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Andromeda: World 3 added to Archives

Posted by Wudmaster on 12/05/17

Andromeda now have a presence in our Archives! Two new pages have been made for them, a general page and one for their fabulous and varied World 3 album released in 2001. We are still massive fans of the band Andromeda and their fabulous music, even nearly 20 years after they stopped performing.

World 3 is a collection of 13 tracks and was the third and final release by Andromeda. Many different genres are covered on this musical journey. To name just a few, Nothingtime TV is a ludicrously catchy acoustic song based around one of *THE* great chord sequences in music. It really is a beauty. Pin and Sad are both more electro/altrock assaults to get the room jumping, the latter being the more wistful. C is a whimsical, thought-provoking piece of trip-hop and another earworm. The title track, World 3, is an insane post-pop piano piece with added bonkersness.

Andromeda’s studio albums tended to be more trip-hop or electronic, whereas their live sets were closer to alternative rock or nu-metal. Joe Ings, the band’s vocalist, was also a top quality engineer with a great ear and highly creative imagination who enjoyed getting digital and beardy with the DAW and the electronics. Amy and Chubs, lead guitar and bass respectively, were also fond of and actively involved in the more digital side of things.

There are two further CDs from Andromeda which we hope to be able to add to the Archives section of Wud Records in the coming weeks. Walking in a Straight Line is a five-track EP released in 1999 which features the awesome drumming talent of Max Welsman. Living Thing is a four-track EP from 2001, which was created by the ever-present trio of Joe, Amy and Chubs. We shall let you know about any such additions to the Archives in our News service and on Twitter.

The Archives are full of wonderful music from great bands who are sadly no longer playing. At least some of their songs have been preserved here for their fans to enjoy, and for new fans to discover. We hope you will discover some of your own favourites among them. If you happen to have anything to add to any of our collections, please get in touch as we would love to hear from you.

To listen to World 3 by Andromeda right here at Wud Records, please click here.

If you prefer to listen over at SoundCloud instead, please click here.

Wud Records: Atom Collector Records Charts

Posted by Wudmaster on 06/05/17

During April 2017, Wud Records had a very successful month on the Atom Collector Charts. We’re not normally inclined to brag or blow our own trumpet excessively, but we feel the results at the end of last month were worth publishing.

Atom Collector Records offer a splendid free service for anyone who has tracks on SoundCloud, YouTube or Spotify. It is a wonderful place to network with likeminded artsts and producers. We strongly recommend you join. It will give a significant boost to your activity at those sites, and will ultimately boost your profile and sales. Our SoundCloud activity has increased by just over 58% since we joined. We believe that is not a coincidence.

Join Atom Collector Records for free by clicking here!

Even if you don’t have any tracks uploaded to any of those platforms, you can still join, vote for and share all the great new music you discover there.

During April 2017 we experienced our busiest day ever on SoundCloud. Although it may not seem like many plays to some of you superstars who may be reading this, is was great for us. 615 plays in a period of 24 hours means over 25 plays every hour, or almost one every two minutes for a whole day. Hooray! \,,/(>.< )\,,/ 615 plays in 24 hours!

First up, the All Genre Chart. As you can see if you zoom in a bit, The Percolator by Flicker just managed to make it into the Top Ten across the whole Atom Collector Records website!

Flicker

Atom Collector Records All Genre chart April 2017.

Let’s admire the Rock Chart. One might say that we dominated this chart! Flicker were #1 with Blown Away, #3 with Moonpath, #4 with Farsight and #5 with Hair and Eyes. Dark Company were #6 with Crash (EastEnders RMX), #7 with Spoiler and #9 with Armed & Dangerous. Not too shabby! :)

Atom Collector Rock Chart April 2017

Atom Collector Rock Chart April 2017.

Dark Company dominated the Reggae Chart, with Killer and Last Train to Heaven finishing the month at #1 and #2 respectively. :-D

dominated by Dark Company

Atom Collector Reggae Chart April 2017.

The Jazz Chart was another stonking success for Wud Records. Flicker topped it with their dark instrumental Or Maybe Not…? and Dark Company finished the month at #2 with Astrologer.

Atom Collector Jazz Chart April 2017

Atom Collector Jazz Chart April 2017.

The biggest surprise of the month was with Dark Company finishing at #2 on the Rap and Hiphop Chart with Sacrifice, the opening track from their Rage in Heaven album.

Dark Company: Sacrifice

Atom Collector Rap and Hiphop Chart April 2017.

