Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Speed: 160 bpm
The DJ's Take: This sounds like a Motown throwback, and I can't stop tapping my foot. Sure, it's from a soundtrack for a kids' movie, but Happy just feels like a future #1 hit in the US (and it already is in the UK). Definitely should be in your rotation for a wedding or family event, and could become a staple for your bar gig once it gets a little more airplay and moves up the charts.
If you want to stay key-compatible, try double-timing over E.T. or browse the 75 to 80 bpm range and see what sounds better. Only other 160 bpm I can think of is Hey Ya!, which should maintain the vibe and keep people dancing, although the lack of key-compatibility means you need to watch the transition a little more.
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