Featured Cloudcasts: June through August 2009

So, following straight on from yesterday’s run through March to May 2009’s selected featured Cloudcasts, we continue today with June to August. Here are some of last summers hot picks, as selected by the Mixcloud Team and guest editors.

You can vote for the Mixcloud Best of 2009 here.

June 2009

Them Jeans
Swag Step

Hip hop / Dubstep/ Drum & Bass

We Own This Town
We Own This Town Volume 23

Rock / Indie / Country

DJ Timber
Latin Oldies

Soul / Latin / Salsa

DJ Vadim
The Truth Is Here

Turntablism / Ninja Tune / Hip Hop

Laid Back Radio
Introducing LDBK Radio

Funk / Jazz/ Hip Hop

JULY 2009

Halogen
Bearded Whispers

Ambient / Wonky / Glitch

Suspect Packages
Suspect Packages Radio Show

Hip Hop / UK Hip Hip / Radio

ESP International
Doc Scott pt5 ‘The Deep End’

Drum & Bass / Liquid / Minimal

King Kong Disco
Do Some Latin Stuff

Latin / Soul / Boogaloo

DJ Killer Tomato
Who’s Bad?

Pop / Rock / Soul / Michael Jackson

AUGUST 2009

Reggae Roast
Reggae Roast Live @ Jazz Cafe

Reggae / Dancehall / Dub

Renaissance Man
Sixpack Mix

House

Urban Nerds
Carnival Mix 2009

Dance Hall / Funky / Reggae

Smutlee
Sindens Kiss Show

Dancehall / UK Funky / Dubstep

Electric Zoo
Mixtape Vol. 5

House / Base / Dubstep

Wow, some great summertime mixes in there, good times! Tune in tomorrow for September to Novembers choices 🙂

And remember to vote for your faves in our Mixcloud Best of 2009 – right here.

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A look back at our featured Cloudcasts – March to May 2009

Last week we launched our campaign for the Mixcloud Best of 2009. We’d like you to vote for your favourite Cloudcasts and Cloudcasters of 2009.

In the run up to Friday when the poll closes, we thought it would be fun to go through some of the featured Cloudcasts of last year – partly to give us a chance to editorially showcase the breadth and quality of content on the site and also to give you some inspiration for the votes.

So here goes…

MARCH 2009 (the month we launched the private beta)

Riva Starr
Mixcloud Exclusive March 2009

wonky techno / jackin house / tech house

Monster Bobby
space age pop mix

Rock ‘N’ Roll / Electronic / Soundtracks / Novelty Records / Radiophonic

Murkules
World A Riddim

Dubstep / Kuduro / 2 Step / Deep House

Jig T
Ghosts.

Folk / Alternative / Indie

B-Pitch Control
Modeselektor Podcast 4 xlr8r

Techno / Dubstep / Grime / Electronic

APRIL 2009

Solo
Percussive Thinking

House / Fidget / Tech house

Keiron B
The Way Of The Dub Vol.4

Dub / Dubstep / Digidub / Steppas / Reggae

Rachel Barton
Live April 09 Mix

House / Jackin House / Filtered House / Tech House

DJ Code Blue
April 09 pt 1: Tricky Business

R&B / Hip Hop / Urban / Bashment / Rap

DJ Zinc
Zinc april 2009 crack house mix

Fidget House / Tech House / Deep House / Crack House / Nu-Disco

MAY 2009

Flytronica
FLYTRONICA 002

Electronica / Leftfield / House / Folk / Downtempo

Stef
Gifts for future selves

Experimental / Soundtracks / Sound Art / Spoken Word / Ambient

Simon Bassline Smith
May Day Bank Holiday 2009

Drum And Bass / Drum & Bass / Jungle / Electronic / Jump Up

Zombie Disco Squad
Salt And Pepper Mixtape

House / Fidget house / Minimal

Mason
Mason’s May Mix

Techno / Electronica / Indie / Electro / Tech House

Snackfight
Veggieburritos-2-Africa-Everywhere

African / Afro-Latin / Reggae / Funk / Afrobeat

Phew, what a list! And that’s just March to May – tomorrow we’ll go through June to August.

