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Programmers’ Pick: Chris(tmas) Sharp

With our live concerts, podcasts and playlists throughout the year, we hope we’ve helped provide the soundtrack to your 2015. But have you ever wondered what’s on our Contemporary Music team’s playlist…?

Programmer Chris(tmas) Sharp shares what he’s been listening to this year – complete with sweaty ceilings, cosmic soundclashes and meditative experiences.

Pears For Lunch, Girl Band
‘I saw this lot in a club in Berlin, sweat dripping off the ceiling. They were charming, shambolic and ferocious all at once.’

Shegue, Mbongwana Star
‘Stark, spacey and strange, a trippy Congolese take on prime punk-funk.’

Trinity, Eek ft. Islam Chipsy
‘Exuberant, psychedelic, breathless, relentless – amazing underground electo-chaabi sounds from Cairo.’

Final Thought, Kamasi Washington
‘A semi-random selection from a landmark album.’

On The Regular, Shamir
‘Infectious, direct and deceptively simple, this sounds as casual and confident as Prince circa Dirty Mind’.

Salad Days, Mac Demarco
‘It sounds languid and throwaway but this is great, summery songwriting. A bit like an angst-free Elliott Smith.’

Sunday Candy, Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment
‘From a so-called side-project by the ridiculously talented Chance The Rapper, this is an instant classic.’

For Marmish, Floating Points
‘I’ve been waiting for this album forever – and I was slightly disappointed at first. But it get less oblique with repeated listens, and the pensive pulse of this track is beguiling.’

Curlews, Grasscut
‘From one of the most assured and melodically adventurous albums of the year – a bit under the radar, which is a shame, because it’s a minor masterpiece.’

Shelter, Tore Brunborg, Eivind Aarset, Steinar Raknes, Per Oddva
‘Beautifully recorded, and played with intuition and restraint, this is the sort of unheralded genius that keeps coming out of Scandinavian jazz.’

Xerrox Radieuse, Alva Noto
‘Forget the abrasive precision of previous releases in this series, Xerrox Volume 3 is meditative, intimate and gorgeous.’

The Endless Battle Of The Maudlin Ballade Part 1, Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie
‘Fans of A Winged Victory For The Sullen and Stars Of The Lid might not have noticed this elegant and sombre EP from the co-founder of both groups.’

And Still They Move, Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld
‘This meeting of sax and violin is richer and more nuanced than it has any right to be.’

Cybernetics Is An Old Science, Hieroglyphic Being & J.I.T.U Ahan-Sahm-Buhl
‘This deeply cosmic sound-clash was born at the Barbican, where Jamal Moss met Marshall Allen for the first time…’

Dreamer Of Dreams, Matana Roberts
‘Visionary is a dangerous word to use, but there aren’t many artists out there as singular and fascinating as Matana Roberts.’

Ruckverzauberung 10 / Nationalpark, Wolfgang Voigt
‘Wolfgang Voigt brought the A/v version of his luminous Gas project to the Barbican back in 2010; his recent Ruckverzauberung releases have mapped out similarly bewitching ambient territory.’


Find out what you’ll be listening to in 2016