Flicker: Sauce!

Posted by Wudmaster on 16/01/18

Sauce! is now an official new release from our guitar and instrumental specialists, Flicker. Sauce! has been added both to the HappySad album at Bandcamp and included in the player you can hear here at Wud Records. The track itself and the HappySad album as it stands right now are both downloadable for pay-what-you-want, which includes for free, although if you were able to support us with a few coins for our efforts that would be a tremendous help when it comes to keeping the lights on and food on the table.

Since we released the remastered It Starts Right Here a few years ago, HappySad has appeared as a one-track album, which seems faintly absurd to be honest. So it is a great releief to finally be able to double the amount of tracks on the forthcoming HappySad album.

Sauce! is about blatant innuendo-rich cheeky saucy sauce, rather than some sort of variation on theme of ketchup, we are told, and it certainly has a very cheeky and saucy sound.

George wrote the guitar part for Sauce! in around 2001 whilst Flicker were busy working on the their debut album, At Least 1000 Words. Sauce! is in the key of G and all of the guitar parts were played on Nicodemus. The track also features Maxx Damage, who slaps and fingers the Plank in his own unique style, and Sven Stiglund, who hammers the drums rhythmically and unforgivingly.

It’s taken almost 16 years for Flicker to release a new track since their first album At Least 1000 Words was released to much positive critical acclaim in 2002. We are all reasonably confident that the next Flicker release will take slightly less time to appear. We will keep all Flicker fans informed of such developments in our News service and on Twitter.

Flicker have their own separate Twitter and Facebook feeds as well, which you might like to follow for more news directly from the band themselves. You can either click on the embedded links here or find them via our Links page.

If you would like to listen to Sauce! within the HappySad album here at Wud Records, please click here.

To hear the whole HappySad album as it stands right now over at Bandcamp, please click here.

To listen or download Sauce! from Bandcamp, please click here.

Wud Records: 20 Most Played Tracks of 2017

Posted by Wudmaster on 07/01/18

We thought it might be fun to make two playlists of the 20 most played tracks of 2017 on both SoundCloud and Bandcamp. We felt that such playlists would enable fans of our bands to see what has been hot and to have the opportunity to enjoy listening to some of our most popular tracks of recent times.

At SoundCloud we had just over 20 000 plays in 2017, thanks in no small part to those marvelous people at Atom Collector Records and #MusicHourUK. Give them a click and check them out!

Making a SoundCloud playlist of the tracks that were popular there is easily done. To listen to the 20 most played tracks of 2017 playlist at the SoundCloud website, simply click here to open that page in a new tab.

The SoundCloud playlist was heavily dominated by Dark Company and Flicker, with The Subterraineans and Wud managing three songs between them. Bandcamp features tracks by The Bastard Sons of Dennis, Pok, Dark Company and Flicker. We intend to transfer a lot more tracks from SoundCloud to Bandcamp over the coming weeks and months and plan to finish a number of the unfinished works at SoundCloud.

In 2017 we sold more music at Bandcamp than in any previous year, so we’d like to wish a massive thank you to everyone who supported us. It really helps to keep the lights burning, the electricity flowing and the websites up when supporters download our music and we appreciate it a great deal. It was actually the most profitable year we have had this century – fortunate really, as leaving the uk rather depleted our budget for everything else.

At Bandcamp it is not easy to make a simple playlist of our popular tracks there. Instead, what we have done is created some sort of playlist here within this news post for your listening pleasure. Simply clicking on the links below will allow you to play the various tracks.

1. The Bastard Sons of Dennis: The Furniture (Los Muebles)
2. Pok: Wanted to Be a Singer
3. Dark Company: Sacrifice
4. Pok: Cordelia Dreams
5. Dark Company: Killer
6. Flicker: Or Maybe Not…?
7. Pok: West Wind Blowing
8. Dark Company: Animal House
9. Dark Company: Armed & Dangerous
10. Flicker: Farsight
11. Pok: Cunning and Tricks
12. Flicker: One Place
13. Pok: Freight Train (Pains)
14. Flicker: Oily Road Hideaway
15. Dark Company: Second Sight
16. Flicker: The Percolator
17. Flicker: Tomorrow
18. Flicker: Moonpath
19. Flicker: Welcome to the Family
20. The Bastard Sons of Dennis: Ten Years Later

If there is enough interest in these playlists, we may do the same again next year. News of such publications and compilations will be posted in our News service and on Twitter.

We are hopeful that during the course of this year developments in blockchain technology will allow more equitable methods of financial distribution to become more ubiquitous for creative people. We believe that a blockchain-based solution to the issues associated with relying on SoundCloud to power the players on our website will probably become manifest in the near future.

Dark Company have already joined this revolution and you can give them a little support by playing their first upload, Medicines from the Rage in Heaven album, simply by clicking here.

Wud Records: December 2017 top ten tracks published at SoundCloud

Posted by Wudmaster on 02/01/18

The top ten tracks for December 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, 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 January 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 December 2017 by listening, commenting and reposting our bands’ tracks on SoundCloud. December 2017‘s figures were again good, as they have been throughout the whole of 2017.

Our output of new and finished content has temporarily dwindled, which is frustrating for everyone. You can see this by looking at the headlines of recent news posts. However, we are hopeful that the turning of the year will bring more time to work on and finish more music.

