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Showing posts from September 21, 2014

i - Kendrick Lamar

Speed: 122 bpm The DJ's Take: My issues with this are twofold - first, it samples the song that was playing when Ron Burgundy first saw Veronica Corningstone in Anchorman (so it's hard to keep a straight face as I listen). Second, Kendrick Lamar's voice sounds funny to me. That said, this is an example of how rap doesn't have to be all slow, grim, simplistic beats with fourth grade rhymes about money and shooting people. Will this be a hit? Maybe. There's certainly been some short-term hype going on, and it's got some funk-soul danceability (using a melody that people should recognize). Worth a spot in the new music portion of your program. If you're going at around 115 to 120 bpm , key-compatible mix recommendations include Am I Wrong - Nico & Vinz , International Love - Pitbull ft. Chris Brown , Treasure - Bruno Mars , Because of You - NeYo , and In My Head - Jason Derulo . In the 125 bpm range, try blending with tracks like Blame - Cal

Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Remix) - Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin Schulz

Speed: 123 bpm The DJ's Take: I don't know much about this Robin Schulz fellow, but his music gives off a surfer dude type vibe (especially in the wake of that Waves remix ). The quasi-bongo drums and similar key make me feel like this could be an interesting mashup with one of the greatest breakbeats of all-time . If you're going pop in the 120 bpm range, try mixing or mashing up with tracks like Safe and Sound - Capital Cities , Bad Romance - Lady Gaga , Don't You Want Me - The Human League , and SexyBack - Justin Timberlake (and then maybe finishing off with Songs On 12 Play ). If you're speeding up into the 125 to 130 bpm range, consider blending with tracks like Lay Me Down - Avicii , Adore You - Miley Cyrus (Cedric Gervais Remix) , Ten Feet Tall - Afrojack , Take Me - Tiesto , We Run The Night - Havana Brown ft. Pitbull , Marry The Night - Lady Gaga , Club Can't Handle Me - Flo Rida , Danza Kuduro - Don Omar , Shut It Down - Pitbull ft. Akon ,

Touchin, Lovin - Trey Songz ft. Nicki Minaj

Speed: 100 bpm The DJ's Take: Kind of a mellower vibe, but still suitable for dancing. Chorus sounds like a nice little nod to a Bad Boy bedroom classic . I think this could be a moderate hit (or at least some decent filler) - go with the edited version and plug into a hiphop/R&B-oriented mix in the 100 to 105 bpm range. If you're looking for something key-compatible to mix or mash up with at 100+ bpm, try Problem - Ariana Grande (although the horns may clash stylistically); similar deal with Thrift Shop - Macklemore at 95 to 100 ( Lean Back by Fat Joe may work better, assuming people still remember it). Download the song: Amazon:  Touchin, Lovin (feat. Nicki Minaj) [Clean]