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Showing posts from February 14, 2016

Exchange - Bryson Tiller

Speed: 40 bpm Recommended bpm range: 40 bpm to 45 bpm , 80 bpm to 85 bpm The DJ's Take: A sentimental song you can nod your head to - I like it. Melody is sweet without being sappy, and those drum patterns are tight. If you're staying key-compatible, try half-timing into tracks like: Back Up - DeJ Loaf ft. Big Sean Play No Games - Big Sean Just Kickin' It - Xscape Always Be My Baby - Mariah Carey Down and Out - Cam'ron Cheers (Drink To That) - Rihanna We Go Down - Krewella Download or stream the song: Spotify playlist (songs with similar key & bpm) Amazon

waves - Miguel ft. Travis Scott

Speed: 58 bpm Recommended bpm range: 55 bpm to 60 bpm The DJ's Take: I feel like I just watched a promo video for a cult. Kind of makes me want to attend one of their regional recruiting meetings; just make sure not to sip the 'fruit punch.' This one probably won't explode on the radio, but the trippiness could appeal to the right crowd. Try mixing or doing a mashup with tracks like:

Throwback Thursday: Rocketeer - Far East Movement ft. Ryan Tedder

Speed: 96 bpm Recommended bpm range:   95  to  100 bpm The DJ’s Take:  Is there a category of music called Adult Contemporary Pop? If so, this would be a prime example (minus the rapping). Worth a spin in a more relaxed environment. Some other key-compatible tracks worth mixing with: Don't Wanna Know - Maroon 5 Feel No Ways - Drake Company - Justin Bieber Misery - Gwen Stefani Show Me - Kid Ink Animals - Maroon 5 Survival of the Fittest - Mobb Deep You And Your Friends - Wiz Khalifa Download or stream the song: Spotify playlist Apple Music iTunes

Throwback Thursday: X Gon' Give it to Ya - DMX

Speed: 95 bpm Recommended bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm The DJ's Take: One cool thing about Deadpool coming out - now we can blow the dust off one of my least favorite tracks from the early 00s. Of course, it's also go-to background music for generic action movie trailers. Guaranteed to drive up the testosterone in the room by about 36.4%. Try mixing or mashing up with tracks like How Do U Want It - Tupac and Baby - Brandy . As a bonus, Deadpool has also resurrected Salt N Pepa's Shoop, which we covered back in 2010 . If the feeling's right, I'd try mixing that with tracks like Old Thing Back - Matoma and Back To Sleep - Chris Brown . Download the song: iTunes Amazon

Nocturnal - Disclosure ft. The Weeknd (Disclosure V.I.P.)

Speed: 123 bpm Recommended bpm range: 120 to 125 bpm , 125 to 130 bpm The DJ's Take: This is possibly the first song I've ever heard that had a 3 minute 30 second intro. To sum it up - first half is vocals with glittery synths, second half is a snazzy little beat you can snap your fingers to while dancing like a pretentious, self-unaware frat boy. If you're staying relatively key-compatible, try mixing or doing a mashup with tracks like: Faith - Calvin Harris Book of Love - Felix Jaehn New Romantics - Taylor Swift I Really Like You - Carly Rae Jepsen Let Me Love You - NeYo California Gurls - Katy Perry Or if you're feeling adventurous, you could try double-timing over: The Recipe - Kendrick Lamar No Type - Rae Sremmurd oui - Jeremih I Should've Cheated - Keyshia Cole Here - Alessia Cara Blasé (feat. Future & Rae Sremmurd) - Ty Dolla $ign Download or stream the song: Spotify playlist (songs with similar key & bpm) iTunes A

LA Confidential - Tory Lanez

Speed: 79 bpm Recommended bpm range: 75 bpm to 80 bpm The DJ's Take: For some reason, I feel like this would make a cool theme song in a commercial for an LA-based perfume or cologne. Should work well as a mix / mashup with Sure Thing - Miguel . Other key-compatible tracks include: