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: Saweetie, ICY GRL (feat. Kehlani) - Bae Mix
Saweetie hadn't been on my radar until this week, but I'm sure we're gonna be hearing a lot more of her. Like our fave Cardi, she credits Nicki Minaj for opening the door to female rap artists, recently signing to Warner Bros straight from filming demos in her car. This track comes from one of those freestyles, over the beat of Khia's 'My Neck, My Back', complimented by Kehlani's smooth vocals for a 2018 update.
WATCH: Will Smith, 'How I Became The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' (YouTube)
I have no idea what to make of Will Smith. Sometimes he seems super chill and amusing, but he also made Jaden Smith and many questionable movies. His latest foray into YouTube vlogger territory is kinda weird too, with professional film crews and edits. That being said, this episode dives into his his early career with a solid dose of comic timing and self deprecation. Maybe he ain't so bad.
CATCH UP: Love In The Countryside, BBC
Let me be very clear: I did not watch this voluntarily. Quietly doing it's thing in the background, this damn show sucked me in until I was submitting to the iPlayer with the next ep. As you might imagine, it's about love in the countryside, specifically farmers. For some reason they were sent love letters from strangers, and these strangers are then invited to stay on their farms. At the SAME TIME. It's like a slow-paced Love Island meets The Bachelor via Countryfile. I know you're intrigued.
READ: 'No hugging, no learning': 20 years on Seinfeld's mantra still looms large
It’s definitely weird to think that one of my all-time favourite shows, Seinfeld, finished before I had ever seen the first episode. On May 14th it will have been 20 years since the divisive finale that refused to conform to the television norms of the time by not really ending at all - nothing really happens. And that’s the point, there is a mastery in the creation of ‘nothing’, writes Randall Collburn for the Guardian. A skill that has recently been honed to perfection by Atlanta’s Donald Glover, a show that just so happens to be on BBC 2 next week – it’s all so convenient!
LISTEN: Jungle ‘Happy Man’ and ‘House in LA’
We already have a stellar review of Arctic Monkey’s Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino on The Tung so I'm going to put this space, which might otherwise be asking questions about that, to better use. This week also saw the release of Jungle’s first new music since their self-title debut album back in 2014. ‘Happy Man’ is typically funky fare - a record which will get a lot of air time with good weather. ‘House in LA’ is slower, deeper, darker but contains enough euphoric instrumentation to keep us entertained. It’s nice to have them back although we were hoping the rumoured collab with Noel Gallagher was going to happen – maybe he'll guest on the next album? Fingers crossed.
CATCH UP: Abi Morgan on Desert Island Discs
You'd be forgiven for not knowing who Abi Morgan is but you will have undoubtedly seen many of her works. A woman of ridiculous talent, she wrote the screenplay for Iron Lady (starring Meryl Streep), co-wrote Shame with Steve McQueen and created the BBC’s newsroom drama The Hour. Not only are her selections are brilliant, covering all the bases from Beyoncé to Bach, but this is a must listen for all budding writers who worry that time is of the essence.