Best of 2017: Most favourited shows on Mixcloud

Most Favourited Shows

Which top 10 shows did you favourite the most in 2017? All is revealed below:

10. ‘New Year New Mix’ by Jack Maynard


Sneaking into the top 10 this year is Jack Maynard. The YouTube star is clearly a force to be reckoned with behind the decks, with a penchant for the biggest R&B and pop club hits.

9. ‘Global 722 – The Final Episode’ by Carl Cox


The last ever episode of Carl Cox’s legendary ‘Global’ radio show. Need we say more?

8. ‘The Block, Tel Aviv 22.09.2017’ by Richie Hawtin


A non-stop techno onslaught from the one-and-only Richie Hawtin, recording live at The Block in Tel Aviv.

7. ‘Best of 2016 End of Year Mix’ by DJ Arvee and DJ Stylus


DJ Arvee and DJ Stylus team up for a tribute to the biggest R&B, hip-hop, grime and house in 2016.

6. ‘#SummerVibes The Mixtape’ by DJ Blighty


Hip-hop, R&B, afrobeats and dancehall, from the 2017’s most listened to ‘beats and bass’ selector on Mixcloud. Keep a close eye on DJ Blighty because his rise to the top seems all-but guaranteed.

5. ‘Summertime Vol. 8’ by DJ Jazzy Jeff and MICK


‘Summertime Vol. 8’ sees DJ Jazzy Jeff and MICK team up once again to throwback to the best hip-hop and soulful vibes of the 80s and 90s.

4. ’90s VS 2000s Hip Hop Mixtape My Favorite Rappers’ by DJ Vadim


Expect tight blends of reggae, hip-hop and rap from one of Mixcloud’s most prolific selectors, DJ Vadim.

3. ‘Best 2017 (So Far) Vol.1’ by DJ HACKs


Uplifting pop and EDM from the Tokyo-based DJ.

2. ‘February 2017 R&B & Hip Hop Mix’ by DJ P Montana


DJ P Montana steps up and delivers his trademark selections of R&B, hip-hop, afro-bashment.

1. ‘Summer 17 Mix’ by Nathan Dawe


The most favourited show in 2017? It’s Nathan Dawe at his very best, with a ‘Summer 17 Mix’ packed with big bassline anthems, hip-hop re-edits and grime.

Best of 2017: Radio stations

Most Listened To Radio Stations

Here at Mixcloud, we’ve been committed to redefining radio since our inception, so we’ve always eagerly watched what our global community of radio stations has produced.

The best radio shows have a particular energy that can’t be captured in any other medium. Here are the top 10 radio stations we spent the most minutes listening to on Mixcloud in 2017.

This list is calculated based on the total minutes listened per profile on Mixcloud.

10. Mi-Soul


Mi-Soul is committed to broadcasting the full range of soulful music. With a team of over 70 DJs, the station strikes “a fine balance between old and new music, paying homage to the past and provoking the future”.

9. Aristocrats FM


Broadcasting from Ukraine, Aristocrat FM’s programming covers everything from topical talk shows, disco mixes to comedy performances.

8. ΣΠΟΡ FM


ΣΠΟΡ FM is a Greek sports radio station spanning the entire spectrum of the sports world. With close to 10 million listener minutes, the station’s success evidences the growing popularity of podcasts on Mixcloud.

7. Red Light Radio


Red Light Radio is an “online radio station broadcasting from a former prostitution window in the red light district of Amsterdam”. Profiled by us back in 2015, the station has gone from strength to strength since then.

6. Rádio FM


Rádio FM broadcasts alternative music from Slovakia and is dedicated to avoiding the commercial hits dominating the airwaves elsewhere. In any one week, you may expect to hear movie soundtracks, heavy metal or techno from Bratislava.

5. Soho Radio


Soho Radio transmits “an unrivalled mix of cultures, styles and genres”. Covering everything from pop to punk via reggae, soul and funk, this eclectic station is flying the flag for London’s world famous Soho region.

