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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 31, 2020

A futuristic New Music Friday.

Are you in love with the future of music? Good news: New Music Friday is here! Check out the week’s top releases, including notable albums and EPs from Brandy, Dominic Fike and Rascal Flatts, as well as the latest singles from Ava Max, Billie Eilish and Sam Smith. It’s another loaded week, so listen away:

Notable albums out this week: Alanis Morissette‘s Such Pretty Forks In The Road (iTunes), Beyoncé‘s The Lion King: The Gift (Deluxe) (iTunes), Brandy‘s B7 (iTunes), Chris Tomlin‘s & Friends (iTunes), City Morgue‘s Toxic Boogaloo (iTunes), Cory Asbury‘s To Love A Fool (iTunes), Dominic Fike‘s What Could Possibly Go Wrong (iTunes), Ella Vos‘s Turbulence (iTunes), Fontaines D.C.‘s A Hero’s Death (iTunes), Mabel‘s High Expectations… Stripped (iTunes), Mike Shinoda‘s Dropped Frames, Vol. 2 (iTunes), Phoebe Ryan‘s How It Used To Feel (iTunes), The Coronas‘s True Love Waits (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Anna Sofia‘s Broken Perfection (iTunes), BabyJake‘s Don’t Give Me Problems, Give Me Wine (iTunes), Ben Hobbs‘s Better Weather (iTunes), Lost Frequencies‘s Cup Of Beats (iTunes), Lulise‘s Even With No Makeup On (iTunes), Paige‘s Always Growing (iTunes), Rascal Flatts‘s How They Remember You (iTunes), Somegirlnamedanna‘s Twenty One, Twenty Two (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“1:45AM”, No Rome featuring Bearface (iTunes)
“80’s”, Prettyboyshav (iTunes)
“Alcohol”, Holy Molly (iTunes)
“Always”, Keshi (iTunes)
“Antibodies (Do You Have The)”, Nicholas Braun (iTunes)
“Anything For You”, Ledisi & PJ Morton (iTunes)
“Bad Mother Trucker”, Eric Church (iTunes)
“Banks”, NEEDTOBREATHE (iTunes)
“Bigger”, Stan Walker (iTunes)
“Black Eyes Blue”, Corey Taylor (iTunes)
“Bodies”, The Knocks & MUNA (iTunes)
“Body (Acoustic)”, Jordan Suaste (iTunes)
“Bon Iver”, MXMToon (iTunes)
“Bottle Rocket”, Jimi Somewhere (iTunes)
“Buzz Cut”, Lovelytheband (iTunes)
“By Any Means”, Jorja Smith (iTunes)
“Cardigan (Cabin In Candlelight Version)”, Taylor Swift (iTunes)
“Careless”, Ella Eyre (iTunes)
“Caught In The Middle”, Alexander 23 (iTunes)
“Charlie Patton Highway (Turn It Up, Pt. 1)”, Robert Plant (iTunes)
“Cherry Flavoured”, The Neighbourhood (iTunes)
“Club Zero”, The Go-Go’s (iTunes)
“Concrete”, Ben Kessler (iTunes)
“Coolest Girl”, That Brunette (iTunes)
“Cry”, Gryffin & John Martin (iTunes)
“Crying Over You”, The Band CAMINO & Chelsea Cutler (iTunes)
“Damage Is Done”, Y2K featuring JoJo (iTunes)
“Damnboy”, Almondmilkhunni (iTunes)
“Dance”, Toni Braxton (iTunes)
“Difficult”, Amy Allen (iTunes)
“Don’t Blink”, Fancy Hagood (iTunes)
“Don’t Wanna Know”, Suriel Hess (iTunes)
“Doors Unlocked”, Murda Beatz featuring Ty Dolla $ign & Polo G (iTunes)
“Douha (Mali Mali)”, Disclosure featuring Fatoumata Diawara (iTunes)
