Wud Records: March 2017 top ten tracks published at SoundCloud

Posted by Wudmaster on 01/04/17

The top ten tracks for March 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, downloads and reposts at SoundCloud and Bandcamp.

Tracks that are only published at Bandcamp will be omitted from the SoundCloud playlist. Archive tracks will also be ignored. Only you, the listener, can influence our April 2017 playlist, so if there is a track you particularly like, keep playing it!

We’d like to thank everybody who helped to make March 2017 a massively record-breaking month for us by listening, commenting and reposting our bands’ tracks. We are truly amazed at what a fantastic month we’ve just had, smashing the previous record set in July 2016 by over 43%!

Congratulations to Dark Company who have dominated this month’s chart by having the top three tracks. Their song Killer was our new number one. It is the first time that Killer has been a number one track for us. It replaces Medicines, which drops to number three, just below Last Train to Heaven, the closing track on the band’s 1993 Rage in Heaven album.

Also appearing in this month’s chart are Flicker, The Subterraineans, Wud and Rough Terrain. Well done to all!

At Bandcamp we enjoyed an exceptionally busy month. Our newest release, Ten Years Later by The Bastard Sons of Dennis had the most individual track downloads, but was not played the most. Wanted to Be a Singer from Pok‘s Anthology album held its position as our most played Bandcamp track in March 2017. Cherry Smoke Empire by The Bastard Sons of Dennis was also the most downloaded album in March. Big thanks to everyone who supported us by downloading our music. :)

If you would like to go to SoundCloud to hear the top ten songs from Wud Records in March 2017, as played, downloaded, 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.

Wud Records: Twitter vs. Facebook – an experiment

Posted by Wudmaster on 25/03/17

A few years ago, Wud Records started a Facebook page. It grew for a time, and as so many people are on FB, we had a reasonable response rate from it.

We paid FB for some advertising and the page died. Completely. Why? Watch this video by Veritaseum.

We abandoned our FB page and ignored it for three or four years. Last week we decided to see whether anything had changed.

We set up a simple link so that anything we posted at Twitter would be reposted at FB. After exactly one week of making the same posts on Twitter and FB, we have some seven-day accumulated results for you. Here they are.

Total posts = 258.

Followers: 832
Page views: 6
Page likes: -2
Reach: 153
Engagements: 27

Followers: 3947
Impressions: 48.6 K (approx 6200/day)
Engagement rate: 2.3%
Link clicks: 20
Retweets: 284
Likes: 545
Replies: 31

The results clearly show that our FB followers have very little chance of ever seeing anything we post unless they actively search for it, with only 153 total views from the 258 posts that were made to a potential audience of 832.

On the other hand, the results demonstrate that there is a very good chance to be viewed by your Twitter followers. On Twitter, those same 258 posts were seen by over 48000 pairs of eyes, based on an increasing followership of around 3900.

Follower numbers were correct at the end of the week. As FB began on 834 followers, we actually lost two followers overall. Probably because we posted something for once! During the same period we had a net gain of 51 Twitter followers, the results at the end of Day 1 claiming a followership of 3896.

Isn’t it remarkable how much better Twitter performs? The results speak for themselves. In fact, they bellow!

Are you on Twitter yet? If so, you can follow us by clicking here. If not, it’s free to join. :)

We shall disable the link between our Twitter feed and our useless FB page again once this has been posted.

In other news, we published an old Wud Records SoundCloud chart, from April 2016. If you would like to check it out, please click here!

Dark Company: Can of Worms information upgrade at Explicit Music

Posted by Wudmaster on 19/03/17

All of the information regarding the Can of Worms album by Dark Company has had something of an upgrade at Explicit Music. We even added a bit more copy to the Can of Worms page here at Wud Records. As far as we can tell, all of the lyrics are correct having been carefully proofread. Not only that, all of the other information, such as authors, publishers, performers and the extensive ‘Fun Facts’ sections have been checked, added to, corrected and given the full works.

Can of Worms is a curious album as it is one that the band Dark Company were never too keen on in terms of the actual songs. Most of them were originally put together during the first two incarnations of Dark Company. They then tended to be put on hold in favour of the songs that appear on Signmaker, Rage in Heaven, Alien Heat and Ghost of the Art.

Here at Wud Records we had heard demos and early versions of all of these tracks and liked them very much. We decided that we simply had to pull rank on this occasion. We persuaded Dark Company to make the songs real and put them all together, into one collection. It was not the easiest of diplomatic missions, but as you can hear, it worked. :)

The tracks are far from finished, but it’s great to be able to hear the makings of a fabulous album, as we knew it would be. Even the band themselves have come round, and they like this one a whole lot by now. Even Pete, who was the most skeptical, agreed in the end that it had been well worth it, and some of the tracks on it were genuine favourites of his.

We shall be improving the audio on Can of Worms considerably, by dispensing with the guide tracks and recording actual parts, as well as mixing and mastering the album. This will take place in a few months once the Alien Heat album has been completed and released, depending largely on what’s going to happen to our team post-Brexit. Any news of such developments will be posted in our News service and on Twitter, so be sure to follow us there.

