Friday, September 25, 2009
Speed: 115 bpm
The DJ’s Take: Ok, so it’s Friday today, not Saturday. Details, details. But if this classic track doesn’t make you smile, you need to get your pulse checked. I used to have this on vinyl and it was one of my favorite singles to spin. If you like early 90s hiphop, or you spin it, I highly recommend it.
Note on the link below - This track is off the album De La Soul Is Dead, which is a classic itself, so it’s not like you’d be buying the record to get the single. Pick it up and sample some hiphop history.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Speed: 85 bpm
The DJ’s Take: For the younger folk raised on PlayStation and XBox, the production on this reminds me of the dungeon music from Final Fantasy on the original Game Boy. Makes me feel nostalgic, but it also makes me wonder why they can’t spend more time making better beats. No big deal though - as long as people love Drake, Weezy and Jeezy, you can sample the Kid Icarus theme song and people will buy it. Like Flo Rida, I think we’ll get a sense for whether Drake is a fad or for real in the near future.
Download the MP3: I'm Goin' In [Explicit]
Speed: 86 bpm
The DJ’s Take: Probably the biggest hit so far off Loso's Way. The hook is catchy, but there’s nothing going on besides an endless fake piano loop. Regardless, people like the track and it’s good harmless fun, so turn off your brain and throw this in your bag.
Download the MP3: Throw It In The Bag [Explicit]
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Speed: 127 bpm
The DJ’s Take: Brand new track produced by the Neptunes, who were at the peak of their popularity from around 2000 to 2004 with singles like I Just Wanna Love U, Milkshake, Drop It Like It’s Hot and Grindin (the Clipse’ first major hit). You know what I like about this? It’s interesting. You get an outer space-Disturbia-on-hot-sauce-like vibe, which is different. Expect All Eyes On Me to get some radio mix show and club play, especially given the bpm.
Download the MP3: All Eyes On Me (Explicit Version)
Speed: 136 bpm
The DJ’s Take: Are you a girl who likes to dress up in 80s gear and rock out on 80s night at the local bar? Do you spin for girls who like to do that? Either way, drop the pretense and drop this onto your turntables. Tested out by yours truly, and this one works pretty well if dropped correctly. And yes, there is no shame in my game.
Download the MP3: Dress You Up
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Speed: 130 bpm
The DJ’s Take: First off, this is one of the funnier music videos out there. Looks like Akon and David Guetta are dancing like no one is watching, and loving like they’ve never been hurt at the pool. Maybe it’s a European thing. As for the song itself, it’s one of the better tracks off Guetta’s One Love album. Definitely danceable for fans and easy to mix for dj’s - can’t ask for more than that.
Download the MP3: Sexy Bitch (Featuring Akon; Explicit)
Monday, September 21, 2009
Remember when hiphop was fun and unpretentious? Yeah, me neither. Anyway, this watch has the stick figures and black-green-red color scheme used in the album art for A Tribe Called Quest’s The Low End Theory. If you consider yourself a true fan of rap, download the mp3s on Amazon.
As for the watch, it’s $70. Not everyone’s cup of tea fashion-wise, but 90s hiphop dj’s can use it to pay homage to a great group and check what time it is during a gig. Click on the link below to get it.
Flud Watches The 4080 Silver Hands Watch, Watches for Unisex
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Speed: 72 bpm
The DJ’s Take: You know, the beauty of Facebook is that your friends can expose you to new music by posting videos. I first heard this a couple months ago through my 'friends feed' and thought the hook sounded interesting. Then I forgot about it, and suddenly it’s in the top 10 on the Billboard charts.
DJ’s - mix this with On Top and Right Now (Na Na Na). I tried it for the first time yesterday (yes, I should practice this stuff before spinning live), and it sounded good. Similar key, same bpm range.
Download the MP3: Whatcha Say