Essential Sounds: 30.07.21

July 30, 2021

Opening this week’s playlist with ZZ Top’s classic anthem “Tush” is a fitting tribute to the late Dusty Hill, and also a nod to all of the great, new music that’s out there, too!

If you want to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

ZZ TopTush (Warner Records)

Jerry CantrellAtone (Self-Release)

HealthylivingUntil (Self-Release)

King WomanCoil (Relapse Records)

ZetraCare (Children of the Vortex)

SculpturedDead Wall Reveries (The End Records)

These Hidden Hands, ZaniasShackles (Hidden Hundred)

Blak SaaganLa Firma del Legionairo Maple Death Records)

MightyhealthyPeppered Jab (Grimey Nobody Records)

Pleasure PlateauCortisol (Self-Release)

The Bug, FlowdanPressure (Ninja Tune)

Tropical Fuck StormNew Romeo Agent (Joyful Noise Recordings)

Angel OlsenSafety Dance (Somethingscosmic)

GrouperUnclean mind (Kranky)

Torment & GloryNo Big Crime (Sargent House)

UnderdarkQeres (Surviving Sounds)

SuccumbOkeanos (The Flenser)

UngravenOnwards She Rides to a Certain Death (Black Bow Records)

SlomaticsMonitors (Black Bow Records)

PapanguBacia das Almas (Self-Release)

Essential Sounds: 23.07.21

July 23, 2021

Let this week’s lengthy playlist start a summer holiday of sorts, or at least launch a trip into an imaginary festival without any restrictions, as the current state of affairs is still way too to difficult to navigate, and we really need a brief escape. Enjoy!

If you want to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Cave InYouth Overrided (Sony Music)

IlludiumSoma Sema (Prophecy Productions)

MonoRiptide (Pelagic Records)

EskinaWe Were the Moon (Challenge Records)

HortePelko karistaa järjen (Pelagic Records)

MidwifeColorado (The Flenser)

LowDisappearing (Sub Pop)

Alexis MarshallDrink from the Oceans . Nothing Can… (Sargent House)

Desire Marea, GyreStudies in Black Trauma (Izimakade Records)

Moor Mother, lojiiShekere (Self-Release)

Dame AreaLa Doble Luna (Mannequin Records)

Alessandro CortiniLo Specchio (Mute Artists)

HooveriiiWe’re Both Lawyers (The Reverberation Appreciation Society)

Restive PlaggonaSwimming In The Rain (Fleisch Records)

Elektro HafızAli Rodrigez (Ironhand Records)

KutimanGuruji (Siyal Music)

The Holy FamilyChasm Second Part (Rocket Recordings)

DrottThe Marauders (By Norse Music)

GhorotCharioteer of Fire (Self-Release)

God’s BastardTo the Last Standing Village (I, Voidhanger Records)

Essential Sounds: 16.07.21

July 16, 2021

“Sometimes, on a Thursday night (or a Friday morning, or a Saturday afternoon), it turns out that a new track from Iron Maiden is just what’s needed to get your blood pumping. ‘Is the Roadburn Essential Sounds playlist the place for Iron Maiden?’, I pondered. As you’ll see – the conclusion was definitely yes.

“If the mighty Maiden aren’t your bag, there’s plenty more to tickle your fancy this Friday. Enjoy!”

Becky Laverty

If you want to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Iron MaidenThe Writing On The Wall (Parlophone Records)

Spirit AdriftForge Your Future (Century Media)

Fawn LimbsNoose Gestures (Roman Numeral Records)

Chat PileRoots Bloody Roots (The Flenser)

Four Stroke BaronFriday Knight (Prosthetic Records)

La FemmeParadigme (Disque Pointu)

Crippled Black PhoenixDead is Dead (Season of Mist)

King WomanBoghz (Relapse Records)

DeathsomniaKatabasis (Ft. Kyle Kimball) (Isolation Rec)

Howlin RainDharma Wheel (Silver Current)

Kurt VileRun Run Run (UMG recordings) (Header image)

MidwifeEnemy (The Flenser)

Lingua IgnotaPerpetual Flame Of Centralia (Sargent House)

