Lanks’ – ‘Bitter Leaf’

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

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

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

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

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’

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.