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Wud Records: improved Musical Discoveries pages

Posted by Wudmaster on 30/03/18

We’re giving all of our Musical Discoveries pages a bit of a facelift. We’re adding the names of the featured artists and the names of the featured tracks. Each artist name will have a clickable link that will take you to a place where you can find out more about the artist. Where possible, we’ve used the artists’ own websites. This will help to raise the profile of these artists as our SEO works pretty good. It will also leave a permanent record of which artists and tracks we supported.

A lot of people seem to be leaving SoundCloud in favour of the blockchain-based music sites such as Musicoin and Steemit, which are at present offering creative artists a far better deal than any of the more established players such as Spotify and YouTube. SoundCloud have had a number of issues which have frustrated their users, including the disppearance of the Groups feature, the reduction in mp3 quality and the dramatic staffing cuts to save costs, including the entire customer support service. As such, a number of tracks have already vanished from our Musical Discoveries playlists and we expect more to disappear in the coming months.

Obviously this is a shame as we collectively liked all of the tracks we have included. We hope that this marginally increased internet visibilty for these wonderful artists will have some sort of positive effect with regard to growing their fanbases and enabling them to continue to do what they do so well – make great interesting original music.

It will take time to update all of the playlists, but at least we finally managed to begin. We publish a new playlist every month at SoundCloud and will continue to do so for as long as we have a professional interest there. We believe that it is likely that all of our material will be transferred to Musicoin and other sites on the blockchain eventually and in time that is where our Musical Discoveries playlists will come from.

If you would like to listen to some Wud Records approved fantastic independent unsigned music that is not connected to Wud Records in any way, please click here.

Andromeda: Walking in a Straight Line EP added to Archive

Posted by Wudmaster on 10/03/18

The 1999 Walking in a Straight Line EP by Andromeda has been added to the Wud Records Archive. This EP consists of five tracks from the highly talented and original Dawlish quartet and is their first release as far as we can tell.

This line-up of Andromeda features the ever-present hardcore trio of Joe Ings on lead vocal, guitar and keys, Amy McGill on lead guitar and vocals and Adam Bonner a.k.a. Chubs on bass and keyboards. Top session skinsman Max Welsman is also credited as playing the drums.

Some of the sleeve notes for the Walking in a Straight Line EP seem to be slightly contradictory, although we have tried to interpret and make sense of them as best we can. All the different panels of the CD have been scanned and you can see them all on the individual tracks over at SoundCloud.

We shall create a gallery for Andromeda as well and upload all of the panels there too for your visual enjoyment. We shall be announcing these publications in our News service and on Twitter.

Although a lot of their recordings have quite an electronic feel, when Andromeda performed live they were an amazing kick-ass rock band, adapting their songs beautifully for the stage. They won and wowed many an audience wherever they played and were favourites of the local music scene and the music press alike.

If you would like to listen to the Walking in a Straight Line EP here at Wud Records, you can do so by clicking here.

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

Wud Records: February 2018 musical discoveries

Posted by Wudmaster on 02/03/18

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 amazing independent unsigned artists who are making great music that simply aches to be heard. These artists are not associated directly with Wud Records in any way. We simply accumulated songs that we all liked during February 2018 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.

Can you complete the challenge of listening to every track? If you manage it, tell us, tell some of the music makers involved, and tell the world on social media how you feel about what you heard. Everyone concerned would love to hear your thoughts. If you find some new favourites on there, why not shout about them on social media as well? We are sure the artistes responsible for creating the music will welcome such word-of-mouth exposure and your friends and followers would probably love to enjoy hearing it too. At the very least you might end up making an indie musician’s day.

There is a vast amount of great music on SoundCloud if you have the time and inclination to filter through it. If you happen to be looking out for some great new music, we’ve already done that filtering for you!

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 with a basic membership!

We hope that a lot more people will find and listen to the wonderful songs on this new playlist of musical discoveries. Each and every track has something that we felt was special or interesting in some way. In many cases it was a tough job to choose just one track from an artiste.

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 would like to listen to this special new playlist of February 2018 Musical Discoveries over at SoundCloud, please click here.

To enjoy this new playlist of great music here at the Wud Records website, please click here.

If you would like easy access to all of our previous months’ musical discoveries playlists, please click here and bookmark the page, and remember that we publish a new playlist full of undiscovered gems every month!

