Mixcloud team up with Skype to launch new Podcast series “Connecting…”

Over the past couple of months we’ve been teaming up with Skype, a product of Microsoft, to bring you “Connecting…”, a new Podcast series that connects the music world’s brightest sparks and explores the power of collaboration.

The first episode of “Connecting…” hooks up LA-based musician, activist and music industry thinker Madame Gandhi with London-based singer-songwriter and record-producer NAO to discuss creative collaboration, from creating beats over email to performing live with artists they’ve only met on Skype. Episode two connects LA-based producer, performer and pioneer Machinedrum with Irish electronica star Iglooghost to explore the use of aliases in electronic music and how a solo producer gets by in a collaborative world.

The latest episode of “Connecting…” is a fascinating discussion between LA-based multi-instrumentalist, singer, performer, and The Late Late Show With James Corden drummer Pegasus Warning and eclectic U.K. artist Nabihah Iqbal, covering the former’s experience as a professor, the latter’s background in ethnomusicology, and how music can be a creative force that connects people of various backgrounds.

You can listen to “Connecting…” now on Mixcloud.

“Whether they’re big-name tastemakers or aspiring talent looking to get their art out there, Mixcloud was built on creators,” said Ben Lawrence, Head of Brand Partnerships here at Mixcloud. “Skype is crucial to collaboration in today’s fast-paced digital age, so having them launch the ‘Connecting…’ podcast series with Mixcloud to explore themes of creation and collaboration in music is a natural fit. ”

“From the start, Skype has been a home for people who feel that teaming up works better than going it alone, and that’s exactly what the ‘Connecting…’ series is all about,” said Steven Abrahams, Product Leader at Skype. “Collaborating and sharing are essential parts of everyday life for artists and creators, and this series takes a look at that process. As Mixcloud is another home for creators of all kinds, we couldn’t have asked for a more appropriate partner for this series”.


2018 Mixcloud Online Radio Awards open for submissions

The wait is finally over. Today we open the submissions for the fifth Mixcloud Online Radio Awards, marking a fresh new direction for the annual event.

The 2018 edition of the Mixcloud Online Radio Awards, which are free to enter, features an entirely new look and feel, including a brand new Listener’s Choice Award that will be open to the public. We’re also proud to announce that this year’s awards will also feature more great partners than ever before, from acclaimed magazines to global brands in music.

Submissions for the awards will remain open through Thursday, April 26, during which DJs, radio presenters, Podcasters and stations can nominate themselves for an award, while fans can also nominate their favorite show station or personality to be shortlisted. The final shortlists will be announced on Thursday, May 10. To submit entries, please visit www.mora.fm.

The 2018 Mixcloud Online Radio Awards include 29 categories, which are split into “Best Online Music Show”, “Best Online Talk Show”, “Best Online Radio Station” and “Best Online Radio Personality”.

Founded in 2014, the awards are the world’s biggest celebration of online radio, with more than 10,000 entries submitted in 2017 — making it the awards’ biggest year yet.

The entries were whittled down to a series of shortlists before an expert panel of industry judges selected the winners, which included 2 Dope Queens – which recently went on to launch as a limited series on HBO – for “Best Online Talk Show: Comedy,” the electronic music radio show The Cookout for “Best Online Music Show: EDM / Big Room,” and Rinse France for “Best Online Radio Station: Europe.”

“Online radio has gone through so much change and growth since we launched the Mixcloud Online Radio Awards in 2014, and so much of that has been in the last year alone,” said Nico Perez, Co-Founder of Mixcloud. “From talk shows on important political and cultural issues to the hottest DJ mixes to the funniest comedy out there, these awards make for an annual who’s-who of online radio, and with the help of our amazing judges and partners, we can’t wait to find out where things stand this year.”

This year’s partners include Chalk & Blade, Crack Magazine, Crooks & Castles UK, Discobelle, Discogs, DJ Mag, Dummy Magazine, EDM.com, gal-dem, Groove Magazine, Hype Machine, London’s Live Comedy, MAEKAN, Magnetic Magazine, MISSBISH, Resident Advisor, Roland, The Quietus, The Vinyl Factory and Wormfood.

