James Acaster's Perfect Sounds

James Acaster's Perfect Sounds

By BBC 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.


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!
27/05/2226m 55s

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.
20/05/2228m 34s

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.
13/05/2226m 50s

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?
06/05/2229m 3s

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?
29/04/2228m 41s

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?
22/04/2225m 40s

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?
15/04/2223m 47s

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.
08/04/2229m 35s

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.
01/04/2228m 2s

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'n'B-loving Thanyia Moore?
25/03/2228m 33s

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?
18/03/2229m 10s

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".
11/03/2226m 5s

Charlie George, Vampires and 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.
04/03/2227m 43s

Fatiha El-Ghorri & Cohen's Final Bow

Fatihah El Ghorri, by her own admission, loves Cliff Richard and Shrek. So will the mournful, gravelly tones of Leonard Cohen appeal to her?
25/02/2227m 45s

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?
18/02/2228m 12s

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.
11/02/2227m 17s

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?
04/02/2229m 32s

Kiri Pritchard-McLean & Portuguese Fusion Pop Jazz

James and Kiri discuss Portuguese maestro Bruno Pernadas's 2016 album, Those Who Throw Objects at the Crocodiles Will Be Asked to Retrieve Them.
28/01/2227m 33s

Dai Henwood & Pop Royalty

Carly Rae Jepsen's 2016 album Emotion: Side B is 110% pure pop, with enough sweetness to thaw James' cold heart towards the genre. However, is there too much sugar for Dai Henwood to digest?
21/01/2227m 39s

Isy Suttie & International Prog Folk

With music inspired by improvisational Jazz, Persian and African folk and vocals in myriad languages, it's hard to tie Léonore Boulanger to a specific genre. Will Isy Suttie, with her background in jazz and prog rock bands, be won over?
14/01/2229m 1s

Chloe Petts On The Quest...

We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service. Hip hop legends A Tribe Called Quest released their final album in 2016 and surely reinforces James' claim that this was indeed, the greatest year in music - of all time! But will Chloe Petts agree?
07/01/2227m 57s

Ahir Shah & Baroque Classic Pop

Inspired by classic art, sculpture and a year in Rome, Meilyr Jones' album 2013 is quite simply beautiful. James is hoping that Ahir will agree.
17/12/2128m 22s

Rosie Jones and Isolation Indie Rap

The Impossible Kid is a charming and personal album written by Aesop Rock whilst isolating in a cabin in the woods. Full of fables and colourful characters, surely Rosie Jones will be charmed..? James has his fingers crossed.
10/12/2129m 0s

Sikisa Takes A Seat At The Table

Sikisa thought R'n'B was dead... Then came Solange's 2016 album, A Seat At The Table. A masterpiece that brought Solange out of the shadow of sister, Beyoncé.
03/12/2126m 34s

Aparna Nancherla & A Rich, Heavy Ethereal Blanket

Mirror Breathing by Shield Patterns is an electronic album of inventive melodies, set in atmospheric and sometimes haunting soundscapes. But will Aparna Nancherla be scared or (like James) seduced?
26/11/2129m 19s

Bonus Sounds: Zach Phillips of OSR Tapes

Whilst trawling for music from 2016, James noticed a common thread through some of his favourite records - OSR Tapes. A label founded by Zach Phillips. James gets to speak to Zach about what inspired him to start a label, why he closed it and everything in between.
19/11/2134m 49s

Harriet Kemsley and 'Absolute Chaos!'

Hello New York by Maher Shalal Hash Baz is an album described by founder Tori Kudo as "a revolving cast of players from varying backgrounds and varying experience". Described by Harriet Kemsley as "chaos". However, the more she listens...
19/11/2128m 25s

Stuart Laws & Angela Sawyer

Ukulele strumming, high-pitched yodelling and dissonant keyboards - Angela Sawyer’s On The Pedestrian Side is an album “not designed to make you feel comfortable”. No wonder Stuart Laws feels he is being pranked!
12/11/2127m 33s

Maisie Adam & Who-Pa-Zoo-Tic Sounds

James and Maisie discuss Hartley C White's album Something Better and his attempt at creating a whole new genre. Maisie loved the last album James sent her, so James is hoping she'll be equally impressed with this one.
05/11/2129m 16s

Fern Brady & Emo R&B

James Acaster talks about one of the many albums he collected from the year 2016 with one of his comedy friends. This week Fern Brady states from the outset that Half of My Love by Fauxe is not for her… oops. Even though the title comes from one of her favourite albums. Can James change her mind?
29/10/2127m 8s

Bonus Sounds: Anthony Fantano Explains Himself

James delves deeper into the online music community with founder of The Needle Drop and gets him to explain why his WORST album of the decade came from 2016.
22/10/2142m 0s

Sadia Azmat & Cheltenham Trip Hop

James Acaster talks about one of the many albums he collected from the year 2016 with one of his comedy friends. This week, Sadia Azmat discusses the album One Tusk by Moth Equals. But will Sadia be impressed by the plethora of different influences and Bollywood samples?
22/10/2126m 26s