“Empty”, Chloe Robertson (iTunes)
“Fake Plastic Trees”, Holly Humberstone (iTunes)
“Faking Love”, Tommee Profitt featuring Jung Youth & NAWAS (iTunes)
“Fool’s Love Affair”, Randy Travis (iTunes)
“For A Second”, Michael Schulte (iTunes)
“Forever”, Travis Barker featuring Run The Jewels (iTunes)
“Get On My Wave”, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (iTunes)
“Goofy”, MishCatt (iTunes)
“Happiness”, McFly (iTunes)
“Hard 2 Forget”, VINCINT (iTunes)
“Hatin’ Somebody”, Brothers Osborne (iTunes)
“Hawái”, Maluma (iTunes)
“Hero (Piano Version)”, Weezer (iTunes)
“I Should Probably Go To Bed”, Dan + Shay (iTunes)
“Idol”, Hollywood Undead featuring Tech N9ne (iTunes)
“In And Out Of Love”, Melanie C (iTunes)
“Is Your Bedroom Ceiling Bored?”, Sody & Cavetown (iTunes)
“It’s All So Incredibly Loud”, Glass Animals (iTunes)
“Jewellery And Gold”, James Chatburn (iTunes)
“Just Because I Can”, Lissie (iTunes)
“Khaos x4”, Poppy (iTunes)
“LA Who Am I To Love You”, Lana Del Rey (iTunes)
“Lazy Love”, Sheppard (iTunes)
“Leftover Love”, Lucas Estrada & Pawl featuring Clara Mae (iTunes)
“Let There Be Love”, Ananya (Birla) (iTunes)
“Lie For You”, Snakehips & Jess Glynne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie & Davido (iTunes)
“Lies”, GASHI (iTunes)
“Life Goes On”, Bryce Vine (iTunes)
“Live Out Your Love”, Kem featuring Toni Braxton (iTunes)
“Make Me Feel”, Skip Marley featuring Rick Ross & Ari Lennox (iTunes)
“Married In Vegas”, The Vamps (iTunes)
“Me And You”, Cold Hart & Lil Peep (iTunes)
“Monte Carlo”, Hux (iTunes)
“Move Ya Hips”, A$AP Ferg featuring Nicki Minaj & MadeinTYO (iTunes)
“My Future”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“My Oasis”, Sam Smith featuring Burna Boy (iTunes)
“Narrow Road”, NLE Choppa featuring Lil Baby (iTunes)
“No Dribble”, DaBaby & Stunna 4 Vegas (iTunes)
“Obsessed”, Claudia Valentina (iTunes)
“Only A Dream”, Zella Day (iTunes)
“Party Girl”, R3HAB (iTunes)
“Riptide”, Grandson (iTunes)
“Running Outta Love”, Jacob Collier featuring Tori Kelly (iTunes)
“Say It Again”, Griff (iTunes)
“Somebody”, Hurts (iTunes)
“Something Of Myself”, Peter Fenn (iTunes)
“Somewhere”, Surf Mesa featuring Gus Dapperton (iTunes)
“Space Truckin'”, Ace Frehley (iTunes)
“The Dark”, SYML (iTunes)
“The Feelings Tend To Stay The Same”, Curtis Waters (iTunes)
“The Usual”, Sam Fischer (iTunes)
“Torn”, KOLIDESCOPES (iTunes)
“Unbreakable”, BUNT. featuring Clarence Coffee Jr. (iTunes)
“Unsolvable”, Nicklas Sahl (iTunes)
“Used To Be”, Goody Grace (iTunes)
“Waking Up The Neighbors”, Bahari (iTunes)
“We Are Chaos”, Marilyn Manson (iTunes)
“Weird Leisure”, Biffy Clyro (iTunes)
“What You Gonna Do???”, Bastille featuring Graham Coxon (iTunes)
“Who’s Laughing Now?”, Ava Max (iTunes)
“Whole New Mess”, Angel Olsen (iTunes)
“Woman”, Lola Young (iTunes)
“Wrong”, Maty Noyes (iTunes)
“You And Islands”, Zac Brown Band (iTunes)

