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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, February 11-17, 2018

Sunday afternoon means it’s time for the Record Rewind, highlighting the top new tracks that you might’ve missed during the work week, all from my favorite small label and independent acts out there. If it’s on the site, it’s something that you need to check out!

Across the PGTC SoundCloud page and my playlists on Spotify, these stuck out as my favorite independent songs of the week…

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BEN HOBBS – “Two Pieces” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: four previous appearances, “Shame” (February 2017) being the most recent feature
Notes: Hobbs has been pretty consistent with the quality of his music, and it’s great to have him back with his first new track of the year. It’s notably different from his prior song, which was decidedly more pop/rock, though this jam will definitely get you moving.

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CARLIE HANSON – “Us” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: two previous appearances, “Only One” (November 2017) being the most recent feature
Notes: Hanson has quickly become one of my favorite newcomers of the past six months, having delivered bops on bops with “Why Did You Lie?” last summer and “Only” noted above. Blame it all on Drake, or the catchiness of this song: it’s bound to be a huge hit.

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HUMAN NATURAL – “Fantasy” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: first appearance
Notes: The duo of Hannah Winkler and Brian Robert Jones have a sensational sound with their first single to make my column. An energetic ride into the world of glitch pop and electronic music awaits your ears, but please, braid your hair before this tune begins.

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LAUV – “Getting Over You” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: seven previous appearances, “Paris In The Rain” (November 2017) being the most recent feature
Notes: Singer and songwriter Ari Leff’s latest release to make the report bears a title that’s the exact opposite of how I feel about his catalog so far. The accessible pop single has a relatable message, and should be another winner with casual and hardcore fans alike.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
CHELSEA CUTLER – “Out Of Focus”
FLY BY MIDNIGHT – “Just Say It”
LOSTBOYCROW – “Church With No Ceiling”
PHANGS – “Good Now”
THE BEACH – “Our Favourite Song”
TIPLING ROCK – “TMSN”
TRENT DABBS – “Matter Of Time”

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, February 4-10, 2018

Sunday afternoon means it’s time for the Record Rewind, highlighting the top new tracks that you might’ve missed during the work week, all from my favorite small label and independent acts out there. If it’s on the site, it’s something that you need to check out!

Across the PGTC SoundCloud page and my playlists on Spotify, these stuck out as my favorite independent songs of the week…

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BAHARI – “F**ked Up” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: none; Bahari was previously signed to an imprint of Interscope Records
Notes: The trio of Ruby Carr, Natalia Panzarella and Sidney Sartini peaked at #10 on my chart in 2016 with a great psychedelic pop track called “Dancing On The Sun”. (It just missed the top 50 on the pop radio chart.) The darker update to their sound works well.

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FINNEAS – “Break My Heart Again” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: “I’m In Love With You” (September 2017) was noted as an extra
Notes: Known for his role during the sixth season of Glee, credited as Finneas O’Connell, this performer is also the older brother of Darkroom/Interscope artist Billie Eilish, whom he also works with. “Break” is a beautiful piano-pop ballad that really strikes deep.

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JESSE SAINT JOHN – “Move” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: none; debut artist single
Notes: John has written for and/or with plenty of top artists in the last year, including album cuts and stand-alone singles for Andy Grammer, Camila Cabello, Lauv and more. “Move” does, well, just that: makes you want to get up and shake to his intense pop cut.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
CHELSEA CUTLER – “You’re Not Missing Me” (SoundCloud)
CHELSEA LANKES – “Easy” (SoundCloud)
DONOVAN WOODS – “Burn The Bridge” (SoundCloud)
TIM HALPERIN – “Weightless” (SoundCloud)
YOUNGBLOOD HAWKE – “Trust” (SoundCloud)

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, January 28-February 3, 2018

Sunday afternoon means it’s time for the Record Rewind, highlighting the top new tracks that you might’ve missed during the work week, all from my favorite small label and independent acts out there. If it’s on the site, it’s something that you need to check out!

Across the PGTC SoundCloud page and my playlists on Spotify, these stuck out as my favorite independent songs of the week…

(Given the Super Bowl this weekend and a larger-than-expected workload, notes will return next week. Go Patriots!)

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SASHA SLOAN – “Normal” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: first time featured

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THE MOWGLI’S – “Real Good Life” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: first time featured; band was previously signed to Photo Finish Records

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VÉRITÉ & PELL – “Bout You” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: “Phase Me Out” (January 2017), “When You’re Gone” (April 2017), “Bout You” (original solo, May 2017) and “Saint” (June 2017) were featured; “Control” (June 2017) was noted

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ZAYDE WØLF – “Gladiator” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: “Will I Fall” (June 2016), “Born Ready” (October 2016), “Brave” (July 2017), “The Jungle” (August 2017), “Higher Than High” (October 2017) were featured; no additional noted songs

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
WANDERER – “Driving (1985 Version)” (SoundCloud)

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, January 21-27, 2018

Sunday afternoon means it’s time for the Record Rewind, highlighting the top new tracks that you might’ve missed during the work week, all from my favorite small label and independent acts out there. If it’s on the site, it’s something that you need to check out!

