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Sponsored: The Great wall of Koskenkorva

Lifestyle

Life shouldn’t be complicated. There’s too much confusion and distractions around in our day-to-day life to really keeps things simple. Somehow, Finnish company Koskenkorva have found a way.

They use nature’s best ingredients consisting of good barley, pure water and dedicated local farmers to create a smooth, honest vodka.

The irony of this promotion is that the Finnish laws prohibit the advertising of vodka, which means Finnish people aren’t even allowed to visit their website.

This makes Koskenkorva village – the home of this product and a inhibiting over 2,000 people – a ‘village that can’t be named’, and adds an extra charm to it’s branding.

There’s been some bizarre situations where people from the village who share the same last name have been forbidden from opening any business.

In some cases people from the village who share the same last name have been banned from opening any business, and changes the way they talk about their own homes.

Not only has the village been essentially ‘forgotten’, in reality it has also almost become ‘persona non grata’ in Finland – a village that is invited to a party but told to wait permanently outside, even though its product is both famous and loved by the people of Finland.

But now it is the time for all that to change and for the barley farmers of Koskenkorva to finally get the recognition they deserve.

With a new “brand” film, and a mobile app called Vodka Farmer, where players get a virtual plot of Koskenkorva farmland to grow virtual barley, the real farmers of Koskenkorva are looking to make their invisible profiles visible and to break free from their shackled silence.

To do so, they are building a wall, The Great wall of Koskenkorva, where all the names of people who have downloaded the Vodka Farmer app will be immortalised.

Around 7,000 names will fit on the first section of the wall and when that part is full, the wall will be extended northwards.

But they will not run out of space anytime soon – the barley fields in Koskenkorva village stretch to the horizon and far beyond.

You can watch the wall being built in the player below:

This post is sponsored by Koskenkorva, however the opinions are of the author.

Listen to Kitsuné’s 100th Hot Stream track ‘XXX’ by Yves

Music

Consistently pushing the creative boundaries, Parisian-based label Kitsuné launched their own streaming service Hot Stream last year to satisfy their community of over 500,000+ music lovers.

To celebrate their 100th track going online, they have released ‘XXX’ by emerging Korean band Yves. You can listen to it in the player above.

Hosted on YouTube and other platforms like Apple Music, Deezer and Spotify, Kitsuné Hot Stream combines music and a selection of other forms of art, showcasing a new generation of emerging talents such as Tennyson, Bishop and Dornik.

Every week, Kitsuné Hot Stream offers fresh musical discoveries highlighted by the works of a visual artist (illustration, photography, graphic design, painting).

The original work will be on display at the Café Kitsuné, Boulevard Filles du Calvaire in Paris to create a complete environment from the virtual gallery to a real time exhibition.

​Guest artists include Mrzyk & Moriceau, Moonassi, Jean Jullien​ Jean-Philippe Denholm ​and​ Oscar Gronner.

The Hot Stream platform is an outlet for Kitsuné’s existing passion of combining fashion, art and music worlds together to launch new ideas. Check out the original trailer below:

​Kitsuné is a youthful record label and fashion brand founded by Gildas Loaëc (previously Art Director for Daft Punk) and Masaya Kuroki (architecture student).

As well as signing the hottest new musical talent (they were responsible for breaking Two Door Cinema Club) and releasing their signature compilations, the brand now boasts Maison Kitsuné Fashion stores in Paris, New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong, global clubnights and several Café Kitsuné coffee shops across Paris and Tokyo.

They are without a doubt the coolest label on planet earth right now.

Stream Delorean’s new album ‘Muzik’ in full

Music

Barcelona’s Delorean will release their album ‘Muzik’ this week, and to kick things off they have kindly let us stream it in full. You can listen to it in the player above.

Delorean have long walked the line between pop and electronic music, writing dance tracks like they were pop songs and producing pop albums like they were dance records.

Although Muzik does feature a bit of production help from Madrid-based producer and Pional (who assisted on the title track), the album was essentially recorded by the band themselves.

Much of the LP was laid down at Montreal Studios with sound engineer Hans Krüger, and the record was mixed by old friend Chris Coady at Sunset Studios.

The album’s cover art comes courtesy of French studio 5fruits.

Muzik will be released via Delorean’s own label, PHLEX, on 22nd June 2016.

Final The Legend of Tarzan trailer released

Films

Warner Bros. Pictures have released the final teaser trailer for the epic new film The Legend of Tarzan. You can watch it in the player above.

There’s some heavy-hitters in the film, including Alexander Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie, Djimon Hounsou, and Christoph Waltz who all make an appearance in this new clip.

The story follows Tarzan (Skarsgård) who left the jungles of Africa behind for a new life some time ago, only to be invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament.

Clips such as these give you a real indication as to how much you’re going to be clinging to the edge of your seat throughout the whole film.

There’s inedible CGI, thundering drums and a load of tree-swinging that’s bound to make your stomach lose its shit.

The Legend of Tarzan is set for cinema released on 1st July 2016.

Lanks’ – ‘Bitter Leaf’

Music

Currently supporting future-soul queen Ngaiire on her national album tour, producer and multi-instrumentalist Lanks has delivered a new single titled ‘Bitter Leaf’. You can listen to it in the player above.

The track follows single and video ‘Golden Age’, which hit 11th place in the HypeMachine charts, accumulated close to one million Spotify streams and received reworks from rising electronic talents Wayfarer//, Godwolf and Ghost tone.

Lanks’ latest offering also follows his successful east coast single tour earlier this year, which included a sold-out Melbourne hometown date.

