James Acaster's Perfect Sounds

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 May 26, 2020


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

Episode Date
Athena Kugblenu & Frank Ocean’s Blonde
As a huge fan of his debut mixtape nostalgia, Ultra, Athena is underwhelmed by Frank Ocean’s 2016 album Blonde.
Feb 19, 2021
Gabriel Ebulue & personal beat-fired balladry
Gabriel is excited to be introduced to For Good by Fog, a crowd-funded comeback from Minneapolis musician Andrew Broder.
Feb 12, 2021
BONUS SOUNDS: Drummers Adam Betts & Seb Rochford
Adam and Seb bring their drum kits along to talk to James about the virtuosic drumming on Jon Bap's 'What Now?'. Recorded at BBC Maida Vale Studios in London.
Feb 05, 2021
Rob Deering & outsider soul music
Rob Deering is up for the challenge of Jon Bap's 'What Now?', an album that James describes as one of the most life-changing from his whole 2016 project.
Feb 05, 2021
Nish Kumar & Kevin Abstract's American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story
Nish is blown away by this concept album from Brockhampton's Kevin Abstract. The album tells the story of him growing up in Texas with homophobic parents and a racist boyfriend.
Jan 29, 2021
Sindhu Vee & conceptual club bangers
Sindhu is not judging anyone who wants to listen to Popp by Oval, a 2016 solo project by glitch pioneer Markus Popp.
Jan 22, 2021
BONUS SOUNDS: Akenya, Cam O'Bi and Phoelix on Noname'sTelefone
Three of Noname's key collaborators from the Chicago scene share their memories of helping to create her debut mixtape.
Jan 15, 2021
Kemah Bob & Noname's Telefone
Kemah is a huge fan of this beautiful debut mixtape, written and recorded by rapper Noname and collaborators in LA and Chicago.
Jan 15, 2021
Felicity Ward & nostalgic American indie
Felicity is super in to Not Good At Spending Time Alone A.K.A. Cleanliness by Market, a project written and recorded by New York based musician Nate Mendelsohn.
Jan 08, 2021
Nathaniel Metcalfe & live improvised blues
Nathaniel would like to dig New Guitar Old Hat Knew Blues, an album recorded by Mike Cooper live in Geneva.
Jan 01, 2021
BONUS SOUNDS: Jeff Rosenstock, Matthew Crosby & Ed Gamble
A Christmas treat for you featuring James, Matthew and Ed on seeing Jeff Rosenstock live and then an interview with the man himself about his album Worry.
Dec 25, 2020
Mae Martin & Jeff Rosenstock's Worry
Mae Martin is thrilled by the album from which the podcast takes its name. The final track on the punk musician's second solo album is called Perfect Sound Whatever.
Dec 25, 2020
Jamali Maddix & screamcore rap
James is attempting to win Jamali's support for 2016 with the album SUI // RAP by youngster jiji, the brainchild of Seattle rapper James Campbell.
Dec 18, 2020
Foonyap talks to James about the mental and emotional struggles that inspired her beautiful album Palimpsest.
Dec 11, 2020
Desiree Burch & intricate fragile folk
Desiree is in two minds about Palimpsest by the classically trained Canadian musician Foonyap.
Dec 11, 2020
Phil Wang & electronic Mexican folk
Phil absolutely loves Me Demandó DEMOS, recorded by San Cha on the farm where her mother grew up, without the opportunity to collaborate with a producer.
Dec 04, 2020
Evelyn Mok & a technophobic metal nightmare
Evelyn is back and introduced to Boy Man Machine by Drose, an album that fuses experimental metal with sounds recorded in a factory.
Nov 27, 2020
Romesh Ranganathan & head-scrambling math rap
Romesh is delighted to discover Badd Timing by The Sooper Swag Project, an album recorded with the intention of using as many different and difficult time signatures as possible.
Nov 20, 2020
BONUS SOUNDS: Cyril Yeterian from Bongo Joe
James explores the mystery behind Song I-V by Rocks & Waves Song Circle, with the head honcho of one of the two record labels behind its release, Bongo Joe.
