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James Acaster's Perfect Sounds podcast

James Acaster's Perfect Sounds

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  BBC Radio  

James Acaster tries to convince comedians that 2016 is the greatest year for music, ever.

James Acaster tries to convince comedians that 2016 is the greatest year for music, ever.

 

#117

Fatiha El-Ghorri is in Heavn

Heavn by Jamila Woods fuses R&B, Jazz and various other genres including classic indie. Surely it must appeal to Cure-loving Fatiha! ... Read more

27 May 2022

26 MINS

26:55

27 May 2022


#116

Aparna Nancherla & Freetown Sound

Freetown Sound by Blood Orange is such an "immaculate" album that James worries he might burst into tears just talking about it. Here's hoping Aparna feels the same, otherwise trouble could be afoot. ... Read more

20 May 2022

28 MINS

28:34

20 May 2022


#115

Jen Ives & An Escape Into Space

Splendor & Misery is a sci-fi concept album by experimental rap trio Clipping. Lyrics and soundscapes combine to tell an Afrofuturist story of an escape from oppression into the void of space. Jen Ives prepares to be transported. ... Read more

13 May 2022

26 MINS

26:50

13 May 2022


#114

Stuart Laws & ScHoolboy Q

James confesses to being in love with ScHoolboy Q's Blank Face LP. With a Gangsta rap core but with psychedelic overtones and great production, is there enough to seduce Stuart Laws too? ... Read more

06 May 2022

29 MINS

29:03

06 May 2022


#113

Toussaint Douglass & The Life Of Pablo

The ever-polarising Kanye West can be controversial at times but James can't help but like the music. After all, his 2016 album The Life of Pablo has a vein of weirdness running through it that is right up James' street. However, is it a path Toussaint Douglass is willing to tread? ... Read more

29 Apr 2022

28 MINS

28:41

29 Apr 2022


#112

Fern Brady & The Punk Beyoncé

Black Terry Cat by Xenia Rubinos is a magical album drawing on many influences and described by the artist herself as "a punk Beyoncé". However, is it enough to impress one of Scotland's finest, Fern Brady? ... Read more

22 Apr 2022

25 MINS

25:40

22 Apr 2022


#111

Sadia Azmat & Black Girl Blues

Fetish Bones by Moor Mother delivers a powerful message via a sonically abrasive backdrop. Labelled by the artist herself as Black Girl Blues, Project Housing Bop or Slaveship Punk, it's an album that demands the listener's full attention. However, was it enough to hold Sadia Asmat's attention? ... Read more

15 Apr 2022

23 MINS

23:47

15 Apr 2022


#110

Sara Barron & Emily's D+Evolution

Emily's D+Evolution, a brilliant Jazz-Rock-Funk fusion album by Grammy Award winning Esperanza Spalding, is usually the last thing Sara Barron would listen to. However, some finely crafted lyrics start to reel her in. ... Read more

08 Apr 2022

29 MINS

29:35

08 Apr 2022


#109

Nathan Caton & an OST to Nothing

Wes Borland you may remember as the guitarist in '90s rock/rap outfit Limp Bizkit. In 2016 he released Crystal Machete, a soundtrack to an imagined film. James and Nathan try to imagine what that film would look like. ... Read more

01 Apr 2022

28 MINS

28:02

01 Apr 2022


#108

Thanyia Moore, Illusion & Destruction

Mahoroboshiya by Japanese folk singer Ichiko Aoba is an album with such a delicate and intimate feel that James can't help but relax to it. However, is it enough to chill '90s R&B-loving Thanyia Moore? ... Read more

25 Mar 2022

28 MINS

28:33

25 Mar 2022


#107

Jayde Adams & Hard Pop Opera

Rien by Perrine en Morceaux has a sound so big, it envelopes James and (in his words) makes him feel like a little boy. But is it too big for Jayde Adams to handle? ... Read more

18 Mar 2022

29 MINS

29:10

18 Mar 2022


#106

Rhys Nicholson & That '70s Funk Thang

Awaken My Love was a massive left turn for Childish Gambino and produced one of the best songs of 2016 in the form of Redbone. Influenced by George Clinton's '70s band Funkadelic but with modern techniques, it made Rhys Nicholson "Horny... but not for sex". ... Read more

11 Mar 2022

26 MINS

26:05

11 Mar 2022


#105

Charlie George, Vampires & Periods

Jenny Hval’s 2016 concept album, on the theme of Blood, is a collection of light and beautiful melodies interspersed with dark and haunting soundscapes. James tasks Charlie George to have a listen and report back. ... Read more

04 Mar 2022

27 MINS

27:43

04 Mar 2022


#104

Fatiha El-Ghorri & Cohen's Final Bow

Fatihah El Ghorri, by her own admission, loves Cliff Richard and Shrek. So will the mourneful, gravelly tones of Leonard Cohen appeal to her? ... Read more

25 Feb 2022

27 MINS

27:45

25 Feb 2022


#103

Sikisa Bostwick-Barnes & Bollywave

Ami Dang, a classically trained sitar player, fuses ancient Sikh hymns and poems of Gurus with a modern dance feel and calls it "Bollywave". Will it be enough to sweep Sikisa Bostwick-Barnes off her feet? ... Read more

18 Feb 2022

28 MINS

28:12

18 Feb 2022


#102

Aaron Chen & ОЭЩ МАГЗИУ

ОЭЩ МАГЗИУ (or Oesch Magziu to you and me) by ГШ (or Glintshake to you and me) is an album inspired by the Russian avant-garde, a creative movement popular in Russia in the early 20th Century and worked into a more modern sound. However, will it translate across the globe? Australia's finest, Aaron Chen, is here to tell us. ... Read more

11 Feb 2022

27 MINS

27:17

11 Feb 2022


#101

Jen Ives & A Journey Into Darkness

The Caretaker's Everywhere At The End of Time is a 6-hour project exploring the descent into dementia. It had a profound effect on James, but what effect will it have on Jen Ives? ... Read more

04 Feb 2022

29 MINS

29:32

04 Feb 2022