Name: SoundCloud (Visit SoundCloud)
Type: Free Music Platform
Best Website For: Free Electronic Music
Reason it's on The Best Sites:
SoundCloud is a trendsetter. The free music service offers a place for artists to offer their music for free. The app boasts a industry-best user interface. SoundCloud's signature design implementation is their Fourier-transform based frequency diagram which is splashed behind their music widgets.
You know that moment: you’re listening to a new track and BAM it hits you. Sometimes it’s the beat, that simple melody, that clever rhyme. All you know is when it happens you need to express how you feel about it, no matter where you are in your day.
Today, we’re excited to relaunch comments on mobile with a brand new experience on iOS and Android so you can comment on tracks anytime, anywhere, right from your phone.
- Easy navigation: Simply tap the conversation bubble icon to leave a comment or read the time-stamped comments on tracks.
- Give and receive feedback instantly: Have more flexibility over when and where you share feedback on your favorite tracks.
- More control and freedom: Manage your own comments and comments by the community with the ability to easily delete and leave comments on tracks.
As the world’s largest music streaming platform sparking social connections between artists and fans around the world, SoundCloud creates an open, authentic and dynamic community where everyone can share and connect.
So be heard. Hear back. Connect anytime, anywhere – first on SoundCloud.
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It’s brave to willingly compete with the West surname in the hip-hop universe these days – but 20-year-old Delaware rapper Lil West is up for the SEO-challenge, reviving the famous moniker with his own lil twist.
To describe Lil West’s sound is like trying to catch a cloud and pin it down. It’s ethereal, bounces seamlessly across genre borders, and defies categorization. He gives the people what they want with a raspy auto-tune vox that the masses all know and love, but his choice to sing-rap angsty lyrics over emo melodies awaken vintage sentiments c/o the early aughts.
Lil West’s voice is gravelly yet smooth, pleasant albeit a little unexpected – like brushing your hand across crushed velvet and then back again against the grain. In his productions, he practices strength and restraint, and in his themes, he balances humor (song titles like “Candy & Cupcakes, Without brushing your teeth”) with gravity, giving airtime to serious topics like suicide prevention.
In Bridgeville, DE, without access to a booming music scene, Lil West was forced to draw inspiration from every corner of the internet. And in his foraging for fresh sounds, he’s created a post-genre patchwork quilt that has something for everyone. Music that’s one size fits all. Collabs with 21 Savage, Rich The Kid and nothing,nowhere. and coverage in FADER, Complex and Pigeons & Planes prove that Lil West is bigger (and more directionally diverse) than his name suggests.
For more information on the SoundCloud x Noisey Singles Program click here.
Stream Lil West’s latest tracks on his SoundCloud page here
We get it: you want a better way to get your mixes out into the world and heard by millions. Starting today, we’ve made it easier than ever to record, upload and share your content directly to SoundCloud using Pioneer DJ’s DJM-REC app on iOS.
In addition to fast, effortless sharing directly to SoundCloud, the DJM-REC app offers you:
- Easy connection to DJM series mixers equipped with the send/return feature
- High-quality audio recordings that minimize clipping and distortion
- Live streaming mixes
- Post-production mixing capabilities
- Tracklist editing
We are excited to add Pioneer DJ’s DJM-REC to our growing list of partnerships and integrations available for DJs, including: Apple GarageBand, Apple Logic X, Ableton Live, Avid ProTools, Steinberg Cubase, Music Maker Jam and PreSonus Studio One.
You can download Pioneer DJ’s DJM-REC app today in the Apple App Store, and try it absolutely free for a 30 days (then purchase for $9.99 after the trial period).
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When you hear Jae Stephens’ bluesy bass-backed tracks, it’s clear the LA singer and beat-maker is a natural born talent. If you look (click through the internet) a little bit closer, you find out that her success isn’t an overnight gift per se, but rather the byproduct of an artist working tirelessly, seizing every opportunity and breaking free of genre conformity. From grassroots beginnings on Tumblr to solid support c/o major media players like Pigeons & Planes and The Fader, it’s evident that Stephens’ reputation is gaining momentum. No doubt that her latest single “Headlights,” on the heels of mid-tempo hit, “You Like That,” will continue to redefine pop RnB and solidify her standing as a key voice of 2018.
Stephens was born in Dallas but spent most of her life in LA – a town she sings about, but tires of, and can deal with, because she’s not following the pack down the 405. She’s blazing her own trail. The competitive intensity of music-making in Hollywood brought her to the UK, a place where she could hone her sound and collaborate with the best in the production biz: Jam City (“24K”) and Bruno Major (“Every Time”). She worked on her latest offering, “You Like That,” with LA’s Jonah Christian (TDE, Anderson.Paak, SiR, Aminé, Jay Prince). With no allegiance on either side of the pond, and a tech-soul sound that pulls from multiple eras, it’s safe to say Jae Stephens doesn’t have her brake lights on.
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.For more information on the SoundCloud x Noisey Singles Program click here.
Stream Jae Stephens’ latest tracks on her SoundCloud page here.
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Once in awhile, an artist’s sound completely captures the zeitgeist and informs musical trends for years to come. In the somewhat complex coexistence between house and pop, that person is Jan Blomqvist. Heralded as one of the world’s top live DJs by Resident Advisor, his presence in Germany’s dance scene is by far one of the strongest today.
Before he headlined clubs worldwide and performed at festivals including Burning Man (which has an impressive 760K streams on SoundCloud), he wasn’t signed to a label and was bartending while figuring out how to raise his profile. “I was immediately on SoundCloud when it came out,” he says. “I was pretty young in the scene. The clubs didn’t want me to play live, so it was an interesting way to get my music to people. Later on when I played in the clubs, they’d ask for my SoundCloud!”
