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 leg work.
WATCH: Moses Sumney NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Wanna get lost for 20 minutes? Ohhhhh have I got the thing for you. I've been listening to Moses Sumney's Aromanticism obsessively ever since it's release a couple of months ago, and I didn't really think it was possible to fall in love with his voice more. I couldn't have been more wrong - marry me, Moses?
Watch the concert here.
READ: 'Alexander the Great: in defence of Alexandra Burke'
So I'm no avid fan of Strictly, but last weekend when I was home to hang out with my parents I watched an episode, and two things jumped out at me. 1) Strictly Come Dancing is in fact incredibly lol, I think maybe I actually AM an avid fan, and 2) Alexandra Burke being in the bottom two was categorically insane. What is the British public on? The great article from Guyliner.com tackles the very real probability that race is playing a significant part.
Read the piece here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: The Adam Buxton Podcast
Look yeah, I know a recommendation of this particular podcast does not position me at the bleeding edge of culture. I'd been putting off listening to it simply because of how many people had told me to, and I was wrong to do that. If you're doing that too, stop it. Adam Buxton is an incredible interviewer and his jingles will grow on you over time.
Listen to the podcast here.
LISTEN: Kendrick Lemar Damn. (Collectors Edition)
Without a doubt Damn. Is one of this year’s standout albums. Everything from the harsh beats and poignant lyrics to that unbelievable music video for ‘Humble’ made Kung Fu Kenny untouchable. This week the Californian rapper has released a ‘collectors edition’ of the album. Back in August Lemar announced that the album is supposed to be heard in reverse, and the collectors item reorders the tracks as such. It’s up to you whether you think it changes the album’s dynamic but it is definitely worth considering.
Listen to the album here.
READ: “Who does Art belong to?” (via elpais.com)“The history of art is, in large part, the history of plunder” writes Miguel Ángel García Vega in this week’s El País in light of French President Emmanuel Macron's announcement that over the next five years he will be looking into conditions for the return of African art to former French colonies. It’s a huge statement and could set in motion a global change in attitudes to looted artefacts.
Read the article here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: All This Mayem
Skating culture is now one of fashion’s biggest influences. Superbrands like Supreme and Palace have made a fortune off the back of wannabe skaters buying into the look. Vice doc All This Mayhem reminded me that real skaters do exist, and that the culture is far removed from £1000 Supreme x Louis Vuitton hoodies. The film charts the rise of brothers Ben and Tas Pappas, their rivalry with Tony Hawk and fight against the establishment.
Watch the trailer here.
LISTEN: 'Roll With The Punches', Mk.Gee
Spotify's 'Release Radar' has turned me into a monster. Want to put on a Christmas playlist? Yeah you'll have to use someone else's phone, pal. My defences are warranted, however, by the fire new music from my carefully protected algorithm. Mk.Gee popped up in said playlist, and this track is a total treat of Californian indie-pop with a groove to warm you up this snowy weekend.
Listen to the track here.
READ: 'The Best Episode of Nigella Bites Will Teach You How to Entertain', The Kitchn
Ever since Dad jokingly gifted 'How To Be A Domestic Goddess' to my Mum one Christmas, I've been culinarily raised the Nigella way. This super cute piece from The Kitchn has me wanting to watch noughties Nigella all over again. Her rich innuendo, body positive use of butter, and relaxed attitude is a dreamy reminder of a time when food was for pleasure and kale was a mystery.
Watch the episode here.