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3D Dystopian Adventure State of Mind Teaser Trailer Released

Games

Daedalic Entertainment has announced a new project titled State of Mind. You can watch the new trailer in the player above.

Together with Martin Ganteföhr, the studio develops a 3D dystopian adventure with remarkably realistic low poly visuals.

State of Mind is a futuristic 3rd person thriller game exploring into transhumanism.

Combining multiple story layers and characters, the game delves into themes of separation, disjuncture and reunification, in a world that is torn between a dystopian reality and a utopian virtual future.

Although much isn’t given away, the game seems deep, employing multiple playable characters and two separate game worlds, whilst exploring the existential drama that develops in a society on the brink of post-material existence.

State of Mind is scheduled for release at the start of 2017 for PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Explosive Battlefield 1 Trailer Released

Games

EA and Dice have taken us back in time, and released a brand new explosive trailer for Battlefield 1. You can watch it in the player above.

After huge amounts of backlash against the Call Of Duty franchise’s progressively futuristic settings, it seems EA have returned to the FPS genre’s roots and given players what they want. A simple WW1 set shooter, brought in to the 21st century.

Following in the footsteps of past chapters, EA have designed maps with intuitive destruction and now dynamic weather, to ensure that no battle is ever the same.

The Frostbite engine forces players to adapt their tactics to weather changes as the elements will now play a part in the battle, whilst Operations introduces a completely new way to play multiplayer.

In Battlefield 1 you play a series of interconnected battles across multiple fronts.

It’s an exciting prospect to play a sequence of battles where your actions have consequences beyond a single match, as you try to conquer territory or push back your attackers, whilst at the same time blowing through walls to destroy those ever present campers.

“With Battlefield 1 we’re looking to deliver the most dynamic shooter ever. We want to make sure that no battle is ever the same for the players, and with the introduction of Operations, we’re giving the fans variety for game play and creativity,” said Aleksander Grøndal, Senior Producer, DICE

Hopefully this will be a breath of fresh air into what has become a stale genre over the last few years.

Battlefield 1 will launch on 21st October 2016 worldwide on Xbox One, Origin for PC, and PlayStation 4.

Players who pre-order can begin playing as early as 18th October 2016. You can get your hands on Battlefield 1 on Amazon here.

Listen to Tiergarten’s ‘Magnificent Desolation’ EP in full

Music

Tiergarten have released their debut EP ‘Magnificent Desolation’ in full via Thrd Coast. You can listen to it in the player above.

The EP takes its name from a Buzz Aldrin quote “beautiful, beautiful, magnificent desolation.”, and the themes of space and isolation run deep in the ‘Magnificent Desolation’ sound, with layers of distortion and pounding drums that recall The Smashing Pumpkins fused with the soundtrack to the film ‘Moon’.

The band’s (Jay Marcovitz, von Klemperer and Mitchell Talaver) influences range from the angst of ’90s-era, plaid-clad alternative musicians, early 2000s space age pop, and resurgent punk rock but Tiergarten’s debut pushes forward into a chaotic future.

Tiergarten was named for an inner-city park in Berlin, evoking a city known as a mecca of art and culture that still sounds impeccably German.

The name alludes to von Klemperer’s mixed parentage too, a sly nod toward his Japanese-German parentage.

This mixed background has seen von Klemperer embrace cultural pluralism on a grand scale, living at times in very distinct parts of the world and exposing himself to the most far-flung reaches of film, art, and music.

‘Magnificent Desolation’ is due out 17th June 2016.

Her release ‘Union’ music video

Music

Her have unveiled a new music video for their track ‘Union’. You can watch it in the player above.

This comes fresh from releasing a live version of their debut mixtape entitled ‘Her Live Tape #1’ as a digital release.

The mixtape features live versions of the band’s breakout tracks ‘Union’ and ‘Quite Like’. 

Their original mixtape won accolades from Apple’s Beats 1 and Radio 1’s Annie Mac for its hypnotic and subtle sound.

Lead singers of Her, Victor and Simon envisage to represent all the women who inspired them, but also the incarnation of a duality: “We’re trying to achieve 1+1=3, that third person being Her”.

Victor was born in Germany spending his childhood in Kraftwerk and Can, and Simon’s his high school years were spent in the United States, from where he imprinted the roots of music of black culture.

These various influences shape their songs, immersed into the tormented world current affairs in which they find their sources for lyrics.

Citing the combination of Frank Ocean, Shuggie Otis, Child of Lov and Aaron Neville as a musical references.

The old school blues influences, slow pace and modern charm give Her a beautiful ode to the female race.

July Talk unveil video for ‘Push + Pull’

Music

July Talk have released a new music video for their sinister track ‘Push + Pull’ taken from their new album ‘Touch’.

The video, directed by Nadia Tan can be found in the player above. Produced by lead singer Peter Dreimanis and choreographed by co-vocalist Leah Fay, it premiered on Billboard last Friday.

Known for their provocative and prolific videos, the video for ‘Push + Pull’ precisely aligns with the band’s longstanding aesthetic of black and white imagery, whilst the album deals with the universally relatable themes of human connection.

Director Nadia Tan has this to say about the video: “I had a long phone conversation with Pete about the meaning of the song. He told me it was about Western excess, about our never-ending appetite, about the types of people who consume and consume and don’t know when to stop, more food, more mind-altering substances, more sex, more ‘likes’, more money, more things, I thought it would be interesting to try to capture these themes in the video showing various groups of people partaking in excess in different ways across North America over the course of one night.”

