diplo, MØ

tempo: 80 bpm

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

the dj's take: Those first notes sound like the opening strains of the soundtrack for a silent movie. Kind of reminds me of the Super Mario 2 theme too:

That drop can legitimately rattle the wax out of your ears - worth a spin at a festival or in a cavernous club with a big sound system.

Try mixing with:

download or stream Get It Right:


spotify playlist

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Curve - Gucci Mane ft. The Weeknd

tempo: 74 bpm

bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm

the dj's take: If the Blackberry Curve had ever become a thing, this would've been a pretty good theme song for a tv commercial. As it is, I'd make that beat the background music for the next Metroid video game:

Anyway, two major names on a single you can dance or chill to - worth a spot in the rotation. Try mixing / mashing up with:

Drunk In Love - Beyoncé
Grammys - Drake, Future
Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae) - Silento
Ni**as In Paris - Jay-Z, Kanye
Deuces - Chris Brown
iSay - Wiz Khalifa ft. Juicy J
Light Years - Yellow Claw
Malibu - Miley Cyrus

download or stream Curve:


spotify playlist


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Blocks - Marshmello

tempo: 71 bpm

bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm

the dj's take: Listener discretion advised - the bass in the drop is like an electric force field that may twist your brain into a pretzel. Sort of feels like Dead Prez's Hip Hop:

Some key-compatible tracks from 70 to 75 bpm:

Locked Out Of Heaven - Bruno Mars
All I Do Is Win - DJ Khaled
Handsome And Wealthy - Migos
Holy Grail - Jay-Z ft. Justin Timberlake
Marry You - Bruno Mars
First Day Out - Kodak Black

And between 65 and 70:

MotorSport - Migos, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B
Versace (Remix) - Migos ft. Drake
Fake Love - Drake
Hotline Bling - Drake
No Sense - Justin Bieber
Are You That Somebody? - Aaliyah

download or stream Blocks:



Feel Me Flow - Naughty by Nature

tempo: 90 bpm

bpm range: 85 to 90 bpm90 to 95 bpm

The DJ’s Take: A perfect track for a block party or summer backyard barbecue. In fact, check out this hefty claim from wikipedia:

If that isn't authoritative, I don't know what is.

Worth a permanent spot in your throwback hiphop rotation. Try mixing with:

download or stream Feel Me Flow:


spotify playlist (85 to 90 bpm)

Monday, November 13, 2017

All Falls Down - Alan Walker ft. Noah Cyrus with Digital Farm Animals

tempo: 98 bpm

bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm

the dj's take: Noah Cyrus sounds a lot like her sister, doesn't she? Good bounce and energy in the beat - if I were assembling widgets in a futuristic factory, listening to this would definitely improve my productivity.

On a side note, if we're ranking songs called 'All Falls Down,' this is still #2 to Kanye:

Try mixing with:

Colors - Halsey
Locked Away - R. City ft. Adam Levine
Post To Be - Omarion ft. Chris Brown & Jhené Aiko
F**kin' Problems - A$AP Rocky

download or stream All Falls Down:



Only Girl in the World - Rihanna

tempo: 126 bpm

bpm range: 125 to 130 bpm

The DJ’s Take: One of my guilty pleasure tracks when it came out, and if I had a pop gig at a club, this would be in the rotation. Thumping beat that'll give any pair of speakers a good workout.

Try mixing with:

download or stream Only Girl In The World:


spotify playlist

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Miss Me - Drake ft. Lil Wayne

tempo: 77 bpm

bpm range: 75 bpm to 80 bpm

The DJ’s Take: I guess everyone wants to be appreciated and missed when they step away for a bit. Kind of like MJ when he came back to Chicago as a Wizard:

As for the track, those horns are heavy. It's like they gathered the most enthusiastic trumpet players from the local middle school bands for this one. Worth a spin on a hiphop night as a throwback.

Try mixing / mashing up with:

XO TOUR Llif3 - Lil Uzi Vert
Use Me - Future
Private Show - Britney Spears
Messin' Around - Pitbull ft. Enrique Iglesias
Live Your Life - Rihanna
American Oxygen - Rihanna

download or stream Miss Me: