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: 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!

Music for studying: 10 Mixcloud shows that might make you smarter

When those deadlines loom, the last thing you need is someone sneezing in the library or a housemate EQing a kick drum in the room upstairs. We’ve all been there.

But don’t fret because music can be the answer. From classical symphonies to noir techno, we’ve collated some of the best Mixcloud shows guaranteed to help you knuckle down and concentrate on studying.

1. UTILITY

UTILITY is a series created by the team behind U T I L E, an art and design studio based in London. They literally describe their shows as “a mix series curated to increase productivity during creative activity”, with a forward-thinking blend of ambient, techno and electronica sounds. Not bad if you’re hitting writer’s block and you’re looking for some inspiration.

Follow U T I L E on Mixcloud.

2. Headphone Commute

Already one of the most popular shows on Mixcloud, Headphone Commute explores the fertile field of ambient and instrumental music. Each show is carefully curated, capturing meditative sounds and sonic journeys, which are the perfect solution to concentrating on whatever task is at hand.

Nominated in the 2017 Online Radio Awards.

Follow Headphone Commute on Mixcloud.

3. youarelistening.to on NTS

What happens when you mix ambient music with recordings of police scanner radios? The answer is youarelistening.to, a monthly show on London’s NTS Radio. Speech can be distracting when you’re trying to study, but these recordings have an uncanny ability to blend seamlessly with the music, creating a two hour long journey of cinematic sounds.

Nominated in the 2017 Online Radio Awards.

Follow NTS on Mixcloud.

4. MADONJAZZ

Born out of improvisation, jazz is now heralded as one of the most experimental forms of musical expression. Mixcloud boasts some of the best jazz curators in the world, one of which is MADONJAZZ, an independent radio show hosted by Thea & Mark G. They explore the world of deep jazz – the ideal soundtrack if you’re stuck when trying to come up with ideas and need to improvise.

Nominated in the 2015 and 2016 Online Radio Awards.

Follow MADONJAZZ on Mixcloud.

5. New Age Rage on Berlin Community Radio

A winner in this year’s Online Music Awards, New Age Rage delves into the darker side of ambient music. The show is arguably the most leftfield suggestion on this list, with some episodes veering through moody electronics and noir techno, but don’t let that put you off. Hosted on Berlin Community Radio, this show will introduce you to the darker side of meditative music and can give a fresh spin to your study sessions.

Winner in the 2017 Online Radio Awards.

Follow New Age Rage on Mixcloud.

6. Dubbel Dee

Hailing from Belgium, Dubbel Dee is a music aficionado who has been collecting records for over 25 years. He also happens to be one of the finest curators of jazz music on Mixcloud. Tune into any one of his ongoing shows, including Dubbel Dee & Friends, Collectiq 2.0 or Mo’Jazz, to hear a smart selection of music that is practically guaranteed to make you smarter.

Nominated in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Online Radio Awards.

Follow Dubbel Dee on Mixcloud.

7. Classique Classique

If you’re familiar with classical music then you might be aware of the ‘Mozart effect’, the idea that listening to Mozart’s music can in fact boost your brain power. Granted, the science might be dubious, but if Classique Classique’s weekly dose of Rimski-Korsakov, Stravinsky and Guillaume Connesson can make you think you’re smarter, then who are we to disagree?

Follow Classique Classique on Mixcloud.

8. DJ Dimsa

DJ Dimsa is on a mission, or more precisely put: ‘The Lounge Mission’. From deep jazzy house to rare grooves, Dimsa’s shows have now racked up millions of plays on Mixcloud, proving he’s a rare talent at crafting shows worthy of the finest lounges. More uptempo than others on this list, you’ll still find lots of house and disco you can get your head down to.

Follow DJ Dimsa on Mixcloud.

9. Cinambientique

Cinambientique is the birth child of Clemens Ruh, a composer and producer based in Germany. Over the years, Clemens established a reputation as one of the finest ambient curators on Mixcloud, with both his shows FRISSONWAVE and SOUNDWAVE regularly topping the charts. If you’re stressed-out and you can’t concentrate, Cinambientique is here for you.

Winner in the 2015 Online Radio Awards.

Follow Cinambientique on Mixcloud.

10. Monday Morning Mixtape by Stamp The Wax

Already a weekly ritual for thousands of Mixcloud listeners, Stamp The Wax’s Monday Morning Mixtape offers some gentle encouragement at the start of a long week. Expect laidback vibes from guest selectors with a fine knowledge of world music. If you’re looking for something more upbeat than ambient, but downtempo enough for studying, then put a reminder in your diaries for the Monday Morning Mixtape.

Follow Stamp The Wax on Mixcloud.

Monday Morning Mixtape series by Stamp The Wax

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To help fight off those pesky Monday morning blues, we’ve partnered up with Stamp The Wax for a great selection of audio vitamins with the Monday Morning Mixtape series.

For those of you who haven’t been exposed to the Monday Morning Mixtape, welcome! May these weekly mixtapes become a staple diet in your Monday morning routine wherever you are in the world. You’re in good company.

This week you’re in for a journey around the world, uncovering forgotten jazz from 1960’s Brazil and rare 1970’s Vietnamese grooves all the way from Saigon. Expect cinematic voyages from Paris and 1980’s Japanese surf-soul, plus brand new South London hip-hop and steamy R&B from Indianapolis for all you new-music junkies out there.

Peep the tracklist and download the mixtape in full for on-the-go listening. Happy Monday music lovers!

Mixcloud Best of 2014: Crate Diggers

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Next in our Best of 2014 series are the crate diggers. They seem to be a rare breed but still going strong!  Surely this list of top 25 crate diggers will catch your attention.

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11. *CLONE FUNK

12. Reggae Revolution Radio Show

13. Dub Hi Fi

14. TJ-KID (The True Jazzchild)

15. Soulsearching: Michael Ruetten

16. Pete Smith (Planet Records)

17. MUKATSUKU

18. The Soul Preacher

19. Chris Read (MusicofSubstance)

20. Dust & Grooves

21. Dubwise Garage

22. The Jazz Pit

23. HeavySoulBrutha

24. Kieran Lockyear

25. DJ Andy Smith