This summer, July Talk will be heading out on a European headline tour in September including shows in Glasgow, Manchester and London.

The follow-up to their self-titled debut, ‘Touch’ will be released on 9th September 2016 via Polypro Records.

Robinson The Journey trailer

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From the game studio that brought you FarCry and Crysis, comes a new virtual reality, Sci-Fi adventure titled Robinson The Journey. The brand new trailer has been released and can be watched in the player above.

Although no official release date has been confirmed, there’s rumours that this graphical virtual reality adventure will be available towards the end of 2016.

Crytek used the CryEngine in Robinson The Journey, and the studio believes that virtual reality, specifically PlayStation VR, is said to be the most suitable platform for the upcoming game.

Shown from the player’s perspective, the trailer features dramatic flashes of the spaceship crash that leads to the game’s protagonist becoming cast away on a mysterious extrasolar planet.

As the door of the stranded ship opens to reveal the world outside, prepare to witness a beguiling landscape peppered by meteor showers, populated by dinosaurs, and featuring unexplored territory that stretches as far as the eye can see.

This is just a taster of what is to come from the next generation of virtual reality gaming, and it looks absolutely incredible.

Jason Bourne exclusive preview released

Films

A brand new exclusive preview has been released for the fifth Jason Bourne film. You can watch it in the player above.

Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in the series whilst Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, once again joins Damon for the next chapter of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows.

This time, Damon stars alongside Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones, while Julia Stiles returns to the series. 

Frank Marshall and Jeffrey Weiner produces the film via Captivate Entertainment, and Greengrass, Damon, Gregory Goodman and Ben Smith also produce. 

Based on characters created by Robert Ludlum, the film is written by Greengrass and Christopher Rouse.

Jason Bourne will be released in UK cinemas 27th July.

Titanfall 2 multiplayer gameplay trailer released

Games

The official multiplayer gameplayer trailer for Tintanfall 2 has been released. You can watch it in the player above.

The highly-anticipated first person shooter is set to build on the foundation Respawn established with the first Titanfall game.

“With the original Titanfall, we focused on nailing the gameplay and reinventing the way you move and fight in a first person shooter,” said Vince Zampella, CEO of Respawn Entertainment.

“With Titanfall 2, we’re building on that foundation by introducing a bespoke single player campaign backed by a deeper multiplayer experience that together will once again push the shooter genre forward.”

In Titanfall 2, there’s 6 new Titans, deeper Pilot abilities, more customisation options, and a robust progression system that is sure to satisfy fans.

In single player, playable offline, the campaign in Titanfall 2 will let fans step out onto the Frontier as a Militia rifleman with aspirations of becoming an elite Pilot.

Titanfall 2 is available worldwide from 28th October 2016 for Xbox One, Origin for PC, and for the first time ever for the franchise, PlayStation 4.

Reggae fusion troop They Say Jump present ‘Can’t Chase Me’ (Ft. Horseman)

Music

Reggae-fusion troop They Say Jump are pleased to announce their new single, ‘Can’t Chase Me’, featuring singer Horseman.

Fresh out of the studio, the London-based group’s tune promises to whet the appetites of new fans whilst leaving a long-standing impression of their more eager supporters.

The new single from the band, injects the pace of EDM, the soulfulness of reggae, and the spice of Latin brass instruments into a full-throttle, catchy dance number that is ripe and ready for the summer.

Influenced by a mélange of talented artists, the band have captured the raw energy of a summer dance festival and condensed it down into a four minute malaise of rich melodies and dynamic percussion.

‘Cant Chase Me’ is the lead single, building on the chilled out, sunshine-rhythms of reggae with a modern twist of dance music.

Forming in 2010 They Say Jump bring together a passion for music from all cultures, and have garnered a strong London following from their passionate and energetic live shows, including spots at Secret Garden Party, the Brixton Hootenanny, and Wilderness Festival.

Taken from their forthcoming ‘Lift Your Mood’ EP, there’s much more on the way from They Say Jump to come.

L.A electronic duo DSTNCE remix Alek Fin and Galun’s atmospheric ‘Ionosphere’

Music

Following the success of their previous collaboration ‘Golden, Blinding’, Californian singer Alek Fin and Moscow-based producer Galun have teamed up once again.

The duo’s collaboration is a spellbinding blend of electronica and chillwave: finding a place on the axis between the production styles of Bonobo and the electro-pop musings of artists like Future Trends. Although the pair have never actually met, their music tells a very different story.

In Galun’s words, “I found him, and I knew I wanted to work with him. I thought we could really add something to each other’s music, despite us living over 6000 miles apart”, whilst Fin was equally impressed with the Russian producer’s “manipulation of vocal percussion and inspiring melodies”.

No strangers to collaboration, Alek Fin who has previously worked with Robot Koch and Galun, first crossed paths when both were included on the same blog’s Top 100 Tracks of 2013.

Innately rhythmic and gorgeously produced, tracks like ‘Clone’ and ‘Omens’ are polished off by spectral vocals and throbbing bass lines. The album also contains two features from producer YJMB, tracks like ‘Faces’ and ‘Cold’, raise the tempo with heady percussive layers.

If the electro pulse of bands like Odesza add colour to your summer thoughts, imagine this ‘Ionosphere’ remix as; monochromatic, dark, a brooding summer nights drive after some thoughtful revelations.

Melding Fin’s hallmark basement rhythms and ghostly textures, with Galun’s DIY take on beatboxing, which has seen him praised by no less than the Guardian, ‘Strannik’ not only represents a successful musical collaboration, but also the power and reach of art in the digital age.