Remember to vote for your faves in our Mixcloud Best of 2009 – right here.

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Some lovely feedback – fanks!

One of the categories we plan to run in our “Best of 2009” next week is “Best Community Members” – a little gesture to thank the guys and gals who’ve been avid users and listeners on Mixcloud. In preparation for this, I got in touch with them all to get their top Cloudcast recommendations of 2009.

This email just landed in my inbox and made me smile. So I thought I’d share it with you…

MIXCLOUD has undoubtedly been my most favourite new thing of 09… bar of course my wife of six months. I’m fairly sure I have put everyone I meet onto the site with great results. Now.. asking me to pick my favourite cloudcast is like asking me which one of my parents I prefer. But, here goes!

Ghettoblast! by Silas Maximus on Mixcloud

It’s a near perfect depiction of border-smashing,  cross genre pollination humuor. One can expect this mix to appeal to a hugely wide demographic (which at the end of the day is the tune of the game). 193 tracks in 72 minutes. With Hip hop, Drum and Bass, 80’s Pop, 90’s accapella, Electro, ragga, grime half time and a whole array of other vibes thrown in for good measure.

Courtesy of Bryce Campbell, aka Stop the Blender – thanks B! check out his own Cloudcast below:

Voting for the Best of 2009 closes on Friday, so if you haven’t voted yet what ya waiting for? Get involved, join the party, invite your friends – click here to vote.

New features – re-thinking real time radio

Last week we launched a few exciting new features – here’s a bit more info on this latest site update.

The first feature is our way of re-thinking the real time element of radio. We’ve seen the emergence of Twitter, Facebook, Friendfeed and Google Wave but it’s clear that this is only just the beginning of the world going real time. Next up is real time radio. Hold on – hasn’t radio always been “real time”? Apparently not!

Radio has historically been about listening to what’s on now, which is fine for certain occasions and types of content, but sometimes listeners want a bit more control over what they listen to, how they discover it and how they interact with it.

The new Mixcloud home page contains a real time stream that shows what everyone across the site are listening to, favoriting, commenting on and uploading.

Instead of listening to what the broadcasters decide, listeners can now see what’s happening across the community – dynamically updated in real time – and discover a whole new world of content. If you’re a registered user of the site you can click on the “friends” link and filter the list to what your social graph is interacting with – a targeted list of social radio recommendations. Ever wondered what your friends are listening to? Now you can find out on Mixcloud – in real time, of course.

If you’re not following many people on Mixcloud, then the next feature should help solve that…

Click here to try our new “friend finder” (you can find it by going to “account” and clicking on “social networks”). It will search your contacts to see if any of them are already using Mixcloud – and if they’re not, you can easily invite them to the site. Remember – Mixcloud is better with friends 😉

We’ve also made some changes to email notifications, so you now receive updates when people you’re following upload great new Cloudcasts – a feature that a lot of our users have been bugging us for! This is an easy way to keep up to date with new content on Mixcloud. And remember you can easily turn the notifications off in your settings.

Last but not least, we’ve given your profile page a facelift so you all look a bit prettier. And it’s not just an aesthetic change – you can now easily access your full listening history and favourites from your profile. Why not visit the site and check out your profile now.

Mixcloud Best of 2009 – vote now!

Happy 2010 folks!

2009 was a blast. We had a great time building and launching Mixcloud, and enjoying all the quality Cloudcasts uploaded by our awesome community.

With so much great content on the site, it would be criminal not to do a “Mixcloud Best of 2009” list. First we’d like to give you one last chance to support your favourite Cloudcast (DJ mix/radio show/Podcast) and Cloudcaster (DJ/presenter/Podcaster) on the site with our “Best of 2009” poll. The final winners will be chosen by a combination of votes in the poll and stats on the site (number of listens and favourites).

CLICK HERE TO VOTE!

Voting closes on Friday 15th January and the results will be announced on Monday 18th January.

