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Wud Records: October 2019 musical discoveries

Posted by Wudmaster on 02/11/19

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 October 2019 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 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 the music too. At the very least you might end up making an independent musician’s day.

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.

Towards the bottom of the page is a list of featured artists and tracks. The artist name is clickable and links to an external website where you can find out, hear and see more of the artist in question.

If you are the artist and would prefer us to use a different link to the one we added, please send an email to info@wudrecords.co.uk so we can fix it for you. Generally we try to use the artist’s own site where possible. We only linked to SoundCloud as a last resort when we were unable to find anything else, as users can already click the track and go to the artist’s SoundCloud page for themselves.

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 artist.

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.

In addition to the latest compilation being our pinned tweet on Twitter, every week on Twitter we boost a previous Musical Discoveries playlist and a featured track from that playlist. The featured track is chosen by the Wud Records team and is one which is a real favourite amongst us. All the featured tracks form an additional compilation which we also tweet daily.

All of the featured tracks can be found on a separate page at our website by clicking here, or on SoundCloud by clicking here.

If you would like the opportunity to be included in a future compilation, first you need to follow us on SoundCloud so we can follow you back. You can even enjoy hearing some of the music by our fabulous bands whilst you’re there. :)

We listen to everyone we follow at SoundCloud on a first-in-first-out basis. It may take a few weeks for us to reach the newest additions. We always have a massive amount of music to listen to, so please be patient and eventually you will be heard.

If you would like to listen to this special new playlist of October 2019 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 the previous musical discoveries playlists, please click here and bookmark the page. Remember that we publish a new playlist absolutely full of largely undiscovered musical treasures every month!

Wud Records: October 2019 top ten tracks published at SoundCloud

Posted by Wudmaster on 01/11/19

The top ten SoundCloud tracks for October 2019 from Wud Records have been published in a new playlist. Tracks have been arranged from one to ten according to their popularity and take into account plays, comments, likes and reposts. The algorithm we use gives greatest weight to reposts, then likes and comments over plays.

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

Only you, the listener, can influence our November 2019 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 October 2019 by listening, commenting and reposting our bands’ tracks on SoundCloud, as well as other platforms.

A special mention needs to go to Atom Collector Records. Their service continues to help us achieve consistently and significantly better activity. If you have tracks on SoundCloud, Bandcamp, YouTube, Musicoin, Spotify, ReverbNation, dSound, dTube or Peertracks, you too could see considerable growth in activity. It’s even free to join. Just click here to go to their site.

We would also like to say a special thank you to all the splendid people on Twitter who have been enjoying and reposting our tracks to their followers. All the support and positive feedback has been incredibly heartwarming for us all. It makes all our endeavours here seem worthwhile.

In the last two months our tweets have been seen by just under three quarters of a million people. The result of this increased exposure has made a huge boost to activity across our sites. This has also affected the many independent musicians we try to help a little. You too can follow us on Twitter if you don’t already – simply click here and then on ‘Follow’. :)

Congratulations to The Bastard Sons of Dennis, whose song The Furniture (part 1: overture) from their truly extraordinary creation The Furniture/Los Muebles remains at the top of our chart.

Congratulations also go to Flicker, who were highly popular again in October. Their dominance of our latest chart meant they took six of the remaining nine places, with five of the tracks coming from their 2002 album At Least 1000 Words.

The remaining three places were taken by Dark Company, with the ever-popular Medicines from Rage in Heaven returning at number two, and tracks from their work-in-progress albums Benign Inquisition and Mind Dance. No other acts made it into our chart this month.

If you would like to go to SoundCloud to hear the top ten songs from Wud Records in October 2019, as played, liked, commented upon 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 Links collection or homepage.

Dark Company: exclusive fan offer

Posted by Wudmaster on 03/10/19

Dark Company have announced an exclusive fan offer! It is something very special for all fans who have supported the band over the years.

This exclusive fan offer means that everyone who has bought Dark Company albums online will be able to listen to some previously unheard *new* material. This material will not be available on general release for some time to come.

We will send an email with a link to a secret web location where the unfinished tracks are stored in a playlist for Dark Company fans to enjoy.

Please do not share it! Otherwise we will have to change the secret code and send the details out to everybody again! This will probably cause a certain amount of disgruntlement to our admin assistant, which we would prefer to avoid.