Judges for the 2018 Mixcloud Online Radio Awards include WIRED’s Miranda Katz, The Allusionist’s Helen Zultzmann, Ignition’s Stephanie Ng, WHYR-FM’s Marc Cohn and Mixcloud’s David Zhou.

Find out more about the awards at www.mora.fm.

5 podcasts that will help explain what’s going on in the world

These are strange times we’re living in.

From huge political shake-ups to catastrophic environmental disasters, keeping track of world affairs is a challenging task.

But don’t fret. Podcasts have become a reliable source of news and information for listeners around the globe and some shows are bearing the heavy burden of reporting international news. You’ll now find more world affairs podcasts than ever before.

So if you want a better understanding of international news and global politics, here’s our pick of five podcasts you need to know about:

1. Pod Save the World

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From the makers of the critically-acclaimed Pod Save America comes Pod Save the World.

The podcast is hosted by Tommy Vietor, a former spokesperson for President Obama, and looks at world affairs from a US perspective. But you don’t have to live in the US to find this Pod Save the World fascinating.

Vietor tackles some of the biggest events in global politics, from the crisis in Burma to the rise of the far-right in Europe. Expect in-depth interviews with experts and insightful conversations with people who have been instrumental in deciding US foreign policy.

2. The Economist Radio

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OK, we admit…strictly-speaking The Economist Radio is a collection of weekly podcasts, not a single series. But don’t let that stop you.

This impressive collection, headed by senior editor Anne McElvoy, includes ‘The week ahead’ – a podcast where editors and correspondents of The Economist discuss the events shaping the world next week.

Meanwhile, in ‘Money talks’ editors from the magazine show off their knowledge about the world of business, joining the dots between politics, technology and the impact world affairs has on the financial markets.

3. PRI’s The World

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PRI’s The World is a shining example of how to report on world affairs. Created partly in response to the lack of international news in US commercial media, the podcast covers everything from the popularity of mariachi music in mid-60s Yugoslavia to the devastating 2017 earthquakes in Mexico.

And there’s a lot of news to get through, which is why The World is available every weekday. Expect to hear host Marco Werman and guests discussing “the world’s most interesting stories in an hour of radio that reminds us just how small our planet really is”.

4. FT World Weekly

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Operating a global network of award-winning foreign correspondents must come in handy when you want to produce a podcast about world affairs. And this is what sets the FT World Weekly apart from the rest.

The Financial Times and host Gideon Rachman are perfectly placed to offer expert opinion and analysis on the major international stories making headlines around the world. This podcast takes the form of a short weekly podcast focusing on a single topic, from the Syrian civil war to Brexit.

5. Reveal

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A winner in our 2017 Online Radio Awards, Reveal is considered one of the finest new politics podcasts. And rightly so.

The podcast is created by The Center for Investigative Reporting and hosted by Al Letson, and while it focuses mostly on domestic issues in the US, you’ll also find thorough reports on the French general election, the rise of the German far right and the global water crisis.

If it’s detailed and investigative reports you’re after, then Reveal is for you.

Mixcloud is home to over 10,000 podcasts and talk shows, where you’ll discover a variety of shows covering politics, comedy, lifestyle and lots more. Visit today to find out more.

Mixcloud on Apple TV offers plentiful Podcasts


Mixcloud on Apple TV is one of the best ways to access and enjoy thousands upon thousands of Podcasts directly from the comfort of your living room.

There are millions of hours of quality radio and Podcasts on Mixcloud easily accessible on Apple TV; in fact we reckon it’s one of the richest Podcast resources available through the Apple TV platform. Continue reading Mixcloud on Apple TV offers plentiful Podcasts

Soundwall Mag: Best of 2014 Podcasts



We’re huge fans of the Soundwall mix series, featuring exclusive music from top producers and DJs around the world. To show our appreciation for their incredible taste as curators, we asked them to pick their 10 favorite mixes in 2014.

In no particular order:

Click here for the full list on their website.