Essential Sounds: 02.07.21

July 2, 2021

Dive in to our newly updated Essential Sounds playlist below…

If you want to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

King WomanPsychic Wound (Relapse Records)

OutlanderSundowning (Church Road Records)

Year of no LightAlètheia (Pelagic Records) (header image)

White WardDebemur Morti (Eitrin Editions)

AmenraHet Gloren (Relapse Records)

Cloud RatMother Tongue / Glitter Belly (Artoffact Records)

Hellish FormAnother World (Translation Loss Records)

Duma KECannis (Sub Pop)

Perturbator, INVSNExcess (Blood Music)

ZetraLife Melts Away Pt.2 (Children of the Vortex)

Hail Spirit NoirMannequins (Agonia Records)

Hante.Two-Faced Angel (Synth Religion)

Dana DentataDo U Like Me Now? (Roadrunner Records)

Essential Sounds: 25.06.21

June 25, 2021

Who’d guess that one day Sir Tom Jones would kick off our weekly playlist, let alone with a 9 minute spiritual psych exploration? Well… he’s doing exactly that with “Lazarus Man,” and we couldn’t be more excited. This week’s playlist is full of other surprises, too! Enjoy.

If you want to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Tom JonesLazarus Man (Universal Music)

SpelllingBoys at School (Sacred Bones (header image)

LowDays Like These (Sub Pop Records)

Tropical Fuck StormG.A.F.F. (Joyful Noise Recordings)

ZahnTseudo (Crazysane Records)

DelvingDelving (Stickman Records)

ZementSoil (Crazysane Records)

PolyporesExopheromones (Behind The Sky)

ThiefApple Eaters (Prophecy Productions)

Otay:oniiChild No.22 (WV Sorcerer Productions)

Nuha Ruby RaCruel (Brace Yourself Records)

Backxwash, Michael GoBurn To Ashes (Ugly Hag Records)

Sugar HorseFat Dracula (Small Pond Recordings)

SplinterBrand New Future (Robotor Records)

Cobra ManPowered Up (Cool, Nice)

Green LungLeaders of the Blind (Svart Records)

Comet ControlSecret Life (Tee Pee records)

YagowGetting Through… Is The Where The Magic Happens (Crazysane Records)

Essential Sounds: 18.06.21

June 18, 2021

Thanks to every one of you who ‘likes’ our playlist on Spotify and joins us weekly for the latest offering of Essential Sounds. If you don’t already follow the playlist, please do – it would mean the world! Click through to a freshly picked bunch of new and inspiring tracks!

If you want to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Lingua IgnotaPennsylvania Furnace (Sargent House)

MJ GuiderGloria: Small Dance of Gratitude (Modemain)

SenyawaGendang Kiamat (Dekoder)

The Body x Big ‡ BraveOh Sinner (Thrill Jockey)

BotanistAntirrhinum (Prophecy Productions)

Health x Tyler Bates x Chino MorenoAnti-Life (Loma Vista Recordings)

Filth is EternalOn The Rake (Church Road Records)

KnollGored Veil (Self-Release)

WormwitchAbracadabra (Prosthetic Records)

Hangman’s ChairCold & Distant (Nuclear Blast)

UnreqvitedFuneral Pyre (Prophecy Productions)

Greg Puciato x Tyler Bates x Gil SharoneNow You’ve Really Done It (Loma Vista Recordings)

Unto OthersWhen Will Gods Work Be Done (Roadrunner Records)

Whispering SonsVision (PIAS)

Sven WunderPentimento (Piano Piano Records)

Essential Sounds: 11.06.21

June 11, 2021

This week’s playlist is straddling the line between hope and fear – hope that the world will open up even further (and that we can fully enjoy the summer); fear that these unprecedented times will keep things restrained. Either way, we have these artists to provide the soundtrack as we navigate forward.

If you want to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Alasdair Roberts, VölvurThe Green Chapel (Drag City) (Header image)

Esther Ann GoveDead God (Self-Release)

Martha Skye MurphyFound Out (Self-Release)

Jorja ChalmersBring Me Down (Italians Do It Better)

Deathsomnia, SelofanSelf Sabotage – Apocalypse Version (Isolation Rec.)