These days, with 76K followers, a supportive label plus a new album (Disconnected came out last month), he utilizes the platform as a way of sharing ideas with contemporaries and remixes with other musicians. As his career evolves, so does Jan’s commitment to SoundCloud — and we’re proud of that.
Listen to the latest music from Jan Blomqvist on SoundCloud now.
For Little Simz, it’s always been about raw passion — which made her and SoundCloud a natural fit. She joined the platform back in 2012 with the goal of getting her music out there and exploring the space. “I didn’t have to overthink it – it was really fluid and I love the spontaneity of being able to put something out based on impulse… just because I feel like it,” Simz says.
The 24-year-old rapper has been invested in the performing arts since the early age of nine, and her impressive skills have quickly secured her a spot as one of hip-hop’s hottest ones to watch. Just in case there was ever any doubt on that front, Kendrick Lamar recently stated that Simz “might be the illest doing it now,” so you know it’s real.
After her track Marilyn Monroe received serious props from the SoundCloud community, she released a video for it. Since then, she’s dropped two albums (her most recent, Stillness in Wonderland, came out last year), collaborated with fellow SoundCloud success story Kehlani and is currently in the midst of a European tour. Casual, right?
No matter what Simz’s next move is, she never forgets her SoundCloud roots. “It’s an amazing platform to discover new music and it’s not only for fans — it’s a great way for artists to meet others.” And that’s what it’s all about.
Listen to the latest music from Little Simz on SoundCloud now.
Since Claptone burst onto the scene, SoundCloud has been a consistent part of the journey. “My first upload was in 2011 and was one of the original Claptone DJ sets that was live recorded. It’s amazing to see how many people have commented on it over the years,” he told us. Always decked out in his trademark golden bird mask, Claptone’s position as one of the biggest names in the German house music scene is no accident. The superstar DJ grew up on classical music and has spent his career combining his favorite styles in order to create a layered and powerful sonic picture. He puts it simply: “Words can’t describe my music.”
The list of artists Claptone has remixed reads like a quintessential who’s who of the industry: from the Pet Shop Boys to Gorillaz to New Order. Yet despite an extensive discography, he remains incredibly selective and won’t take on a project unless there’s something he can do to amplify it and truly bring a track to the dance floor. Aside from working the worldwide festival circuit this summer, Claptone just dropped his latest album Fantast.
As the career trajectory of this global force keeps rising, he always recognizes the opportunities SoundCloud has provided him and other up-and-coming producers. “People can just produce something and if they think it’s good enough, they can upload it and see what the reaction is. Where else can you do that?”
Listen to the latest music from Claptone on SoundCloud now.
Few know the power of creating their own opportunities quite like Lotic. Growing up in Houston, they focused on developing a sound that married the experimental and the accessible, all while sharing abstract vocal arrangements and early beats on SoundCloud. After graduating from college in the midst of a recession and an uncertain political climate in 2012, moving to Berlin seemed like the best option. Since then, they have become a resident artist of Janus, a Berlin-based event and label collective that put Lotic at the forefront of Berlin’s music scene (which ultimately led to gigs at famed super-club Berghain and a not-so-casual DM from Björk, who they produced two remixes for and supported on tour).
Without SoundCloud, the path to success would have been far less clear. “It’s still the best and one of the only ways to share music. It’s easy, quick and straightforward and that just did not exist before SoundCloud. It was needed for so long,” Lotic says. Since being signed to Tri-Angle Records, Lotic’s star has certainly taken off and their sound has evolved massively. Their debut album, Power, drops next month and is bound to turn a cult favorite into a household name. But for Lotic, it’s all about being true to their art and figuring out the next move.
Listen to the latest music from Lotic on SoundCloud now.
We all start somewhere — and for Peggy Gou, that place was SoundCloud. “The first track I ever uploaded was an hour-and-twenty-minute long mix,” the Korean-born, Berlin-based DJ said. “I hide it now because it’s quite embarrassing. I listened back and it’s not bad, but still!”
Before Gou’s latest EP Once dropped in March and became a summer staple, she fine-tuned her skills while the SoundCloud community eagerly listened in and fed back. “My favorite part of SoundCloud is the comments,” she says. “Usually they’re pretty positive and I like reading them because you can write on specific minutes and seconds within the song – it’s a good platform for people who want to break through.”
And break through she definitely has. With over 170 worldwide gigs under her belt, the accolades are stacking up for Gou. At a recent lecture she gave back in Korea, the event was packed full of fans obsessed with the country’s rising house and techno scene. Her biggest piece of advice? “Don’t be afraid to ask around. I bother a lot of people to get what I want,” she explains.
Gou’s accomplished quite a bit already, and she’s just getting started. With the support of her 37K beloved SoundCloud followers, it’s only up from here.
Listen to the latest music from Peggy Gou on SoundCloud now.
Today, we’re excited to announce the European expansion of “First On SoundCloud,” our campaign to celebrate the inspiring stories and raw energy of creators who got their start on SoundCloud.
The expanded campaign spotlights emerging artists within the dance/electronic and hip hop communities and features Claptone, Jan Blomqvist, Jay Prince, Little Simz, Lotic and Peggy Gou throughout the SoundCloud app, social media, newsletters, paid media, and out of home advertising.
Creators everywhere can continue to upload original tracks to SoundCloud and tag it #SCFIRST for a chance to be promoted across SoundCloud playlists, social media, newsletters and blog, plus fast track consideration for monetization in SoundCloud Premier and partnership opportunities.
“First On SoundCloud” began in the US in March 2018 spotlighting 10 groundbreaking artists from across SoundCloud’s global community. From their first SoundCloud upload, to their first album, festival appearance or Grammy nomination, all of us at SoundCloud are excited to continue to support emerging artists on their creative journey!