Stream big: musical initiatives inspiring connectivity

From the likes of Barbican, Alexander McQueen, Lanvin's Bruno Sialelli and more

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Encore un peu (1998), by Gerard Schlosser, used to accompany Lanvin creative director Bruno Sialelli’s three-part self-isolation playlist on Spotify
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Music is a tool for escapism, reflection and creativity – qualities to cherish now more than ever. Instagram, YouTube and Facebook offering live services on their platforms has enabled not only the music community to share content, but also a number of brands and institutions. The city of Helsinki, for instance, recently staged a concert in VR. These streaming services point to a potential future of collective (yet remote) musical experience.

Alongside live streaming, there have been multiple new radio shows and playlists introduced hosting a wide range of artists and exclusive material to make sure we can stay connected, and positive. Here's our pick of playlists and shows to get you through the week, from home.


A new initiative by Alexander McQueen allows followers to stream music taken from fashion shows at home – John Gosling, who has been responsible for McQueen’s show soundtracks for the past 20 years has edited a nine-hour playlist, available on Spotify.

McQueen is also working with the London Contemporary Orchestra – which composed the live soundtrack for the house’s S/S 2020 women’s show – and Isobel Waller-Bridge to create new music exclusively for #McQueenMusic.

Carhartt WIP Radio Rewind Series

Carhartt WIP is revisiting its favourite radio shows in a new Rewind Series. Shared every Thursday and Sunday, the brand will repost shows from its own radio project – Carhartt WIP Radio. Launched in 2008, the project features an eclectic mix of hosts and musical genres, ranging from labels, artists and creatives playing anything from ambient sounds, bass, hip hop, electronica, house and techno.

For its first Rewind installment, Carhartt WIP looked to the catalogue of famed Berlin-based house label ‘Innervisions’ hosted by the label's co-founder Ame in 2014.

Virgil Abloh's ‘Watercolour’ Jazz Hours

Through Instagram Live Virgil Abloh takes to the decks every week for his new project ‘Watercolour’, bringing his followers exclusive mixes inspired by paintings of American visual artist George Condo. Of the projects first volume, Abloh explained, ‘George Condo and I were obsessing about Jimi Hendrix Santa Clara YouTube videos, I’m playing songs inspired by this painting on IG LIVE in a second.’

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has not only introduced podcasts but also quizzes, online games and videos across the next coming weeks to keep music-making alive. 

These include RPO players home videos (this weeks’ video is a philharmonic workout), exclusive podcasts, RPO recordings and unique games created especially for RPO fans and players.

Ostgut Ton 15th Anniversary Playlist

2020 marks Berghain’s revered in-house label Ostgut Ton’s 15th anniversary. Originally the label intended to embark on a world tour with 13 parties taking place across the globe. To celebrate remotely instead, Ostgut Ton has instead released a free downloadable playlist of the volume Fünfzehn mixed by Berghain resident Luke Slater.

Fünfzehn spans 130 minutes, comprising new tracks built from the parts of numerous Ostgut Ton releases, starting at the beginning in 2005.

Bruno Sialelli Soothing Self-Isolation Playlist

Lanvin creative director Bruno Sialelli shares a three-part self-isolation playlist on Spotify to match any mood – from deep house to dream pop, electronic to disco, ambient to hip-hop and post-punk to classical (some guilty pleasures are thrown in too).

Barbican: Read, Watch & Listen

Although the Barbican remains closed for the time being, you can still make the most of its impressive film and music archives, alongside a selection of podcasts and long read articles.

These include playlists focused on classical composers, exploring musicians take on the subject of masculinity, Downtown NYC music and many more. The Barbican is even broadcasting theatre and dance productions from around the world.

Wallpaper* Handmade X by Ennio Morricone

Blue banner with white text: Wallpaper* handmade x: with love"

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For our 2019 love-themed exhibition in Milan during Salone del Mobile, Wallpaper* teamed up with legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone, who provided the soundtrack. You can listen to the Spotify playlist here.