Aaron Cruz

DJCX Debuts ‘The Sounds of CX’ Podcast

DJCX — host of the Power 96 “Friday Night Live” mixshow in Miami — takes fans clubbing with his debut “The Sounds of CX” podcast. Originally a guest mix for 99.7 NOW’s “Club 997” show in San Francisco, CX’s first episode contains dozens of EDM and hip-hop tracks, including plenty of bootlegs and edits. Stream it above or download it on Facebook.

01. Nico And Vinz – Am I Wrong – DJ Mark Anthony Love Comes Again Bootleg
02. David Guetta ft. Sam Martin – Lovers On The Sun
03. Zhu – Faded
04. Duke Dumont ft. Jax Jones – I Got U
05. Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne – Rather Be – Discotech Remix
06. The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather – Joe Maz Remix
07. Miike Snow – Animal – GC’s Punk Blood Re-Edit
08. Martin Garrix vs. Gregor Salto – Animal vs. On Your Mark – CX Edit
09. Martin Garrix vs. MAKJ vs. Zedd – Springen Animals – Citrix Mashup
10. Micha Moor – Space – BeatBreaker vs. TST vs. twoloud Drop It lIke This Bootleg
11. Will.i.am & Britney Spears – Scream & Shout – Frankeistien Edit
12. Zedd Feat. Foxes – Clarity
13. Zedd Feat. Foxes – Clarity – Tiesto Remix
14. David Guetta & Showtek ft. Vassy – Bad (Short Edit)
15. MAKJ & Henry Fong – Encore – Kronic Hype Edit
16. The Killers – Mr Brightside – Marco V Treatment
17. Disclosure ft. Sam Smith vs Audienpreview – Latch Elysium – Reid Stefan Bootleg
18. Ummet Ozcan vs. Pitbull – Smash The Fireball – Vinni Soul & Zea Bootleg
19. Ape Drums & 2Deep – Move That Butt – CX Edit
20. Sir Mix-a-lot – Baby Got Back
21. Nicki Minaj – Anaconda – Kid Cut Up Hype Intro
22. Huey, Ruen, & Mister Gray – Pop Lock & Drop It vs Come on Baby – J. Espinosa Blend
23. Drake – Trophies
24. Big Sean ft Kanye West, Roscoe Dash – Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay
25. Wiz Khalifa – We Dem Boyz (Hol’ Up)
26. Lil Jon ft. Tyga – Bend Ova – Tall Boys 70-103 Transition
27. Cidinho & Doca – Rap Das Armas (Parapapapa) – Kassiano City Of God Bootleg
28. Pitbull – Culo – Tall Boys Muchacho Bootleg
29. Major Lazer Feat. Busy Signal, The Flexican, & FS Green – Watch Out for This (Bumaye)
30. Gianni Marino – Bucky – JWLS ‘Que Vuelta’ Remix
31. Erock vs. Clayton William ft Nayelli – Move It All Around
32. Aluna George – You Know You Like It – DJ Snake Remix
33. Trey Songz ft. Nicki Minaj – Touchin’, Lovin’
34. Mase ft. Eric Bellinger – Nothing
35. Jeremih ft. YG – Don’t Tell ‘Em
36. Iggy Azelia ft. Charli XCX – Fancy – CX Hook First Edit
37. A$AP Rocky ft Drake, 2 Chainz, & Kendrick Lamar – F#ckin’ Problems
38. Ying Yang Twins – Wait
39. LoveRance ft YG, Iamsu & Skipper – Up (Beat The P#ssy Up) – YG Remix
40. T-Pain ft. B.O.B. – Up Down (Do This All Day)

The Best Beats by Your Favorite Hip-Hop Producers, According to Complex

Dr. Dre
We often come across lists of hip-hop’s best producers but what are the best beats by the genre’s most notable producers? Like any list, it’s only a matter of opinion but Complex’s recent piece titled “Best Beats by Your Favorite Producers” is an interesting read. What do you think of their picks?
The Neptunes – Grindin’ (Clipse)
DJ Premier – Mass Appeal (Gang Starr)
Dr. Dre – Nuthin but a ‘G’ Thang (Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Doggy Dogg)
Madlib – The Official (J Dilla)
Pete Rock – T.R.O.Y (Pete Rock & CL Smooth)
Just Blaze – Public Service Announcement (JAY Z)
Timbaland – Are You That Somebody? (Aaliyah)
DJ Muggs – Insane in the Brain (Cypress Hill)
Kanye West – Heart of the City (JAY Z)
J Dilla – Stakes Is high (De La Soul)
Bomb Squad – Fight the Power (Public Enemy)
Organized Noize – Player’s Ball (OutKast)
Havoc – Shook Ones Pt. II (Mobb Deep)
Large Professor – It Ain’t Hard to Tell (Nas)
Trackmasters – The Message (Nas)
Q-Tip – Can I Kick It? (A Tribe Called Quest)
The Alchemist – We Gonna Make It (Jadakiss)
Noah 40 – Successful (Drake)
RZA – C.R.E.A.M. (The Wu-Tang Clan)
Mannie Fresh – Back That Azz Up (Juvenile)
Marley Marl – The Boomin’ System (LL Cool J)
Related: LA Weekly Ranks Their Top 10 L.A. Hip-Hop Producers

