Dance tracks that are ideal for changing tempo in a DJ setJuly 11, 2013 3 Comments Author:marvis
I have been using tempo changes in my sets a couple of times already. I think that this is a great way to make a set more dynamic. In a club, when the DJ does a tempo change at the right point in time, this can really make a party go boom.
I have previously written about several ways to change the tempo in a set. I would like to add to this older article by naming some of my favorite tracks to do tempo changes. Here we go:
Far Too Loud – Faster Than Light
This one starts as a banging Electro House track, then morphs into a fast Drum&Bass track in a quite elegant way. You will probably have to mix out of this one by hand.
James Egbert – Chopper
This one is quite an anthem. It has three parts that sound quite different, but are still recognizable as the the same track: The first change comes at around 1:45, but we are still on a straight beat here. However, this could be a good opportunity to change the pitch a little – or even go down to 110-115 BPM. The real tempo change comes at 3:40 to Drumstep/Drum&Bass tempo. You will need to be quick to make a transition here, but it does work. My recommendation would be to follow with a Drumstep track or a half-tempo Drum&Bass-part here.
Katy B – Katy On A Mission
This track does not really have a tempo change, but you can easily do one with the intro part: If you use the intro part with the straight beats, you can easily change the tempo from 125-130 to 140 BPM and follow up with a Dubstep track then. I have used this in my Gearbox mix.
Camo & Krooked – History Of The Future
Slowing down is often more difficult than speeding up, but this track can help you do the trick: It starts as a fast Drum&Bass track, has a slower Electro House-part in the middle and goes back to Drum&Bass in the end. Can be used both to slow down and to speed up.
Buzzwak – Mumbling Music (Access Denied Remix)
This one has a very nice Dubstep-like part in the middle. You could synch this part to a Dubstep track, make the transition, adjust the pitch and you will end up at around 130 BPM. I used this transition in my Bass Magic mix.
Do you know any other tracks that help you speed up or slow down? Let us know in the comments!DJ culture, Music nerdism, Reviews