4. Radar Radio


Radar Radio is the sound of the global youth. Its ascent since its inception in 2014 has been nothing short of astronomical. Radar’s roster of homegrown presenters and its propensity to give opportunities to underground scenes worldwide meant that it was always at the cutting edge of 2017, which is reflected by its positioning in the top half of this list.

3. Worldwide FM


Part of Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide family, Worldwide FM has been one of our fastest growing radio stations this year. It’s managed to make an indelible mark on the online broadcasting landscape with its distinctive brand of eclecticism. Worldwide FM’s mission statement is: “Global club culture, legacy and beyond” and in our eyes, they’ve more than achieved that goal this year.

2. Brooklyn Radio


Brooklyn Radio has been committed to “supporting Brooklyn’s local DJs and music lovers since 2006”. Covering mixes across the entire musical orbit and talk shows on a wide range of subjects, the station is doing a great job of representing New York’s most populous borough.

1. NTS Radio


NTS Radio take home the number one spot for this most listened to radio station on Mixcloud in 2017. The station’s tagline is “Don’t Assume”, but you can safely assume that this online broadcasting giant will have been at the forefront of most discussions about online radio this year.

As evidence of its global ambitions, the NTS’ Los Angeles studio has really come into its own this year (and the Shanghai branch is bubbling up), whilst the core London and Manchester studios have continued to ensure our (electronic) airwaves have been enriched with experimental and eclectic vibrations.

Congratulations NTS!

Best of 2017: Jazz, funk and soul

Most Listened to Jazz, Funk and Soul

Mixcloud is teeming with crate-diggers and few genres allow these connoisseurs to shine quite like jazz, funk or soul.

Whether old or new, smooth or skronky, northern or quiet storm, multi-platinum selling or completely unknown, music from these three genres is impressively popular on Mixcloud and inspires some of the most exciting, innovative and listenable shows on the platform.

It doesn’t matter if you like to get down to James or Jaimeo Brown,  these top 10 most listened to jazz, funk and soul profiles in 2017 will have something for you.

This list is calculated based on the total minutes listened per profile:

10. The Retro Cocktail Hour


The Retro Cocktail Hour is hosted by veteran Darrell Brogdon. Darrell serves up music that’s “shaken, not stirred” every week from the Underground Martini Bunker.

The show is poured into glasses across America every week from the vintage bottle of public radio. If you like to sip on smooth jazz with a lounge flavour, The Retro Cocktail Hour is on the house for you.

9. dubbeldee


Creator of the Mo’Jazz radio show, dubbledee specialises in curating jazz shows with historical finesse.

Whether working through ‘A Decade of Jazz 1975-1985’ year-by-year or running specials on unsung jazz heroes, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a show more doggedly dedicated to chronicling the remarkable recent history of jazz.

8. WhoSampled


Everyone’s favourite source of information on samples, covers and remixes, WhoSampled claims to explore the very DNA of music – and by all accounts they’re right.

Many of their mixes take the listener through the source material of the greatest sample-based albums – an incredible experience if you’re a fan of the biggest funk and soul artists.

7. The Jazz Pit


Curated by Irish crate-diggers Emmet Hand & Ian Scott (Bootsy), The Jazz Pit is a weekly show on Frission Radio. It started all the way back in 2005, and has grown to have fans all over the world.

With special ‘The Jazz Pit Digs…’ episodes going in deep on specific labels, The Jazz Pit give one of the best ways to dig deeper into the world of jazz, soul and funk. If you like looking underground for your music, dive headfirst into The Jazz Pit.

6. Pete Smith (Planet Records)


Pete Smith sells northern soul and ska 45s by mail-order under the name Planet Records. From what’s on show via his Mixcloud profile, you’d better believe he’s got the goods.

Pete uploads a wonderfully mixed bag – northern soul, rocksteady, ska, reggae, 60s obscurities, and post-punk – but consistently makes one of the most glorious rackets on Mixcloud.

5. DJ Mr Lob


DJ Mr Lob is a Melbourne-based DJ and hardcore music collector. Having been active on the Melbourne DJ scene since 1999, he’s certainly put in the time to be a mature, carefully soulful selector.