These emails will be sent out in the next few days. New email addresses we receive from Dark Company fans who buy albums will be checked for periodically.

So if you would like to hear some secret Dark Company songs before they are put on general release for everyone else, it’s not too late. Simply pay for a download of one of their albums from Bandcamp and leave us your email when you do the download.

We will then send you the secret web address whenever we have an outbreak of admin work, which is normally at least once every couple of weeks.

Should you happen to live in the uk it is probably a good idea to download an album or two before the end of October. After brexit the value of the pound is likely to drop. Just saying.

There are two finished Dark Company albums available for downloadSignmaker and Rage in Heaven. We sold out of CDs and cassettes a long time ago. Another run of old physical product is planned for when we have a budget to make such an investment.

To download a Dark Company album, simply click here to go to our store at Bandcamp.

In case the link is somehow broken, you can copy/paste this link into your address bar: https://wudrecords.bandcamp.com/

As you may know, Dark Company’s final studio album is intended to be a triple CD. It is a collection of all the last songs that the band were creating before Pete passed away in 2016.

The new album will be made up of a CD of ‘rock’, a CD of ‘reggae’ and a CD of ‘other’ songs. It has the working title A for Acronym. As you can imagine, it is slightly weird doing work on an album featuring a dead dude, especially one who was such a larger-than-life character.

At present about half of the new tracks are ready (slightly stretching the usage of the definition of ‘ready’) for an early pre-listen and we hope to add the rest of the ‘rock’ tracks in the coming weeks. The other two CDs will be developed more once the ‘rock’ CD is developed more and after we have advanced some of the work we are involved in with other artists. Feel free to check back every so often to see if something new has been added!

We are also trying, in between everything else, to work on Dark Company’s back catalogue material that remains unfinished. There is plenty of it! A couple of weeks ago we had Sven in the studios laying down drums for, among other things, Sinner from the Can of Worms album. It’s sounding wonderful and the new improved version will be uploaded sometime soon.

The biggest stumbling block to finishing more Dark Company back catalogue material is the guitar amp we want to use. It is one of the first vintage Mk I Marshalls ever to be produced in the early 60s and has undergone a couple of unique modifications. It has a very low serial number so is worth an absolute fortune. It sounds unbelievably good as well as being absurdly loud.

Unfortunately it needs an expensive service and overhaul and we simply don’t have the budget to do it at present. By selling a few more Dark Company albums we will be able to build a budget for the necessary work to be done.

We hope that Dark Company fans will enjoy this special exclusive fan offer. We intend to keep it open for the next few months and will let Dark Company fans know when it is ending via our News service and on Twitter.

Wud Records: September 2019 musical discoveries

Posted by Wudmaster on 02/10/19

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 September 2019 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 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 the music too. At the very least you might end up making an independent musician’s day.

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.

Towards the bottom of the page is a list of featured artists and tracks. The artist name is clickable and links to an external website where you can find out, hear and see more of the artist in question.

If you are the artist and would prefer us to use a different link to the one we added, please send an email to info@wudrecords.co.uk so we can fix it for you. Generally we try to use the artist’s own site where possible. We only linked to SoundCloud as a last resort when we were unable to find anything else, as users can already click the track and go to the artist’s SoundCloud page for themselves.

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 artist.

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.

In addition to the latest compilation being our pinned tweet on Twitter, every week on Twitter we boost a previous Musical Discoveries playlist and a featured track from that playlist. The featured track is chosen by the Wud Records team and is one which is a real favourite amongst us. All the featured tracks form an additional compilation which we also tweet daily.

All of the featured tracks can be found on a separate page at our website by clicking here, or on SoundCloud by clicking here.

If you would like the opportunity to be included in a future compilation, first you need to follow us on SoundCloud so we can follow you back. You can even enjoy hearing some of the music by our fabulous bands whilst you’re there. :)

We listen to everyone we follow at SoundCloud on a first-in-first-out basis. It may take a few weeks for us to reach the newest additions. We always have a massive amount of music to listen to, so please be patient and eventually you will be heard.

If you would like to listen to this special new playlist of September 2019 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 the previous musical discoveries playlists, please click here and bookmark the page. Remember that we publish a new playlist absolutely full of largely undiscovered musical treasures every month!

