Pioneer DJ Release Rekordbox 5.0 and Announce The DDJ-XP1 Controller



After a period of public beta testing, Pioneer DJ today released Rekordbox 5.0, the latest version of their track preparation and performance software.

This introduces their new KORETECH engine, which promises to allow advanced track analysis, faster track loading and scrolling, and offer improved performance under the hood for both audio and video.

It also brings with it a redesigned graphical interface, and a number of new features, including:

Support for the DJM-S9 mixer
16 cue points
New key shift, key sync, and keyboard mode
Ability to import files and metadata from USB devices


The company also announced a new add-on controller designed to work alongside the new software, the DDJ-XP1. This takes advantage of the new features in Rekordbox 5.0, with 32 performance pads to control Hot Cues, Pad FX, Beat Jump, Sampler, Beat Loop and the new Key Shift and Keyboard modes. It also features touch strips for FX control, and can be powered by the USB connection alone. The interface can also be customised by the user, and it includes licences for the Rekordbox DJ performance software and the DVS plugin for vinyl control.

To accompany the DDJ-XP1, Pioneer DJ are also set to release a stand, the DJC-STS1, in November, designed to hold the controller or a laptop. And new colour variations of their Rekordbox control vinyl will now be available, with white, red, blue and clear alongside the standard black.

Rekordbox 5 can be downloaded now from the Rekordbox website, and the DDJ-XP1 will be available in late September, priced at $249.

Watch Pioneer DJ’s introduction video for the DDJ-XP1 below.

Major Lazer Releases New Single ‘Cold Water’ Feat. Justin Bieber and MO

Justin Bieber and Diplo

After teasing it last week, Major Lazer has dropped their new single “Cold Water” featuring Justin Bieber and MO. The song, which is Major Lazer and MO’s follow-up to “Lean On,” was written by Ed Sheeran and Benny Blanco, both of which have penned number one hits.

Watch the lyric video below and download the track on DJcity.

Related: Watch Major Lazer’s Animated Video for ‘Light It Up’ Remix

Skratch Bastid Defends ‘Fake DJing’ Disqualification

Skratch Basti

DJcity has reached out to Thre3style judge Skratch Bastid for his take on G Smooth’s latest public statement and video addressing the controversy that stripped him of his 2016 Australian Thre3style title last week:

G Smooth was disqualified from the competition after Thre3style judges determined much of his set was pre-recorded. In a lengthy Facebook post, Smooth asserted:

“On the night of the Australian Red Bull Thre3style championship on July 1, 2016 at Boney, my set was NOT pre-recorded. I performed my set LIVE.”

Smooth followed his post with a FB Live video showing him perform the would-be winning set in it’s entirety.

G Smooth Red Bull Live Set – Take 2!

Posted by DJ G Smooth on Thursday, July 21, 2016

DJcity was able to obtain unreleased footage of G Smooth’s set from the night of the July 1st battle. Check it out and draw your own conclusions.

Related: Red Bull Thre3style Awards Australia Title to Beast Mode

Premiere: Pitbull Drops New Single ‘Greenlight’ Ft. Flo Rida & LunchMoney Lewis

Pitbull blog

Pitbull is currently on tour in North America with Prince Royce, but that hasn’t stopped Mr. Worldwide from dropping a new single featuring fellow Miami rappers Flo Rida and LunchMoney Lewis. Titled “Greenlight,” the track features production from Dr. Luke and Cirkut and is set to appear on Pit’s forthcoming album, Climate Change.

Stream “Greenlight” below and download it, along with an exclusive hype edit on DJcity.

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Related: Listen to DJ Santarosa’s Cinco de Mayo Mix for Pitbull’s Globalization Channel

Watch Mad Zach’s Advanced Techniques for Finger Drumming

Berlin-based producer Mad Zach has shared a new finger drumming tutorial via DJ TechTools. Using his Sentient Being sound pack, Zach discusses his approach when assigning specific tasks to specific fingers, working and playing on a single beat before adding variants, and keeping the core drumming on the dominant hand. He also shares a couple of Ableton tricks.

Watch the video above.