Next week, the latest sets from Glass Animals and Luke Bryan are among the larger releases on the schedule. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RECORD REWIND 2020: PGTC Picks, Week Twenty Seven

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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PICK OF THE WEEK: ONE
NEW RULES – “Emily” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance

For a pleasurable pop/rock addition to your weekend, check out the new song from this emerging group, who are following up their Rewind pick from earlier this year called “Pasta”. Co-written with Jake Torrey and Noah Conrad, the tune feels ready for radio love.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
ALFIE TEMPLEMAN – “Obvious Guy”
BEN HOBBS – “Own Arms”
GUS DAPPERTON – “Post Humorous”
PETER FENN – “Haven’t Been There For You”

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to adamfsoybel@gmail.com and I’ll check our your tunes. Thanks!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, April 1-7, 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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MATT SIMONS – “We Can Do Better” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First time featured
Notes: Previously signed to Republic Records here in the States, and now going the independent route via Kobalt’s AWAL program, the fun and brassy feel of this positive pop record has way too much potential to go unnoticed here. It’s at #40 on my current chart!

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BEN HOBBS – “Recreational”
LESLIE CLIO – “Rumours”

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, March 18-24, 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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7CHARIOT – “Danger In Me” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Previously featured as Clairity; first time featured under new project
Notes: Though I do miss her Clairity project from several years ago, including pop bops like “Velcro”, the new tune from 7Chariot is worth a chariot ride (or seven) over to your streaming service of choice. “Danger” isn’t dangerous at all, with its cool tropical sound.

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BEN HOBBS – “Simple Life” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Five previous appearances, “Two Pieces” (February 2018) being the most recent feature
Notes: The London-based performer, who frequently makes the Rewind, issued a double a-side single on Friday, featuring the song noted here and “Blind To You”. Both tracks are quality for different reasons, but this new wave-influenced cut really caught my ear.

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MARC SCIBILIA – “Over You” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Three previous appearances, including “Believer” (July 2016) and “Summer Clothes” (February 2017)
Notes: Scibilia’s been slaying the independent game for several years now, picking up several million streams in the process, as well as a massive hit in parts of Europe with DJ/producer Robin Schulz. His latest track sounds like a future hit on the Hot AC airwaves.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
FINNEAS – “Heaven”
GRIZFOLK – “Endless Summer”
RUTHANNE – “The Vow”

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to adamfsoybel@gmail.com and I’ll check our your tunes. Thanks!

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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”

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to adamfsoybel@gmail.com and I’ll check our your tunes. Thanks!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 4/2 – 4/8/17

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 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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JUKEBOX THE GHOST – “Stay The Night” (iTunes) (Spotify)
What happens when this Brooklyn-based trio, responsible for the #1 song (“Postcard”) on my Top 100 of 2015, returns with one of the brightest and most radio-friendly singles of their career? You put that jam on repeat, that’s what you do. It’s great for summer!

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PAPERWHITE – “Wash Us Away” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Just under two months after siblings Ben and Katie Marshall last appeared on the Rewind with “Human Nature”, the Brooklyn duo adds one more bop to their collection. It starts out smoothly, then explodes with a powerful chorus. I hope it doesn’t go “away” yet.

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TIPLING ROCK – “A Side / B Side” (iTunes) (Spotify)
It’s been a moment since these Boston college kids put out a new song, and if this was their final exam, I’d give them high marks. It’s probably not a surprise, however, since I’ve written about the guys several times before. Dig into their psychedelic pop power now!

