Wud Records: June 2022 top ten tracks published at SoundCloud

The top ten SoundCloud tracks for June 2022 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. We have ways of knowing these things.

Only you, the listener, can influence our July 2022 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!

Massive thanks go out to everybody who helped to support all of us during June 2022 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 Flicker! Flicker enjoyed a very good month on the new chart, occupying four of the positions. All of the Flicker tracks are from their wonderful 2002 album At Least 1000 Words.

The number one SoundCloud track in June was a re-entry. Moonpath is a beautiful melodic progressive rock instrumental with impossible hybrid harmonic guitar chords that require tentacles rather than fingers to play.

Moonpath was composed after looking out to sea at Sidmouth beach on the night of a full moon. George plays the guitars using the Ice Maiden, and the bass using the Plank. Dave play drums and djembe.

Moonpath has had a fair bit of radio play recently. It is always a popular SoundCloud tune and is usually not far from the top ten in the months when it doesn’t find representation. We believe the additional airplay has been a contributory factor to its resurgence in popularity, at Bandcamp as well as at SoundCloud.

Down three places from the top of last month’s chart is Oily Road Hideaway, a delightful latin jazz dance. Oily Road Hideaway is the only track from Flicker‘s first album with programmed drums. It also has twin bass guitars playing in unison, with Dave on his Fender and George on the Plank.

Week Five is the third Flicker tune on the new chart, re-entering at number seven. Week Five has a remarkably live-sounding feel for a studio recording. It is a breezy feelgood latin rock dance number with summer vibes that wouldn’t sound out of place in a set from Carlos Santana.

Welcome to the Family drops one place on the new chart from nine to ten and is the fourth Flicker tune to find representation. Welcome to the Family is another wonderful latin-jazz-rock-fusion instrumental. It builds from its acoustic guitar beginings to a heady climax of guitar feedback and noise. There is a lovely bass solo from Dave, who also plays all the keyboard parts with outstanding aplomb and sensitivity.

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.

There are five songs in total by Dark Company, who enjoyed another splendid month for Wud Records on SoundCloud during June 2022. Three different Dark Company albums all find representation, with two songs each from Rage in Heaven and Benign Inquisition, with one from Can of Worms.

Sacrifice, the opening track on Dark Company‘s Rage in Heaven album, is up two places from four to two on the new chart. Recently Sacrifice has also enjoyed radio play on a number of stations. This is probably a contributary factor in its resurgent streaming popularity.

Sacrifice is an alluring and curious mix of progressive rock, trance and rap. The genre-bending nature of Sacrifice has helped it appeal to fans from multiple musical subcultures over the years.

Probably also due to an outbreak of recent radio play, Medicines is in our charts yet again, this time climbing from six to number three. Medicines has been our biggest selling song over the years and people still seek it out and enjoy listening to it.

Medicines was popular in Europe rather than in the uk where Dark Company formed. Mainstream radio in the uk didn’t want to play it as the intro was “too long” and the lyrics “too difficult to understand”. They are about a subject other than procreation, the only subject a dumbed down mainstream audience seems capable of understanding, according to the purveyors of mainstream media themselves.

Damaged, from the Dark Company album Benign Inquisition, is a re-entry on the newest chart at number five. Damaged is a truly beautiful song with a wonderful melody and some of Pete’s finest whimsical and storytelling lyrics. Pete rarely did whimsical. Do have a listen, it’s a real gem.

Like the rest of the Benign Inquisition album, Damaged is still very much work-in-progress.

Recently it had something of an upgrade, with the addition of some wonderful cello from the marvelous Alison Reynolds. Alison has been helping us out with some cello lines recently in between her own projects, which we highly recommend you listen to as well.

To visit Alison’s website, please click here.

Spiritual Remission from the album Can of Worms falls to number six this month. It is the fourth Dark Company song to chart in June 2022 and features Pete’s wonderfully languid vocals and lyrics that reference literature and legend as well as personal experiences.

Recently Spiritual Remission has been enhanced with new bass and drums and the wonderful melodica playing of Olly Joseph. We are hoping to be able to include Olly’s talents in a few more songs in the future.

You can listen to Olly’s fabulous compositions at his SoundCloud page by clicking here.

Please remember to follow our News service and Twitter for further announcements regarding the forthcoming upgrades to the Can of Worms album.

The fifth and final Dark Company song on this month’s chart is Colt 44, a re-entry at number eight. This is a curious song with a dark triphop vibe, played on a Stratocaster, with some very low notes on the bass. Synths are plugins and come from the wonderful DSK Music, check them out if you need some for your DAW.

Colt 44 is a song about a woman who was having an existential crisis. We can confirm that her story had a “and they all lived happily ever after” ending, thankfully.

The only other act to be represented in our chart this month is Alchemeon. Their beautiful cosmic psychedelic spacerock epic Orb is an absolute wonder of a creation. This is, of course, a live version. Orb consists of various sections, each of which is an earworm in its own right. Orb returns to our charts at number nine, much as the druids in the lyrics return to the stones.

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 June 2022, 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 more than a year 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.