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 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 & co, whose remix of the Dark Company track Prisoner from the forthcoming Alien Heat album has topped our chart for the second month running. The & co collective have remixed a whole load of Dark Company tracks, as well as creating some originals. We have managed to release a few of the remixes on an album called Drifting Stars, with more on the slate for release sometime in the future. Additionally, & co‘s remix of Bodyfire from Alien Heat charted at number eight.

Also appearing on this month’s chart are Mark Drower and the Everyones with Mark’s epic acoustic rock song Treasure from 1982 featuring a teenage Pok on lead guitar. Dark Company claimed four consecutive spots, with Phase Out, the unfinished opening track from their forthcoming Can of Worms album, finishing the month at number two on the Atom Collector Reggae Chart. The remaining places were taken by Flicker and Clonk!, 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 December 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 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: December 2017 musical discoveries

Posted by Wudmaster on 02/01/18

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 needs to be heard and are not associated with Wud Records. We simply accumulated songs that we all liked during December 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.

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! December’s Discoveries playlist has a total of 60 tracks and is the joint largest of our Discoveries playlists so far. We are experiencing something of a talent-bloat right now!

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 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. 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 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 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 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.

If you would like to listen to this special new playlist of December 2017 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: Happy New… Ear!

Posted by Wudmaster on 01/01/18

“Happy New… Ear!” proclaimed this writer’s daughter (clown) a few seconds after midnight. She will turn three in about another month and sees things in a delightfully refreshing and uncomplicated way, as all children do. They make you think though. The world could really use a Happy New Ear or two. “Two ears, one mouth. Use in proportion.” That was what a wise man we knew once said.

This time last year our family had just returned home from Bavaria on a late evening flight. The flight back was stunning – all across Europe people were celebrating with fireworks and the ground was lit up with a myriad of brilliant ephemeral iridescences. If ever you have the opportunity to fly late on a New Year’s Eve, it is extremely highly recommended.

Little could we have foreseen the events that came to pass in 2017. The xenophobia, racism, hostility and the appalling illegal political agenda of the british government, and the callous, scandalous and unscrupulous way it treated some of our people for speaking out against their polarising hatred and madness drove us from the uk to a far better place – and a far better life – on mainland Europe. A number of our team came with us as we are not all english.

It was probably the least pleasant experience of this writer’s life, to actually live through such an horrific Orwellian nightmare, but to finally be free of that wretched country that I simply do not recognise as the place where I grew up makes it ultimately worthwhile. About 27% of the population voted for brexit, and they tended to be the older and less educated people. Due to brexit, we left brexeter and embarked on a grand brexodus. We are now living very happily in brexile.

Last year we had this crazy idea: to release a track every two weeks throughout the course of the whole year. This would mean there would be about two new albums finished. We were more-or-less on track until the uk authorities tried to destroy our lives. From then on we were engaged in a battle that involved lawyers in various countries. We were supported by various TV, radio and press establishments in Europe and thankfully, we eventually prevailed. The uk press don’t talk much about what is really going on in that vile country, yet it seems to be common knowledge on the continent. If you are in the uk – please do some research and leave, if you possibly can.

So we are hoping that this year we will be able to achieve our release goals. Our new studio will be functioning in the next few days and then we can set about finishing a lot of the unfinished works that lie deep within the entrails of our machinery. If we can release 25 tracks every year, we might be done in 20 years time – assuming no more new music is created in the meantime.

In 2017 we have also made a lot of new friends and discovered a lot of fantastic new music on the internet, thanks to Twitter, SoundCloud, Atom Collector, and various others. Feel free to check out the links and there are plenty more fabulous people and organisations on our Links page.

We shall continue to champion the cause of the musical underdog and help DIY independent musicians reach the ears that are longing to welcome them. We will also continue to rebel against corporate mainstream muzak product, designed by committee and manufactured to brainwash the masses, by promoting and speaking out for those artists who are making genuine organic real bona-fide music from the heart and the soul which the mainstream media censor by ignoring. Long live the Revolution!

So let’s all hope that 2018 will be awesome, and let’s all work together to do what we can to make it so. Here’s wishing all of our readers a very Happy New… Ear!

Sam, George, Kim, Dan, Tessa, Pok, Andy, Sven, Maxx, Udo, Zak and Josh.

Wud Records: building work (almost) complete!

Posted by Wudmaster on 21/12/17

Well, what a happy day for Wud Records – and all on the Winter Solstice as well! How auspicious. Yes, the building work for our new studios is finally complete apart from a tiny bit of drilling to hang the main studio monitor speakers in the control room. It’s taken a long time and a monumental effort by a variety of skilled people with specialist equipment and it’s finally complete. Hooray!

The wiring and acoustic treatments still need to be done, but the toughest part of the job is finished and we are now very hopeful of being back in the business of recording and releasing fantastic original music in the next few days.

This is particularly good news for our active musicians: Flicker, Dark Company, Pok and The Bastard Sons of Dennis. It also means we will be able to continue working with the material left by our numerous Legacy bands and various Archive acts.

So we invite you all to raise a glass of the good stuff with us tonight to celebrate the start of the sun’s return journey, as well as the start of our own. Cheers!

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