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
Ben Hobbs – “Shame (Acoustic)” (SoundCloud)
Benji Lewis – “For You” (SoundCloud)
Denny White – “Whatcha Thinking About” (SoundCloud)
Red Rosamond – “Don’t Let Our Love Go Cold” (SoundCloud)
Rows – “New Heart” (SoundCloud)
Violet Skies – “Burn” (SoundCloud)

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to adamfsoybel@gmail.com and I’ll check our your tunes. Thanks!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 2/19 – 2/25/17

Record Rewind - February 26, 2017

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 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 – “Shame” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This is the third time on the Rewind for London singer Hobbs, who last appeared in October with the song “Take The Blame”. At this point, I think I’m probably verging on a stan. Anyways, for me, this tune recalls 1987 in pop music, which makes for a fantastic result.


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BRUNO MAJOR – “Just The Same” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Major’s had a major presence on the Rewind with his lovely lunar project, and his latest piece of moon music is a super blend of R&B and gospel roots, mixed with a hint of pop. The pure and emotional cut is one of his best of the set so far. Can’t wait for the next one.


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EMMA DEWING – “Buttons” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Making her debut on the Rewind is a California singer that got a SoundCloud repost from me in 2016 on her remake of 1991’s “Don’t Cry” by Guns N’ Roses. Her latest single is a change of pace, a bouncy bop that’s equal parts poppy and theatrical. Watch out for her.


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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
Benjamin Poss – “Brainwashed” (SoundCloud)
BIYO – “Focus” (SoundCloud)
Daniel Feels x Robert Gillies – “On My Way” (SoundCloud)
Lyon Hart – “Delusional” (SoundCloud)

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to adamfsoybel@gmail.com and I’ll check our your tunes. Thanks!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 10/16 – 10/22

Record Rewind - October 23, 2016

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!

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 – “Take The Blame” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Hobbs last appeared on the Rewind two months ago with the song “Animals”, which had a good time in the musical zoo that we call the blog world. Sometimes you don’t know what you’ll get in that jungle of jams, but his consistent output this year is simply great.

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JEFFREY JAMES – “Both Ways” (iTunes) (Spotify)
James recently joined the roster of hot Nashville label South By Sea, and while his Walls EP (released back in April) was a solid set of songs, “Both” is a tasty tune that’s bound to expand his audience. With slick production and strong writing, it’s a winner for me.

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LAUV – “The Story Never Ends (Piano Version)” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Surprise! Just in case “Breathe” wasn’t enough for you this month, the latest track from Los Angeles singer and songwriter Ari Leff is a powerful piano ballad that recently aired during an episode of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. Warning: the feels are real. Get a tissue.

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LOSTBOYCROW – “Stay A Little Longer” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This Los Angeles singer was on one of the first Rewinds in June with “Where It All Goes”, and where he keeps going is up! His new single has a very accessible sound that I feel could be a great opportunity for a sync. Can’t wait to watch this track fly up the charts!

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MARK ELLIOTT – “China Doll”
Elliott’s been on my radar since earlier this year, and I really enjoyed his summer single, the clever “Drink To Thunk”. Now, it’s the R&B-flavored “China” that returns him to the Rewind, the title track from his forthcoming EP. The full set should be a good listen.

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MATT WOODS – “Nothing Less” (iTunes) (Spotify)
How can you not love Woods’s voice? He makes it sound so effortless. The soulful London singer has way too many amazing songs to start listing them all, but they include “In The Dark”, “Impression” and “Ain’t No Use”. He has another excellent electronic tune.

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
CAMERON JONES – “Rose” (SoundCloud)
JON SANTANA featuring JOHN DAVIS – “Falling Down” (SoundCloud)
LONDUN – “Used To” (SoundCloud)

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to afsoybel@hotmail.com and I’ll check it out. Thanks!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 8/28 – 9/3

Record Rewind - September 4, 2016

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!

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 – “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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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For more new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
LONELY BENSON – “Silly Girl” (SoundCloud)
MOOSE LIGHT KINGDOM – “Parachute” (SoundCloud)
X&Y – “Secrets” (SoundCloud)

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to afsoybel@hotmail.com and I’ll check it out. Thanks!

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