DeafheavenGreat Mass of Color (Sargent House)

AmenraVoor Immer (Relapse Records)

OdrazaAcedia (Godz Ov War Productions)

Wolves In The Throne RoomMountain Magick (Relapse Records)

InfernoStars Within and Stars Without Pr… (Eitrin Editions)

Den Sorte DødDen Sorte Død (Cyclic Law)

Daniel DaviesOut of the Night (Not Not Fun)

Lustmord, Karin ParkSong of Sol

Acid TwilightMidnight Sun

Wyatt E., Tomer DamskyKol Badai (Self-Release)

Five The HierophantThe Black Waves (Self-Release)

Slow Fire PistolWho Decides (Tripple B Records)

LantlôsMagnolia (Prophecy Productions)

Essential Sounds: 04.06.21

June 4, 2021

The sun is shining (at least, it is here!) and a slew of great artists have announced new albums coming this summer! There’s plenty to look forward to, but also plenty to get stuck into already here on your favourite weekly playlist!

If you want to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

King WomanMorning Star (Relapse Records)

MidwifeGod is a Cop (The Flenser)

Kælan MiklaÓsýnileg (Artoffact Records)

Hante.Apnée (Synth Religion)

Cold CavePsalm 23 (Heartworm Press)

MicrocorpsUVU (Alter)

Zeal & ArdorRun (Redacted GmbH)

Alexis MarshallHounds In The Abyss (Sargent House)

PusOscuras Intenciones (Self-Release)

SordideJe n’ai nul pays (LADLO)

At The GatesThe Paradox (Century Media)

Cirith UngolRoute 666 (Metal Blade)

Twin TempleBabalon (Self-Release)

Dead Can DanceMushin (Holy Tongue Records)

Essential Sounds: 28.05.21

May 28, 2021

If you’re still floating in space by way of last week’s playlist – fear not, as this week you can either keep on trippin’ or enjoy some more earthly delights without crashing the mothership.

If you want to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Annie HartSun in the Dark (Ordinal Records) (header image)

Trees SpeakScheinwelt (Soul Jazz Records)

PictureplaneBlade Addict (Crimson Mist) (100% Electronica)

CursesDiscipline (Eskimo Recordings / N.E.W.S.)

Alicia Breton FerrerRed Alert (Self-Release)

Aaron Dilloway, Lucrecia DaltDemands of Ordinary Devotion (Hanson Records)

Chelsea WolfeDiana (Loma Vista Recordings)

FacsAlone Without (Trouble In Mind)

Year Of No LightAlètheia (Pelagic Records)

Hangman’s ChairCold & Distant (Nuclear Blast)

White WardDebemur Morti (Eitrin Editions)

Black MidiAscending Forth (Rough Trade)

The Holy FamilySt Anthony’s Fire – Edit (Rocket Recordings)

Shannon LayRare To Wake (Sub Pop Records)

Donovan, David LynchI Am The Shaman (Donovan Discs)

Dust MountainVillage on Fire (Svart Records)

Track Premiere: Dust Mountain - Village On Fire

May 27, 2021

With Dust Mountain’s extraordinary international live debut at Roadburn Redux in mind, we’re beyond excited to premiere “Village On Fire,” the first single taken from the band’s forthcoming debut album, ‘Hymns For Wilderness,’ which will be released through Svart Records on Oct. 8.

Emerging from the darkened Wastement in Tampere, Finland, Dust Mountain was founded in 2016 by siblings Toni Hietamäki (Oranssi Pazuzu, Waste of Space Orchestra) and Henna Hietamäki (Cats of Transnistria), accompanied by a stunning band: drummer Jukka Rämänen (Hexvessel, Dark Buddha Rising) bassist Riku Pirttiniemi (Death Hawks) and guitarist/backing vocalist Pauliina Lindell (Vuono).

Equally inspired by ’60s and ’70s acts such as Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Linda Perhacs and Coven, the mandolin-driven “Village On Fire” celebrates the connection between nature and ancient rituals, moving between fictional fantasies and true, close-to-heart beliefs, making Dust Mountain a joyous, occult-soaked, psychedelic folk rock affair.

Now it’s time to get (re-)acquainted below…