Roadburn: Essential Sounds 10.8.18

August 10, 2018

Each Friday we aim to bring you new music from a varied selection of artists that are tickling our ears throughout the week. Sometimes we’re restricted by which artists are on Spotify, and sometimes we have to sit on our hands and wait when we’ve been granted an early listen of an upcoming album that we love. A lot of thought and patience goes into the whole process.

Sometimes, we’re overwhelmed by choice – it goes both ways! This week we have included tracks from Crippled Black Phoenix, Emma Ruth Rundle and Thou – all artists that have appeared here already in the last month or so. As much as we try to mix it up, some artists are just consistently delivering the goods. What we’re saying is, these records are so essential, we can’t resist adding each new track as it pops up online.

But there’s plenty of other stuff too – hopefully something in there will tickle your ears and carry you through to next week!

If you’d prefer to seek out the contents of the playlist elsewhere, here’s the info you need:

AncestorsThrough a Window (Pelagic Records)

Träd, Gräs och Stenar, TrädenHymn (Subliminal Sounds)

Crippled Black PhoenixNebulas (Season of Mist)

Emma Ruth RundleDarkhorseEdit (Sargent House)

Slow CrushAurora (Holy Roar Records)

Thousand Foot Whale ClawNo Kingdom (Holodeck Records)

Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas (Perturbator) – Cygnus Remix (Blood Music)

Author and PunisherNihil Strength (Relapse Records)

Body VoidPhantom Limb (Crown and Throne / Dry Cough)

ThouUnfortunate Times (Deathwish Inc)

Portrayal of GuiltChamber of Misery Pt.1 (Portrayal of Guilt Records)

AgrimoniaForeshadowed (Southern Lord)

AbstracterWings of Nihilation (Sentient Ruin Laboratories)

MyrkraverkNær Døden (Blut & Eisen Prod)

Split CraniumWhirling Dusk (Ipecac Recordings)

Black SalvationA Direction Is Futile (Relapse Records)

Spiritual CrampI Feel Bad Bein’ Me (Deranged Records)

Young WidowsPrey for the Beast (Temporary Residence)

Roadburn: Essential Sounds 3.8.18

August 3, 2018

Well, this week, Walter has gone to Iceland to the Norðanpaunk festival leaving me (Becky) unattended as I put together the weekly playlist. It seemed fitting to kick off with some Manilla Road in honour of Mark Shelton – so that’s exactly what I did.

Try as I might, I couldn’t find a way to squeeze in anything from Janelle Monae or U.S Girls, so you’ll just have to listen to those albums separately. The juxtaposition with the likes of Primitive Man and False was just a bit too jarring – even for me.

As ever, thanks to everyone who has subscribed – we’re creeping closer to the 1000 mark!

Manilla Road – Crystal Logic (Goldencore Records)

Voivod – Obsolete Beings (Century Media)

Haunt – Luminous Eyes (Self Release)

Tropical Fuck Storm – Soft Power (Mistletone)

Drowse – Fog In Air (Glowing Window Recordings)

Windhand – Grey Garden (Relapse)

Slugdge – Salt Thrower (Willowtip)

Secret Cutter – Trampled By Light (Holy Roar)

Gouge Away – Only Friend (Deathwish)

False – Anhedonia (Gilead Media)

Primitive Man – Naked (Relapse)

Roadburn: Essential Sounds 27.7.18

July 27, 2018

Whilst much of Europe – and no doubt other parts of the world – swelter in the summer heat, we thought it might be nice to cool off with a selection of tracks some of which that have the capacity to send chills down your spine.

Whilst typing out the below list of songs, Underdark’s The Smell Of Autumn had us yearning for a bit of cloud, the suggestion of drizzle, maybe the possibility of wearing a jacket when venturing outside. Elsewhere on the list, the likes of Lingua Ignota and Roadburn favourites Thou take us to ever darker and colder places – and we revel in it.

