... and four other things you should know about this week, including the future of the London skyline (in Lego), the don of dope-war books, and the soul album of the yearMore
Nuclear annihilation is an unsettling proposition, especially when avoiding such an event is left in the hands of a booze-addled Secretary of State and a Navy pilot dealing drugs for pocket money on the side.
This is the scenario the world faces in HBO’s latest dark comedy The Brink which sees Jack Black follow up his tropically thunderous stint in 'Nam and Tim Robbins taking the reins in Washington’s State Department. A cast also including Rob Brydon and OITNB’s Pablo Schreiber must overcome a rogue general who’s snagged Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal in a series that’s been described by its creator as “heightened comically, but very real”. Thanks for that.
Starts tonight, 10:10pm, on Sky Atlantic
For the same reason we need to thank a nightclub toilet cubicle for a certain flame-haired songstress headlining Glastonbury, a pair of high-waisted jeans deserve huge credit for the soul album of the year.
Sharply dressed crooner (and wearer of jeans) Leon Bridges’ lucky break came when he was spotted and introduced to a fellow Wranglers enthusiast, Austin Jenkins – guitarist of US rock band White Denim (coincidence?).
The two got to work in the studio and the resulting album is a smooth, stylish and versatile record that, along with Bridges’ retro sartorial choices, hark back to a pre-Sixties golden era of soul. Coming Home is a modern classic that fits effortlessly alongside the legends it celebrates as influences. Catch him live, 2pm on the John Peel Stage at the aforementioned Somerset gathering.
Out today (Columbia Records)