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Showing posts from July 24, 2016

Closer - The Chainsmokers, Halsey

Speed: 95 bpm Recommended bpm range: 90 to 95 bpm The DJ's Take: Seems like The Chainsmokers have been on a winning streak recently, which makes this worth a look. More of a quirky electronic curiosity than a Top 40 dancefloor banger, so I'd save it for a streaming / recorded mix or the new music portion of a set. Some key-compatible tracks worth mixing with include: Good For You - Selena Gomez ft. A$AP Rocky Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding Don't - Ed Sheeran Only You - 112 Beware - Big Sean Up Down - T-Pain Ride Out - Kid Ink, Tyga, YG, Wale & Rich Homie Quan Download or stream the song: Spotify playlist (songs with similar key & bpm) Apple Music iTunes Amazon

Holy Key - DJ Khaled (ft. Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar & Betty Wright)

Speed: 84 bpm Recommended bpm range: 80 bpm to 85 bpm The DJ's Take: Loud, hard-driving beat that should work with a hiphop crowd. And if you're wondering who Betty Wright is, her biggest hit was this song , which has been sampled a lot in the genre (including an underrated remix of a notable 90s classic). Try mixing or making a mashup with:

Purple Lamborghini - Skrillex & Rick Ross

Speed: 74 bpm Recommended bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm The DJ's Take: Probably not going in your wedding playlist. But if you have a young, high energy crowd that likes it loud, this is worth a spin. Part of a major movie soundtrack, and getting some initial traction on the charts, so the shelf life should last at least through the summer. Try mixing with tracks like:

Make Her Say - Kid Cudi ft. Kanye West and Common

tempo: 99 bpm bpm range: 95 to 100 bpm the DJ’s take: I don’t know - for some reason, the piano and shuffling beat make me want to tapdance or do the  Charleston . Familiar Poker Face sample and a notable cast of rappers make this worth a spin or two for nostalgia's sake. Fun fact: The original title was I Poke Her Face , but it was changed to something more radio-friendly. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with: Faith - George Michael Thrift Shop - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home) [feat. Plies] - Usher Lean Back - Terror Squad, Fat Joe & Remy download or stream the song: amazon itunes

Last Night - P. Diddy ft. Keyshia Cole

tempo: 121 bpm bpm range: 120 to 125 bpm the DJ’s take: This is one of those pseudo 80s beats I could imagine Prince or George Michael using, but it fits here. Tight hook from Keyshia Cole seals the deal. Keep this in mind: depending on the version you get, I think the last minute or so is just violins and the sound of a phone getting dialed, so make your transition well beforehand. Try mixing with key-compatible tracks like: Sensual Seduction - Snoop Dogg Sweet Dreams - BeyoncĂ© Lay It All On Me - Rudimental ft. Ed Sheeran How Will I Know - Whitney Houston Or you can slow down a couple bpm's and spin with: We Be Burning - Sean Paul Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston Jaded - Disclosure download or stream the song: amazon itunes