Our new Record Rewind is about highlighting the top new songs that you may have missed, or should discover, from many of my favorite independent acts out there. If you like what you see, let me know what you think!
BEN HOBBS – “Animals” (iTunes) (Spotify)
London singer Hobbs has unveiled a pretty consistent set of songs since his debut late last year, and I’m really digging the newest single from him. The pretty piano-led ballad is built around a strong hook, and releases a nice energy in its fervent drum section.
CLAIRITY – “Words Like Weapons” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Teenage Tennessee singer Claire Wilkinson may be out of the major label system after an EP and one additional single, but there continues to be a buzz from her independent singles at streaming services. Her new ballad is a quality sound with great potential.
GRAHAM COLTON – “Ring Around Your Heart” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Colton’s music has always been a favorite of mine, including his one #1 on my chart, 2008’s “Best Days”. In fact, his track “Where You Wanna Go” made the Rewind back in July. His masterful folk pop sound and accessible lyrics are perfect for the fall months.
KYKO – “Horizon” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This jam was, by far, my most anticipated independent release of the week. South London singer and musician Scott Verrill must know how to bottle up sunshine in a song, because he does it so well. The tropical pop tune lights up the last few days of summer.
MIKEY WAX – “Helium” (iTunes) (Spotify)
It’s been a moment since this New York singer was on my radar. In January 2012, he spent a couple of weeks on my top 40 with a song called “Counting On You”. His latest offering is a punchy pop single with a positive message for those in difficult situations.
TEN FÉ – “Turn” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Ben Moorhouse and Leo Duncan, based in London, have had a few tracks make it to my SoundCloud page and Spotify playlists in the past. They’ve also received some solid support from Spotify’s main lists. The indie rock track is simple, but with a clever core.
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