The Roundup 08.04.18
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.
LISTEN: Tove Styrke ‘On The Low’
After interviewing pop princess Tove Styrke a month or two ago about her forthcoming album Sway, I’ve been keeping my ears to the ground for new little crumbs and ‘On The Low’ is a particularly sweet one. Tove’s delivery is soft and subtle as she sings vows to ditch the games and go all in in a new relationship. I’m all the way here for the production, too, which sounds like little bubbles bursting. Bring on the album release.
Listen to the track here.
WATCH: ‘The Art Of Shade According To Prince’ via HungerTV
Over the last couple of weeks since the second anniversary of Prince’s death, we’ve had his greatest hits and deepest cuts on repeat at Tung HQ. To complement our fathoms deep dive into his back catalogue, we’ve also been working on our shade throwing a la the man himself. This collection of GIFs has been helping us perfect our dirtiest looks.
Get the look here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: The Good Place - Season 1 (Netflix)
Ya know when you finish a Netflix series and start scrolling, bereft, through the homepage looking for something to fill the void? I found The Good Place during one of those sad scrolls and what a treat it was. Kristen Bell plays Eleanor Shellstrop, an ostensibly ‘bad’ person who dies young and ends up, much to her surprise, in the good place aka heaven. Kristen’s performance is great, as is ex-T4 presenter Jameela Jamil who’s super funny in the role of the disastrously un-self-aware Tahani. Settle in with this one, the pay-off’s worth it.
Watch the trailer here.
WATCH: Skream: Open To Close 2.0
Skream has worked really, really, REALLY hard to convince house and techno heads that he belongs with them. All he wants to do is play music and whilst he will always be known as one of the pioneers of the dubstep, he is very much a four-to-the-floor force to be reckoned with. This short documentary produced by Mixmag and UN:IK Clothing showcases the respect DJ’s across the board have for Oliver Jones and gives fans great insight into his studio practice.
Watch the doc here.
READ: 'Here’s What Major Labels Are Paying Women Compared To Men In The UK' via Music Business Worldwide
This week more than 10,000 large firms have provided details of their gender pay gap, with three-quarters of them paying men more than women. Clearly the problem is extremely widespread -- few industries are safe. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the major records labels are major culprits. As you probably expected, the numbers are pretty worrying. Here's a sneak peak: the average hourly rate of pay across the whole of Warner Music UK is 49% lower for females vs. males.
Read the article here.
WATCH: The Square
“Well that was...weird’ were the first words I said to co-founder Anna after we visited Curzon Soho to watch Ruben Östlund’s Palme d'Or winning film The Square. It takes a searingly satirical look at the life of Christian (Claes Bang), chief curator at a contemporary art museum struggling to promote his latest exhibition. After his phone is stolen his life spirals out of control and he -- and we -- and are led deep down a bizarre rabbit hole. Östlund asks questions about gentrification, poverty, migration, the impact of social media, abuses of power, the hypocrisy of art, elitism and so much more and answers literally none of them. If you can't get to a cinema in time, you can stream on the Curzon website -- we'd love to know what you think!
Watch the trailer here.
LISTEN: Cardi B Invasion Of Privacy
This was the kinda album I listened to a lil tense. Cardi's had so much hype since 'Bodak Yellow' woke us up last summer that the pressure on her first album was getting stressful. She handled it like a total pro, duh, and Invasion of Privacy is a treat. Kept to a tight length with cameos from the likes of Chance The Rapper and SZA (brb making 'I Do' my ringtone), this isn't just an album for her devoted fans. 'Bickenhead' and 'She Bad' are good places to start.
Stream it here.
READ: 'Wild Photos Of Young Lovers Getting Off In The 90s', Dazed
Trust Dazed to give this a lame ass headline. 'Wild' and 'young lovers' is how your mum would describe this photo set by Bob Carlos Clarke, but the images depict what harmless private school kids have been doing since, like, forever. Strangely timeless and nostalgic, the series shows teenaged desire in all its reckless and obsessive glory, with some cute plaid skirts and slip dresses thrown in for good measure.
Carlos Clarke's photos will be on display at The Little Black Gallery in May.
Read the piece here.
WATCH: This Country, BBC iPlayer
Come onnnn, I know you've heard of This Country by now. Consider this your nudge to actually go and have a peep at what's going on. You lucky kids with a TV License can watch all two seasons right now! Whatta way to spend a Sunday! If you're the authority-loving kind, This Country is up for two BAFTAS, so you can trust it's gonna be at least OK. It's also legitimately 'lol' funny, and I don't lol lightly.
Watch it here.