Wud Records: February 2018 top ten tracks published at SoundCloud

Posted by Wudmaster on 01/03/18

The top ten tracks for February 2018 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, comments, likes and reposts. Our algorithm gives 1 point for a play, 5 points for a comment, 10 points for a like and 12 points for a repost.

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

Only you, the listener, can influence our March 2018 playlist. So if there is a track you particularly like, keep playing it!

Massive thanks go out to everybody who helped to support all of us during February 2018 by listening, commenting and reposting our bands’ tracks on SoundCloud.

A special mention needs to go out to Atom Collector Records. Their service continues to help us achieve consistently and significantly better activity. If you have tracks on SoundCloud, Bandcamp, YouTube, Spotify, ReverbNation, Musicoin, dSound or FanBurst, 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, whose track Medicines from their amazing 1992 Rage In Heaven album, has topped our chart again. Medicines has been a massive track for Dark Company and for us all at Wud Records and is now available to be heard at Musicoin, as well as being downloadable from Bandcamp.

Also appearing on this month’s chart are Wud, Clonk!, Flicker and Mark Drower and the Everyones. Dark Company dominated the month’s chart, occupying five of the top ten positions. Flicker had two tracks and the others one each, with no other act making our chart this month.

If you would like to go to SoundCloud to hear the top ten songs from Wud Records in February 2018, 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 the new default music player. You will find it on all non band-specific pages at the site, such as our News service or homepage.

Wud Records: January 2018 musical discoveries

Posted by Wudmaster on 03/02/18

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 amazing independent unsigned artists who are making great music that simply aches to be heard. These artists are not associated directly with Wud Records in any way. We simply accumulated songs that we all liked during January 2018 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.

Can you complete the challenge of listening to every track? If you manage it, tell us, tell some of the music makers involved, and tell the world on social media how you feel about what you heard. Everyone concerned would love to hear your thoughts. If you find some new favourites on there, why not shout about them on social media as well? We are sure the artistes responsible for creating the music will welcome such word-of-mouth exposure and your friends and followers would probably love to enjoy hearing it too. At the very least you might end up making an indie musician’s day.

There is a vast amount of great music on SoundCloud if you have the time and inclination to filter through it. If you happen to be looking out for some great new music, we’ve already done that filtering for you!

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 with a basic membership!

We hope that a lot more people will find and listen to the wonderful songs on this new playlist of musical discoveries. Each and every track has something that we felt was special or interesting in some way. In many cases it was a tough job to choose just one track from an artiste.

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 would like to listen to this special new playlist of January 2018 Musical Discoveries over at SoundCloud, please click here.

To enjoy this new playlist of great music here at the Wud Records website, please click here.

If you would like easy access to all of our previous months’ musical discoveries playlists, please click here and bookmark the page, and remember that we publish a new playlist full of undiscovered gems every month!

Wud Records: January 2018 top ten tracks published at SoundCloud

Posted by Wudmaster on 01/02/18

The top ten tracks for January 2018 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, comments, likes and reposts. Our algorithm gives 1 point for a play, 5 points for a comment, 10 points for a like and 12 points for a repost.

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 February 2018 playlist. So if there is a track you particularly like, keep playing it!

Massive thanks go out to everybody who helped to support all of us during January 2018 by listening, commenting and reposting our bands’ tracks on SoundCloud.

A special mention needs to go out to Atom Collector Records. Their service continues to help us achieve consistently and significantly better activity. If you have tracks on SoundCloud, Bandcamp, YouTube, Spotify, ReverbNation, Musicoin or FanBurst, 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, whose track Seeing, We Should from the forthcoming Benign Inquisition album has topped our chart for the very first time. Seeing, We Should is a very peculiar track and has a rather creepy horror-like feel. Much of it is completely atemporal and was constructed by piecing together various synth sounds along with Pete’s dark and disturbingly ghostly lyrics. It might be wise to listen a while before bedtime, with the lights still on!

Also appearing on this month’s chart are Flicker, Clonk!, Mark Drower and the Everyones and & co. Dark Company dominated the month’s chart, occupying five of the top ten positions. Flicker had tracks at Number Two (Moonpath) and Number Four (Tomorrow), and the others had one each, with no other act making our chart this month.

If you would like to go to SoundCloud to hear the top ten songs from Wud Records in January 2018, 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 the new default music player. You will find it on all non band-specific pages at the site, such as our News service or homepage.

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