Nov 13, 2020
Sarah Keyworth & a mysterious choral album
Sarah needs convincing about the story behind Songs I-V by Rocks & Waves Song Circle, supposedly recorded spontaneously by Swedish artist Isak Sundstrom at a Church in Mexico.
Nov 13, 2020
Joe Sutherland & Car Seat Headrest's Teens of Denial
James has selected one of the biggest indie albums of the year for Joe's second appearance on the pod, Teens of Denial from songwriter Will Toledo's Car Seat Headrest.
Nov 06, 2020
Sophie Duker & a raw, genre-hopping record
Sophie is back! Last time she wasn’t completely won round, so James goes all in with the crowd-funded debut album Kiid from Mal Devisa.
Oct 30, 2020
Rachel Parris & blissful ambient folk
Rachel is drawn to the folk side of Hands In Our Names, an album recorded by Karima Walker in the desert of New Mexico.
Oct 23, 2020
Kwame Asante & noise rock
Kwame puts in the work for A Self-Help Tragedy by noise rock supergroup Doomsday Student.
Oct 16, 2020
BONUS SOUNDS: Netty Rhodes & the SWeet Recorder Consort
James attempts to learn Morning Thought by Surface To Air Missive from scratch with recorder teacher Netty Rhodes and the SWeet Recorder Consort.
Oct 09, 2020
Eleanor Tiernan & recorder prog folk rock
Eleanor is challenged by the album A V by Surface To Air Missive, a solo project from the musician Taylor Ross.
Oct 09, 2020
John Kearns & teenage three piece rock
John prefers the second half of Out of Sight by the former Minneapolis rock band Falling.
Oct 02, 2020
Alison Spittle & dark spoken word
Alison has a strong reaction to Rook to TN34, a dark, experimental and comedic spoken word album by the duo eMMplekz.
Sep 25, 2020
BONUS SOUNDS: Damien Cluzel
James chats to the guitarist at the heart of two of his favourite 2016 albums, Awo by uKanDanZ and the self-titled release by Pixvae.
Sep 18, 2020
Guz Khan & Ethiopian Crunch
Guz is on board with this hybrid of hard rock and Ethiopian music that features on the album Awo by uKanDanZ.
Sep 18, 2020
Kemah Bob & Colombian Crunch
Kemah Bob marvels at this self-titled album from the band Pixvae. The album combines traditional South Colombian music with Math Rock to create a brand new genre.
Sep 11, 2020
Jack Rooke & twisted-pop
Jack Rooke meets NHS nurse Law Holt's diva alter ego, a persona who spits and cheats in her twisted pop album City.
Sep 04, 2020
Athena Kugblenu & Japanese folk-indie-jazz fusion
Athena Kugblenu gets into Aragehonzi's one of kind album, Hanatsuoto, that fuses Japanese folk with neo-soul, funk, jazz, rock, indie, and everything in between.
Aug 28, 2020
Gabriel Ebulue & Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' Skeleton Tree
Gabriel Ebulue shares his love for Skeleton Tree, the ominous and emotional album steeped in Nick Cave's personal tragedy.
Aug 21, 2020
BONUS SOUNDS: Kojey Radical
A bonus conversation with British rapper and spoken word artist Kojey Radical recorded live at the 6Music Festival, discussing themes of love, his connection to his Ghanaian heritage and his dad.
Aug 14, 2020
Dane Baptiste & Kojey Radical’s 23Winters
Hip-hop fan Dane discovers Kojey Radical's masterful 23Winters for the first time. At 42 minutes the EP spans rap, spoken word, and a conversation with Kojey's dad that covers themes of love, life in London, and their Ghanaian heritage. Which makes James ask, is this really an EP?
Aug 14, 2020
Mae Martin and a drone folk crossover
Mae Martin gets dark and moody to the drone folk crossover album Salt, by Irish singer-songwriter Katie Kim. Plus the track James will judge your music taste on.
Aug 07, 2020
Suzi Ruffell & the One Women Orchestra
Suzi is dazzled and slightly confused by the album Conarium, based on the dreams of its creator, Latvian musician Elizabete Balčus
Jul 31, 2020
Nathaniel Metcalfe & David Bowie’s Blackstar
Bowie fan Nathaniel revisits his brilliant final album released just two days before his death.
