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Wud Records: November 2016 top ten tracks published at SoundCloud

Posted by Wudmaster on 01/12/16

The top ten tracks for November 2016 from Wud Records have been published in a new playlist at SoundCloud. Tracks have been arranged from one to ten according to their popularity.

We shall publish further such playlists on a monthly basis. These playlists will 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.

November 2016 was more than 99% as busy as our record-breaking month of July. There was a lot of interest and activity involving our music towards the end of the month and eventually it fell just short, by under 30 plays.

We’d like to thank everybody who helped to make November 2016 another massive month for us by listening, commenting and reposting our bands’ tracks. Only you, the listener, can influence our December 2016 playlist, so if there is a track you particularly like, keep playing it!

When we have a bit of spare time we will make further Top Ten playlists going back to when Wud Records first joined SoundCloud. The way their site is structured makes it easy for us to do so, so well done to SoundCloud for being so splendid in that regard. The Wud Records charts used to be a popular feature a few years ago and it is great to be able to bring them back. We shall let you know when we publish others on Twitter, so make sure you are following us there.

Congratulations to Dark Company, whose song Medicines was our number one track once again in November. Medicines has been a massive track for us for over 20 years and has been a frequent chart-topper. Also appearing in this month’s chart are Wud, Flicker, The Subterraineans, Rough Terrain and The Bastard Sons of Dennis. Well done to all!

Meanwhile, over at Bandcamp, Pok‘s unfinished and growing Anthology album was by far and away the most popular. The recently released West Wind Blowing received the most plays by some distance. Flicker‘s fabulous 2002 album At Least 1000 Words was the most downloaded album from that website, so thanks very much for all your support to those who downloaded it.

If you would like to go to SoundCloud to hear the top ten songs from Wud Records in November 2016, 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.

Pok: final studio session of 2016

Posted by Wudmaster on 30/11/16

Pok and friends came for their final studio session of 2016 on Monday and Tuesday. It proved to be a particularly productive, constructive, enjoyable, precise and focused period of work. Pok and ourselves have been aiming towards being ready for an appearance of the incredible star-touched keyboard and piano wizard Jim Iz. Now we feel happy that there is something substantial present on our machines for all the tracks on which we plan to collaborate with Jim and his multi-dimensional talents.

So here is a brief account of what happened over the two days. First up, George laid down the 12-string on It’s A Blue Sky Don’t Hold No Rain. This was done using a Marshall condenser mic, replacing the previous and frightfully hissy audio recorded using an SM57. It means that now this piece is just waiting for Jim and Sven to add the finishing touches on keys and drums respectively before final mixing and mastering. We hope to be able to release it by the spring of next year.

We have not yet, at this moment in time, repaired the Alchemeon playlists, so if you would like to hear a very early version of It’s A Blue Sky Don’t Hold No Rain by Laughing Sun, please click here.

Continuing on with the same mic set-up, Pok then replaced the old (hissy, SM57) acoustic guitar with a shiny hiss-free new track to fit the new arrangement we made for Distanced Recognition. This was recorded on his Tanglewood and sounded both snapier and cheekier than the prvious recording, which was very pleasing.

The rest of Monday was spent reconstructing Crazy Mandy. We felt that the tempos were neither quick enough in the uptempo sections, nor slow enough in the downtempo sections.

Ignoring the previous guides, we set about making this song anew. Fedax laid down some beautiful rhythm and finger-picked Stratocaster guitar and once he had finished Maxx added the bass. He did a splendid job, providing both energy and sensitivity. By this time it was fairly late, so Sam retired for some office duties and the others that still remained went home.

When Tuesday dawned it was Pok‘s turn again. Leaping straight into action he laid down the other guitar track for Crazy Mandy on Broken Horn, his Gibson SG. This was beautifully realised, a perfect compliment to Fedax’s earlier Strat performance. Pok finished up by producing a blazing neo-Cuban solo for the end section.

The strings finished, it was time to add the vocals, which Pok did in great style. At the end he wanted to add a few different vocal parts, which we shall play with and mix in an ambient monastic fashion to round off the track.

During a tea-break discussion of the song it was described as being too simple to be complicated and too complicated to be simple, which seemed a fair enough assessment. Pok suggested it had elements of Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits, California Dreaming by the Mammas and Pappas and something perhaps by Marvin Gaye. George felt it had echoes of Now classics She Was Here and Not As Grey. Fedax suggested there must be an element of Enter Sandman by Metallica in there as well to add the extra gravitas and substance to the song that he felt was lacking in the previous suggestions. This also seemed at least semi-reasonable under the circumstances.

Amongst the various activities described above we also downloaded and critically evaluated some of the ambient sounds that Pok had gathered on his recent journeys. These are to be used on various tracks, including We Know You Well and Midnight Under the Tor. Finally we did a little engineering work to some of this great slab of new material to begin bending it into shape.

Pok‘s next visit to our studios will be in January and we hope that soon after that we will be able to add Jim’s keys. We also plan to make progress with the engineering side of things and may even have a couple of studio sessions with Pok‘s friends, such as Fedax, Maxx, George and Sven, to move some of these tracks forward further.

West Wind Blowing is the most recently finished track that we added to the Anthology album and it has been by far our most popular track at Bandcamp this month.

If you would like to download or listen to Pok’s Anthology album as it stands right now, you can do so by clicking here.

