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Wud Records: December 2019 top ten tracks published at SoundCloud

Posted by Wudmaster on 06/01/20

The top ten SoundCloud tracks for December 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 January 2020 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 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.

Congratulations to The Bastard Sons of Dennis, who occupied the top two chart positions in December 2019. The acoustic funk progrock masterpiece Good Times remained at the top spot and their song The Furniture (part 1: overture) from their truly extraordinary creation The Furniture/Los Muebles stayed at number two.

The remaining places were taken by Flicker, Dark Company, Wud, The Ug Brothers and Alien Heat. 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 December 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.

Wud Records: December 2019 musical discoveries

Posted by Wudmaster on 05/01/20

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 December 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 December 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: 20 Most Played Tracks of 2019

Posted by Wudmaster on 02/01/20

20 Most Played Tracks of 2019

We thought it might be fun to make two playlists of the 20 most played tracks of 2019 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.

SoundCloud
Making a SoundCloud playlist of the tracks that were popular there is easily done. To listen to the 20 most played tracks of 2019 playlist at the SoundCloud website, simply click here to open that page in a new tab.

Medicines by Dark Company was again the most played track on SoundCloud in 2019. It has been a perennially massive track for us at Wud Records since it broke the European radio airwaves back in the early 90s. Dark Company had two other songs in the top twenty for 2019 – Killer from Signmaker and the work-in-progress Beasts & Angels from Mind Dance.

Of the remaining places, five were taken by The Bastard Sons of Dennis. Flicker claimed eight of the top twenty positions. There was also space for Alchemeon, Wud, The Ug Brothers and Rough Terrain to claim one spot each.

Top 20 SoundCloud Tracks 2019

1. Dark CompanyMedicines
2. The Bastard Sons of DennisThe Furniture (part 1: overture)
3. The Bastard Sons of DennisGood Times
4. AlchemeonBorn (winter version)
5. FlickerMoonpath
6. WudThat’s No Way To Pay A Bodyguard
7. The Ug BrothersWibble and Bling (Ugstrumental)
8. FlickerFarsight
9. Rough TerrainWon’t You Come Around My Way
10. The Bastard Sons of DennisThe Furniture / Los Muebles
11. FlickerIt Starts Right Here (demo)
12. FlickerBlown Away
13. FlickerWelcome to the Family
14. FlickerLucky Stone
15. Dark CompanyKiller
16. FlickerWeek Five
17. Dark CompanyBeasts & Angels
18. The Bastard Sons of DennisSmile
19. FlickerBeautiful Wings
20. The Bastard Sons of DennisSometimes

Bandcamp
Bandcamp has again seen a slight decline compared to last year in terms of sales and activity, although overall the results there have been fairly pleasing when considering everything else that has been going on in the Wud world. Flicker registered the most sales with their 2002 album At Least 1000 Words. The most played track was their ever popular melodic progrock instrumental earworm Moonpath.

The 2019 chart was dominated by Flicker, with seven of the tracks, and Dark Company with nine. Also appearing this year we also see Pok the Bard with three tracks and just one from Alien Heat. None of our other artists were represented in the 2019 Bandcamp Top Twenty.

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

Top 20 Bandcamp Tracks 2019

1. FlickerMoonpath
2. FlickerHair and Eyes
3. FlickerThe Percolator
4. FlickerSauce!
5. Dark CompanySecond Sight
6. FlickerIt Starts Right Here
7. Dark CompanyArmed & Dangerous
8. PokWhatever You Are, Whatever You Do
9. FlickerPhoenix in the Bin
10. Dark CompanyAnimal House
11. PokCordelia Dreams
12. Dark CompanyCrash
13. PokWe Know You Well
14. FlickerFarsight
15. Dark CompanyLast Train to Heaven
16. Dark CompanyFuture Sadness Past
17. Dark CompanyAstrologer
18. Alien HeatJigsaw (studio version)
19. Dark CompanyKiller
20. Dark CompanySacrifice

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.

If you would like to compare all of the figures for the most played tracks of 2019 against the figures for 2018, please click here to open the relevent news post in a new tab.

If you would like to compare all of the figures for the most played tracks of 2019 against the figures for 2017, please click here to open the relevent news post in a new tab.

Wud Records: Welcome to 2020!

Posted by Wudmaster on 01/01/20

Welcome to 2020! And what a year 2019 has been. Indeed, what a decade it’s been. Let’s take a look back at 2019 and the last ten years as a whole, then look ahead to what’s coming up in the future.

2019 has been a disappointing year in that we have not achieved anywhere near as much as we hoped. Very little new music was released. Not much progress was made in terms of the various unfinished recordings languishing in the machinery. We have been beset by technical issues and been horribly busy with work, families and other distractions that make music creation and development very difficult. The miles, the sea and the time apart has made communication with some of our people more difficult than it was before. However, in spite of all of this, we are just as hopeful as ever that 2020 will be a more productive year than 2019 was.

The last ten years have seen so many changes. We could never have predicted back in January 2010 how things would be today. Births, marriages, deaths, emigration and the end of many things as we knew them. Of course, when something ends, something new starts. Wud Records is starting to send out green shoots of recovery and plant new roots in a new land, far far from exeter where we were based for so long.

This year we are hopeful of a number of things. The finishing of the Cosy Lube Turtle album by The Bastard Sons of Dennis. The finishing of some more tracks by Pok and Flicker. The necessary repairs taking place to allow some Dark Company songs to be finished. And of course, more music added to our Archives. We are also hoping to increase the exposure of our artists through the internet and new territories there. We are also hopeful that the independent music revolution which we support though Twitter will continue to gain strength in the face of mainstream corporate dumbing down, blandness and brainwashing.

So once again, welcome to 2020 and may it be a splendid year and indeed a splendid decade for all our friends and fans across the world.

Wud Records: November 2019 musical discoveries

Posted by Wudmaster on 02/12/19

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 November 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 November 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: November 2019 top ten tracks published at SoundCloud

Posted by Wudmaster on 01/12/19

The top ten SoundCloud tracks for November 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 December 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 November 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, who occupied the top two chart positions in November 2019. The acoustic funk progrock masterpiece Good Times made a return to the top spot and their song The Furniture (part 1: overture) from their truly extraordinary creation The Furniture/Los Muebles dropped down to two.

The remaining eight places were taken by Flicker with three tracks, Alchemeon with two tracks, and The Ug Brothers, Alien Heat and Dark Company 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 November 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.