While DJ Mr Lob’s live sets are generally an eclectic blend of funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, reggae, afrobeat and latin, his online mixes tend to be deeper dives into specific genres and themes. He claims that no matter what, he’ll only play tunes with “a real funky, jazzy and soulful sensibility”.

4. The Soul Preacher


Hallelujah! The Soul Preacher does what it says on the tin – evangelically spreading the good word about the best soul and jazz music, from Aretha Franklin to Barry White.

Mixing from vinyl and often curating around interesting themes and people, this is a very special selector with some of the best mixes on the platform.

3. Professor Eddy


From Groningen in The Netherlands, Professor Eddy describes his style as intimate funky soul or ‘funky chill’. Within the boundaries of his own genre, the funky Professor delivers a fantastic array of luscious music.

If you want to learn a thing or two about music that grooves hard – but not too hard – then get front-row seats at one of the Professor’s lectures. By which we mean: listen to his incredible shows on Mixcloud, and get intimately schooled.

2. Soul Cool Records


Our number two spot goes to someone who claims to not be “a DJ per se”, or even “someone with a musical ego.” Instead, Soul Cool Records identifies purely as “an eclectic listener and purveyor of good music”.

Soul Cool Records aims to collect some of the best vintage and rare soul, jazz, funk and disco, often from the 70s and 80s. This mishmash of music is loved by a large chunk of the Mixcloud community, and Soul Cool Records deserves to be pretty happy with the silver spot on this Best Of list.

1. Jazzcat


This year’s number one most listened to jazz, funk and soul profile on Mixcloud goes to Jazzcat, the alias of Massimiliano Conti. A truly passionate music lover from Pescara in Italy, Jazzcat honed his skills from years spent DJing in local radio stations and clubs.

In September 2010 Massimiliano joined Mixcloud, where he’s been stacking up impressive stats and an incredible collection of almost 500 mixes. He quite rightly prides himself in spinning the very best in classic and modern jazz, soul, funk, latin, afro and Brazilian music.

Best of 2017: Labels

Most listened to labels

From rare afrobeat to club-ready house music, Mixcloud plays host to some of the most cutting-edge and exciting record labels in the music industry.

But which labels did you spend the most minutes listening to in 2017? Continue reading to discover who made the top 10.

This list is calculated based on the total minutes listened per profile on Mixcloud.

10. Fort Knox


Fort Knox Recordings is a renegade funk and soul label from Washington DC. Established in 2003 by Steve Raskin, Jon Horvath, Rob Myers and Sid Barcelona, its mission is to explore the funkier side of music, from all genres around the world.

9. Breakin Bread


Breakin’ Bread is a record label, collective and club night based in London. Established in 1999, the label specialises in the funk and hip hop that surrounds the scene.

8. Anjunadeep


Anjunadeep is the deeper sister label of Anjunabeats, offering the best in deep house, progressive and melodic techno. Every week you can expect guest mixes from emerging stars, veteran DJs as well as the occasional mix head-honchos Above & Beyond.

7. Mukatsuku Records


Run by Nik Weston, Mukatsuku records is a strictly vinyl only label that launched in 2006 and spans everything from afrobeat and funk to soul and disco. Supporters include Gilles Peterson, Danny Krivit, Floating Points, Hunee and more.

6. The Vinyl Factory


Launched in 2001, The Vinyl Factory is an independent British music and arts enterprise, comprising of a record label, vinyl pressing plant, gallery spaces, record shop and music magazine.

Mixcloud listeners can expect to hear guest mixes by exciting underground stars, from Legowelt to Adrian Sherwood.

5. Spinnin’ Sessions by Spinnin’ Records


Besides providing you with the most upfront dance floor tracks of the moment, Spinnin’ Sessions also welcomes a weekly guest DJ for a special 30 minute mix. House, EDM and future bass are the order of the day.

4. Solid Steel by Ninja Tune


The Solid Steel radio show started in 1988 by Ninja Tune co-founders Matt Black and Jonathan More, aka Coldcut.

