Friday, September 17, 2010
Speed: 123 bpm
The DJ’s Take: For the record, during college spring break in Cancun nearly 10 years ago, I remember they played this in every club at peak hours, and people were pumping their fists like they were on Jersey Shore. That said, this song is about as hit or miss as it gets. Play it for the right crowd, and they will go crazy. Play it for the wrong crowd, and they will laugh at you. My recommendation - play it at something like a wedding for a younger, more Caucasian crowd. The good news is that even if it doesn’t work out, you have a bunch of other options to mix into (see below).
Download the MP3: One More Time
DJs - turn on key adjust and mix with: Only Girl in the World - Rihanna, P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing), Sexy Bitch - Akon, Meet Me Halfway - Black Eyed Peas, Down - Jay Sean, Disturbia - Rihanna, Hotel Room Service - Pitbull
Speed: 130 bpm
The DJ’s Take: How does anything good come out of looping the most maddening part of one of the most annoying pop songs of the 80s? This might be solid if you’re djing a 15 year old girl’s birthday party, but even her and her friends might get sick of this saccharine after about a minute. You may be able to squeeze a 3 song mix by playing (in order, with key adjust on) Beautiful Monster, I Like It, and then this. But I wouldn’t even bother, unless this somehow creeps even higher up the charts and people start asking you for it.
Download the MP3: Check It Out [Explicit]
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Speed: 126 bpm
The DJ’s Take: Once in awhile, you hear a track for the first time, and immediately get a feeling it’ll be a hit. And that’s how I feel this morning about Only Girl in the World. Pop EDM is still the weapon of choice for top 40 DJs, and now you have a pop heavyweight who’s really doing it for the first time. She nails it, and the breakdown in the chorus that turns into a massive thump will make panties melt. I will be really surprised if this doesn’t hit the Billboard Top 10, if not #1. Get it in your library now before the ladies start bothering you for it in a couple weeks.
Download the MP3: Only Girl (In The World)
DJs - turn on key adjust and mix this with: Sexy Bitch - Akon, Meet Me Halfway - Black Eyed Peas, Down - Jay Sean, Disturbia - Rihanna, Hotel Room Service - Pitbull
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
After the second week of September, some minor changes in the Top 5 songs on this site (based on reader feedback):
1. Love the Way You Lie - Eminem ft. Rihanna
2. Right Above It - Lil Wayne
3. Airplanes - B.o.B ft. Hayley Williams
4. Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars
5. Club Can’t Handle Me - Flo Rida and David Guetta
The Flo Rida track made an appearance in the monthly Top 5 back in August, so it’s not too surprising that it’s back in the mix. That said, I’ve been expecting at least one of the two Katy Perry tracks in the Billboard top 10 to make an appearance on our charts, and that hasn’t happened.
Just goes to show that this site’s readers have good taste in music, for which I applaud you. Keep listening, keep reading, and stay tuned for next week’s top 5.
(Photo via Morguefile)
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Speed: 95 bpm
The DJ’s Take: Did you know that before he was the host of MTV’s Pimp My Ride, Xzibit was actually a pretty good rapper? More importantly, this beat just bangs; one of my favorites from Dr. Dre. I remember making my first mixtapes 7 or 8 years ago and knowing I had to fit this track in somehow. If you dj hiphop, or you’re a self-proclaimed hiphop head, B*tch Please has to be in your library. No questions asked.
Download the MP3: Bitch Please (Feat. Xzibit) [Explicit]
DJs - mix this with: Roc The Mic [Explicit]
Speed: 95 bpm
The DJ’s Take: Regionally and racially speaking, I think this could work at a party full of black people in the South. The percussion is too soft and slow, and the piano’s too strange for pop fans who live above the Mason-Dixon line. But the chorus is catchy, and as someone who’s dj’ed college parties for hundreds of black people in the South, I can see them getting down to this in groups and in pairs.
Download the MP3: Toot It And Boot It, Toot It And Boot It [Explicit]
Monday, September 13, 2010
Speed: 95 bpm
The DJ’s Take: Sometimes bringing it back to the old[er] school can get people excited, but only if it’s well-done. And in this case, I feel like they just indiscriminately threw some samples together (not unlike a KFC Famous Bowl), added some out-of-place scratching, and hoped the kids would like the “retro” sound.
But like Jenny from the Block back in the day, which did a little damage on the charts in spite of J. Lo’s obvious lack of talent, you can’t get around the fact that Holding You Down is bastardized. At least Jazmine Sullivan can sing, and I thought the guitar sample from The Firm’s Affirmative Action was kind of cool. Otherwise, let’s hope whoever produced this track goes back to the lab and comes back with a stronger effort next time.
Download the MP3: Holding You Down (Goin' In Circles)