Multimedia “Renaissance man” (musician, composer, producer, photographer, filmmaker, designer, educator), Christopher Willits, is set to release a stunning new sound and image project via Ghostly International entitled “OPENING.”

Due on September 2nd, the project is an integration of seven tracks of ambient music, 45 minutes of visuals shot over four years in California, Hawaii, Japan, and Thailand, seven photographs, and a multi-sensory, immersive live performance.

Willits will be sharing scenes from the film, tracks from the album, as well and some behind the scenes goodies through a subscription based platform he’s created on drip.fm. There you’ll get access to a wealth of content direct from the source – music, photography, film/videos, educational tutorials, VIP access to live performances, past releases, remastered albums, remix projects, and more.

Another Ghostly artist who is involved in every aspect of the creative process. “OPENING” is an intricate, peaceful, and meditative experience. It is available for pre-order now and comes in the form of a beautiful piece of clear vinyl along with digital versions of the album.

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Hiroshi Fujiwara’s Fragment Design has been tapped by Nike to introduce its latest range of sportswear apparel with the Nike Court Collection for the U.S. Open. Nike Court is fueled by their overall design philosophy of “future heritage.” A respect for the past to innovate for the future.

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Leveraging a palette of deep navy blue and stark white, each piece in the apparel collection is constructed from lightweight fabric with with classic aesthetics. The Nike Court ½ Zip Jacket features a large center-pocket, white zip and Nike Court details as well as printed Fragment logo on the back/sleeve. The Nike Court Polo updates a tennis staple with blue accents on white cotton as well as an ergonomic cut/seams for fluid movement on and off the court. The Nike Court Herrington Jacket features white zips, stitched detailing, and a mock neck.

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Fragment Design also gave the Tennis Classic sneaker a trip through time. Fujiwara was a fan of the iconic shoe’s rich history and saw an opportunity to integrate it into the collection leveraging select premium materials that would push its cult status forward.

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The Nike Court Collection is available now at Niketown NY, NikeLab locations, and online.

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Not much out there about London-based producer YOUNGr but he’s crafted a series of impressive one-take live bootleg versions of tunes from the likes of Chris Brown, Calvin Harris, MNEK, and Pharrell. As you’ll see, the multi-instrumentalist leverages a slew of studio tools to sample and live loop including a Korg Pad Kontrol, Ableton Live 9, akai APC40, SPDS-X, Roland RT-10 Kick Trigger, drum kit, guitars, and more. Pretty impressive.

His latest effort is a stellar version of Tiga’s current hit, “Bugatti.” YOUNGr adds a few extra layers of funk while smoothing the tune out a bit with some strings and synth work. This guy should take this show on the road. Good stuff.

Here are a few others.

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Music’s new mystery girl (meaning, there are only a few pictures of her floating around on the web unless you give her a follow on Instagram) is an incredibly talented (not to mention incredibly beautiful) 22-year-old singer/songwriter named Aryn Wüthrich. After deciding college wasn’t for her, she focused full time on music. Along the way she’s been couch surfing between Los Angeles and New York…picking up acting gigs to pay the bills, honing her writing skills, and making music. A year ago, she started a new project under the guise of Ryn Weaver. By chance (or luck) she’d met in-demand producer Benny Blanco and played him some of her stuff. From there, producers Cashmere Cat and Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos were also introduced to Wüthrich’s material and they all began working together to craft and EP for her.

Last month, the world got it’s first taste of the Ryn Weaver material. “OctaHate” was uploaded to SoundCloud and Ms. Wüthrich’s life was forever changed. In the first 24 hours, the link was tweeted by a host of well established acts including Charli XCX, Jessie Ware, and Ellie Goulding. Amassing nearly 100,000 plays that first day. The blogosphere picked up on it shortly thereafter and a star was born.

Fast forward a couple of weeks and the second Benny Blanco/Michael Angelakos co-produced single, “Promises” hit the web. The equally emotional but less dancey tune quickly began racking up plays, likes, retweets, etc..

Now, we have the Ryn Weaver “Promises” EP for you to stream in full. The four track EP is rounded out with “Sail On” and “Stay Low” and is out now via Benny Blanco’s new imprint, Friends Keep Secrets. Give it a listen below then grab it on iTunes.

PS. An official video for “OctaHate” is on the way. Stay tuned…

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Portland, Oregon is ranked Top 3 in cities for coffee shops in the United States. It also happens to be next door to the center of the sneaker universe as Nike’s global headquarters is just a few miles away in Beaverton. So it makes sense that someone would eventually take the reigns and find a way to mesh both worlds. Enter Ian Williams.

Williams developed a passion for sneakers at a young age which lead to a dream of one day designing them for Nike. Determined to find a way in the door, he took advantage of an opportunity that most would let pass by…a janitor position at Nike headquarters. Along the way, Ian built relationships with folks all over the Nike campus. Connecting with folks over a mutual passion for sneakers and design. Eventually, the product manager for the Nike SB line gave Williams an opportunity to craft his own sneaker design. He quickly learned how to navigate Adobe Illustrator, pulled assets from the web and the result was the aptly titled, “Custodian Pack.” The designs earned him a desk in the department to work on more designs during the day while he continued to maintain his janitor job at night.

Then…it happened. A full time job opened up in the footwear department, Williams interviewed and scored the gig.

Williams also started a series of events under the guise of his side project “Greater Than Good” where he produced sneaker events in the Portland area. Through this came the idea for DEADSTOCK, the world’s first coffee and sneaker gallery. Set to operate part time as a coffee shop in addition to hosting art shows, design courses, open mic nights, and of course showcasing a rotating collection of sneakers.

In order for this dream to become a reality, DEADSTOCK has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the project. The campaign’s initial goals is $50,000 USD which will help secure the shop/gallery space in downtown Portland. Check out the campaign and chose from the various donation levels should you want to help make this happen.

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Norwegian DJ, songwriter, and producer Todd Terje (Terje Olsen) blessed the crowd at his native Norway’s Øya Festival with an epic one-off big band live performance. The seventy-five minute headlining set includes hits such as “Ragysh” and “Inspector Norse” as well as tunes from recently released cosmic disco masterpiece, “It’s Album Time.” Good lord this looked like fun.

Unfortunately, for those of us attending the forthcoming FYF Fest, we aren’t going to get the same experience. Terje announced today that the full band won’t be making the trek to Los Angeles. Regardless, enjoy the stream of the performance below. It’s well worth a view.

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