Spread the word – get your fans, friends, family and followers to vote for you! Here’s a little badge that you can stick on your social networks and blogs to help rally some support:

Or use the following HTML code:

<a href=”http://www.mixcloud.com/bestof2009″><img src=”https://mixcloudblog.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/vote-for-me.jpg”/></a&gt;

Happy voting 😉

DJ alongside your heroes at BLOC Weekend

Fancy playing alongside the likes of Grandmaster Flash, Salt n Pepa, Roots Manuva, Skream & Benga, Derrick May, Nathan Fake and many more stars of electronic music?

Mixcloud has got together with leading UK electronic music festival, BLOC Weekend, and forward thinking London promoters, Man Make Music, for an opportunity to win a set at the cutting-edge festival. The event takes place on 12th-14th March 2010 at the Butlins Minehead Resort.

The winner will feature on Man Make Music’s 4 hour Saturday night (13th March) showcase, starring the massively in-demand Joy Orbison.

To enter:

  1. Put together a 30 minute mix that represents you and what you’d want to play at BLOC, no restrictions.
  2. Upload your mix to Mixcloud.com. Make sure you name it “BLOC Make Music 2010 Competition Mix“, and tag it “BLOC competition“. If you fail to tag your mix correctly, it may be missed.
  3. Choose some dope artwork. This is not necessarily part of the judging criteria, we just like nice design!

Judging:

  • The winner will be selected by a combination of the community and the judges
  • The community means popularity (number of plays and number of favourites) as well as quality of comments/feedback.
  • The judges will be the Man Make Music team and the BLOC team.

Prize:

  • 1 hour set at the BLOC Weekend on the evening of Saturday 13th March 2010
  • 1 x free entry to BLOC Weekend
  • Respect and kudos from your peers!

The closing date for mix submissions is Friday 22nd January 2010, and the winner will be announced a couple of weeks later. For more info visit the Mixcloud competitions page

Get mixing!

Return of the DJ Heroes…

Mixcloud has recently seen a resurgence of “turntablist” style DJs on our Cloud Radio plaftorm.
We have been graced by the presence of some high quality underground talent, including UK DMC, ITF and Scribble Jam title holders. We’d like to introduce you to them and their skills below, with a few interesting links thrown in for good measure.
First up is the Canada’s very own Skratch Bastid the three time Scribble Jam Champion, hailing from Halifax, Novascotia. This hard working cut master continues to improve his game and has been holding it down across the pond for a while now. Check some of his Hip-hop / Dance / Funk mixes below:
Next up is 2008 & 2009 DMC UK team Champion DJ Cable, coming all the way live from Essex, England. His mixes cross genres from Dubstep to Club all with a turntablists touch, we recently featured this one:
He also writes for http://www.hot110.net/about/ – Check ’em out!
This year sees the 25th anniversary of the DMCs (Disco Mix Championships) so if you’re keen to learn more about the competitive side of the the art-form you can here.
Thirdly, H-BOMB, have posted up their tribute to the legendary X-Ecutioners Crew (Rob Swift, Roc Raida, Total Eclipse, and Mista Sinista) previously known as the X-men, a dominating DJ super crew from the early nineties. You can listen the Cloudcast tribute here:


Sadly, Roc Raida passed away early this year, you can get an idea of his solo skills when he defends his 1995 World DMC title below:
Dope!
Obviously, this style of DJing is as much about the visual as the audio experience, but we are very much looking forward to hearing more creative, Cloudcasting Cut-Masters, come through the Clouds.
And with the recent release of the DJ Hero video game, developed by some good friends over at FreestyleGames, featuring some big name talent such as DJ YodaDJ Shadow and Z-trip, we think there is now a solid platform for lots of interesting new talent and content to emerge and be more widely exposed.
A great example would be DJ Z-Trips’ Obama Election Mix, recorded at a live gig the night before the 2008 US elections. We’d love to hear more of this kind of radio content up on Mixcloud, where Cloudcasters can leverage some of the really useful social sharing tools to help it reach a slightly wider audience, from the underground to the mainstream and vice-versa….?
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