Amen Dunes Believe (Sacred Bones)

Morission KincannonI’ll Be Ok Tomorrow (Spacetalk)

Howlin RainComing Down (Silver Current)

SungodHypnotism (Holodeck Records)

MessaSnakeskin Drape (Aural Music)

TrollerTorch (Holodeck Records)

Lingua Ignota – For I Am the Light (and Mine is the Only Way) (Profound Lore)

Vile Creature – Circuits, Bending & Breaking (Halo of Flies/ Dry Cough)

Thou – The Changeling Prince (Sacred Bones)

Bosse-de-Nage – Crux (The Flenser)

DaughtersSatan In The Wait (Ipecac Recordings)

Whispering Sons – Performance (Weyrd Son)

Monkey JuiceRefuse Happy (813326 Records DK)

Dust WitchSister Planet (Holodeck Records)

TalonsThe Drowning (Holy Roar Records)

Underdark – The Smell of Autumn (Self Release)

Evil WarriorsAll the Stars (War Anthem Records)

Never Mind The Hype Roadburn 2018 Documentary

July 20, 2018

This year – during the four days of madness that was Roadburn 2018 – the team at Never Mind The Hype set about documenting the festival. They spoke to the artists that helped make the festival such an incredible experience for us, for them and for everybody that participated in the festival.  The resulting footage was pored over and edited in to an (almost) half hour documentary that captures the spirit of the 2018 edition of the festival.

Our suggestion is that you grab yourself a brew (tea, or something stronger if you prefer!) and relive those four fantastic days back in April.

Huge thanks to Waldo, Ingmar and their team at NMTH!

Roadburn: Essential Sounds 20.7.18

Whilst we enormously enjoy sharing with you the new music that we discover on a weekly basis, from time to time it’s nice to mix it up a little bit. Buoyed by World Cup fever, a few weeks back we committed to creating a playlist of tracks that originated from the winning country.  We’re terribly sorry that Uruguay missed out on World Cup glory, and it’s a shame that Croatia got pipped at the post, but in all honesty, we breathed a sigh of relief when France took home the trophy.

It was a joy to go through the options that France presented in terms of music for this playlist. It’s not all brand new bands and songs, but they’re all fitting for a Roadburn-related playlist. The options were rich pickings, with many genres represented. Here’s a selection of French and France-related artists for our latest Roadburn: Essential Sounds playlist. Amusez-vous!

If you’d prefer to seek out the contents of the playlist elsewhere, here’s the info you need:

AlcestSouvenirs d’un autre monde (Prophecy)

AmesoeursGas in Veins (Aural Music)

Les DiscretsRue octavio mey (Prophecy)

DétroitHorizon (Barclay)

VarsovieDiscipline (Eitrin Editions)

Hangman’s ChairCan’t Talk (Dooweet Agency SAS)

Phuture DoomRites (Self released)

TerritoireEsclvvv (Humo)

PerturbatorCorrupted by Design (Blood Music)

Eryn Non Dae.Eclipse (Eitrin Editions)

Deathspell OmegaThe synarchy of Molten Bones (NoEvDiA)

Blut aus NordPaien (Eitrin Editions)

The Great Old OnesWhen the Stars Align (Season of Mist)

MoonreichWith Open Throat for Way Too Long (Les Acteurs De L’Ombre)

Decline of the IDisruption (Agonia Records)

Year Of No LightPerséphone II (Conspiracy Records)

DDENTlongue, obscure et triste lune (Self released)

AbductionSous les cendres et la pierre (Finisterian Dead End)

Birds in RowWe Count So We Don’t Have To Listen (Deathwish Inc)

Jessica93Venus Flytrap (Teenage Menopause)

Natural Snow BuildingDawn on a Buck Skin (Self released)

MagmaHortz for dehn stekehn west (Seventh records)

GongMaster Builder (Virgin Records LTD)

SchizoParaphrenia Praecox (ODL)

Roadburn: Essential Sounds 13.7.18

July 13, 2018

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Kraut Rock is still as vibrant and highly influential as it was back in the late ’60s and early ’70s. German bands like Can, Neu!, Kraftwerk, Guru Guru, Cluster, and Tangerine Dream among others broke new musical ground as an expression of a desire for freedom.

