Best of 2017: Most listened to shows on Mixcloud

Mixcloud Most Listened To Shows

2017 had it all. The legendary Carl Cox called an end to his Global radio show, while the likes of NTS Radio continued to pioneer online radio with original shows such as ‘Radio Ghibli‘.

But which shows did you listen to the most in 2017? All is revealed below in our list of the overall top 10 most popular shows this year. This list is calculated based on the total minutes listened per show.

And while you’re here, why not check out the most listened to shows by female DJs and selectors in 2017? They might not have quite made it into the overall top 10 most listened to shows, but they deserve a special mention in our end-of-year ‘Best of’ round-up.

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

ENTER boss and all-round techno pioneer, Richie Hawtin, shared this brilliant live recording of his set at The Block in Tel Aviv.

But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what the Canadian DJ-producer had to say about the mix: “The night was a perfect synchronous moment between the audience and I, immersed together in warm frequencies emanating from a sound system impeccably curated by the clubs owner”.

Sounds about right to us.

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

The three deck wizard shocked the dance community when he announced the end to his ground-breaking radio show, Global. But not all was lost because we were left with this seminal show with a track-list spanning three decades of music.

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

DJ Jazzy Jeff and MICK’s ‘Summertime’ series is a highlight of the year for hip-hop heads all over the world. Volume 8 dropped at the start of July and immediately topped our charts, with its slick blend of retro and soulful vibes.

More of the same please.

7. AMMONA Mix 2017′ by BZMR

With 60 minutes of non-stop club anthems and EDM hits; it’s no surprise this AMMONA show has racked up over 100,000 plays and climbed to the eight most-listened to show of 2017.

6. ’90s VS 2000s Hip Hop Mixtape My Favorite Rappers’ by DJ Vadim

You can always rely on DJ Vadim to deliver. A veteran of Mixcloud, the Russian-born producer-DJ is famous for his tight blends of reggae, hip-hop and anything that will make you bounce.

Tune into his ’90s VS 2000s’ mixtape to hear what all the fuss is about.

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

It’s been a phenomenal year for the London-based DJ, who has been a driving force behind the afrobeats sound sweeping over the capital.

His Mixcloud shows have become the definitive source for new R&B, afro-bashment and hip-hop, and show off his unrivalled skills as one of the finest selectors for today’s generation.

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

UK-based DJ Arvee and DJ Stylus teamed up for this special 2016 end of year show, featuring the biggest tracks in R&B, hip-hop, grime and house.

But topping the Mixcloud charts isn’t exactly a rarity for this prolific pair, with DJ Arvee and DJ Stylus both dropping mixes year-round that regularly feature in our No.1 spots.

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

Claiming third place in this year’s most listened to shows on Mixcloud is Japan’s DJ HACKs. Expect (some of) the year’s best uplifting pop and EDM from the Tokyo-based DJ, who has developed a keen ear for the sounds topping the pop charts all over the world.

2. ‘Summer 17 Mix’ by Nathan Dawe

When you’ve been booked to play in no less than five venues on NYE, you’re probably doing something right. Nathan Dawe is clearly a DJ in high demand and has built a solid reputation for delivering huge shows on Mixcloud, spanning house, grime and hip hop.

This ‘Summer 17’ show is a prime example of why all the hype is justified. Nathan mixes big bassline anthems with hip-hop re-edits and grime, helping him climb to the 2nd spot in this year’s most listened to shows.

1. ‘Vol 23’ by Maestros del Ritmo

No other mix has accumulated as many minutes on Mixcloud in 2017 as ‘Vol 23’ by the Romanian-based trio Maestros del Ritmo.

Comprised of John Trend and duo Dirty Nano, Maestros del Ritmo have amassed a dedicated following in their homeland, who have come to expect the biggest deep house and tech house floor-fillers from the trio.

This show features some of the year’s biggest dance anthems, from the likes of Martin Garrix, Axwell and Clean Bandit. Congratulations Maestros del Ritmo!

Follow The Leader…

…just like Eric B and Rakim said.

We’ve spotted a few follower widgets popping up on some of our favorite sites recently, so we decided to showcase a few here pon di blog:

DJ Vadim has dropped this on his new site –

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As have The Find Magazine –

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Along with Team Mixcloud’s newest recruitBlackMilkMusic

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If you see any more follow widgets nicely placed out in the wild, let us know in the comments below.
And as it’s follow-friday, be sure to follow any interesting looking follower widgets out there!

New Hip Hop Ambassador – DJ Vadim

We are pleased to announce that the legendary DJ Vadim has been enlisted as a Hip Hop category ambassador for Mixcloud.

He’s also put out a call to all up-and-coming producers or musicians, to send in your tracks to the Radio Vah-Deem show, and if they make the cut he’ll spin them on his regular show on Mixcloud.

And rather generously, Vadim will be selecting some of his favorite DJs on Mixcloud and rewarding them with the full digital promo-packs for his forthcoming album “Life is Moving” from his new band, The Electric, which is being released on March 14th on his new record label, “Organically Grown Sounds.”

Not only will the chosen DJs be sent the promo material for this release, but they’ll be put on the labels promo service and sent all subsequent releases from the OGS artists: DJ Vadim, The Electric and Yarah Bravo. For a chance to be selected for these limited promo copies, follow DJ Vadim on Mixcloud and post a message on his profile to introduce yourself.

