Samsung’s inspirational Olympic anthem

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games is finally here, and to celebrate, Samsung have released an inspirational video advertisement titled ‘The Anthem.’

As a continuation of Samsung’s global Olympic Games campaign, the TV and digital spot strives to break down barriers of geographicical borders and to unite the world by combining segments of national anthems from several countries to form one anthem brought to life by athletes and fans around the world.

‘The Anthem’ opens with a young girl from Australia singing a line of the Botswana national anthem into a Samsung Galaxy S7edge.

Throughout the ad, the Samsung Galaxy smartphone travels to all corners of the world, capturing and sharing the voices of fans and athletes around the globe as they sing lines from other national anthems.

Each line follows seamlessly to form a brand new anthem, giving viewers a glimpse of how Samsung innovative mobile products and technologies can help to break down geographic barriers and unite the world through deep, borderless connections.

Six global athletes are featured within the ad, each of whom has a unique story of defying barriers and pushing through constraints to make meaningful progress and achieve his or her goals.

These athletes will also be featured in a variety of digital and social content, leading up to and throughout Rio 2016 which will tell their stories of defying barriers and overcoming obstacles, helping fans across the globe connect with what it means to “Do What You Can’t.”

‘The Anthem’ is a continuation of Samsung’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games global campaign centered on athletes who persevere and never giving up for the sake of making meaningful progress.

Earlier this year, Samsung began the campaign with the short documentary film, ‘A Fighting Chance’ to showcase the inspiring story of four Olympic hopefuls from diverse countries who are fighting constraints and pushing the limits to help their countries make history.

Samsung followed with ‘The Chant,’ which celebrates personal progress made by athletes and fans through devices like the Galaxy S7 edge and Gear IconX that help them to defy distance and stay connected.

Get inspired and watch Samsung’s ‘The Anthem’ in the player below:

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

California’s giant metal desert sculptures

Something more than desert wildflowers and the spectacular Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is attracting visitors to the Borrego Valley in Southern California.

People are coming from around the United States and internationally to see the amazing 130 full-sized metal sculptures here that are inspired by creatures that roamed this same desert millions of years ago.

The artworks range from prehistoric mammals to historical characters, fanciful dinosaurs, and a 350-foot-long fanciful serpent.

As you drive through the roads that weave through the area you’ll see sculptures of wild horses in a nearby field, sabertooth tigers in pursuit, and desert tortoises that seem as if they’re crawling through the brush.

The artist, Ricardo Breceda, brings life to his sculptures by capturing each creature in motion. They are so still, yet all you see is movement.

The late Dennis Avery, land owner of Galleta Meadows Estates in Borrego Springs envisioned the idea of adding ‘free standing art’ to his property with original steel welded sculptures created by ‘Perris Jurassic Park’ owner/artist/welder Ricardo Breceda based in Perris, California.

There are over 130 metal sculptures located in Borrego Springs.

Watch the artist create giant metal sculptures in California desert in the player below:

This post is sponsored by Air New Zealand & Visit California, however the opinions are of the author.

Sponsored: The Great wall of Koskenkorva

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

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

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

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.