Lil Silva reworks Tourist’s track ‘Run’

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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’

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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

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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’

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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!

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

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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.

Retro gaming trends in 2016

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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!

Two Door Cinema Club announce new single and album

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Two Door Cinema Club have announced a new single titled ‘Are We Ready? (Wreck)’ and album titled ‘Gameshow’. You can listen to the new single ‘Are We Ready? (Wreck)’ in the player above.

The single is taken from their new album ‘Gameshow’, which is set for release on 14th October via Parlophone, which they recorded in LA with Jacknife Lee.

Alex Trimble says of the new track: “While I was writing this single I discovered this term weltschmertz, the German word for being at odds with the world around you. The fact that it was a fully coined term and related to so many people that have existed and do exist made me feel it was okay to not exist on the same level as everyone else, it was okay to be comfortable doing your own thing. ‘Are We Ready? (Wreck)’ was me… not attacking the world around me but outlining why I don’t really get it and why I don’t fit in with it.”

Discussing the new album and his confidence to fully embrace pop sensibilities, Alex goes on to explain: “We’re not embracing the pop that’s going on now in a melodic or structural sense. The two biggest influences for me were Prince and Bowie – both total pioneers who straddled that line between out-there pop and avant garde craziness”. 


Two Door Cinema Club play following UK festivals this summer:

June 24th – Glastonbury – Main stage 3pm
August 05th – Belladrum Festival, Inverness (Headline)
August 27th – Reading Festival – NME/ Radio 1 stage (Headline)
August 28th – Leeds Festival – NME/ Radio 1 stage (Headline)

Two Door Cinema Club’s new album ‘Gameshow’ is available for pre-order now.

James Blake announces live UK shows

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James Blake has announced a handful of UK dates in October and November, including a London show at Eventim Apollo Hammersmith on 1st November.

The much-awaited headline shows will give fans the opportunity to see the award-winning artist, producer, songwriter, and vocalist performing new tracks from his critically acclaimed third album ‘The Colour In Anything’.

Alongside this news, James performed a special eight song set for Annie Mac’s ‘Radio 1 Headliners’ live series on BBC Radio 1, featuring songs from the new album and from 2013’s Overgrown.

The weekend saw James Blake headline the main stage at Field Day Festival to an enthralled audience and critical praise.

James Blake UK tour dates are as follows:

27.10 Dublin Olympia, IE
28.10 Belfast Limelight 1, UK
30.10 Bristol O2 Academy, UK
01.11 London Eventim Apollo Hammersmith , UK
02.11 Leeds O2 Academy, UK
03.11 Manchester Academy, UK

Titanfall 2 multiplayer gameplay trailer released

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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.