Nathan Caton & old-school hip hop

James breaks his own rules by picking a 2016 album which sounds "old-school", rapper Westside Gunn's debut Flygod. He discusses it with guest Nathan Caton, plus they delve into Nathan's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles obsession.
15/10/2128m 6s

Sara Barron & retro indie-pop

Sara Barron confesses to James that she has very questionable music taste but is left feeling very Parisian listening to Cate Le Bon’s Crab Day, an album about a fictional day.
08/10/2128m 41s

Thanyia Moore & Rihanna's ANTI

Thanyia Moore goes on a rollercoaster journey with Rihanna's most personal album yet, ANTI.
01/10/2128m 9s

Jayde Adams & self-penned gospel

Jayde reminisces life through 'lost album' Johnnie Frierson's Have You Been Good To Yourself which was found by a crate digger in a thrift store.
24/09/2128m 28s

Bonus Sounds: James' dad - Johnnie Frierson - Have You Been Good To Yourself

James sits down with his dad David Acaster to talk about the Johnnie Frierson album Have You Been Good To Yourself. They chat about the records played in the house growing up, the musical game they played when James was young and the 2016 mixtape he made for his dad.
24/09/2126m 6s

Harriet Kemsley & Krip Hop

Harriet Kemsley warms to Wheelchair Sports Camp's avant-garde rap album No Big Deal. The record features humorous and political lyrics from disabled rapper Kalyn Heffernan, who is part of the Krip-Hop movement which uses hip-hop as a means of expression for disabled artists.
17/09/2128m 11s

Rhys Nicholson & gothic Americana

Despite not expecting to like someone called Marissa, Rhys Nicholson enjoys a negroni while enjoying Marissa Nadler's dreamy gothic American folk album Strangers.
10/09/2127m 52s

Charlie George & Kendrick Lamar's untitled unmastered.

Charlie George is pushed out of her dad rock listening habits, and finds much to love in the lyrical imagery created by Kendrick Lamar, in his sort-of B-side album untitled unmastered.
03/09/2124m 49s

Toussaint Douglass & eccentric indie

Toussaint thinks James hates him after listening to Four Thing, the eccentric indie project based around the number 4, created by Zach Phillips. Four vocalists, singing alternate lines written by four lyricists, to create 16 songs. But does Toussiant’s nan like it?
27/08/2127m 16s

Maisie Adam & comedic post-punk

Maisie Adam feels grabbed and shoved against a wall by the one-man-band Christian Fitness and their post-punk album This Taco Is Not Correct that features darkly funny commentary on Britain.
20/08/2127m 5s

Bonus Sounds: Andrew Falkous - Christian Fitness

James and friend David Trent chat to the man behind Christian Fitness, Andrew Falkous. James delves deep into the album's meaning and David asks if his son can have one of his guitars, (among other very awkward and unsavoury questions).
20/08/2136m 21s

Aaron Chen & dark reggae

Aaron Chen gets into a plunge pool to rid himself of the dark and sad vibes of Mournful Skank's Ghost Hunter.
13/08/2127m 40s

Kiri Pritchard-Mclean & experiemental sampling hip hop

Kiri Pritchard-Mclean feels shoved around by Coin Locker Kid's 90's influenced experimental hip hop album The Salmon of Doubt, featuring a dense sound collage of samples.
06/08/2129m 10s

Dai Henwood & the house party concept album

James introduces Dai Henwood to an indie concept album that he regularly gets recommended. Singer-songwriter Andy Shauf's The Party features a series of closely observed and intersecting characters at a house party, and Dai enjoys doing his taxes to it.
30/07/2125m 55s

Isy Suttie & a drum duo

Multi-instrumentalist and comedian Isy Suttie is engulfed by the purely percussive self-titled album Rattle, featuring two drummers and their vocals.
23/07/2127m 18s

BONUS SOUNDS: Radiohead's Colin Greenwood

James visits Colin Greenwood at home to discuss making 2016's A Moon Shaped Pool, plus Colin suggests what Radiohead tracks James should get into, whether music scenes are cool, and Colin's impending Radiohead tribute act!
23/07/2132m 28s

Chloe Petts & bedroom indie pop

Chloe Petts discovers that Frankie Cosmos - the stage name of Greta Kline - and her 2016 album Next Thing is exactly her kind of cap-wearing DIY bedroom indie pop.
16/07/2128m 22s

Ahir Shah & a blissful sound collage

Ahir Shah discovers 'Good Will Come to You' from artist Jean-Sebastian Audet's project Un Blonde. A blissfully mellow sound collage that incorporates field recordings, vocal harmonies and acoustic guitars, it was released on tape cassette in 2016. And for Ahir it's the perfect music to chop vegetables to.
09/07/2128m 20s

Rosie Jones & Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool

Both James and Rosie have always felt intimidated about getting into Radiohead's back catalogue because of their hard-core fans. Can this album, from one of the biggest bands in the world, win them over? And more importantly convince Rosie that 2016 is the greatest year for music of all time?
02/07/2129m 6s

2016 is back and more perfect than before!

