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Gear Review: Denon DJ MCX8000 Controller

Looking for a higher-end controller with an award-winning resumé? The Denon DJ MCX8000 may be exactly what you're looking for. It just won the 2016 DJ Mag Tech Award for Ultimate DJ Controller , and the reviews are impressive. Check out the feedback and some cool videos of dj routines using the MCX8000:

All Night - Beyoncé

Speed: 68 bpm Recommended bpm range: 65 bpm to 70 bpm The DJ's Take: Seems like every new Beyoncé video is an event, which means you may get some mileage out of this. Feels a little like Jamaican / rocksteady-infused soul; a nice listen that should go over well in a more relaxed setting. Couldn't find it on Spotify, but here's a list of key-compatible tracks you can mix or mash up with in the 65 to 70 bpm range:

Throwback Thursday: Now You See It - Honorebel ft. Pitbull and Jump Smokers

Speed: 125 bpm Recommended bpm range:   120  to  125 bpm ,  125  to  130 bpm The DJ’s Take:  Don't laugh - this sound was hot back around 2009. And if you dj at a big club in a college town / Spring Break destination, it's worth a spin when people let their guard down and get loose. If you're in the 120 to 125 bpm range, try mixing with: Nocturnal - Disclosure ft. The Weeknd New Romantics - Taylor Swift I Really Like You - Carly Rae Jepsen If you're in the 125 to 130 bpm range, try mixing with: True Colors - Zedd & Ke$ha Bailar - Deorro ft. Elvis Crespo Liberate - Eric Prydz Faith - Calvin Harris Book of Love - Felix Jaehn Let Me Love You - Ne-Yo California Gurls - Katy Perry Download or stream the song: Key and bpm-compatible Spotify playlist Apple Music iTunes Amazon

The BMC Top 10 for November 2016

1. Starboy - The Weeknd and Daft Punk 2. Side To Side - Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj 3. Sneakin' - Drake, 21 Savage 4. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars 5. Let Me Love You - DJ Snake, Justin Bieber 6. Don't Wanna Know - Maroon 5 7. Black Beatles - Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane 8. Cold Water - Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber 9. Closer - The Chainsmokers 10. The Greatest - Sia ft. Kendrick Lamar Any thoughts on what should be in the Top 10? Let us know on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram .

Nasty Boy - Notorious BIG

Speed: 107 bpm Recommended bpm range: 105 to 110 bpm The DJ’s Take: Can't overemphasize how underrated this song is. Not something you'll be spinning at a church or school dance, but in a grimy bar or club, it's pure gold. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with these tracks:

Shed A Light - Robin Schulz, David Guetta ft. Cheat Codes

Speed: 122 bpm Recommended bpm range: 120 to 125 bpm The DJ's Take: Sounds like Firework with the violins, right? Uplifting dance track that should work at an outdoor event, festival, electronic night, or in a recorded mix. I'd try mixing or mashing up with songs in the following key-compatible list:

Love To Lay - The Weeknd

tempo: 117 bpm bpm range: 115 to 120 bpm the DJ's take: So at this point, you're probably wondering if there's any new music worth covering besides this album. And I'll go on the record and say 'not really.' Another solid dance track that enough people should recognize. Some other key-compatible hits worth mixing with: 1999 - Prince Tik Tok - Ke$ha Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better) - Felix Jaehn ft. Jasmine Thompson I Don't Like It, I Love It - Flo Rida Love Never Felt So Good - Michael Jackson All My Love (Remix) - Major Lazer Motown Philly - Boyz II Men Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars And if you're ok bumping up to about 120, this could sound good with: I Really Like You - Carly Rae Jepsen   New Romantics - Taylor Swift download or stream the song: Key and bpm-compatible Spotify playlist Apple Music iTunes Amazon

Six Feet Under - The Weeknd

Speed: 70 bpm Recommended bpm range: 65 bpm to 70 bpm , 70 bpm to 75 bpm The DJ's Take: If HBO ever resurrects Six Feet Under , here's your theme song. Should go well with Sidewalks and Tell Your Friends in terms of key and bpm. Other songs in the 70 to 75 bpm range worth mixing with include Pop That - French Montana , Spaceships - Area21 and Blast Ya - Borgore ft. Barrington Levy .