Now you too can enjoy listening to these wonderful unfinished tracks here at Wud Records whilst reading their lyrics, backstories and so on, over at Explicit Music in the small lightbox windows that open up, by clicking here!

If you prefer to listen to the Can of Worms album by Dark Company over at SoundCloud instead, please click here.

If you would simply like to read the various details at Explicit Music and open the songs individually from that site, please click here.

Do you dare to open… the Can of Worms? :-p

The Bastard Sons of Dennis: Ten Years Later

Posted by Wudmaster on 14/03/17

Ten Years Later is a brand new release from The Bastard Sons of Dennis. It has been added to their forthcoming Cherry Smoke Empire album. It is an original song from the pen of Andy and was written many years ago, with the duo first performing it back in 1994. It might be about uncertainty, but we’re not really sure…

During the recording of Ten Years Later, our engineers and the band together felt that the nature and subject of the song might be a scene between two friends having a chat over coffee. We set about creating a cafe scene, and thanks to those wonderful providers of great sound samples at we have achieved a pleasing result. The adlib voices from Q.Wim and Yuri were all done in one take, and it was the first as it happens.

We have taken the decision to set Ten Years Later, and indeed the rest of the Cherry Smoke Empire album, to ‘pay what you want’. This means that you can even download the whole album for free if you wish, although if you feel the music has some value and would like to support everyone involved in making it happen, we’ll all be very happy!

There are three more tracks that will be added to the Cherry Smoke Empire album before we can call it finished. All three of them are sounding good and we hope to be able to finish the whole thing within the next few weeks.

The next studio session with The Bastard Sons of Dennis is planned for Friday. We believe that another track or two will be released very soon after. Of course, we shall keep you updated with regard to any developments regarding The Bastard Sons of Dennis and their activities in our News service and on Twitter, so be sure to follow us there. Our gruesome twosome even update their FaceBook page from time to time, so give them a like if possible.

To download or listen to Ten Years Later from Bandcamp, please click here.

If you’d like to listen to the whole Cherry Smoke Empire album as it stands right now, please click here.

Dark Company: Alien Heat album information rewritten at Explicit Music

Posted by Wudmaster on 12/03/17

The Alien Heat album by Dark Company has had all of its song information rewritten at Explicit Music. Many new fun facts regarding each song have been added. All the correct authorship and performance details have been credited on each song. Other information such as dates, publishers and so on has also been completed for all 16 songs, both at Explicit Music and on SoundCloud. It took a few days and involved a fair amount of research, but we believe the results are worth it.

The official lyrics for each song have also been checked, and after proofreading we are fairly sure that everything is as it should be. We even think that all the links from the Alien Heat album page here at Wud Records open the correct pages at Explicit Music in smaller Lightbox windows, to allow listeners to listen and read at the same time. Each song at Explicit Music has a link to the correct track at SoundCloud so that internet users who land at the Explicit Music website can hear these fabulous songs from Dark Company. All in all, a glorious triumph for diligence and a keen eye for detail.

We are very hopeful that the last recordings which need to be made for the songs on the forthcoming Alien Heat album will be completed before the end of this year. It will still need to be fully mixed and mastered with a full artwork package of course, but at least having all the information, backstories and lyrics in place is a step towards its finalisation. News of any further such developments will be published in our News service and on Twitter.

If you would like to read all of the song lyrics and other track information such as the Fun Facts sections for the Alien Heat album by Dark Company over at Explicit Music, please click here.

If you would like to listen to the Alien Heat album here at Wud Records whilst reading the lyrics and song information at Explicit Music at the same time, please click here.

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

Dark Company: Drifting Stars remixes by & co upgraded

Posted by Wudmaster on 06/03/17

Drifting Stars, an album of Dark Company club remixes and EDM by & co, has now been upgraded to the fully remastered version with an improved bitrate for your listening pleasure.

Back in 2010 we remastered the eight tracks that currently make up this collection. When we were using the old Flamplayer software at the Wud Records website, we mostly used .mp3 files with a bitrate of 192k to enable quicker loading times of the pages. Something must have become a bit confused in the transition between our studios, which is largely an internet-free zone, and the office space where we do all of our web work. Not only were the old files that are rated at 192k in use, they were also the pre-mastering files!

These issues have been addressed and fixed. Now you can enjoy a vastly enhanced sound quality of the Drifting Stars album with fully mastered .mp3 files at a bitrate of 320k.

There are a number of other tracks that we will add to this particular collection of remixes and musical tangents. At present they are lurking on a variety of Dark Company cassettes in our vaults. We have managed to unearth a few of them and they are waiting on the remastering process. Updates regarding further such developments will be published here in our News service and on Twitter.

In addition, we have re-written the copy for the Drifting Stars page as the previous text was minimal and not especially informative. One could argue the case for keeping it that way, what with the culture of anonymity, white labels and silent aloof DJs, but we tend to feel that a little more information might be a good thing for fans.

If you would like to listen to Drifting Stars here at Wud Records, whilst reading the glorious all-new text concerning the & co project, please click here.

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