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.

Subterraineans: Demo upgraded

Posted by Wudmaster on 04/03/17

The Subterraineans Demo from 1987 has had an upgrade in the form of a slight sonic makeover. We found that the old .mp3 files we were sharing with you were created using a bitrate of only 192k. We believe this was for easier operation of our old on-site .mp3 player software, the Flamplayer. The new files have had an upgrade in quality to an improved bitrate of 320k.

We hope that all you fans of The Subterraineans will enjoy the new improved sound quality of these Demo tracks. One day, when we have some time, we shall attempt some remastering. It is difficult to estimate when this will happen, and may not be any time very soon.

In other news regarding The Subterraineans, a band from Glastonbury called The Eldar have started putting together a cover of Short and Sweet. We have listened to their version and it’s starting to sound fabulous. It was a real joy to hear a fresh version of this great old song by Dean and we hope they will be able to develop it fully into their repertoire.

If you would like to listen to some songs by The Eldar, please click here.

To listen to the newly upgraded Demo by The Subterraineans here at Wud Records, please click here.

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

Wud Records: February 2017 musical discoveries

Posted by Wudmaster on 02/03/17

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 independent and not associated with ourselves in any way. We simply accumulated songs that we all liked during February 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 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!

We hope that some more people will find and listen to the wonderful songs on this new playlist of musical discoveries. Each one 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.

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 have a new favourite or two 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.

If you would like to listen to this special new playlist of February 2017 Musical Discoveries over at SoundCloud, please click here.

Wud Records: February 2017 top ten tracks published at SoundCloud

Posted by Wudmaster on 01/03/17

The top ten tracks for February 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.

Further such playlists will be published 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.

We’d like to thank everybody who helped to make February 2017 another splendid month for us by listening, commenting and reposting our bands’ tracks. Only you, the listener, can influence our March 2017 playlist, so if there is a track you particularly like, keep playing it!

February 2017 was a busy month for Wud Records at SoundCloud, with figures seeing a massive surge in the last few days. Overall the amount of plays we had was about 12% down on our busiest month, which was July 2016.

Congratulations to Dark Company, whose song Medicines was our number one track once again in February. 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, Laughing Sun and Rough Terrain. Well done to all!

At Bandcamp we enjoyed an increasingly busy month of growth with our newest release, Wanted to Be a Singer from Pok‘s Anthology album, being our most played and downloaded track. Anthology was also our most downloaded album in February 2017, so thanks very much to everyone who supported us by downloading our music. :)

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.

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

Pok: Wanted to Be a Singer

Posted by Wudmaster on 20/02/17

Wanted to Be a Singer by Pok the Bard is the latest track to be released and added to his forthcoming Anthology album. This beautiful, wistful piece of progressive rock describes the hopes and dreams of many young people, and anyone who has ever tried to play music would easily be able to relate to the sentiment of this song.

Wanted to Be a Singer was one of Pok‘s very first compositions, dating back to early 1983. At this time he was playing in the band Now. Wanted to Be a Singer was a piece that he and George played many times as a duo and in various musical collaborations, such as Fooog Dinboffin and the Release, Now and Laughing Sun. It was one of the first two songs, along with Johnny Wake Up, that Pok and George sang harmonies together on. It never made a lot of progress in any form other than a Pok/George duo, due to its various complexities and definitive vagaries.

Fresh from his previous week’s triumphant Spacegoats reunion performance at Glastonbury Assembly Rooms, Pok described the finalisation and release of this seminal work as “monumental”. We know that this song has a lot of meaning for him. He describes it as his ‘mission statement’, and as such we placed it second on the Anthology album as it stands right now.

We have set this track to ‘pay what you want’, which means you can even download it for free. Of course, any financial support we receive for our creative works helps keep our artists fed and watered and helps keep the lights burning, so we greatly appreciate everyone who has contributed to enabling us to exist for over 33 years now.

Over the course of the weekend, we had some prolonged and highly productive time in the studio with Pok. As well as finishing Wanted to Be a Singer, Pok laid down some new guitar parts for Don’t Let It Pass You By. We also recorded Sven, who laid down the drum track for Crazy Mandy and did a great job of it, as you will be able to hear one day. We reviewed the various new guitars on Distanced Recognition and We Know You Well, which are both progressing very well, and did some critical engineering work to Distanced Recognition.

Between us we decided that it would be a good idea to work towards having everything that Jim Iz will play his keys on ready to go in the near future. There are several songs that are already Jim-ready and three more that remain: Born, The Centre of the Cyclone and Crazy Mandy. We will let you know of all future developments with regard to Pok and his activities with Wud Records in our News service and on Twitter.

During the course of events over the weekend, we were treated to a visit from the amazingly talented and renowned visual artist and raconteur Rex Short. Rex has already done some work with Pok on various projects in the past and when we release the finished physical Anthology album on CD, cassette and vinyl, we hope that some of Rex’s awesome artwork will feature.

If you would like to download or listen to Wanted to Be a Singer by Pok the Bard, please click here.

If you would like to download or hear the entire Anthology album as it stands right now, please click here.