Guarana: unreleased demo uploaded

Posted by Wudmaster on 16/11/16

Great news for all Guarana fans! Four previously unreleased demo songs have been discovered and uploaded to a new playlist in the Archives section of the Wud Records website and over at SoundCloud. These were studio recorded tracks lurking on a couple of CDs given to us many years ago by the band themselves and we felt that Guarana fans, of whom there are many, would love to hear them.

Lullaby and Outside are both full band studio recordings that capture the two songs beautifully. It is interesting to compare the live version of Lullaby with its studio counterpart.

The other two tracks sound as if they were recorded by frontman Danny LePelley on his own. Out In The Evening is a song featuring just voice and acoustic guitar, and Confusion sounds as if Danny recorded this using just some synths, keys and voice at home.

We are not sure if Confusion was ever performed live although it somehow possesses all of the hallmarks of a classic Guarana song. We do not know who or what the Purple Rabbit was that was credited for the remix and neither do we have any other mix of this track. The first three songs were absolutely definitely all performed live by the hot trio from Guernsey at various performances.

Unfortunately we have no information whatsoever concerning these Guarana tracks. We believe they are from early 2002. We can tell you with absolute certainty that Danny played a white Fender Stratocaster and the band’s bassist had dreadlocks and played a Warwick, but beyond that we are delving rapidly into the realms of total speculation.

If you would like to hear this new playlist from Guarana here at Wud Records, please click here.

To listen over at SoundCloud instead, please click here.

Pok: West Wind Blowing

Posted by Wudmaster on 13/11/16

West Wind Blowing is the latest track from Pok to be released to his forthcoming Anthology album. Anthology has now grown to seven tracks, with more on the way in the coming weeks and months. We will broadcast any further developments to this album in our News service and on Twitter.

West Wind Blowing is a blues-rock song that seems simple enough and then the unpredictable happens, and continues to happen again and again throughout the song. It has a great energy and sound, not unlike Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones or the Grateful Dead. Pok plays 12-string guitar, the bass and sings, and he plays the electric lead guitars as well on his old Ibanez Roadstar. Drums are thwacked in a sympathetic temporal fashion by the mighty Sven Stiglund.

This song originally came from an ingenious run on the guitar that a young Pok had seen Jimi Hendrix perform on TV, and he wanted to try to emulate it. It was composed way back in the mid-80s when Pok was a fledgling songsmith. It demonstrates perfectly the great potential he showed and his originality in taking something as fundamental as a blues progression and twisting it about in unexpected ways. It is a great example of how any young aspiring songwriter can do this.

In other news concerning Pok, we convened for three days over last weekend to work on several ongoing songs. We also travelled around with a recording device to gather some sounds of Mother Nature at Jacob’s Ladder in Sidmouth. Besides West Wind Blowing, progress was made on Wanted to Be a Singer, We Know You Well, Blue Sky and Silver Ships on the Sea. Pok retracked all the acoustic guitar parts for Silver Ships on the Sea on his Tanglewood, some of which we managed to capture on video. We hope to edit and release some video to our YouTube channel in the relatively near future.

To download West Wind Blowing by Pok from our online store at Bandcamp, please click here.

To download the whole Anthology album as it stands right now, please click here.

If you would simply like to listen to West Wind Blowing and the rest of the Anthology album here at Wud Records instead, please click here.

Wud Records: October 2016 musical discoveries

Posted by George on 04/11/16

A brand new playlist of all the favourite musical discoveries of the Wud Records team has been published at SoundCloud. None of the bands on it are associated with ourselves in any way. There are not even any of our bands’ songs included in this one. We simply accumulated the songs that we all liked during October into one playlist and published it at the end of the month. We plan to do the same thing in subsequent months.

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 a bit of free publicity you could follow Wud Records over there.

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 playlist.

We hope that some more people will find and listen to these songs. We enjoyed them and 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. The playlist is very eclectic, so there is probably something on there to suit every taste.

If you would like to listen to this special playlist over at SoundCloud, please click here.

Wud Records: October 2016 top ten tracks published at SoundCloud

Posted by Wudmaster on 01/11/16

The top ten tracks for October 2016 from Wud Records have been published in a new playlist at SoundCloud. Tracks have been arranged from one to ten according to their popularity.

We shall publish further such playlists on a monthly basis. These playlists will 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.

October 2016 was almost as busy as our record-breaking month of July at SoundCloud. We’d like to thank everybody who helped to make October another massive month for us by listening, commenting and reposting our bands’ tracks there. Only you, the listener, can influence our November 2016 playlist, so if there is a track you particularly like, keep playing it!

When we have a bit of spare time we will make further Top Ten playlists going back to when Wud Records first joined SoundCloud. The way their site is structured makes it easy for us to do so, so well done to SoundCloud for being so splendid in that regard. The Wud Records charts used to be a popular feature a few years ago and it is great to be able to bring them back. We shall let you know when we publish others in our News service and on Twitter.

Congratulations to Dark Company, whose song Medicines was our number one track once again in October. Medicines has been a massive track for us for over 20 years and has been a frequent chart-topper. Also appearing in this month’s chart are Flicker, Wud, The Subterraineans, Rough Terrain, Laughing Sun and Alien Heat.

If you would like to go to SoundCloud to hear the top ten songs from Wud Records in October 2016, 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.