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.

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.