Their experimental presence can still be heard and felt today through a wide array of Kraut Rock-influenced bands keeping the legacy alive – from Pharaoh Overlord to King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, from Kikagaku Moyo to Minami Deutsch and from Beak> to Ulan Bator and Nordra. This week’s playlist offers 11 deep cuts, showcasing bands that operate under the modern umbrella of Kraut Rock as a tribute to the much lauded originators.

If you’d prefer to seek out the contents of the playlist elsewhere, here’s the info you need:

Pharaoh OverlordMaailmanlopun ateriana (Ektro Records)

King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardEvil Dead Roll (Heavenly Recordings)

Kikagaku MoyoGreen Sugar (GuruGuru Brain)

Minami Deutsch I’ve Seen a U.F.O. (GuruGuru Brain)

Ulan BatorNeuNeu (Bureau B)

Die VerbotenDafalgänger (DEEWEE)

Die Wilde JagdStangentanz (Bureau B)

TonstartssbandhtBreathe (Kemado Records)

HydroparkOctober (Life Like)

Beak>Welcome To The Machine (Invada Records)

HexenschussDa Bus (Self released)

DollkrautLezdom (Pinkman)

NordraApologize To Me, Humanity (Sige Records)

Roadburn: Essential Sounds 6.7.18

July 6, 2018

Another week, another playlist! Thanks to all those who have subscribed so far – we hope you’re enjoying your weekly dose of new and interesting music. If you’re yet to follow the playlist on Spotify, you know what to do!

We’ve set ourselves the challenge of compiling the playlist following the World Cup finals from bands originating from (or strongly connected to) the winning country. We wish you all the best, Uruguay, but we’re gonna be stumped if you win!

For this week though, we’ve got new tracks from Black Mare (Sera Timms’ solo project), Self Defense Family, Low, and Marissa Nadler – amongst others. As ever, it’s an eclectic mix and we hope you find something you like!

Self Defense Family – The Supremacy of Pure Artistic Feeling (Run For Cover)

Cloakroom – Seedless Star (Relapse Records)

Crippled Black Phoenix – To You I Give (Season Of Mist)

Black Mare – Woman the Throne (Dark Operative)

Marissa Nadler – For My Crimes (Bella Union)

Chaos Moon – Of Wrath and Forbidden Wisdom (Blood Music)

Acârash – In Chaos Becrowned (Dark Essence)

Lucifer – Dreamer (Century Media)

MaidaVale – Walk In Silence (The Sign Records)

Anthroprophh – Sod (Rocket Recordings)

Low – Dancing and Blood (Sub Pop)

Tangents – Gone to Ground (Temporary Residence)

Red Lama, Bjonko – Awakening (All Good Clean Records)

Vive la Void – Devil (Sacred Bones)

Günter Schicker – Sieben (Mario Music)

Roadburn: Essential Sounds 29.6.18

June 29, 2018

We’re a month deep into these Roadburn: Essential Sounds playlists now – and we hope you’re enjoying listening to them as much as we are enjoying putting them together.

Of course each week the contents of the playlist are documented here on the Roadburn site, in posts like this one, but we were impressed and humbled to find that a Roadburner, Ika, has been archiving every song we add to the playlists in one mega-playlist. You can check it out HERE.

But back to this week…

We kick off the playlist with a new track from Emma Ruth Rundle, a favourite at Roadburn HQ! Her 2017 set in the Green Room was so captivating and emotional that it turned out to be one of the cornerstone performances of the whole festival; one that embodied heaviness in an unconventional and unexpected way. We’re so thrilled that Emma will have a new album in September, if the first track is anything to go by, it will be another soul searching future classic.

A connection runs from Emma through to co-collaborators Jaye Jayle and into Young Widows; a thread woven of both love and unbridled creativity.

