Yearly Archives: 2018

SoundCloud The 2018 SoundCloud Playback

We crunched the numbers and now we’re playing them back. Check out the results from our year-in-review based on actions from our community (AKA listeners like you). Of note: for the second year in a row, Two Friends released your favorite DJ set – and “synthwave” and “phonk” continue to be top genres you’ve tagged.  

Want to experience the sweet sounds of ’18 all over again? Get nostalgic with the 2018 SoundCloud Top Tracks Playback playlist, and then stream 2019 Artists to Watch to hear 19 creators who will be storming the scene next year and beyond.

Top Artist

Juice WRLD swept 2018 with most likes, reposts and streams.

Juice WRLD

 

Top track

And his track “Lucid Dreams” racked up the most plays.

Juice WRLD “Lucid Dreams”

 

Top remix

Illenium and The Chainsmokers had the mix that wouldn’t quit.   

The Chainsmokers “Don’t Let Me Down (Illenium Remix)”

 

Top podcast

Bill Burr was your voice of choice.

Monday Morning Podcast

 

Top DJ set

#13 wasn’t unlucky for Two Friends Big Bootie Mix; they took the cake for first-rate crossfade.

2F Big Bootie Mix, Volume 13” by Two Friends

 

#tagswithbuzz

From phonk to deeptech, these were the top tags on your tracks.

Synthwave, #SCFIRST, Phonk, Chillhop, Deeptech, Afrohouse, Retrowave, Melodictechno

 

Longest reign on the New & Hot chart

Lil Skies got comfy on the charts with the most consecutive weeks spent topping New & Hot. Next up, world domination?

Lil Skies “Creeping (feat. Rich The Kid)[prod. by Menoh Beats]”

 

Buzziest drops

These tracks spiked in under a day with the most condensed amount of 24-hour plays.

May 25: Drake dropsDuppy Freestyle”         

May 29: Pusha-T drops “The Story of Adidon

September 19: Lil Peep and XXX TentacionFalling Down” drops

 

2019 Artists to Watch

Get these creators on your radar, wherever you are.

mobilegirl

Thutmose

Duendita

Octavian

Leaf

JEVON

Ashnikko

Pink $weat$

Chloe Lilac

Rosalía

Tierra Whack

Clairo

Teflon Sega

Ruuth

Lil Mosey

Ama Lou

Pardison Fontaine

Gunna

Yaeji

 

*The above information was compiled based on indicators and actions taken from across the SoundCloud community including streams, likes, reposts, and shares.

 

SoundCloud First on SoundCloud: Studio Sessions Berlin ft. Smokeasac

 

A year ago, the music industry lost a future contributor when 21-year-old rapper Lil Peep (born Gustav Elijah Åhr) died of an accidental overdose. Known for his ability to skillfully mesh hip-hop elements with emo vocals and wrap everything up in modern-day production, Lil Peep was just beginning his career but already creating a movement – and doing so from a laptop in his bedroom.

Lil Peep had released Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1 three months before he passed, and it was a project that polished his emotive musings and bedroom beats into something more mainstream; a batch of tracks that solidified his standing as future hit-maker and redefined what it meant to be contemporary pop royalty. Thanks to Peep’s mom rescuing demos off his laptop and his best friend and go-to producer Smokeasac taking the reins, Lil Peep’s legacy is able to live on with Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 2, released this month.

Smokeasac and Lil Peep met on SoundCloud when Smoke was a beat-maker living in Virginia and Peep bought one of his first beats. Years later their paths crossed again as they respectively cross-bred the genres of emo and rap. Smokeasac became Peep’s producer on the Come Over When You’re Sober sessions and they never looked back.

Even after Peep’s death, Smokeasac kept looking forward. He had the difficult yet honorable job of finishing the music that the late rapper had started. “I can’t just leave the music behind,” he said. It gave him something to live for. And Peep was still guiding the process – always in Smoke’s head as he attempted to harnesses the essence and integrity of his friend.

The anticipated follow-up that fans never thought they would see dropped on November 9, 2018. COWYS2  is a beautiful tale of modern-day technology meets once-in-a-lifetime friendship as told through Peep’s signature genre-melding, emotionally-charged lyrics. It’s fraught with fragile raw tension and dark themes and according to his mom, “It’s the album that Gus would have wanted.”

Stream COWYS2 on SoundCloud here.

SoundCloud Comfy chair talk with Anderson .Paak

 

As the “dot” in his name reminds us, multidisciplinary musician Anderson .Paak is all about the details. So it should be no surprise really, that his fifth album Oxnard (out now) is a patchwork, panoramic offering that features a little bit of everything. From a first-class cast (Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Pusha T to name a few) guest-starring on his tracks, to a nod to multiple genres, mediums and sounds (“Trippy” starts off with an old-school radio show and laugh track), it’s clear that Paak’s focus group is the world.

In the spirit of pausing and paying homage to Paak’s aptly-placed punctuation mark, we were able to get the multi-instrumentalist and genre-blending rhythmic linguist to take a minute to chat with us on a moderately comfortable chair in our New York City office. While positioned snugly between two ferns, a Bonsai tree and a few disco balls, Paak took us through things as random as his surroundings – and some not – from his first experience with SoundCloud to the secret sauce that goes into keeping a band together.

Paak was first introduced to SoundCloud when working on his debut mixtape O.B.E. Vol. 1. He said, “I remember just staying up all night just trying to upload music and making sure it was right, and f-ing up and not doing it right like five different times – and all this pressure to get this mixtape out.” Paak’s willingness to be messy, to power through the hours, to experiment with concepts and to sing/rap/drum/produce himself, are key details that have led to his broader success. That, and an appreciation for the people he works with. What makes his band stay together? He notes that communication, loyalty and time spent with each other (outside of the music-making) are the driving factors.

As a multi-instrumentalist who smoothes the edges of hip-hop, R&B, funk and jazz into a collaged and cohesive whole, it’s no wonder that his latest album Oxnard does so much. The first track “The Chase (ft. Kadhja Bonet)” is a chest-pounding parade of an entrance that shows off his ability to melt concepts; a staticy car stereo blends into spell-casting vocals that are both intros for the main event: a highfalutin flute-fronted funk anthem. “Who R U” is a staccato banger that you can’t listen to just once, and “6 Summers” is a retro, politically-lite, reggae-laced rock ballad that could sit moderately comfortable on a stage from decades ago.  

If you’d already devoured Paak’s latest (we have) and want to dive into who he’s listening to, check out: Tierra Whack, Kadhja Bonet, Nick Hakim, Daniel Caesar and Smino. And if you’re looking to get in his good graces? Pick up an instrument and prove that you’ll do the work.

Because Paak is proof that just doing the work it is always enough – and oftentimes it’s more.