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Showing posts from January 31, 2016

Die a Happy Man - Nelly

Speed: 88 bpm Recommended bpm range: 85 bpm to 90 bpm The DJ's Take: Who knew a rapper could sing a cover of a country song, let alone have it turn into a hit? I feel like this would play a little better below the Mason-Dixon line, but there's enough hiphop flavor for a traditional pop night. Try mixing or mashing up with tracks like Real Friends - Kanye West , Down and Out - Cam'ron , and We Go Down - Krewella . Download the song: iTunes Amazon

Don't Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers, Daya

Speed: 80 bpm Recommended bpm range: 75 bpm to 80 bpm , 80 bpm to 85 bpm The DJ's Take: The shimmery intro makes you think of 311 , and the light drop sort of sounds like a sped-up, higher-register She Knows with the fake horns. Is it a hit? Who knows; I didn't expect Roses to blow up like it did. Anyway, worth a spot in the new music playlist. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing or making a mashup with tracks like Heart Attack - Trey Songz and Strange Clouds - B.o.B ft. Lil Wayne . Download the song: iTunes Amazon

Fly Shit Only - Future

Speed: 55 bpm Recommended bpm range: 50 bpm to 55 bpm , 55 bpm to 60 bpm The DJ's Take: That beat sounds like the overworld theme music for an old school role-playing game. Makes you feel as though you're on a long journey. For that reason, I don't see it being a banger, but worth a spin for the new music portion of a hiphop-oriented mix. If you need to pick up the pace and stay key-compatible, try half-timing into tracks like:

The Recipe - Kendrick Lamar ft. Dr. Dre

Speed: 65.5 bpm Recommended bpm range: 60 bpm to 65 bpm , 65 bpm to 70 bpm The DJ's Take: How did I miss this one? Just heard it for the first time a few minutes ago, and involuntary head-nodding ensued. That beat is smooth like my after-dinner glass of Jameson. Try mixing or mashing up with key-compatible tracks like:

Wicked - Future

Speed: 79 bpm Recommended bpm range: 80 bpm to 85 bpm The DJ's Take: This sounds like the background music for an alien invasion of Earth, with those fake violins adding some exaggerated drama. Fair to say this'll play best at hiphop clubs in the Atlanta area, although it's worth a try in any urban environment. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing or making a mashup with tracks like:


Speed: 63 bpm Recommended bpm range: 60 bpm to 65 bpm The DJ's Take: We covered this a couple days ago in the newsletter , and it looks like it'll be a chart-topper for a little while longer. And a good chunk of One Direction's fan base has to be in their early 20s, which is a key part of a dj's demographic, right? Anyway, worth a download if you spin for a college crowd. Try half-timing into key-compatible tracks like: Waiting - Oliver Heldens & Throttle More Than Ever - Breathe Carolina & Ryos Something New - Axwell ^ Ingrosso Birthday - Katy Perry Play Hard - David Guetta Sweet Nothing - Calvin Harris Super Bass - Nicki Minaj Download or stream the song: Spotify playlist (songs with similar key & bpm) iTunes Amazon

Jam - Kevin Gates ft. Trey Songz, Ty Dolla $ign, Jamie Foxx

Speed: 60 bpm Recommended bpm range: 55 bpm to 60 bpm , 60 bpm to 65 bpm The DJ's Take: This feels like a bit of a throwback to 10-15 years ago, when we saw more end-of-the-night R&B on the charts. Personally, I'd consider winding an evening down with this, then maybe throw on Candyman's Knockin' Boots as a bonus right afterward ( click here for the iTunes download). If you're looking to do a key-compatible mashup, I'd go with Bad Intentions - Niykee Heaton ft. Migos , waves - Miguel ft. Travis Scott , and White Walls - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (or drop down to 56-57 bpm and get into Say It - Tory Lanez ). If you've still got time to fill and the energy needs to go back up, try half-timing into tracks like Under Pressure - Queen & David Bowie , Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice , and Wasted - Tiesto . Download or stream the song: Spotify playlist (songs with similar key & bpm) iTunes Amazon

The BMC Top 10 for January 2016

1. Sorry - Justin Bieber 2. Jumpman - Drake & Future 3. Good For You - Selena Gomez ft. A$AP Rocky 4. Hotline Bling - Drake 5. Love Yourself - Justin Bieber 6. Love Me Harder - Ariana Grande ft. The Weeknd 7. Real Friends - Kanye West 8. Lean On - Major Lazer & DJ Snake 9. What Do You Mean? - Justin Bieber 10. The Hills - The Weeknd Any thoughts on what should be in the Top 10? Let us know on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram . (Photo via Morguefile )

Summer Sixteen - Drake

Speed: 71 bpm Recommended bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm The DJ's Take: They say revenge is a dish best served cold, and this beat is like ice. The tricky part is the key - closest I can find on the site is Never Forget You - Zara Larsson, MNEK , and maybe Swimming Pools (Drink) - Kendrick Lamar . I feel like there's a slight shift in the second half of track, which could open the door a little more for Pop That - French Montana and Pour It Up - Rihanna . Of course, key-compatibility isn't the end all be all. Summer Sixteen is a must-download at this point, so you'll find a way to integrate, one way or another. Download the song: iTunes

Kiss It Better - Rihanna

Speed: 48 bpm Recommended bpm range: 45 bpm to 50 bpm , 50 bpm to 55 bpm The DJ's Take: Sounds like a hungover version of Bitch Better Have My Money (easy key-compatible mix / mashup, by the way). Kinda like how the guitars add a little post-apocalyptic grit. If you want to pick up the pace, try half-timing into tracks like: Bitches N Marijuana - Chris Brown and Tyga Loyal - Chris Brown Ayo - Chris Brown and Tyga I Don't F**k With You - Big Sean Team - Lorde U Know What's Up - Donell Jones Download the song: iTunes Amazon