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Wud Records: February 2019 musical discoveries

Posted by Wudmaster on 02/03/19

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 February 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.

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 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 it too. At the very least you might end up making an indie musician’s day.

There is a vast amount of great music on SoundCloud if you have the time and inclination to filter through it. If you happen to be looking out for some great new music, we’ve already done that filtering for you!

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.

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 with a basic membership!

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 artiste.

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 to listen to this special new playlist of February 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, and remember that we publish a new playlist full of undiscovered gems every month!

Wud Records: February 2019 top ten tracks published at SoundCloud

Posted by Wudmaster on 01/03/19

The top ten SoundCloud tracks for February 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 greater weight to likes and reposts than it does to comments and 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 March 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 February 2019 by listening, commenting and reposting our bands’ tracks on SoundCloud, as well as other platforms. SoundCloud‘s popularity seems to be waning following a rather uncertain time for the company, a downgrade in sound quality across the entire platform, a downgrade in customer service standards and the emergence of new blockchain-based music streaming platforms such as Musicoin and Choon.

Musicoin is currently offering what we believe may be the best pay-per-stream deal on the internet and a far more credible deal than any of the established industry players. Choon is on our to-do list and there may be others that are worth investigation. Atom Collector Records is an excellent place to look for further information on this subject.

The Musicoin currency itself is a rather new and turbulent form of currency and at present somewhat complex as well, so we will all have to see how these new Crypto services pan out in the coming months and years. However, we believe that these platforms may be the way ahead for many independent musicians and we definitely recommend trying them out and seeing which ones work best for you.

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, Spotify, ReverbNation, Musicoin, dSound, Choon or FanBurst, you too could see considerable growth in activity. It’s even free to join. Just click here to go to their site.

Congratulations to The Bastard Sons of Dennis, whose recently uploaded epic The Furniture is a new entry at the very top of the chart. The Furniture replaces Alchemeon‘s Born, which drops to number three. Born has topped our chart for the last few months.

Alchemeon continue their domination of our charts, with five of the ten tracks coming from their re-released Winter 2008-09 collection of live tracks.

We anticipate there may be the second Live in Session collection from Alchemeon, from the spring of 2009, coming soon. We shall let Alchemeon fans know of such developments in our News service and on Twitter.

The remaining four places were taken by Dark Company, The Addled Eggs, The Subterraineans and The Ug Brothers. No other artists managed to break into our top ten this month.

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

The Bastard Sons of Dennis: The Furniture (Los Muebles) on SoundCloud

Posted by Wudmaster on 20/02/19

The Furniture (Los Muebles) by The Bastard Sons of Dennis has been added to our catalogue of tracks at SoundCloud.

The Furniture (Los Muebles) was first released as part of the Cherry Smoke Empire album in 2012. It is a song in nine parts that was collated into one whole song and released as a single in 2017.

It is a very unusual song for several reasons. It is over twelve minutes long and is mostly comprised of two acoustic guitars and two voices, with a few spot effects added here and there. It is also sung both in Spanish by Mr Lijkkes and in English by Mr Nation. There is no drum machine or autotuner anywhere to be heard. All of these factors made us think it would be an ideal single as it fits none of the criteria of the mainstream music industry.

The Furniture (Los Muebles) is a traditional northern Spanish sea shanty from the Asturias region. It tells a tale of how a dysfunctional family of linguistically challenged fishermen lost and then found some furniture following a flood, and the consequences.

Linguistically challenged means, in this case, they were not terribly bright and could not even speak their own language very well.

The Spanish version has been loosely translated into English by The Bastard Sons of Dennis.

From an idea by Daniel Richardson.

This song and its anomalies of translation make a great teaching aid if one happens to have students learning English or Spanish. If you happen to use it as a teaching aid, we would be fascinated to hear about what you did and how the lesson went!

You can download The Furniture (Los Muebles) from Bandcamp for just one Euro by clicking here.

A full set of lyrics for The Furniture (Los Muebles) is available from the Explicit Music website, which you can reach by clicking here. SoundCloud does not permit enough accompanying text for the lyrics to be included at their website.

You can be sure that any further news regarding The Bastard Sons of Dennis will be published in our News service and on Twitter. The Bastard Sons of Dennis have their own Twitter and YouTube feeds, which you can find easily from our splendid Links page.

