It’s that time of the year again! Best Of lists are popping up everywhere on the webbernet and of course we’re joining the game. The SoundCloud staffers have selected their favorite bunch of tracks and would like to share them with you. Check them out below.
Also, we’ve collected all our favorites listed below into a playlist in The Cloud Player. If you don’t know The Cloud Player yet, don’t miss out and give it a try. It’s like an iTunes-ish version of SoundCloud and was built by our own Eric together with Henrik Berggren (who’s also behind Citysounds.fm) on top of the API. Wicked cool. Access the SoundCloud staff playlist here. (requires a Google account for now).
Join the fun! We created a collaborative playlist where you can add your favorite SoundCloud piece of audio. Right this way, please!
It seems like it has been a big year for Dubstep (again) and next year looks quite bright for Joy Orbison too, having been included in the BBC Sound’s music of 2010 list. I first heard this track played by Radio 1′s Mary Anne Hobbs and was pleased to see his label Hotflush put it up in the cloud so I could get it in my favorites!
I discovered this track whilst writing a blog post about Up My Alley’s lovely label website. As well as their nice use of SoundCloud players across the site they also have some rather nice music too!
It’s really great to see Ninja Tune using SoundCloud so proactively as a label. And this happens to be one of my track’s of the year. I’m a big fan of Fink’s bluesy acoustic folk and saw him play at The Big Chill festival this year. Adding the atmospherics of Cinematic Orchestra makes this a perfect mix.
I don’t really know much about this track or the artist. But it popped up in my SoundCloud dashboard a couple of weeks ago as a friend who I was following had commented on the track and added it to their favorites. If you like the sound of artists like Burial then you’ll probably dig this. Take a listen.
SoundCloud isn’t just about music we have lots of field recordings, samples, interviews and other audio. This is a recording of one of my heroes, author Seth Godin, taken from his only lecture in London this year. It was an inspirational session and I was lucky enough to meet him afterwards. Read Seth’s wisdom daily at http://sethgodin.typepad.com
Monumental remix of one of the best songs in the world
Old-schoolisch driving techno with great bass and killer saxophone, berlin dancefloor hit
Spooky dubsteppy beats from Utrecht, two killer tunes
One classic mashed with another. Bass at 1:26 is da bomb.
A stock flute sample taken to a new dimension. Bass is amazing on big floor speakers.
This short one by soundtrack composer Philip Shepard gets me every time. My calm-down-tune of the year.
Neil’s recent entirely self-produced album Shoreline is in my top ten records of this year. Brilliant song.
From one of my top three albums of the year. Listening to this record wants me to get drunk.
Swedish artists are awesome. José González is awesome. This remix is awesome.
Another highlight from Swedish band The Faux Noise. Love the bass line, reminds me of Lips Like Sugar from Echo & The Bunnymen or even of U2′s Zoo Station
Bliss, bliss, bliss. Swedish pop at its very finest.
Awesome track, and if you’ve seen the live show you can never forget it
Warm/Cold at the same time, really love *everything* they release
Its a Funky Spider Dance – What part of that don’t you get?
Total over-the-top-and-more dance floor early morning madness when Bloc Pary get a freeformfive Reform
So cool! An old recording from Gerald in his attic in chicago 1986!
Growling monster of a dance tune from Recloose, Impossible to be still
A Berlin Music Hack day hack from the youngest hacker
The beautiful and mysterious song that sounds like it was produced in 1920s
A good remix should add a new dimension to the original. It shouldn’t be possible with this song, but somehow it is.
One more melancholic female voice I couldn’t walk by. Definitely playing this on NYE pre-party!
When almost everybody forgot Rainer Trüby, suddenly he comes back with this house definition
My favorite new producer from Lithuania, Leon Somov did it in his spare time. Wow! It was a great year for him and whole Silence Records crew!
This track is a great example of the ongoing new-old-school house wave
A little borderline but the synths are really magic. Great mix tool
My friend teamed up with Holger Zilske and made this great track. Hope to hear more from them in 2010
You know that “wow-you-are-not-a-douchebag-after-all” feeling after meeting someone for the first time? I sure do. Ian is a good man, let him serenade you.
When you think LA, one of the last things that comes to (my) mind is heavy mnml techno/tech house. I’ve heard great things about Droid parties
I <3 Diplo, end of story. Punkt.
Sexy time music.