News & Reviews

Denon DJ Mixer: X1800 Prime

Last month, I took a peek at Denon DJ’s incredible new SC5000 Prime media player. (Refer to the September 2017 print issue, or you can also read the review in the archives on our web site at djtimes.com.) The opinion I came away with was that the SC5000 is a superbly impressive, incredibly flexible, and intensely fun media player for the DJ market, with an industry-leading feature set and some really top-drawer engineering work in the embedded software that makes the player truly tick.The...

My Crock Pot Gingerbread Cake Beats The Pants Off Your Fussy Gingerbread Cookies

(Brag your love of gardening with the Organic Life 2018 Wall Calendar, featuring gorgeous photographs, cooking tips and recipes, plus how to eat more—and waste less—of what's in season.)Let me explain. Well before there were American colonists, there was a spiced honey cake—or gingerbread—known throughout Europe, but its dense dough needed to be rolled and cut, yielding crisp shapes after baking. When the recipe was brought to America, expensive West Indian sugar (which was mostly shipped to...

Coca-Cola looks to expand new, small brands and booze mixers

Coca-Cola, looking to adapt to people's changing tastes, wants to expand new and smaller brands, including drinks that can be mixed with alcohol. The company said Wednesday that more people want to sip on beverages made in small batches, instead of mass-produced sodas. Knowing that, Coca-Cola recently bought Mexican sparkling water brand Topo Chico, which it said has a strong following in Texas. It said it will look to develop other smaller brands, such as its Blue Sky soda, which is made...

Beat Break: StreetRunner Shares the Story Behind His 5 Biggest Songs

The veteran Miami producer breaks down his beats for Lil Wayne 'Carter III' cuts, Eminem's "Bad Guy" and more. StreetRunner has been sprinkling speaker-knocking sample chops into street rap for the last decade-and-a-half. The Miami native, who scored his first Billboard Hot 100 hit in 2004 with Terror Squad’s “Take Me Home,” calls Fat Joe the most important introduction of his career, yet it’s Lil Wayne’s legendary run during the mid to late ’00s that he’s most synonymous with.In...