If you would like to listen to The Furniture (Los Muebles) by The Bastard Sons of Dennis on SoundCloud, you can do so by clicking here.

Wud Records: Passion and Meaning interviews George

Posted by Wudmaster on 03/02/19

Passion and Meaning has just published a new blog post featuring none other than our co-founder, co-director and the band leader of Flicker and Dark Company, George. In the interview George talks about how music first came to him, his teachers and inspirations over the years, and right up to where he is now. It is a short but fascinating insight into the life and times of one of today’s champions of independent DIY musicians and well worth a read.

Passion and Meaning is the website and brainchild of composer, musician, lyricist, independent music supporter and all-round splendid human Elizabeth Chute. A number of her wonderful compositions have featured in our Musical Discoveries compilations and we highly recommend you listen to her music for yourself. You can do so by clicking here.

Being a ‘proper’ educated musician – like George – she also has sheet music for her piano compositions for sale, so you can learn to play and appreciate in greater depth the subtle nuances of her creations. If you click here, a new tab will open with all of her available sheet music for your downloading pleasures.

Every month Elizabeth publishes an interview with one of her musical friends and all of them are interesting, highly enlightening and show the enormous diversity not only of how people come to music and where they are now, but also the influences within the music of Passion and Meaning. Recent interviewees include Marcus Mandible, Josephine Pascoe, Jennifer Doll, Ronnie Sparks (Big Time Radio) and Verity White.

Due to length, not all of the interview was able to be published. Elizabeth suggested that we may publish the interview in full here at the Wud Records website so that remains a possibility for some later time. If it should happen, we will let fans of George’s bands know through our News service and on Twitter.

If you would like to read the interview with George at the Passion and Meaning website, you can do so by clicking here.

Wud Records: January 2019 musical discoveries

Posted by Wudmaster on 01/02/19

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 January 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.

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 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 it too. At the very least you might end up making an indie musician’s day.

There is a vast amount of great music on SoundCloud if you have the time and inclination to filter through it. If you happen to be looking out for some great new music, we’ve already done that filtering for you!

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.

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 with a basic membership!

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 artiste.

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 to listen to this special new playlist of January 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, and remember that we publish a new playlist full of undiscovered gems every month!

Wud Records: January 2019 top ten tracks published at SoundCloud

Posted by Wudmaster on 01/02/19

The top ten SoundCloud tracks for January 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 greater weight to likes and reposts than it does to comments and 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 February 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 January 2019 by listening, commenting and reposting our bands’ tracks on SoundCloud, as well as other platforms. SoundCloud‘s popularity seems to be waning following a rather uncertain time for the company, a downgrade in sound quality across the entire platform, a downgrade in customer service standards and the emergence of new blockchain-based music streaming platforms such as Musicoin and Choon.

Musicoin is currently offering what we believe may be the best pay-per-stream deal on the internet and a far more credible deal than any of the established industry players. Choon is on our to-do list and there may be others that are worth investigation. Atom Collector Records is an excellent place to look for further information on this subject.

The Musicoin currency itself is a rather new and turbulent form of currency and at present somewhat complex as well, so we will all have to see how these new Crypto services pan out in the coming months and years. However, we believe that these platforms may be the way ahead for many independent musicians and we definitely recommend trying them out and seeing which ones work best for you.

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, Spotify, ReverbNation, Musicoin, dSound, Choon or FanBurst, you too could see considerable growth in activity. It’s even free to join. Just click here to go to their site.

Congratulations to Alchemeon and Dark Company for completely monopolising the most recent chart.

Four songs come from Alchemeon‘s re-released Winter 2008-09 collection of live tracks, including Born, which has remained at the top of our chart for some time by now. It really is a wonderful song, full of mystery and questions. The recording was a bit broken on the right hand side to start, but fixes itself when the groove kicks in.

We anticipate there may be the second Live in Session collection from Alchemeon, from the spring of 2009, coming soon. We shall let Alchemeon fans know of such developments in our News service and on Twitter.

The remaining six tracks by Dark Company come from just three separate albums. Three songs are from Mind Dance, two are from Rage in Heaven and one comes from Signmaker.

No other artists managed to break into our top ten this month.

If you would like to go to SoundCloud to hear the top ten songs from Wud Records in January 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 News service or homepage.