The Update Recommends: Week 1


Click the underlined titles to take you to the album on Spotify!

Only Real – Jerk at the End of the Line 
“As the slack-jawed enfant terrible Only Real, he merges cheeky Britpop, the wooziest psych-rock and ‘90s hip-hop, creating something wholly riveting” (

Foals – What Went Down
A stunning 4th album, not to be missed.

Photo: Foals

Petite Noir – La Vie Est Belle
“Yannick Ilunga melds Afrobeat and synthpop on a debut full of power and vitality” (NME)

Film + TV

Simply describing it as a British murder mystery (which it is) doesn’t do it justice, as every moment of the entire eight episode first season is exquisitely crafted. Please, please watch.

Probably the best film ever made about heroin addicts in Scotland.

In a world
An intelligent, self-aware comedy about voice-over artists.


Listen to this podcast before its second season debuts in October. This gripping exploration of a murder trial from the 90’s has inspired a cult following and become the most popular podcast ever. Available

The NewStatesman pop culture podcast. One for Harry Potter enthusiasts. Available


Photo: Suhaib Salem/Reuters
Photo: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

“As a sandstorm hits Gaza, a Palestinian boy sleeps inside the remains of his family’s house. Witnesses said it was destroyed by Israeli shelling during the 50-day war in 2014. A new United Nations report says Gaza could become uninhabitable in less than five years if current economic and population trends continue” (Jim Powell & Jessica Lowe – The Guardian)


A politically correct “Lord of the Flies”
“It’s not necessarily sexist if the pig represents oligarchical capitalism!” Here.

A cobra fights a mongoose with a surprising outcome …

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