The show has since spread its wings and is now broadcast in over 30 stations around the world.

3. Hospital Records


Landing in third place is Hospital Records. An independent record label based in South London, Hospital Records focuses on drum ‘n’ bass and was launched in 1996.

The Hospital Podcast is hosted by the label’s co-founder Tony Colman, otherwise known as London Elektricity.

2. Tru Thoughts


Returning to the second spot in the most listened to labels on Mixcloud is Tru Thoughts. The Brighton-based imprint hosts a weekly ‘electronic, beats and bass’ radio show, which is presented by label founder and all-round music aficionado Robert Luis.

1. Defected Records


Taking home the crown for the most listened to label on Mixcloud in 2017 is Defected Records. Founded in London by Simon Dunmore in 1999, Defected Records has grown to become one of the most recognisable and successful labels in house music.

Defected Radio is hosted by Sam Divine and celebrates the best new four-on-the-floor releases, with guest mixes thrown in for good measure.

Congratulations Defected Records!

Best of 2017: Magazines & blogs

Magazines and Blogs

In today’s content saturated world, magazines and blogs remain one of the best ways to discover music. We’re privileged at Mixcloud to host a truly global collection of influential publications across all genres and moods.

Everyone has their preferred publications, but here are the top 10 magazines and blogs we spent the most minutes listening to in 2017.

This list is calculated based on the total minutes listened per profile on Mixcloud.

10. A Strangely Isolated Place


In 10th place is ‘A Strangely Isolated Place’. Born of the belief that everyone is inspired by their own strangely isolated place, this music blog, record label and most importantly, community, has been dedicated to promoting ambient and electronica since 2008.

Mixcloud are proud to give a home to the mixes, podcasts and other curiosities of this strangely isolated place.

9. Mastered JP

Mastered is an online Japanese magazine based in Tokyo which showcases the freshest Japanese fashion, lifestyle and culture – they also happen to run a monthly mix series of some of the most cutting edge sounds from Japan and beyond.

Not a bad place to start if you want an introduction to what’s bubbling up on the island nation.

8. The Night Bazaar


The Night Bazaar serves up an embarrassment of riches across the dance music spectrum with its regular mix series, covering everything from tech-house to d’n’b.

This year has seen established heavy-hitters like Terry Francis and leading luminaries of the new school like German Brigante.

7. 444


444 showcases the sounds of the Hungarian underground, covering everything from folk to reggae to witch house. Having amassed more than 10 million accumulated listener minutes on Mixcloud, it might just be worth keeping an eye out on what percolates out of Hungry in 2018.

6. FvF


In their own words, FvF (Freunde von Freunden) is an “international interview magazine that portrays people of diverse creative and cultural backgrounds in their homes and within their daily working environments.”

One of the ways in which this storytelling platform channels its message is through its regular mix series, produced by FvF’s tightknit team and circle of friends.

5. Mixmag


The indomitable Mixmag have been a mainstay of electronic dance music for what seems like forever (1982 in fact). As committed to breaking new sounds as to permitting the giants of dance music to do their thing, it’s no wonder that they’ve managed to climb into the top half of this list.

Some of the highlights this year include contributions from Awesome Tapes from Africa, Paul Oakenfold and Mr. Mitch.

4. Jenkem


Jenkem are a New York-headquartered skateboarding magazine that has managed to collate a collection of rowdy mixes made and curated by the skateboarding world’s stalwarts.

Ever wondered what a skate session with Bam Margera or Daewon Song would sound like? Here’s your answer.

3. XLR8R


There are few more appropriate statements of intent than “accelerating music and culture” – which is what XLR8R have been doing for over 22 years now.

Their mix series hit the milestone of 500 this year, while they similarly managed to amass over an impressive 5 million minutes worth of listening this year on Mixcloud. Or, in other words, just under 10 years worth of listening. Not bad.

2. Resident Advisor


If you are interested in electronic music, chances are you’ve probably heard of Resident Advisor – an “online music magazine and community platform that’s dedicated to showcasing electronic music, artists and events across the globe”.