Jul 24, 2020
Sindhu Vee & Death Grip’s Bottomless Pit
Sindhu Vee puts in the effort and learns to really like this album from experimental hip hop trio Death Grips.
Jul 17, 2020
Felicity Ward & Public Speaking
Felicity Ward struggles with Caress, Redact, the stripped-back experimental electronic album by Public Speaking that's all about violence.
Jul 10, 2020
Nish Kumar & Bon Iver's 22, A Million
Bon Iver and folk music fan Nish Kumar listens for the first time to the band's 2016 experimental electronic masterpiece 22, A Million.
Jul 03, 2020
Sarah Keyworth & bedroom indie-pop
Sarah Keyworth learns about the hidden depths of Katie Dey's intriguing bedroom indie-pop album, Flood Network. Produced by Hannah Hufford Photography by Edward Moore Design by Danny Arter
Jun 26, 2020
The first bonus episode, an interview in Melbourne with artist Katie Dey on identity, the internet and mental health, and her 2016 album Flood Network.
Jun 26, 2020
Evelyn Mok & Malian hip-hop
Evelyn discovers the Malian hip-hop artist Luka Productions, named after his own studio, and his 2016 album Mali Kady. Plus 'Kettering Is Nice' makes its debut. Produced by Hannah Hufford Photography by Edward Moore Design by Danny Arter
Jun 19, 2020
Rob Deering & 80s stadium-rock-pop
Rob learns to love Beyond the Fleeting Gales by Crying, an album described by James as stadium rock for an anime film in the 80s. Produced by Hannah Hufford Photography by Edward Moore Design by Danny Arter
Jun 12, 2020
Desiree Burch & Danny Brown's Atrocity Exhibition
Desiree discovers Detroit rapper Danny Brown's album Atrocity Exhibition, aka CeeLo and Andre 3000's lovechild. Produced by Hannah Hufford Photography by Edward Moore Design by Danny Arter
Jun 05, 2020
Joe Sutherland & grindcore
Joe Sutherland takes a metaphorical HIIT class, with the grindcore metal-classical fusion album Discordia by Bologna Violenta. Plus Tilda Swinton's got a new project. Produced by Hannah Hufford Photography by Edward Moore Design by Danny Arter
May 29, 2020
Jen Brister & Laura Mvula's The Dreaming Room
Jen and James discuss why the Ivor Novello winning album The Dreaming Room got Laura Mvula dropped from her label. Plus a phone call with Laura's nan. Produced by Hannah Hufford Photography by Edward Moore Design by Danny Arter
May 22, 2020
Jamali Maddix & satanic spirituals
Jamali gets out of his comfort zone with the African American spirituals, satanic, black metal fusion album Devil is Fine by Zeal & Ardor. Plus, Buffy and Angel make a comeback. Produced by Hannah Hufford Photography by Edward Moore Design by Danny Arter
May 15, 2020
Sophie Duker & samba-punk
Sophie shocks James with a musical secret, as they discuss the samba-punk fusion album MM3 by Meta Meta. Plus, who is the Brazilian Tina Turner? Produced by Hannah Hufford Photography by Edward Moore Design by Danny Arter
May 08, 2020
Phil Wang & Eurosceptic hip-hop
Phil Wang gets to grips with the 2016 Eurosceptic experimental hip-hop album United Diktatürs of Europe, by Anarchist Republic of BZZZ. Plus why instruments are like tacos. Produced by Hannah Hufford Photography by Edward Moore Design by Danny Arter
May 01, 2020
Romesh Ranganathan & Beyoncé's Lemonade
Romesh Ranganathan discovers the world's best-selling album of 2016... but more importantly the album that turned James onto pop. Produced by Hannah Hufford Photography by Edward Moore Design by Danny Arter
Apr 24, 2020
This is James Acaster’s Perfect Sounds
For James Acaster 2016 is the greatest year for music of all time. Following a breakup James set out to rekindle his love for music by buying hundreds of new and niche releases from 2016. Now he’s sharing his obsession with fellow comedians, exploring his favourite albums: from Beyoncé’s internet-breaking Lemonade, to Colombian math rock fusion, and everything in between.
Apr 17, 2020