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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Classic - The Knocks ft. Powers

tempo: 102-103 bpm

The DJ's Take: Track #3 in mix #62 (3:51):

I imagine that this song is what someone from Japan thinks California sounds and feels like. A thick, full-bodied groove - good chance it'll be louder than other songs in your mix, so the volume may need to come down. Decreased it to -1.2 dB in Logic Pro X:

Most importantly (for me): a very healthy vocal-free break at the beginning makes it easy to blend with just about anything. Overall, a solid option to fill a couple minutes in your next set.

Some key-compatible music from 100 to 105 bpm:

download or stream Classic:

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Too Close - Next

tempo: 99-100 bpm

The DJ's Take: Track #7 in mix #62 (12:54):

If you're going down in history as a one-hit wonder, this would be a good one to go out on. Got a lot of play on the local hiphop radio station when I was in high school. The lyrics make me think of that infamous photo of Pitbull getting a little 'too close' to J. Lo during a concert. Too relatable.

On the more technical side, the lengthy vocal-free intro makes it easy to mix in for a set or a mashup.

Some key-compatible music from 100 to 105 bpm:

download or stream Too Close:

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Levitating - Dua Lipa ft. DaBaby

tempo: 103 bpm

The DJ's Take: Leadoff track in mix #62:

Song title reminds me of one of Dhalsim's victory celebrations in Street Fighter II:

Not many (if any) instrumental-only sections, so it makes sense to blend with another single where the vocalist takes a break or two and gives you some runway. Here's how the transition into Lady Gaga's Alejandro looked in Logic Pro X:

Some key-compatible music from 100 to 105 bpm:

download or stream Levitating:

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Monday, April 19, 2021

circuit break - sterling mercury

tempo: 120 bpm

The DJ’s Take: Took a little longer than expected, but we've finally got my first original music in ~3-4 years. I'd classify it as an electro-breakbeat; a bit different from what was in my head at the beginning of the process, but that's part of the fun. As you'll hear, I am a fan of the arpeggiator effect.

If you're looking to make your own beats, Logic Pro X is worth a download - it's been cool to learn through experimentation, and good old trial & error.

I added this to a couple key- and bpm-compatible playlists on

115-120 bpm

120-125 bpm

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

You Need To Calm Down - Taylor Swift

tempo: 85 bpm

the dj's take: Song #8 in session 61 (16:13):

Title of this song reminds me of when Will Ferrell didn't have the money to pay his rent:

A reminder that social media and alcohol have one thing in common - they make people a little bolder than usual. Enjoy both in moderation.

Some other key-compatible music:

download or stream You Need To Calm Down:


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