Its mix series is a leading authority in the world of dance music and it’s really no surprise to see RA on this list.

1. Stamp The Wax


With a simple mission – to give a platform to music they love, Stamp The Wax’s rapid ascent shows no signs of letting up. Moving up from #3 in our 2015 Best Of Magazines & Blogs to the top spot this year, Stamp The Wax are a testimony to what hard work and commitment can achieve on Mixcloud.

We’re keeping a close eye to what they do in 2018.

Best of 2017: Eclectic

Most Listened To Eclectic

At Mixcloud, we’re constantly inspired by our thriving community of DJs and radio hosts, who constantly celebrate an array of new sounds from all over the world.

Whether it’s rare grooves, nu-jazz or electronica and indie, these ‘eclectic’ selectors play an important role in making Mixcloud a great source for discovering new music.

But which top 10 eclectic specialists did we spend the most minutes listening to in 2017? All is revealed below.

This list is calculated based on the total minutes listened per profile:

10. Music Is My Sanctuary


In 10th position is Music Is My Sanctuary. Focusing on discovering and presenting music often overlooked by mainstream music channels, MIMS is the place to find rare jazz, electronic, hip-hop and everything in between.

9. Mr. Scruff


DJ, Ninja Tune recording artist and cartoon doodler, Mr Scruff plays across the board, fitting between soul, funk, hip hop, jazz, reggae and more.

As a producer he makes music that draws on these influences, with a large dose of cheek and good humour. His cartoon drawings illustrate gig flyers, record sleeves and CD covers, and usually accompany him at gigs as live animated visuals.

8. Spiritland


Spiritland is an audiophile’s dream. A mix between a café, bar, shop and a studio, the London institution is also the occasional home to some of the finest selectors of electronica, jazz, soul and dance music, which you can listen back to on Mixcloud.

7. Wonky Sensitive


You never know quite what to expect with Wonky Sensitive. Alternating between indie, pop, electronic and RnB, the Austin-based selector has established a reputation for expertly crafting mixtapes to suit all types of moods.

6. Chris Coco


A self-described “multifunctional renaissance man”, Chris Coco is clearly a man of many talents. His weekly Melodica show ventures into downtempo sounds, while capturing an eclectic array of worldly rhythms and balearic beats.

5. Mol


Mol is the quintessential record collector who is simply obsessed with music. Take a glance at his Mixcloud profile and you’ll spot tributes to hip-hop masters, as well as jazzy mixtapes and round-ups of the latest funk.

This year Mol is the fifth most listened to ‘eclectic’ profile on Mixcloud, which is a deserved prize for such a dedicated music lover.

4. Mixmaster Morris


Mixmaster Morris is an underground legend who is no stranger to the top of the Mixcloud charts. Expect an eclectic mix of reggae, funk, chillout and his favoured ambient sound.

3. Lefto


At nearly 100,000 followers on Mixcloud, Lefto has won fans all over the world for his masterful mixtapes, which shine a light on the latest nu-jazz, beats, soul and more.

Described by FACT Magazine as “your favourite DJ’s favourite DJ”, the Brownswood Recordings affiliate is also one of the hardest working selectors in the game right now and deserves his position in the top 3 most listened to eclectic profiles on Mixcloud in 2017.

2. Adam Kvasnica


Adam Kvasnica daylights as a lawyer, but he’s no stuffed shirt. He’s a passionate, long-time vinyl collector and the Program Director of the local Rádio Piešťany station in Slovakia. Adam guides listeners through diverse mixes of jazz, fusion, rock, trip hop, classical, soul, funk, latin, world, lounge and hip hop.

If you like your jazz spiritual, or your funk mixed with dash of chillwave Adam’s got the mixes for you.

1. DJ Dimsa


A self-described “unique phenomenon”, DJ Dimsa is this year’s most listened to eclectic profile on Mixcloud. Spanning funk, rare grooves, soulful house and much more, DJ Dimsa certainly has a unique gift at curating chart-topping mixes and it looks as thought we can’t get enough.

Congratulations DJ Dimsa!