Wud Records: September 2019 top ten tracks published at SoundCloud

Posted by Wudmaster on 01/10/19

The top ten SoundCloud tracks for September 2019 from Wud Records have been published in a new playlist. Tracks have been arranged from one to ten according to their popularity and take into account plays, comments, likes and reposts. The algorithm we use gives greatest weight to reposts, then likes and comments over plays.

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

Only you, the listener, can influence our October 2019 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 September 2019 by listening, commenting and reposting our bands’ tracks on SoundCloud, as well as other platforms.

A special mention needs to go to Atom Collector Records. Their service continues to help us achieve consistently and significantly better activity. If you have tracks on SoundCloud, Bandcamp, YouTube, Musicoin, Spotify, ReverbNation, dSound, dTube or Peertracks, you too could see considerable growth in activity. It’s even free to join. Just click here to go to their site.

We would also like to say a special thank you to all the splendid people on Twitter who have been enjoying and reposting our tracks to their followers. All the support and positive feedback has been incredibly heartwarming for us all. It makes all our endeavours here seem worthwhile.

In the last two months our tweets have been seen by well over half a million people. The result of this increased exposure has made a huge boost to activity across our sites. This has also affected the many independent musicians we try to help a little. You too can follow us on Twitter if you don’t already – simply click here and then on ‘Follow’. :)

Congratulations to The Bastard Sons of Dennis, whose song The Furniture (part 1: overture) from their truly extraordinary creation The Furniture/Los Muebles remains at the top of our chart. The Bastard Sons of Dennis also claimed the number eight spot of our chart this month, with Good Times dropping down from last month‘s number two.

Flicker were highly popular again in September and took five of the remaining places, with all of the tracks coming from their 2002 album At Least 1000 Words.

The remaining three places were taken by Wud, Dark Company and Alchemeon, with one track each. No other acts made it into our chart this month.

If you would like to go to SoundCloud to hear the top ten songs from Wud Records in September 2019, as played, liked, commented upon 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 Links collection or homepage.

Pok: Whatever You Are, Whatever You Do

Posted by Wudmaster on 11/09/19

Whatever You Are, Whatever You Do is the latest song to be added to Pok the Bard‘s growing Anthology album. This song is a wonderful example of Pok‘s ability to tell stories through song. The lyrics have been firm favourites of the wider Wud posse for over three decades. It concludes, rather reassuringly, with the lines: “Whatever you are, Whatever you do, Do not worry – I am one too!”

Whatever You Are, Whatever You Do is the twelfth Anthology track to be released and was written by Pok in 1984. The song comes from his rock opera Chameleon and introduces us to the characters Jacob T. Blackmore and Alice, the play’s two central figures.

Pok sings the vocal and plays the guitars and the bass. The slide guitar is played on Marsha. The acoustic guitar is a borrowed Ovation-style instrument, which was a cherry red sunburst colour and rather pretty. Sven’s drumming is busy, precise and as loud as ever.

This song has actually been on hold for some time. This was because we had planned for a different musician to play the keyboard parts. Eventually it became apparent that due to health reasons this was simply not going to happen. The track has now been released using refreshed and improved versions of the guide parts originally created by our in-house keys man, Josh Reynes.

Two of the sounds Josh uses are VST plugins from DSK Music. They are the AcoustikKeyZ and the ElektrikKeyZ. DSK are well worth a visit! ;-)

www.dskmusic.com

Those listeners with a more trained ear may notice the odd two-beat bar that occurs once in every verse. If you follow the meter of the lyrics you will hear it quite clearly.

The whizzer whistle was something that was found online by chance in an old black-and-white comedy movie from the 1940s. As soon as we heard it we all felt that it was a perfect fit for this song. The clip was played over and over with an SM58 pointed at the computer speakers in our office at various angles and distances to get the right take, and some long cables were used to reach the studio. Very hi-tech.

We anticipate that more songs by Pok the Bard will be released relatively soon. We shall let fans of the PokStar know about such developments in our News service and on Twitter. You can also follow Pok the Bard on facebook and enjoy lots of wonderful footage at his YouTube channel.

If you would like to read the full official lyrics and all the fun facts about Whatever You Are, Whatever You Do at our sister site Explicit Music, please click here.

To listen or download Whatever You Are, Whatever You Do from Bandcamp, please click here.

If you would like to listen to the entire Anthology album by Pok the Bard as it stands at present, please click here to listen at Bandcamp, or please click here instead to listen right here at the Wud Records website.