Initially capturing the attention onlinewith his EPs ‘Thousand Piece Puzzle’ and ‘Banquet’, which spurred the single ‘Hold Me Closer’, Lanks has shared the stage with electronic elite such as High Highs, Airling, Broods, SAFIA and The Acid.

If you’re lucky enough to be on that side of the pond, then check out Lanks alongside Australia’s soul songstress Ngaiire in on a string of dates this month.

Lil Silva reworks Tourist’s track ‘Run’

Music

Following the recent release of his acclaimed debut album ‘U’, with sold out shows in London and Manchester and more coming up in Australia, London-based Grammy Award winning writer-producer Tourist aka William Phillips shares Lil Silva’s rolling remix of his effervescent BBC Radio 1 playlisted single ‘Run’.

“Run is a song about falling in love,” Tourist has said, and the fast rising UK producer Lil Silva only adds to the raw emotion of the original, stripping it right back and adding disembodied vocals and undulating synths into the mix.

Tourist will play the following live UK shows:
Aug 5-7 – Oxfordshire, UK @ Wilderness Festival
Sept 08-12 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival
Nov 29 – Brighton, UK @ Patterns
Nov 30 – Leeds, UK @ Wardrobe
Dec 01 – Bristol, UK @ Marble Factory
Dec 02 – London, UK @ Oval Space

Tourist’s album ‘U’ is available now.

Listen to The Avalanches new track ‘Colours’

Music

The Avalanches have released another new track from their much-awaited new album ‘Wildflower’. You can listen to the new track ‘Colours’ in the player above.

Danny Brown and Doom, plus Father John Misty, Biz Markie, Royal Trux singer Jennifer Herrera, Ariel Pink and Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis all appear on the album.

This is hopefully the first of many new regular album releases from the Auzzie-group.

The Avalanches brand new album ‘Wildflower’ featuring their first single ‘Frankie Sinatra’ is set for release on 8th July 2016, and is available for pre-order now.

Beartooth announce December UK tour

Music

Following their performance on the main stage at this year’s Download Festival, Ohio hardcore mob Beartooth have announced a run of UK shows this December.

Beartooth will be giving fans a taste of their new album ‘Aggressive’ on their new run of live dates.

They will be joined by Vanna and Fit For A King for the following live shows in December:

8th London, Shepherds Bush Empire
9th Leeds, Beckett
10th Glasgow, Garage
11th Birmingham, O2 Institute
12th Manchester, O2 Ritz
13th Southampton, Engine Rooms
14th Cardiff, Tramshed
16th Dublin, The Academy
17th Belfast, Limelight

Their new album ‘Aggressive’ is out now.

Crown The Empire released video for ‘Zero’

Music

Crown The Empire have unveiled a new music video for ‘Zero’. You can watch it in the player above.

The track is taken from their brand new album ‘Retrograde’ which is scheduled for release on 22nd July 2016 via Rise Records.

Vocalist Andy Leo said: “We wrote this song specifically for our longtime fans.

“We feel that the song’s explosive energy coupled with the psychedelic production and video really puts our best foot forward to give the listener an idea of what they can expect to hear from the album overall.

“We hope you enjoy ‘Zero,’ your first taste of our album ‘Retrograde’.

“We are very excited for its release on 22nd July.”

‘Zero’ is Crown The Empire’s first new song since the release of their breakout album ‘The Resistance: Rise of The Runaways’, which was released in 2014.

The video for the track was directed by Sam Shapiro and Sam Halleen and was shot in downtown Los Angeles.

It takes viewers on a psychedelic journey through the perspective of each member’s eyes and what they may have encountered while writing and recording the record.

Crown The Empire will embark on the Vans Warped Tour later this month where you can catch them live if you’re lucky enough to be over in the US!

Retro gaming trends in 2016

Games

Many of the gaming headlines of 2016 have focused upon how the likes of Oculus Rift are going to grant us all brand new virtual reality futures. But for a hardcore gaming fraternity, it seems that the gaming hits of yesteryear continue to hold a great deal of fascination.

From archaic titles that have inspired fashion and retro gaming events, to websites that cater to the online roulette revival, it seems that there’s nothing like simple gameplay and a few pixellated graphics to make a large impact in 2016.

Retro gaming trends in 2016

A quick look at the big name releases of 2016 reveals that we’re still enthralled by many iconic video games characters of the 20th century. As Ryu approaches his 30th birthday in this year’s Street Fighter V release, it’s a good reminder how embedded certain characters are in our gaming culture.

And Nintendo have certainly cemented their retro gaming credentials by announcing that Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog will team up for a special Rio 16 Olympics video game that will also be accompanied by the revival of all-things Pokemon as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.

However, some recently-revived games go even further back than the dark ages of the 1980s as has been witnessed by the likes of Betway’s digital gaming site that gives players the chance to see if your lucky number wins in their retro games of online roulette.

Retro gaming trends in 2016 - man playing retro game

And even the nerdiest of retro games have been treated to a rebirth as the recent revamp of Warhammer illustrates. But where retro games really excel is where they provide a focus for all of the vintage gamers to get together in some of the surprisingly popular retro gaming festivals that have started popping up around the globe.

2016 has already seen some big retro gaming events in the UK with the likes of Play Expo Blackpool dazzling vintage gamers with Tekken tournaments, games of Manic Miner on the Spectrum ZX, and even some deeply weird retro Cosplay events.

Retro gaming trends in 2016 - arcade

And whilst these vintage games may seem a little anachronistic to today’s evermore advanced digital trends, the fact that Vans footwear have embraced retro gaming with their own Zelda-themed shoes shows that sometimes the oldest games make the biggest impression.

So whether you’re into online roulette, or prefer spending your time trying to get the fastest lap-time on the fiendishly difficult Out Run racing game, it seems that retro gaming is going to be big news in 2016!