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…


Essential Sounds: 21.05.21

May 22, 2021

This week’s playlist is a double whammy – it’s practically two playlists in one. We couldn’t resist adding Neptunian Maximalism‘s Solar Drone Ceremony in there. So you can get stuck into some of the music that we’ve uncovered in recent weeks, and then float away on another plane for fifty two minutes, thirty eight seconds… where you go after that is up to you!

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

IosonouncaneJabal (RCA Numero Uno)

Otay:oniiFrom Me II to Me (WV Sorcerer Productions)

Clipping.Wriggle (Sub Pop)

GostCoven (Century Media)

Victory Over The SunNowherer (Coarse Air Records)

Sunrot1312 (Self-Release)

Filth is EternalZED (Church Road Records)

Colonial WoundI (New Morality Zine)

MastodonForged By Neron (Loma Vista Recordings)

PanopticonKnow Hope (Bindrune Recordings)

PsychonautThe Great Realisation (Pelagic Records)

Neptunian MaximalismSolar Drone Ceremony (I, Voidhanger Records)


Essential Sounds: 07.05.21

May 7, 2021

This week’s playlist is a corker, if we do say so ourselves! How about that HEALTH x NIN collab to get your weekend off to a great start?!

Don’t forget that today is Bandcamp Friday, which means that more of what you spend today on the platform will end up in the pockets of the bands and labels that you love. So, it’s a great day to go shopping.

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

Health x Nine Inch NailsIsn’t Everyone (Loma Vista Recordings)

Cold CavePrayer from Nowhere (Heartworm Press)

Perturbator Excess (Blood Music)

Backxwash x Ada RookI Lie Here Burried With My Rings And My Dress (Ugly Hag Records)

ORYXMisery (Translation Loss Records)

AmenraDe Evenmens (Relapse Records)

Bossk ft. Johannes PerssonMenhir (Deathwish Inc)

At The GatesSpectre of Extinction (Century Media)

An Autumn For Crippled ChildrenSplendour Unnoticed (Prosthetic Records)

YautjaThe Spectacle (Relapse Records)

Dawn Ray’dWild Fire, Pt.I (Prosthetic Records)

Dawn Ray’dWild Fire, Pt.II (Prosthetic Records)

Jo Quail, MorleyAngus Dei (Robot Needs Home)

UnreqvitedAutumn & Everly (Prophecy Productions)

Violet ColdBe Like Magic (Self-Release)

MJ GuiderViñales (Modemain)


Roadburn Redux: Aftermovie and Stats

May 5, 2021

We thought you might like a look back on Roadburn Redux, so alongside this years aftermovie (different to any we’ve done before) we thought we’d share some stats.

We had 78,937 unique visitors to the site whilst it was online, which resulted in 247,872 views on the 100+ videos that we had uploaded to the site. There were also over 22,000 plays on the embedded Soundcloud content and over 7000 of you read the articles we put online too.
3975 of you created an account – to chat, like and comment throughout the weekend.

We ensured that content was free to view, so that finances wouldn’t be a barrier to participating in this special event – however we did have a donation option on the site. Over 2000 people donated – for which were are extremely grateful. In total €56,143.49 was raised via donations – which will go some way towards covering the cost of the extraordinary production and ensure that we can continue to put on boundary-pushing festivals into the future. The average was €26.96 – but one Roadburner donated an incredible €500! Every dollar, pound, and euro that was donated is extremely appreciated – no matter how big or small the contribution.

We had people watching from 132 countries14,000+ people from the US, 12,000+ from The Netherlands, 8000+ from Germany, 6000+ from France and 5000+ from the UK. Hopefully amongst those numbers are a few of you who are newly converted Roadburners!

And if you added up all the time spent watching Roadburn Redux content from all around the globe, it’d come to 5 years, 188 days, 31 minutes and 58 seconds. Time spent wisely, we think!

It goes without saying – but we’ll say it anyway – that we’re extremely grateful to everyone who participated in Roadburn Redux, and to everyone who made it possible. We hope that next April Roadburn will take place in person, to once again create something very special – together.

Special thanks to: Fonds Podiumkunsten, Gemeente Tilburg, Provincie Noord Brabant, Ticket To Tilburg and Brewery Bavaria.


Essential Sounds: 30.04.21

April 30, 2021

We’re working our way back to reality from Roadburn Redux, waiting for the world to open up for physical shows and festivals. Still might have to wait a little, but we hope you enjoy this week’s weird and wonderful playlist.

