Wud Records: July 2021 top ten tracks published at SoundCloud

The top ten SoundCloud tracks for July 2021 from Wud Records have been published in a new playlist.

Tracks are arranged from one to ten according to their popularity. The algorithm we use gives greatest weight to reposts, then likes and comments (active engagement) over plays.

When somebody reposts a track, that gives it the opportunity to be heard by a potential new fan.

This is always a tremendous help for creative souls!

Songs published at Bandcamp and other platforms are omitted from the SoundCloud statistics because they would require separate treatment.

Archive tracks and bonus tracks are also ignored, as are likes and comments from people who clearly didn’t listen to the music.

Only you, the listener, can influence our August 2021 playlist. So if there is a track you particularly like, keep playing it! Leave a comment, repost it and share it to your social media feeds!

Our tracks received more streams overall in July 2021 than any of the previous eleven months. Awesome!

Massive thanks go out to everybody who helped to support all of us during July 2021 by listening to, commenting on and reposting our bands’ tracks on SoundCloud, as well as other platforms.

All the wonderful fans of our bands who supported us with downloads from Bandcamp are especially appreciated because they genuinely help us keep the fires burning. May you be blessed by the gods of rock n roll! :)

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 our endeavours here seem worthwhile.

Congratulations to Dark Company! It has been an extremely good month for Dark Company over at SoundCloud. They claimed no less than five of the top ten places.

Remaining at the top of our charts for a fifth consecutive month is their awesome alternative / hard / psychedelic rock and funk song Dancing In The Dark. The version you can hear is still work-in-progress.

Pete wrote the lyrics in 1989 and the song was originally performed by Alien Heat. Dancing In The Dark describes his memories of going nightclubbing in the West End of London after being revved up by his good friend Billy. Pete was not actually terribly keen on the song and would always refer to it as “Farting in the Park”.

Back in the days of Alien Heat, Dancing In The Dark included Graham’s drum solo. This was when everyone in the band would roll a cigarette (or something a little more flavoursome) while he performed it, hopefully having the deed done and the object lit in time to carry on with the song at the drum solo’s conclusion.

There has already been, and will also be, further news published regarding upgrades to other songs from Dark Company’s Alien Heat album in the coming days. We are busy fixing these in the hope of being able to repair broken gear and finish the guitars fairly soon.

Reentering the chart at number three is arguably Dark Company‘s oddest song, Seeing, We Should. Pete said that the name came from thinking “Hmm, seeing. Yes. That’s a good idea. We should really do that.”

Seeing, We Should is completely arhythmic. Most of the sounds were created by Pete on his ancient Korg analog synth and then arranged once an interesting collection had been established. No matter what, we have never been able to recreate the magic of the original version of this weird song.

It is the last track on Dark Company‘s Benign Inquisition. Seeing, We Should is somewhat dark and creepy. The band had a break for several years after the Benign Inquisition album was written.

A second recently upgraded Dark Company song from their work-in-progress Alien Heat album reentered the July 2021 chart at number six. Ship to Shore has long been a collective favourite of the wider Wud posse, ever since its first creation back in Alien Heat days. Ship to Shore is a fabulous allegorical piece of progressive rock and we are looking forward very much to having it finished.

The other two Dark Company songs to feature in the new chart are Change the Light from the Noir album at number seven, and Humpty Dumpty from Mind Dance at number nine. Dark Company are extremely genre-fluid. Their five songs in the July 2021 chart are all quite different to each other.

Flicker‘s sole representation on the new chart is Oily Road Hideaway from their wonderful 2002 album At Least 1000 Words. Oily Road Hideaway is the only track from Flicker‘s first album with programmed drums. It remains at number two.

Flicker‘s second album, HappySad, is under construction and you can listen to it as it stands right now by clicking here. Several more tracks are likely to be released in the coming weeks and months, so please keep an eye and an ear on our News service and Twitter.

Also appearing on this month’s chart we see the first two tracks from the delightful Cherry Smoke Empire album by The Bastard Sons of Dennis. Good Times climbs two places from last month‘s number seven to this month‘s number five. The Furniture / Los Muebles (part 1: overture) ascends one place from five to four.

There are two remaining songs in the July 2021 Top Ten Tracks to mention. They are very different to each other.

The Mirror by Mark Drower and the Everyones is a classic piece of folk rock singer songwriter goodness that forms an essential part of our very origins. The Mirror was no doubt boosted by Emma Leach’s fabulous recent biographical addition to our website, her wonderful memories of Mark Drower and the Everyones. It’s a great read and you can enjoy it by clicking here.

Coming in at number ten is The Paranoia Song by Clonk!. None of our other acts made it onto the chart this month.

If you would like to go to SoundCloud to hear the top ten songs from Wud Records in July 2021, as played, liked, commented upon and reposted by listeners, please click here.

If you prefer to listen right here at the Wud Records website, you will find that it is the new default music player. You will find it on all non band-specific pages at the site, including our Links collection and homepage.

Recently we have added a few more of the previous charts as pages to their section of this website. We are still three years behind in this work, but at least a little catching up has been done. If you’d like to see all our old charts, they can be accessed easily by clicking here. More pages will be added soon, when there is time.