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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”

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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, 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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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