Across the PGTC SoundCloud page and my playlists on Spotify, these stuck out as my favorite independent songs of the week…

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MAGDALENA BAY – “Waking Up” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: “Neon” (January), “Set Me Off” (April) and “Move Slow” (August) were all featured
Notes: It’s the first release of the year for duo Matthew Lewin and Mica Tenenbaum, who certainly know how to create a hooky and super fun 80’s-inspired gem. By the way, if you love their track “Neon” like I do, go and send someone a VinylPost and play it loud!

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VOKES – “Potential” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: “Backroad” (July 2016), “Wrong” (August 2016), “Screens” (October) were all featured; “Easy To Hate” (November) was noted
Notes: Dare I say that this has the potential to be my favorite single of theirs from their latest era? Well, besides the bad puns, it’s a great electropop meets alternative cut from the Los Angeles band, who I’m sure will return to the Rewind many times later in 2018.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
JOHNNY STIMSON – “Rocket” (SoundCloud)

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 1/14-20/18

Sunday afternoon means it’s time for the Record Rewind, highlighting the top new tracks that you might’ve missed during the work week, all from my favorite small label and independent acts out there. If it’s on the site, it’s something that you need to check out!

Across the PGTC SoundCloud page and my playlists on Spotify, these stuck out as my favorite independent songs of the week…

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BETTY WHO – “Ignore Me” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: none; previously signed to RCA Records
Notes: Who may now be an independent artist, but she certainly doesn’t miss a beat. In fact, “Ignore Me” wasn’t ignored at all a few days ago, when it was added on several of Spotify’s New Music Friday lists, and the lead position on the PGTC Friday Faves playlist.

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JOHNNY STIMSON – “Wild World” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: “Time Machine” (March) had a prominent feature and “Honeymoon” (June) was noted as an additional pick
Notes: Stimson knows how to get my attention with a great stripped-down release. He says he wrote this single to realize “that even though the world is dark sometimes”, he should “stop and notice the beautiful things” within his world. It’s truly an authentic tune.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
LOSTBOYCROW – “I’m A Sailor Not A Salesman” (SoundCloud)
SAM FISCHER – “This City” (SoundCloud)
SUPER DUPER – “Far From Falling” (SoundCloud)
THE SHANTICS – “Mind Pop” (SoundCloud)

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 1/7-13/18

Sunday afternoon means it’s time for the Record Rewind, highlighting the top new tracks that you might’ve missed during the work week, all from my favorite small label and independent acts out there. If it’s on the site, it’s something that you need to check out!

Across the PGTC SoundCloud page and my playlists on Spotify, these stuck out as my favorite independent songs of the week…

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DENNY WHITE – “Torn Up” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Three appearances last year, with notable features for “Traces” (January) and duo Golden Coast’s “Float On By” (October)
Notes: In a note to his Instagram followers, White talked about how “Torn” was the first release that he wrote, produced and mixed without the help of additional personnel. Spotify added the single to its New Music Friday lists in Canada and the United Kingdom.

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SAM FISCHER – “Smoke” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fischer’s two singles from November of 2016, “Getting Older” and “Same Friends”, were both featured
Notes: Fischer’s current release was co-written by a friend, Jamie Hartman, who also co-wrote the #2 entry on my Top 100 of 2017: “Human”, performed by singer Rag’N’Bone Man. (Hartman also produced “Smoke”.) Check it out before it lights up everywhere!

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
KAPTAN – “Hardest Part” (SoundCloud)
RAYVON OWEN – “Gold” (SoundCloud)

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 12/31/17 – 1/6/18

Sunday afternoon means it’s time for the Record Rewind, highlighting the top new tracks that you might’ve missed during the work week, all from my favorite small label and independent acts out there. If it’s on the site, it’s something that you need to check out!

Across the PGTC SoundCloud page and my playlists on Spotify, these stuck out as my favorite independent songs of the week…

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NATALIE MAJOR – “Waves” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: Major’s song was recently heard on the second episode of the Freeform series grown•ish. It’s been tagged over 900 times on Shazam since its first airing on Thursday evening, gaining through subsequent re-airings of the episode.

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THE BEACH – “Toxic Love” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: “U.R. Beautiful” and a cover of “Wonderful Christmastime” were noted as additional picks late last year.
Notes: Previously signed with Sony Music’s U.K. division, singer and songwriter George Morgan continues to pump out the quality songs. “Toxic” was added on Spotify’s New Music Friday lists in countries like Denmark, Italy and Spain.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
ADAM BARNES – “Hopeful” (SoundCloud)
MIDNIGHT RIOT – “Can’t Hold Back” (SoundCloud)

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