The Roundup 06.05.18
It can be tough, when faced with the eat-sleep-work-repeat grind, to keep on top of capital C Culture. That's why, every Sunday, the Tung team has a lil tete-a-tete in which we discuss all the podcasts, articles, songs, films, and TV we've loved over the past week. We choose our favourites and package them up in The Roundup to save you the legwork.
WATCH: Janelle Monáe, 'Emotion Picture' (Dirty Computer)
Despite her punkish outsider vibes, Janelle Monáe has played this album cycle to commercial perfection. With teasing lead singles and zeitgeisty featured artists, of course she was gonna make a short film too. It's 45 minutes and thankfully takes itself a whole load less seriously than B's 'Lemonade' or Florence's 'The Odyssey'. Ignoring the Black Mirror vibes, the videos are some of Monáe's strongest work, especially 'Screwed' and 'Crazy, Classic, Life'.
Watch the film here.
LISTEN: Troye Sivan, 'Bloom'
To be honest with you I'm still not over that pic of Troye Sivan throwing fan gifts in a bin, but I'm also not over his glistening SNL performance for 'My, My, My', so there ya go. I'm clearly a lazy admirer, engaging solely with his best bits and bin-flinging scandals, but the new vid for 'Bloom' is freaky and good. A little too on the nose with his metaphor, it's nonetheless an easy summer bop, and slippery CGI alien Troye created by artist Jason Ebeyer is low-key better than human Troye.
Check out the video here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: Westworld
Before watching Westworld, I'm pretty sure I thought it was some Cowboys v. Aliens nonsense, which is probably how your Dad would describe it, but thankfully it has a little more depth. Thandie Newton is a total scene stealer, and the show manages to deliver some rare moments of genuinely unexpected twists. The dialogue can get tedious and I'm fully over Dolores, but it's defs worth *some* of the hype.
Watch the Season 1 trailer here.
READ: Machine Love: Jon Hopkins
Both ‘Emerald Rush’ and ‘Everything Connected’ made it into consecutive Singles of The Month roundups. Both are records of epic proportion and its very much fair to say that Jon Hopkins is back, and with arguably his best work to date. Co-inciding with Friday’s release of ‘Singularity’, here is an excellent article interview with Resident Advisor. Hopkins' love of all things analogue has been well documented, nevertheless an insight into his studio practices is always an excellent read.
Read the article here.
WATCH: Wild Wild Country
We should really be getting paid given the amount of airtime that Netflix gets in our weekly round-up (hint hint Netflix UK team). This week I finally got around to watching their latest documentary series ‘Wild Wild Country’. The six-part series explores controversial Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and the community of followers he constructed in Wasco County, Oregon. What started as an innocent meeting of spiritual contemporaries quickly escalated as the community’s power and influence grew. You undoubtedly finish the series wondering how it’s 2018 and you had no idea this cult existed.
Watch the trailer here.
LISTEN: DJ Koze 'Knock Knock'
We at Tung HQ know German born producer DJ Koze for his stellar remix of Låpsley’s ‘Operator’. It is a perfect disco groove that commands a boogie so check it out if you don’t know it. This week though, Koze released his much anticipated 6th studio album. Knock Knock is not a repetitive four to the floor amalgamation of DJ tools but a wonderfully understated and intricate album. There are club-ready records in there but so too are emotional songs for personal listening, songs that are amplified by Koze’s uses his expert knowledge of minimal techno and sampling. Our top picks are ‘Bonfire’ and ‘Pick Up’.
WATCH: Florence + The Machine 'Hunger'
Following on from my gushy write-up of Florence's first single from this new album cycle, 'Hunger' has got me feeling a very similarly effusive kinda way. The song is perfect, the video is beautiful, but tbh I wouldn't expect any less from my queen.
Watch the video here.
READ: 'Why Julie Adenuga Has Stopped Listening To Music' (via BBC)
One of my fave broadcasters, Julie Adenuga, formerly of Rinse and now of Beats 1 fame, has been quoted in a BBC article as feeling like she's lost her "natural connection to the music" since focusing on what comes into her inbox, rather than what she stumbles across naturally. Now, I'm now Julie Adenuga, but I totally get her point. The tracks make their way to your ears, seemingly by fate, definitely seem to have more of a lasting effect.
Read the article here.
WATCH: I, Tonya
In the run-up to the Oscars I did pretty well in ticking most of the nominated films off before the big night. Somehow, though, I, Tonya slipped through the net. Thank god for Netflix am I right? I was so into its boldness, its brashness, and its point blank refusal to present anything other than the truth of the thing, which is that no one knows, aside from Tonya Harding, Bobby ?? And ??, what the truth of the thing actually is.
Watch the trailer here.