To celebrate our Summer Special issue, we’ve done a run-down of the 10 best films and albums to see and listen to. So get your culture specs on and check out this lot…
1) The Bling Ring
You will have already read loads about Sophia Coppola’s new film, mainly focused on the fact that it sees Emma Watson finally breaks out of her Hermione shaped shell, but it’s so much more than that. A meditation on modern celebrity culture and consumerism, it's told with Coppola’s distinct style and subtle irony.
2) Frances Ha
"Queen of Mumblecore" Greta Gerwig’s new film sees her collaborating with boyfriend Noah Baumbach on this dreamy meditation about a dancer’s quarter-life crisis, as the breakdown of her friendship with best friend (played by Mickey Sumner) gradually comes into focus.
3) Haim - TBC
With a clutch of great singles and brilliant live performances we officially can’t wait for Haim’s debut album (due in July), their mix of close harmonies and classic Californian rock has had us conjuring up visions of Destiny’s Child collaborating with Fleetwood Mac. Let’s hope it can live up to the hype.
4) Disclosure – Settle
The debut from our favourite British dance band is a brilliant summation of where the UK scene is right now. Dusty House beats mix with fractured D&B production as the brothers pile on hook after hook (just take listen to their recent single Latch). Guests Jessie Ware and Alunageorge also make this a ‘must have’.
5) Mariah Carey - TBC
Mimi’s arrested development is set to continue on her 11th album (not counting those Christmas ones) with the lead single #Beautiful (it's her best for ages). What to expect: an epic diss of Nicki Minaj, odes to Dembabies and a collaboration with Q-Tip.
6) Behind The Candelabra
Michael Douglas gives the performance of his life as Liberace in Steven Soderbergh’s ‘final film’. Douglas plays Liberace as a well meaning monomaniac whilst Matt Damon as his lover Scott has never been better. Tragic, funny and exquisitely costumed.
7) The East
Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij follow the lacklustre Sound Of My Voice with a truly brilliant modern thriller about eco terrorism and cults. Tense and thought provoking it features Marling giving a career best performance
8) Alunageorge – Body Music
We’ve loved George and Aluna ever since we heard You Know You Like in 2011. Now after having a massive hit in th shape of White Noise (with Disclosure), the duo are set to release their debut which, if the likes of Your Drums Your Love is anything to go by, will be a fine mix of R&B production and indie sentiment.
9) Daughn Gibson – Me Moan
If you’re anything like us you’ll be deep in the throes of a country music addiction thanks to Nashville. Well then it’s the perfect time to check out Daughn Gibson’s Me Moan album- it’s like Johnny Cash being remixed by James Blake. Dreamy and rather brilliant.
10) Julia Holter - TBC
Julia Holter’s intelligent electro pop has been getting the critics excited for a while and her as-yet-untitled new album takes it to the next level, conjuring up mental images of David Lynch films being scored by a chemically altered Regina Spektor.