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Still Mixing It Up While Clubs Are Closed: Diplo, 3LAU, Meduza & More Stay-at-Home DJ Picks

With clubs closed across the country and Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart (and Billboard Boxscore) on hiatus, we're asking reporting club DJs what they've been listening to lately -- while at home…

With clubs closed across the country and Billboard‘s Dance Club Songs chart (and Billboard Boxscore) on hiatus, we’re asking reporting club DJs what they’ve been listening to lately — while at home, of course.

This week, we spoke with Tampa, Fla.-based Kidd Leow, New Yorker Lolo Mayhew and Michigan’s Steve Swift.

Kidd (Adam) Leow feels that Meduza’s “Born to Love,” featuring SHELLS (Slow Sense Remix), sports a “compelling vocal” and that “the dark groove is just right; to me, this is the song that defines where melodic house music is right now.” “Born” bounded from No. 13 to No. 7 on the March 28-dated Dance Club Songs chart and improves 23-20 on the current, April 4-dated Dance/Mix Show Airplay list.


Leow, who regularly spins at Topgolf (Orlando), Thee Treehouse (Tampa) and Perspective Rooftop Pool at the Art Ovation Hotel (Sarasota), among other area venues, also likes VAVO and TalkSick’s “Like Nobody” (Denis First Remix). Kidd, heard on local and nationally syndicated mix shows, including Hollywood Hamilton’s Remix Top 30 Countdown, muses, “The track has a feel-good summer vibe with a disco touch that makes you want to turn up it up while driving to the beach with your friends.” “Nobody” jumps 21-15 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay.

Kidd also praises Joel Corry’s “Lonely” (VIP Remix) and its “intensely melodic vocals; you can feel the emotion in the track, with a huge sing-along hook.” The track achieves a new peak on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs this week, pushing 27-23.

Lolo (short for Lauren) Mayhew, Manhattan resident and DJ at Tao, Lavo, Marquee and many more, says that she’s into Netta’s “Ricki Lake” (Joe Maz Remix). “I’m obsessed with this remix,” she beams. “It’s high-energy, fun and unique. The energy of the track is maintained throughout the entire song and is great for a club environment where you want to keep that fist-pumpin’ coming all night long!”

Mayhew has also been digging “One Thing,” credited to Mr. Belt & Wezol, Jack Wins. “I love the vocal on this track,” she says. “Also, I love the break-beat and driving rhythm. This is the sort of song that I would play to start amping up the vibe and heading towards peak hour in the club.”

Mayhew, who recently released a tropical house track of her own, “Lies” (with Kymber McClay and INViDA), also reports a craving for Black Caviar’s “El Camino“: “I’m a huge fan of these producer/DJs. I love their off-kilter sounds and freshness. They bring a certain grunge and ‘cool-factor’ to all of their tracks, while keeping momentum.”

Black Caviar recently reached No. 37 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay with “Mr. Vain,” a cover of Culture Beat’s Eurodance hit from the ’90s that hit multiple Billboard charts, including Dance Club Songs (No. 2, December 1993) and the Billboard Hot 100 (No. 17, January 1994).

Grand Rapids, Michigan-based DJ Steve Swift (real name Steven Skrzypek) extols the virtues of 3LAU’s “Tokyo,” featuring XIRA, which hit No. 43 on the March 28-dated edition of Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. “3LAU dropped a killer tune with a great vocal,” Swift says. “It’s perfect for the dance floor and working out.”

Additionally, Swift, who plays dance/house music at Billy’s Lounge, Social House and elsewhere in the vicinity, says that he’s been enjoying Dark Intensity’s mix of VASSY’s latest, “Blink,” with ONEDUO: “One of the best voices in dance music. Dark Intensity adds his signature sounds on a dope remix.”

Diplo has also been in Swift’s thoughts, telling Billboard of “On My Mind,” with SIDEPIECE, “Diplo dropped a solid bass house jam with a catchy vocal that will get stuck in your head.” The track has hit Billboard charts, including Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales (No. 7, December), Dance/Mix Show Airplay (No. 10, February) and Dance Club Songs (No. 17, also February). On the April 4 Hot Dance/Electronic Songs survey, “Mind” returns to its No. 25 high.