The Roundup 15.04.18
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.
WATCH: Cunk On Britain (BBC iPlayer)
As weeks go, this has been a Bad One for me. Today's roundup may or may not represent the sorry state of my brain, but hey, culture was consumed nonetheless. The dulcet tones of Philomena Cunk asking Peston to describe 'the most political things that's ever happened' and wondering if Walter Raleigh was scared when he first saw potatoes has cheered me RIGHT up. It's stupid and silly but so joyful and hilarious. Lemme live.
Watch the trailer here.
LISTEN: Florence + The Machine 'Sky Full Of Song'
This came to me in The Bad Week via the really weird medium of 'email mailing list written as a personal letter' from Flo. I have no recollection of joining her mailing list (we have one of those!), but I was more than happy to let this wash over me while I lay in existential turmoil on the floor. It's a got one of those 'optimistic melancholy' vibes which is fine by me, even if it's not hugely exciting.
Listen to the song here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: Middlemarch by George Eliot
I mean. It's Middlemarch. See above re: freaky roundup. You don't need me to explain how truly centuries late to the party I am here or what Middlemarch is. This week needed a big ol' book to kill some time and I'm not gloomy enough for War & Peace yet. It's good! It's long! Worth a read if you have many hours at hand and/or are in need of some Georgian soothing. Someone gimme a TLS column.
LISTEN: Kamasi Washington 'Fists of Fury'
Kamasi Washington has been working tirelessly to bring jazz back into the contemporary music scene. 2015’s The Epic was released to universal acclaim as was the 2017 follow up Harmony of Difference. His latest LP is set for release later this year and this week Mr Washington released its first single. Unsurprisingly, 'Fists of Fury' is everything you would expect from a Kamasi Washington record: 9 minutes of big room jazz with booming brass, choral chanting and one hell of a piano solo.
Listen to the track here.
LISTEN: Jimothy Lacoste 'Subway System'
18-year old Jimothy Lacoste (real name Timmy Gonzales) became one of my favourite London artists this week. Perhaps this should have been my Late To The Party choice because Subway System is actually the 4th of Jimothy’s records and, in my opinion, the best of the lot. The simplistic melody, 8-bit synth pads and melancholic lyrics are just a few of the reasons he's being compared to a young Mike Skinner. There's no question that he is one to watch for the future, even if it’s just to clock what he's wearing in the next video.
Watch the video here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: The Defiant Ones
Bored of hearing how great this four-part HBO doc is, this week I finally got acquainted the somewhat unlikely and lengthy partnership between music moguls Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine. The Beats founders go way, way back and this doc covers everything from Iovine’s success with Springsteen and Meat Loaf, to the signing of 2pac to Interscope Records, to Dre’s infamous Marshall Mathers meeting. Go on, give it the time it deserves.
Watch the trailer here.