For James Acaster 2016 is the greatest year for music, ever. Since launching the podcast his record collection has grown to over 700 albums from that year and he wants to share his obsession with even more comedian friends... but will they admit that 2016 is the great year for music of all time?
24/06/216m 59s

Eleanor Tiernan & Run The Jewels 3

Eleanor Tiernan is drawn in by hip-hop duo Run The Jewel's critically acclaimed epic third album.This is the final episode of series 1 but we'll be back this summer so subscribe to the podcast to be the first to hear new episodes!
30/04/2129m 16s

John Kearns & celebratory North African sampled vinyl

John Kearns wants to dance to Tunisian producer and DJ Ghoula's celebratory album Hlib El Ghoula, which features rare North African vinyl that the artist sourced from Tunisian markets then sampled and scratched with live instrumentals.
16/04/2126m 43s

Rachel Parris & an orchestral art-rock collaboration

Classically trained Rachel Parris dissects the one-off album Balter/Saunier, a collaboration between the Chicago orchestra Ensemble Dal Niente, influential art-rock band Deerhoof, and Brazilian composer Marcos Balter.
09/04/2128m 4s

Jen Brister & experimental Majorcan folk

Jen Brister has a strong reaction to 'Folk Souvenir', an album by Joana Gomila that uses field recordings and improvisation to bring a new approach to traditional Majorcan folk.
02/04/2121m 48s

BONUS SOUNDS: Joana Gomila & Dr Judith R Cohen

James talks to Joana Gomila and Dr Judith R Cohen about the Spanish folk recordings of ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax and the making of Joana's album 'Folk Souvenir'.
01/04/2123m 3s

Jack Rooke & thoughtful inventive indie

Jack is over the moon to be introduced to all 24 tracks of Thoughts Lined Up by award-winning artist Martin Creed.
26/03/2126m 29s

Alison Spittle & extreme industrial metal

Alison is willing to persevere with the album End Position by experimental Texan duo Street Sects.
19/03/2127m 32s

Dane Baptiste & infinite looping psych rock

Dane enjoys the frantic Nonagen Infinity by King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, the eighth album from the prolific Australian psych rock band.
12/03/2130m 19s

Suzi Ruffell & The Tut's Update Your Brain

Suzi adores the melodic feminist anthems on this debut punk album from Hayes-based three-piece The Tuts.
05/03/2128m 29s


Hayes-based three-piece The Tuts take James on a tour of their hometown including their rehearsal room, a local radio station and the venue for one of their early gigs.
05/03/2139m 55s

Guz Khan & generational jazz rap

Guz is up for giving the self-titled project by Sélébéyone another chance. The album features two saxophonists and two rappers, Senegal's Gaston Bandimic and HPrizm from the US.
26/02/2125m 33s

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.
19/02/2129m 49s

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.
12/02/2122m 58s

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.
05/02/2125m 53s

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.
05/02/2127m 36s

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.
29/01/2129m 18s

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.
22/01/2124m 48s

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.
15/01/2126m 32s

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.
15/01/2124m 13s

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.
08/01/2126m 5s

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.
01/01/2122m 42s

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.
25/12/2047m 17s

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.
25/12/2025m 37s

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.
18/12/2023m 6s

Desiree Burch & intricate fragile folk

Desiree is in two minds about Palimpsest by the classically trained Canadian musician Foonyap.
11/12/2026m 44s


Foonyap talks to James about the mental and emotional struggles that inspired her beautiful album Palimpsest.
11/12/2020m 7s

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.
04/12/2023m 56s

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.
27/11/2024m 11s

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.
20/11/2026m 17s

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.
13/11/2023m 40s

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.
13/11/2017m 48s

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.
06/11/2021m 57s

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.
30/10/2019m 41s

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.
23/10/2029m 9s

Kwame Asante & noise rock

Kwame puts in the work for A Self-Help Tragedy by noise rock supergroup Doomsday Student.
16/10/2029m 0s

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.
09/10/2031m 55s

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.
09/10/2013m 19s

John Kearns & teenage three piece rock

John prefers the second half of Out of Sight by the former Minneapolis rock band Falling.
02/10/2021m 53s

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.
25/09/2022m 53s

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.
18/09/2027m 20s

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.
18/09/2020m 40s

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.
11/09/2026m 16s

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.
04/09/2023m 35s

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.
28/08/2026m 12s

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.
21/08/2028m 22s

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?
14/08/2027m 1s

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.
14/08/2027m 39s

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.
07/08/2027m 19s

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
31/07/2024m 2s

Nathaniel Metcalfe & David Bowie’s Blackstar

Bowie fan Nathaniel revisits his brilliant final album released just two days before his death.
24/07/2026m 38s

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.
17/07/2024m 21s

Felicity Ward & Public Speaking

Felicity Ward struggles with Caress, Redact, the stripped-back experimental electronic album by Public Speaking that's all about violence.
10/07/2025m 38s

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.
03/07/2027m 22s

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
26/06/2024m 27s


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.
26/06/2025m 21s

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
19/06/2023m 40s

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
12/06/2026m 3s

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
05/06/2025m 43s

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
29/05/2024m 58s

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
22/05/2025m 29s

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
15/05/2021m 16s

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
08/05/2023m 33s

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
01/05/2021m 35s

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
24/04/2023m 38s

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.
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