Related: ASADI Live Remixes ‘The Office’ Theme Song

Watch DJ Zo’s Hip-Hop Mini-Mix For DJcity

DJ Zo, aka Zomanno, has dropped the first mini-mix of his new series for DJcity featuring new and throwback hip-hop. Zo currently holds residencies at Los Angeles hotspots Soho House, Line Hotel, and Spam N Eggs.


1. DeBarge – All This Love
2. Lil Scrappy – No Problems
3. Chance The Rapper ft. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz – No Problem
4. OT Genasis ft. Lil Wayne & T.I. – Cut It Remix (Part Two)
5. Travis Porter ft. Roscoe Dash – All The Way Turnt Up – Acapella
6. Fat Joe & Remy Ma ft. French Montana – All The Way Up
7. YG ft. Drake & Kamaiyah – Why You Always Hatin
8. Too Short – Blow The Whistle
9. DJ Khaled ft. Drake – For Free

Related: Listen to DJ Zo’s Hip-Hop Mix for the DJcity Podcast

Watch Four Color Zack’s Set for the MikiDz Show

Four Color Zack

It’s been a great year for DJcity’s MikiDz Show so far. Since January, we’ve featured legends like Craze and Just Blaze and new generation icons like Vekked and ESKEI83. On Monday, we added yet another heavyweight to the list: Four Color Zack. As usual, the former Red Bull Thre3style World Champ served up a variety of genres, laced together with creative tone play and word play. Included in his selection were some of our favorite trap and future bass heaters, along with unreleased tracks by him and Craze.

Watch Zack’s entire set and interview below and download the audio via iTunes.

Four Color Zack
Four Color Zack with hosts DJ Dainjazone and MikiWAR

The audience
The audience

Related: Watch Vekked’s Incredible Set for the MikiDz Show

Watch Chris Villa’s New ‘Trends Mix’

Arizona party rocker and turntablist Chris Villa mixes tracks from the June 2016 edition of DJcity Trends, along with a few throwbacks.


1. TQ – Westside
2. Ice Cube – We Be Clubbin’ – Acapella
3. Dr. Dre ft. Hittman, Kurupt, & Ms. Roq – Let’s Get High – DJcity Throwback Edit
4. Snoop Dogg ft. Nate Dogg, Kurupt & Warren G – Ain’t No Fun (If The Homies Can’t Have None)
5. Fetty Wap ft. Snoop Dogg – Westside
6. Montell Jordan – This is How We Do It
7. Ape Drums ft. Major Lazer & Busy Signal – The Way We Do This
8. Missy Eliott – Work It – KidCutUp Rock The Bells Bootleg
9. Crooklyn Clan & Fatman Scoop – Ladies, Fellas – Acap Loop
10. Adele – Rolling In The Deep – Acapella
11. Hardrive – Deep Inside – Bassic Remix

Related: Watch Chris Villa’s ‘Trends Mix’ for May 2016

Allen & Heath Previews New Xone:PX5 Mixer


Allen and Heath gave an exclusive preview of their forthcoming Xone:PX5 mixer on Tuesday and DJcity’s Germany Director DJ D-Tale was there to cover the event.

The Xone:PX5, which Allen and Heath recently teased in a press release, appears to be the successor to the company’s famed analog mixer, the Xone:92. Its features include a built-in sound card, an internal FX engine, and MIDI sync.

By combining the Xone’s classic analog sound with digital functionality, the PX5 has the potential to become the number one mixer for house and techno DJs.

Allen and Heath has yet to reveal the price and release date.

Check out our exclusive photos:

Xone:PX5 demo

Xone:PX5 specs

Related: Allen & Heath’s Xone:DB4 Mixer Reviewed

Does Rekordbox DJ Live Up to the Hype?

Pioneer DJ shook up the industry last October when it released its standalone performance software, Rekordbox DJ. The company has since added DVS functionality, more hardware support, and most recently, video support. But do all the bells and whistles make Rekordbox DJ a worthy competitor to Serato DJ and Traktor Pro? Watch this week’s episode of Tips & Tricks above to find out.

Related: Pioneer DJ Releases Video Plus Pack for Rekordbox and Unveils DDJ-RZX Controller