We had to have a last minute switcheroo when Converge dropped their latest release on us by surprise today! We couldn’t not include a track from the blistering Beautiful Ruin, and we strongly recommend you check out the full EP. Very much a band that do things on their own terms and at their own pace, we’ve gotta say the speed with which their rolling out new material lately suits us just fine.

If you’d prefer to seek out the contents of the playlist elsewhere, here’s the info you need:

Emma Ruth Rundle – Fever Dreams (Sargent House)

Deafheaven – Canary Yellow (Anti Records)

Young Widows – The Money (Temporary Residence)

Jaye Jayle –As Soon As Night (Sargent House)

David Eugene Edwards & Alexander Hacke – The Tell (Glitterhouse Records)

Wayfarer – A Nation of Immigrants (Profound Lore)

Sear Bliss – Shroud (Hammerheart Records)

Kły – Jeżeli (Pagan Records)

Witte Wieven – Silhouettes of an Imprisoned Mind (Self release)

Kristoffer Lo – Front Row Gallows View (Propeller Recordings)

Wax Chattels – Career (Captured Tracks)

KEN Mode – Doesn’t Feel Pain Like He Should (Season of Mist)

Converge – Churches & Jails (Epitaph/Deathwish)

Audio Streams For Dawn Ray'd, Furia, Grave Pleasures, Minami Deutsch, Volcano and More Posted On Line

June 27, 2018

It’s time for another clutch of audio streams from Roadburn 2018. Spanning everything from Dawn Ray’d’s righteous black metal to Grave Pleasures’ dirty grooves – we’ve got it all right here.

As ever, we’re indebted to Marcel and Torture Garden for the audio, and to VPRO 3voor12 for hosting these streams.

Dive in, and listen to the audio streams for: Dawn Ray’d, Fuoco Fatuo, Furia, Gallops, Grave Pleasures, Minami Deutsch, Pharlee, Supersonic Blues and Volcano.


Marcel van de Vondervoort (Spacejam Records / Torture Garden Studio)

Robert de Lorijn (Spacejam Records)

Roadburn Festival audio engineers:

Robert de Lorijn (Astrosoniq, Spacejam Records)
Michiel Ferweda
Matthijs Herder
Han Pannekoek (Spacejam)
Marcel van de Vondervoort

Roadburn: Essential Sounds 22.6.18

June 22, 2018

Whilst we’re still enjoying our vacation from Roadburn HQ (still separately, though united by our ability to befriend foreign cats), we have our trusted contributors taking care of playlist duties.

José Carlos, Gijs, Jo and Davy are heralding summer with a wide array of sounds – whether it’s Here Lies Man, Tzusing,  kaukolampi, Baba Naga, The Armed, Sortilegia or Mz.412, this week’s playlist is as scorching and dark, as it is adventurous and exotic at times.

Starting off with Brazil’s underground heroes, Deaf Kids, who are currently taking Europe by storm, we can only hope summer’s here to stay!

Normal service resumes next week!
-Walter & Becky

P.s. If you’d rather seek these tracks out elsewhere, here’s the info you need:

Deaf Kids – Lâmina Cortante (Neurot Recordings)

The Armed – Role Models (No Rest Until Ruin)

Svalbard – Feminazi?! (Holy Roar/ Translation Loss)

Noisepicker – No Man Lies Blameless (Exile on Mainstream)

Baba Naga – Plná Krvy (Naughty God)

Golden Dawn Arkestra – Wings of Ra (Nine Mile Records)

Here Lies Man – Fighting (Riding Easy)

Scúru Fitchádu – Ken Ki Frâ

Tzusing – Esther (Lies)

Kaukolampi – Three Legged Giant Centipede (Svart)

Khôrada – Ossify (Prophecy Productions)

MZ.412 – Ulvens Broder (Cold Spring)

Sortilegia – Ecstasies of the Sabbath (Ván Records)

Necrodancer – The Necrodancer (Throatruiner)