JFB Releases Third ‘Balcony Scratch’ Episode

The third installment of JFB’s “Balcony Scratch” series has arrived. Watch as the two-time UK DMC Champion showcases his turntable skills over a remix of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs.”
Related: JFB – Balcony Scratch 2

Mr.SYN Delivers Japan’s First Power 106 ‘Jump Off Mix’

DJ Mr.Syn
Two weekends ago, Los Angeles’ Power 106 aired a special “Jump Off Mix” from DJ Mr. SYN — the first feature from a Japanese resident. As DJcity Japan’s Music Director and the owner of a club called Monarch in Hokkaido, SYN made sure to include some of today’s hottest hip-hop and EDM remixes and originals.


Lil Jon ft. Tyga – Bend Ova – Wedding Crasherz Party Break
Jason Derulo – Wiggle – DJ Sccoter Twerk Remix
Lil Wayne – Believe Me – Nick Ngo Twerk Remix
Lil Wayne – Belieive Me
A$AP Rocky ft. Drake, 2 Chainz, & Kendrick Lamar – F#ckin’ Problems
OI’ Dirty Bastard – Shimmy Shimmy Ya – Eric D-Lux Twerk Remix
Jeremih ft. YG – Don’t Tell ’em
Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne & Tyga – Loyal – Acap DIY
Chris Brown – Loyal – Taj Jersery Club Remix
Future ft. Pharrell, Pusha T, & Casino – Move That Doh – Taj Jersey Club Remix
Juicy J ft. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz – Bands A Make Her Dance – DJ Mike D Remix
Schoolboy Q ft. BJ The Chicago Kid – Studio – Spoonfed Bass Remix
Mazza & Klaas – Ready
MAKJ & Lil Jon – Let’s Get F#cked Up – DJ Prestige Build Up Intro
Uberjak’d, Chardy, & Kronic ft. Leftside – Turn Up The Club
Beyonce – Drunk In Love – Diplo Remix vs NASA 132-70 Transition
Drake – Trophies – Jordan Crisp Hype Edit
Juicy J ft. Nicki Minaj, Lil Bibby, & Young Thug – Low
Jay-Z – Public Service Announcement – Dennis Blaze Tom Ford Remix
Jay-Z & Linkin Park – Numb Encore – WickTown Deep House Remix
Destructo ft. YG – Party Up
Goodz ft. Roscoe Dash – Life Of The Party
Nicki Minaj – Anaconda – DJ Smerk 100-65 Transition
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J – Dark Horse – DJ Mike D Mix
Mayra Veronica VS Yolanda Be Cool – Mama Yo!
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – Problem – Carlos Mojica Remix
Future – Sh#t – Promnite & Twofresh Twerk Remix
DJ Sub Zero – Stickem
E-40 ft. T-Pain, Kid Ink, & B.O.B. – Red Cup
French Montana ft. Chinx – Don’t Panic
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX  – FANCY – Thrizzo Jump Edit
Kris Kross – Jump
2Pac – All About U

Related: DJ Mr.SYN – DJcity Podcast – April 30, 2013

Resampling MIDI Tracks in Ableton Live

Icon Collective’s Paul Laski is back with a new tutorial which explains how to resample MIDI tracks in Ableton Live. Paul demonstrates how to creatively use Ableton’s MIDI effects to recapture performances and create new musical ideas from past inspiration.
Related: How to Sample Analog Sounds with Ableton Live

DJ Jazzy Jeff Chronicles the 2014 Thre3style World Finals

DJ Jazzy Jeff has released a mini-documentary that offers a comprehensive look into this year’s Red Bull Thre3style World Finals, which took place in Baku, Azerbaijan. Starting with a brief history of the host city, Road to the Championship goes on to show how the competition functions behind the scenes and includes commentary on what it takes to win from Jeff and fellow heavyweights QBert, Z-Trip, Shortkut, and D-Styles.

“All technical sh#t aside, if you’re not selecting the right tunes and playing the right tunes, you’re doing yourself a disservice and everyone else.” – Z-Trip

Related: Watch Eskei83′s Winning Red Bull Thre3style Set