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Showing posts from April 17, 2016

Purple Rain - Prince

Speed: 57 bpm Recommended bpm range: 55 bpm to 60 bpm The DJ's Take: Check out the top songs on iTunes right now: So I guess that means people have Prince on the brain, right? Anyway, an obvious classic, and something you should end your gig with tonight or next weekend. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with tracks like: March Madness - Future , Needed Me - Rihanna , 2 Phones - Kevin Gates , CoCo - O.T. Genasis , Birthday Sex - Jeremih , Man of the Year - SchoolBoy Q , Loveeeeeee Song - Rihanna ft. Future Or you can half-time into Love Runs Out - OneRepublic , She Doesn't Mind - Sean Paul , DJ Got Us Falling In Love - Usher , and Teenage Dream - Katy Perry . Download the song: iTunes Amazon

Better - Meghan Trainor ft. Yo Gotti

Speed: 86 bpm Recommended bpm range: 85 bpm to 90 bpm The DJ's Take: Whenever you release a reggae-flavored pop single, isn't it almost always supposed to feature Sean Paul? Not expecting this to be a big hit, but considering the artist, it's worth a spot in the new music playlist. Try mixing or mashing up with tracks like:

Bailar - Deorro ft. Elvis Crespo

Speed: 128 bpm Recommended bpm range: 125 to 130 bpm The DJ's Take: No idea what that guy is singing, but who cares - this one is fun. And as the weather gets warmer, Latin music should get an even better reception if you sprinkle it in judiciously. Worth a spot in the change-of-pace playlist. Try mixing or mashing up with tracks like:

Throwback Thursday: 1999 - Prince

Speed: 119 bpm Recommended bpm range: 115 to 120 bpm The DJ's Take: Very rare that I get any kind of a rise when a legend dies. But with MJ and Whitney Houston, we sort of saw it coming, right? Prince seemed more like some alien who would live forever. Anyway, this was a staple of my music collection back when I spun an 80s night. And you're pretty much guaranteed to get requests for 1999 (and just about any other big song he did) this weekend and probably next weekend as well. A must-download. If you're at around 115 bpm, try mixing with key-compatible tracks like:

Throwback Thursday: Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio

Speed: 80 bpm Recommended bpm range:  75 bpm to 80 bpm , 80 bpm to 85 bpm The DJ's Take: I remember my sophomore year of high school, this was on the radio all the time. And it'll probably still get a big reaction if you spin it today. A timeless track, and definitely worth a spot in your throwback playlist. On a side note, if you're wondering what Coolio's hair looks like today, watch this video to the very end - he should be the mascot for the Milwaukee Bucks. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with some or all of the following: Simple Things (Remix) - Miguel , Mirrors - Justin Timberlake , Man Down - Rihanna , This Is Why I'm Hot - MIMS , Turnin Me On - Keri Hilson , You Make Me Wanna - Usher , Rockin That Thang - The Dream , Power - Kanye West Download the song: Amazon

MFN Right - 2 Chainz

Speed: 70 bpm Recommended bpm range: 65 bpm to 70 bpm , 70 bpm to 75 bpm The DJ's Take: Has a slow, relaxed groove with a subtle underlying bounce. I like how the piano and flute work with each other; this track is cool, and it knows it. Probably better suited for a hiphop night somewhere in the South, but certainly worth playing in the car as the weather warms up. Try mixing or mashing up with some or all of the following: Antidote - Travis Scott , My Way - Fetty Wap , Dark Horse - Katy Perry , Guts Over Fear - Eminem ft. Sia , Best Mistake - Ariana Grande , New Flame - Chris Brown , Rude - MAGIC! , All Of The Lights , Ghosts N Stuff Download the song: Amazon

Ain't No Time - Future

Speed: 72.5 bpm Recommended bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm The DJ's Take: Give Future credit for one thing - he knows what his fans want, and he gives it to them over and over again. If you spin hiphop, this should keep things moving for another couple minutes. Try mixing with tracks like Remember Me - Chris Brown ft. Tyga , Trap Queen - Fetty Wap ,  7/11 - Beyoncé , Tuesday - I LOVE MAKONNEN ,  Bang Bang - Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj ,  Motivation - Kelly Rowland ,  Young Forever - Jay-Z , and Love In This Club (feat. Young Jeezy) - Usher . Download the song: Amazon

Let Me Love You - Ariana Grande ft. Lil Wayne

Speed: 69.5 bpm Recommended bpm range: 65 bpm to 70 bpm , 70 bpm to 75 bpm The DJ's Take: If we're ranking recent pop songs entitled 'Let Me Love You,' I'm putting this at #3 behind NeYo and Mario . Not bad though. Probably better suited for the bedroom than the dance floor, but there's enough there to snap your fingers to. Try mixing or mashing up with key-compatible tracks like: Can't Hold Us - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ,  Day N Nite - Kid Cudi , Big Pimpin - Jay-Z , Jimmy Choo - Fetty Wap , Horses In The Stable - Ty Dolla $ign , Know Ya - Ty Dolla $ign , White Iverson - Post Malone , Gold Bottles - Jeezy , Big Rings - Drake & Future , Where Are Ü Now - Skrillex & Diplo ft. Justin Bieber , Feeling Myself - Nicki Minaj , Lips Are Movin - Meghan Trainor ,  X - Chris Brown , Moses - French Montana Download the song: Amazon

I Remember - AlunaGeorge

Speed: 67 bpm Recommended bpm range: 65 bpm to 70 bpm The DJ's Take: Has a light, breezy feel with just enough percussion to make your head nod. Worth a spin in a recorded mix or during a lower-energy electronic night. Try mixing or mashing up with key-compatible tracks like: Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae) - Silento , Drunk In Love - Beyoncé , Deuces - Chris Brown , iSay - Wiz Khalifa ft. Juicy J , Elevated - Wiz Khalifa Download the song: Amazon

I Love Me - Meghan Trainor ft. Lunchmoney Lewis

Speed: 97 bpm Recommended bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm The DJ's Take: Sounds like a non-Caribbean version of Pon de Replay , right? So there's a potential mashup right there. Probably better suited for a dance recital than a Top 40 night, but considering the singer, you may want to keep this in your back pocket. Try mixing with tracks like: You Be Killin Em - Fabolous , It Girl - Pharrell , Magic - Coldplay , Stereo Hearts - Gym Class Heroes , You're All I Need - Method Man & Mary J. Blige , Baby Baby Baby - TLC , Opposite of Adults - Chiddy Bang , Ridin Solo - Jason Derulo , Airplanes - B.o.B , Find Your Love - Drake , Flashing Lights - Kanye West , Replay - IYAZ , Renée - Lost Boyz Download the song: Amazon