For a while we wondered if The Percolator by Flicker might end the month topping the World Music Chart, but eventually GLX ran away with the votes leaving Flicker at #2.

The Percolator by Flicker

Atom Collector World Music Chart April 2017.

The catch-all Other Music Chart category saw Future Sadness Past, the 1991 ambient experimental soundscape by Dark Company, finish the month at #3.

Dark Company

Atom Collector ‘Other’ Chart April 2017.

The final chart on which any of our artists’ music appeared was the EDM Chart. In the face of some very stiff opposition, Dark Company managed three entries from their 1993 Rage in Heaven album. Terminal Road was #11, Medicines was #17 and The Forger was #19.

Dark Company

Atom Collector EDM Chart April 2017.

We are very hopeful of another successful month at Atom Collector Records in May 2017. If you happen to come upon one of our tracks there, please vote it up and give us a tweet!

We have kept our tracks that reached #1 on Atom Collector Records for another month. Killer by Dark Company remains in the Reggae section. Or Maybe Not…? and Blown Away by Flicker remain in the Jazz and Rock sections respectively. Medicines by Dark Company was moved to the Rock section to see how it fares there. Some of our bands’ multi-genre or post-genre tracks our rather hard to categorise, as fans will know.

Should May prove to be another good month for us, we shall probably post details similar to these, both in our News service and on Twitter.

Here is that link to Atom Collector Records again. Just click here and a new tab will open. It’s free to join and will give your music increased genuine organic exposure.

Wud Records: April 2017 musical discoveries

Posted by Wudmaster on 02/05/17

A brand new playlist of all the favourite musical discoveries of the Wud Records team has been published at SoundCloud. All of the artists on it are independent and not associated with ourselves in any way. We simply accumulated songs that we all liked during April into one agreed playlist and published it at the end of the month.

Tracks have been arranged according to the number of plays at the time of publishing, starting with the fewest. Tracks that are early in playlists tend to receive more plays than later tracks, and we feel that the ones with fewer plays need the best chance of exposure.

If you are one of the bands from which we recently liked, shared or tweeted a track at SoundCloud, there is a chance that one of your tracks might be on this new playlist!

Are you a member of SoundCloud? We always follow back if you have your own tracks and we always listen eventually, even if it takes a few weeks. So if you would like the opportunity of a bit of free publicity you could follow Wud Records on SoundCloud. It’s even free to join!

We hope that some more people will find and listen to the wonderful songs on this new playlist of musical discoveries. Each one has something that we felt was special or interesting in some way. Because we enjoyed them so much, we feel that it would be great if the artists in question could have a bit more exposure for their fabulous works. So please listen, enjoy, share and check out some of these wonderful bands. In many cases it was a tough job to choose just one track.

The playlist is very eclectic, so there is probably something on there to suit every taste. If the track you are listening to isn’t quite doing it for you, skip to the next one and perhaps that will please your ears more. Sometimes similar tracks end up next to each other, and sometimes extremely different tracks do, so we recommend you just try it for yourself.

If you find some new favourites on there, why not shout about them on social media? We are sure the artistes responsible for creating the music will welcome such word-of-mouth exposure.

If you would like to listen to this special new playlist of April 2017 Musical Discoveries over at SoundCloud, please click here.

If you would like easy access to all of our previous months’ musical discoveries playlists, please click here.

Wud Records: April 2017 top ten tracks published at SoundCloud

Posted by Wudmaster on 01/05/17

The top ten tracks for April 2017 from Wud Records have been published in a new playlist at SoundCloud. Tracks have been arranged from one to ten according to their popularity and take into account plays, likes and reposts at SoundCloud.

Tracks published at Bandcamp have been omitted from the SoundCloud playlist. This is because we feel the Bandcamp results require separate treatment. Archive tracks are also ignored.

Only you, the listener, can influence our May 2017 playlist. So if there is a track you particularly like, keep playing it!

We’d like to thank everybody who helped to make April 2017 another massively record-breaking month for us by listening, commenting and reposting our bands’ tracks. We thought March 2017 would be a tough month to beat, but April 2017 absolutely smashed it by over 58% and included our best ever day on that platform, with 615 plays in 24 hours!

We are truly amazed at what a fantastic month we’ve just had and would like to give a special mention to Atom Collector Records who helped us achieve this result. If you have tracks on SoundCloud, YouTube or Spotify, you too could see considerable growth in activity. It’s free to join. Just click here to go to their site.