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

Crippled Black PhoenixPainful Reminder (Season of Mist)

At The GatesSpectre of Extinction (Century Media)

Domination CampaignDeath Before Dishonour (Prosthetic Records)

DéhàBlackness in May (Burning World Records)

ShortparisMoscow Speaking (Universal Music)

A Love Moment for the EndBlacklight Chameleon (Nutriot)

Metropolitan JamHeave Blood & Die (Fysisks Format)

Derya Yıldırım & Grup ŞimşekAy Dili Dili (Bongo Joe)

The Lords of AltamontLiving with the Squares (Heavy Psych Sounds)

Bobby BeauSoleilSwamp Gas (Self-Release)

Nun Gun, Michael SaluThe Spectre (Algiers Recordings / Witty Books)

PostcardsHome is so Sad (T3 Records)

Zeresh, Davide BorghiAir From Afar (Toten Schwan Records)

V.V.I.A., In Atlas, Venus VolcanismAté (Self-Release / Gateway Music)


Essential Sounds: 23.04.21

April 23, 2021

And just like that, we’re back to reality – which does have its upsides too given that we’ve just put together a new playlist for you. Several of the tracks that we premiered last weekend are starting to make it out into the world too!

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

Nicole DollangangerWhispering Glades (Self-Release) (header image)

MidwifeChristina’s World (The Flenser)

Lustmord x Karin ParkTwin Flames (Pelagic Records)

Big ‡ BraveWited. Still and All… (Southern Lord)

Hante. – Blank Love (Synth Religion)

S U R V I V ERedline – From Road 96 (Digixart)

VR SEXDog Complex (Dais Records)

Jess and the Ancient OnesLove Zombi (Svart Records)

CROWNNeverland (Pelagic Records)

NoctuleEvenaar (Church Road Records)

An Autumn For Crippled ChildrenMelancholia (Prosthetic Records)

Full of HellAmber More – Live (Self-Release)

Body VoidPale Man (Prosthetic Records)

Year of no LightRéalgar (Pelagic Records)


A Heartfelt Thank You

April 21, 2021

We have to start by thanking you for coming on this journey with us… we say it a lot but this past year or so has been a wild ride in so many ways, and this edition of Roadburn was more of the same. There’s likely no emotion that between us we haven’t felt, and we’re grateful to have had your company on this particular rollercoaster.

To say we’re overwhelmed by the response to Roadburn Redux would be an understatement. Whilst we had hopes and dreams for how it would turn out, we almost didn’t dare to have any expectations or to say those dreams out loud. We didn’t know how it would feel to experience a version of Roadburn without an in-person connection, we didn’t know who would show up, who would stick around – it was all an unknown.

When we set out to put together Roadburn Redux, we knew that we would have to follow our own path – as we always do – but also ignore what we have learned over many years of putting on events; this was something different. All the parameters of Roadburn organisation that we were familiar with had shifted, or vanished entirely. We’re grateful to the support of some wonderful labels and booking agents who were willing to take a chance on our ideas. So whilst there was a tremendous amount of time, care, love and attention that went into Roadburn Redux, to some extent, we were still winging it when it was time to go live.

It wouldn’t have been possible at all if it weren’t for the 013 venue’s belief in what we had already established with Roadburn (that’s us, and you by the way) and what the future is capable of holding for us. The production team adapted to the necessities of their jobs changing essentially overnight and accommodated every restriction and requirement that was needed to allow bands to perform live.

And what performances we were granted! The production values were second to none, and the results were truly spellbinding! We couldn’t be more proud of the high level output that was made possible by our production team working alongside the Livewall team. And of course the bands – who had to overcome surreal circumstances to deliver their art – were beyond amazing, every single day.

As for the pre-recorded sets and audio/video premieres, we were absolutely blown away by the effort and commitment that bands put into crafting, recording and delivering assets. From the newest bands that we hope we’ve helped uncover, right through to the established artists that we have cherished and celebrated for years. Sometimes things came together at the last possible moment, and sometimes against the odds, but we got there in the end.

There would have been no festival at all without the work and dedication of the people we have just mentioned, but it became evident over the last few days that the true spirit of Roadburn is only conjured up when we all experience the music we love – together. Of course, it was strange to realise that this was happening, or even possible, in a digital realm – but it was so apparent within minutes of the website going live that something special was happening.

As ever, it will take a while for Roadburn to sink in, for us to process it and figure out where we go from here. We’re somewhat stunned that we pulled it off ourselves, but dare we say that we’ve taken Roadburn to a new level? We’ve learned – through our shared sense of community above all else – that just about anything is possible, and that you’re coming along for the ride, wherever it may take us.

It is our most sincere wish that next year we’re together in person – April 21-24, 2022. Until then, we hope you have some special memories from Roadburn Redux to hold on to.

Walter, Becky, the whole Roadburn team & the 013 crew

Roadburn Redux wouldn’t have been possible without the support and help from: Fonds Podiumkunsten, Gemeente Tilburg, Provincie Noord Brabant, Ticket To Tilburg and Brewery Bavaria.