Tune into the latest Radio Vah Deem show below.

Superstar DJs? Here You Go!

We’re just a few months into our beta and already Mixcloud is heaving with talented individuals from all corners of the globe. Obviously all you bedroom producers, local DJ’s, aspiring artists, and pro-active music fans are the foundation of the online radio revolution that is Mixcloud, but we thought we’d use this post to shine the spotlight on some of the multitude of stars that also frequent the site.

But with all this talent to choose from, where do you start? Well how about the mother of all dance music genres; house music. First up is local London legend, Luke Solomon, whose career spans more than 17 years, working alongside the likes of Felix Da Housecat and Marshal Jefferson at Freerange Records, setting up seminal Classic label with Derrick Carter, and more recently creating his own imprint, Music for Freaks, with Justin Harris. As well as releasing his own album, ‘The Difference Engine’ last year he has recently lent a helping hand to Radioslave and Damian Lazarus’ latest productions and uploaded a brilliant new cloudcast for all to enjoy.

In comparison, Zombie Disco Squad are relative newcomers, but Lucas Hunter & Nat Self have been producing, playing and pushing sounds like Balie funk, Baltimore bass and so-called fidget house, since way before everyone else started jumping on the bandwagon. Taking influences from African percussion, hip-hop, and jackin’ music in general they have not only built up one of the capital’s best club nights, but made fans around the world, with Jesse Rose signing them to his Made to Play label and Claude VonStroke picking up a single on Dirty Bird. With two mixes already online, if you haven’t been bitten by the Zombie’s then there’s no time like the present.

You’ll probably know the name Mason from his 2006 cross-over hit, ‘Exceeder’, a powerful house tune with just the right amount of Dutch trance euphoria. Using all the best bits from house, trance and techno, he’s a man who doesn’t want to be pigeon-holed, professing, “It’s not about making records for a particular set of DJ’s or scene but just good honest music!” Watch out for his new album, featuring diverse collaborations with Run DMC and Aqualung, out in the next few months on his Animal Language label, as well as regular mixes for the site.

As well as individual artists and DJ’s, Mixcloud is also home to several leading house labels, just a few examples of recent activity being a mesmerising new mix from rising star Wesley Matsell on the Border Community page, and a special B-Pitch Control 10th Birthday set by Sasha Funke, recorded live at the Sonar festival in Barcelona.

Another DJ/producer with a varied musical style is DJ Vadim, who laughs in the face of one-genre jocks whilst expertly blending hip hop, soul, reggae and electronica in his mixes. The Russian ex-pat exemplifies all that is great about his long-time home at Ninja Tune, where he has been consistently releasing fine, fruity funk for years. For a taste simply get his latest Cloudcast, ‘The Truth is Here’ and lap it up.

If you prefer things a bit faster and harder then Mixcloud has you covered, we’ve got a couple of drum’n’bass heroes in the form of Radio 1xtra and Metalheadz d’n’b diva, DJ Flight, and Technique Recordings head honcho, Simon Bassline Smith. The harder side of electro and the emerging bassline/fidget house scene is also well catered for by unashamed party starter Mickey Slim and rising Fabric resident L-Vis 1990.

Just to show you it’s not all music made by computers we’ve also been doing our best to attract a variety of other genres, so whilst these may not be household names, the following are well worth a listen. The Berlin based Mashup Crew will provide all the freshest soca and carnival music from the Caribbean, whilst The Heatwave plays similar blend of “jubilant home-grown dancehall”, so say FACT magazine. Staying with the international vibe we have Snackfight from San Francisco, who specialises in afro-beat, reggae, free jazz, cosmic funk and astral sounds, whereas Timbertron from Barcelona has your Latin music desires covered.

If soul and funk gets you going then have a search for either HeavySoulBrutha and his homemade mixtapes, alternatively PJ Gray’s cloudcasts from his residency at Boston’s biggest soul night, ‘Soullelujah’ and 10 year strong University radio show, ‘Galactic Fractures’, should keep you happy. As for guitar based music there are a few exponents here and there, Vast and Grand’s bevy of mixtapes are full of American guitar heroes, whilst Pipette’s founding member Monster Bobby is certainly involved in rock music, but seems to prefer DJ’ing a big fun mix of party sounds.

If you’re a b-boy at heart then straight outta Brooklyn come DJ Ayres, DJ Eleven and Cosmo Baker, three white boys playing the finest in old school hip hop; their recent Michael Jackson megamix is a fitting tribute to the king of pop. Keeping things funky are Laid Back, a fine internet radio station and magazine from Belgium, who dabble in everything from soul and jazz to psychedelic rock and disco.

Sticking with radio station run shows, Roundhouse Radio is a station run exclusively by young talent, broadcast directly from the fantastic Roundhouse venue in Camden, producing innovative content such as special live events, distinctive music and unique spoken word content. Staying with the spoken word, we would like to introduce the next Chris Moyles (it’s about time!), Seb White, whose radio show is currently broadcast on Diesel:U:Music Radio, where his witty banter is making him one to watch, or should that be listen to?

Words by Peter Walker

If you’d like to check out all of this content but aren’t yet a member of mixcloud then just go here and enter ‘starcloud’  into the invite code box to unlock the ‘beta’ gates to the site. And remember to tell your friends, family, colleagues and arch nemesises all about it!