Congratulations to Dark Company and Flicker, who have completely dominated this month’s chart. None of our other bands managed to feature. Dark Company‘s song Killer just about managed to remain our number one song, a couple of points ahead of Medicines, which has been a massive track for us over the years.

If you would like to go to SoundCloud to hear the top ten songs from Wud Records in April 2017, as played, liked and reposted by listeners, please click here.

If you prefer to listen here at Wud Records, you will find that it is our new default music player and you will find it on all non band-specific pages at our site, such as our News service or our homepage.

Pok: Freight Train (Pains)

Posted by Wudmaster on 27/04/17

Freight Train (Pains) by Pok the Bard is the latest song to be added to his forthcoming Anthology album. It is one of Pok‘s very oldest songs and was mined from his book Golden Temple and the Laughing Sun during a recent outbreak of song-related archaeology.

Despite it’s age in years, Freight Train (Pains) is very fresh. The whole thing was recorded, mixed, mastered and released in just the one session. It is the first time we have managed to produce a whole song from nothing since The Lecher, also on Pok‘s forthcoming Anthology album.

The freight train in Freight Train (Pains) is the very same train as the one described in another of Pok’s songs, Cunning and Tricks, which is also on the Anthology album.

When Pok arrived for a day in our studios, he brought with him original copies of two of the books he wrote back in the 80s, Boris and Golden Temple and the Laughing Sun. Both are veritable goldmines of material! We had originally planned to develop other songs instead, but this one took a hold and turned out rather well.

Pok had even taken his rather splendid Tanglewood acoustic guitar away to where he has been staying, so he used George’s studio Yamaha with its tiny electric strings. Pok also plays Betty the Bastard, his rather old and wonderful Tokai electric. Bass was provided by our in-house bass player Maxx Damage and Pok added all of the vocals as well. Virtually everything was recorded in one continuous take and the whole song has a fresh, natural, intimate atmosphere.

We have set the price for Freight Train (Pains), as indeed we have for the whole of the Anthology album, to ‘pay what you want’, so you can choose what value to give this piece of music. By all means download it for free, although of course any contributions towards keeping our lights burning and flags flying are greatly appreciated.

We are very hopeful of being able to release some more old classics by Pok to his Anthology album in the coming days. His next visit is slated for Monday and we have a few tracks nearing completion. We shall let all of Pok‘s fans know of any developments in our News Service and on Twitter.

If you would like to hear or download Freight Train (Pains) by Pok the Bard on Bandcamp, please click here.

To listen to or download the whole of the Anthology album by Pok as it stands right now, please click here instead.

Wud Records: Musical Discoveries

Posted by Wudmaster on 19/04/17

Following a variety of requests, the time has come to collect up all of the Musical Discoveries playlists and put them all together in one place for easy access.

Lots of people love to hear great new music, but finding it can be a lot of work. With our Musical Discoveries playlists, we’ve already done all of that work for you! Everything we’ve included is a track we liked or found interesting in some way.

All of the bands and tracks still remain completely independent from Wud Records and its associates. These are effectively just links to where you can hear some great new independent music on SoundCloud.

By now we have compiled several months of playlists and this means many hours of awesomeness. If you need some music whilst you are working or just relaxing, simply open one of these and press ‘play’. No need to do anything for quite a while afterwards.

All of the playlists are extremely eclectic and were ordered by the number of plays at the time of publishing, starting with the track that had the fewest. This means sometimes quite similar tracks might be together, and sometimes completely different ones will be. If the track you are hearing isn’t quite doing it for you, skip forward to the next and it may well be more pleasing.

We will be adding further playlists of great music every month. New Musical Discoveries collections are usually published within the first few days of the month. When we publish a new compilation, we inform everybody whose music is on it, then announce it in our News service and on Twitter. Why not bookmark or favourite these pages so you can always hear the latest sonic grooviness?

We tend to keep the latest Musical Discoveries playlist as our pinned tweet on Twitter in the hope that it will help these musicians and composers reach a few more listeners.

If you find something you like, please give the track and the artist a shoutout on social media. Helping to spread the word is great for the artists involved and you can be sure they will appreciate your recommendation. You can see for yourself just how many – or how few – plays each track has had. It is a great shame that more people are not hearing this fabulous music.

To check out the collated, compiled and utterly wonderful Musical Discoveries playlists, simply click here and choose a month in the list to the left.

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