The Roundup 21.01.18
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 leg work.
BOOGIE: L’Impératrice 'Matahari'
My Spotify 'Release Radar' is a mess. Nestled in-between the new Hendrix and a Fleetwood Mac 'early take' (stop!), was this funky wee number, algorithmically delivered by my Friday night disco binges. Really great modern disco is hard to get right, and this new release from French sextet L’Impératrice gives me hope for a disco playlist that isn't entirely pre-2000. Have a lil boogie.
Listen to the song here.
LISTEN: 'How the sandwich consumed Britain', Guardian Long Reads
So yes this is a recommendation for an article about sandwiches, which isn't even an article, it's a podcast. Stay with me. Much as I'd love to be the kind of gal who has time to read the papers each day or even vaguely scroll online, I am not, and the Guardian knows this. Cue the Long Reads podcast, and this wild sandwich ride narrated by Sam Knight. Already planning my next Pret.
Listen to the podcast here.
Maybe this one should be reserved for my ‘Late To The Party’ choice, but guys, I’ve literally just discovered Mubi. For those who don’t know, it's a streaming service that curates a selection of great films that you might not ordinarily get to see. There's choice, but it's not overwhelming - there are always 30 films on offer, since they add one and take one away every day. Right now, for example, they’ve got a mix of well-known (e.g. Django Unchained and A Single Man) nestled amongst a bunch I've never heard of (e.g. Self-Criticism Of A Bourgeois Dog, which is bloody weird let me tell you). It’s £5.99 per month! This isn’t #spon, it’s just really good.
READ: Laura Snapes ‘From Blurred Lines to New Rules: how sex in pop has changed forever,’ via The Guardian
At a time when things are looking pretty gloomy, this kind of thoughtful, hopeful piece by one of our fave music journalists, Laura Snapes, is a beacon of light in the darkness. She argues that 'Blurred Lines' was a watershed moment for the music industry, and tracks the subsequent rise of self-aware female pop stars like Dua Lipa who are taking back agency over their sexuality, privileging messages of self-love and female friendship, and LGBT+ artists like Troye Sivan, who’s making precisely the kind of music he wants to make, masculine pronouns and all.
Read the article here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: The End Of The F***ing World (Netflix)
This eight-part TV series came out on Channel 4 in October of last year and has just made the crossover to the hallowed realm of Netflix. I started it on a whim one day this week when I was looking for something easy (each ep is just 22 minutes long) and nearly gave up 15 mins in, concerned that it wasn't half as quirky as it wants to be. If the same thing happens to you, hang in there! It’s dark and off-beat, but the two main characters aren’t as annoying as you think they are, and it’ll all pay off in the end.
Watch the trailer here.