Boy Bjorn – Anchorage (Foreign Fields Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

Boy Bjorn
Anchorage (Foreign Fields Remix)

Sometimes it takes the most intense moments in our lives to set us on a different path. I’m sure all of you can identify a singular point in your past that sparked a significant change. Whether it was wonderful, painful, or somewhere in-between, it’s a common thread through the human experience.

For Brian Holl (aka Boy Bjorn), that life-altering moment came at SXSW in 2015. As a member from the previously heralded electronica-folk duo Foreign Fields at the time, Holl experienced a panic attack that would alter his course, both in life, and in music, after experiencing early successes of national touring, festival appearances, and a critically-acclaimed debut album.

Now, 18 months later, Holl is ready to delve back into the musical world, and in addition to returning to Foreign Fields, he’s also doing so under the moniker of Boy Bjorn. The debut release, “Anchorage,” dropped not too long ago. It’s enveloping, with a buzz that calls on associations of Postal Service, Owl City, and of course, elements of Foreign Fields. While I strongly suggest adding it to your playlist, we’re actually here today to bring you a glimpse at the first remix of this single, coming via none other than Holl’s partner in Foreign Fields, Eric Hillman.

Beautifully composed, this take is a long-building and emotional ride, focusing heavily on Holl’s heartfelt lyrics for the majority of the ride. It’s slow, and intentionally so, utilizing soft keys and strings from the original and layered, vocoder-treated vocal harmonies. It has a depth to it that one would guess, could only stem from a deep, personal connection between the two.

Music aside, anxiety, depression, and panic attacks are a common thing, and something that we don’t need to battle alone. If you’re in the dark, please know that others, some of which who have been in your exact same place, are there and willing to help. Please reach out to a friend, a family member, or a complete stranger.

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[Indie/Folk] Jack O’Brien – Boo Hoo

Don’t you love when a new artist comes to the table baring sweet, delicious records? We do. And we’re happy to present another to you here in the dojo thanks to the debut project by Jack O’Brien. The Berklee graduate launches with his five track project, Boo Hoo, that will tug at your heart in all the right ways – even when it conjures up tear-jerking emotions.

Jack takes the minimal route with this singer/songwriter album whose power lies in its simplicity. Although there’s plenty of accompaniment on this Derek Simpson produced EP, the project centers around Jack with his guitar and the magic they make together. Not much else is necessary with a talent like this. Check out Boo Hoo below and make sure to grab a copy from the man himself.

’Would Be Anniversary’
’Crippling Posture’
’Mexico’
’Winter Coat’
’My Love’
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[Electro House] Wolfgang Gartner & JayKode – The Upside Down

Everything that has to do with “The Upside Down” is on point. From its creators – a mega collaboration between Wolfgang Gartner and Jaykode – to the song itself to the artwork; everything comes together in a nice ravaging package.

“The Upside Down” implores some throwback electro house characteristics while each artist playfully infuses their own sentiments in the mix. From the start it’s a big record and it only grows as it develops in time. There’s a little surprise, you’ll have to just hear it though. Play it all the way and more than once – this one is fire through and through.

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[Electronic/R&B] VenessaMichaels – FLIGHT EP

It’s been years since we’ve waited for an EP from VenessaMichaels, but now it’s here. Not only do we get an EP, but it’s a concept project called FLIGHT featuring some of her favorite collaborators including Effy, Outlaw The Artist and $K.

Complete with four tracks, FLIGHT exceeds our expectations not only in quality, but due to the fact that she flexes hard with her songwriting abilities by moving through a various collection of sounds. Venessa manages to keep her signature eclectic style, but never before have we been able to see it play out in a cohesive long-form project. Through and through, FLIGHT will get you lifted. Have fun trying to pick a favorite and make sure to add this EP to your digital library.

’Ridin’ The Waves (Feat. Effy & Outlaw The Artist)’
’Chemistry (Feat. Outlaw The Artist)’
’Interlude (Hold Me)’
’Dance Forever (Feat. $K)’
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[Electronic] Covex – Vertigo (feat. Chloe Tang)

COVEX
Vertigo (ft. Chloe Tang)

As somebody who experiences vertigo on the rare occasion, I can say, it’s no joke. Neither is “Vertigo” by Covex. This single, featuring Chloe Tang on vocals, is the real deal. Together these Denver creatives put together a chilling record.

“Vertigo” is going to give you goosebumps; it may be right away, or it may be as things progress and the Covex x Chloe team sink into your soul. With a spacey, almost otherworldly tone, the song is easy to lose yourself in as it casually lures you into its midst. If you’re having a rough start to your week, this will ease your pains. For double the soothing dose, add this to your digital library today.

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[Pop] LCMDF – Glitter

LCMDF
Glitter

The Helsinki to Berlin duo LCMDF shine bright with their latest release. The colorful “Glitter” came out through Playground Music Scandinavia, so it is currently available on digital platforms. You’ll want to get it.

“Glitter” isn’t your usual pop record, especially from an American standpoint. In nearly every way it is unique from the details of the instrumental to the performance. It does have an uplifting style that artists in their field have gone for, but LCMDF manage to stand taller than their counterparts with a dynamic single that gets sweeter the more you listen to it.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (June 2018 Round #2)

Finding fresh, new quality jams is like diggin’ for gold. Sometimes you gotta dig through all the dirt before you find the buried treasure. Luckily, we’ve got our prospector hats on and are ready to dig, dig, dig for your Indie Dojo listening pleasure.
’Far Caspian – Holding On’
’Bad with Phones – Needles’
’Trudy & The Romance – Is There A Place I Can Go’
’Gold Star – Chinatown’
’Alexander Biggs – Car Ride’
’Sirens of Lesbos – We’ll Be Fine’
’Party of the Sun – Acapulco’
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