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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 5/21 – 5/27/17

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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COLYER – “Lost In Your Love” (iTunes/Spotify – not available)
Just under two years ago, Steven Colyer made his debut with a lovely song titled “Out For You”, which was all over my SoundCloud feed and playlists at the time. Yes, it’s been a minute, but the Los Angeles singer is back with a quality track that has radio potential.


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GREAT GOOD FINE OK & BEFORE YOU EXIT – “Find Yourself” (iTunes) (Spotify)
What happens when you combine two friends from Brooklyn and three brothers from Orlando? Well, you get quite the quintet. It’s an unusual collaboration on paper, but surprisingly, their song is an earworm. We’ll see if we get any more songs from the two acts.

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KNGDAVD – “Shame” (iTunes) (Spotify)
When I need bold pop bop realness, I always turn to this New York City duo to give me that fresh sound and energy. With a total of four singles uploaded to date, “Medicine” marking their last Rewind feature in January, they keep delivering some amazing results.

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MARK ELLIOTT – “Good Way” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Elliott’s had some solid momentum since I first discovered his tunes last year, including the clever “Drink To Thunk”, which is still a favorite of mine. His latest upload combines elements from the worlds of piano-pop and electronic music to make one great sound.

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VHS COLLECTION – “So I Met Someone” (iTunes/Spotify – not available)
This New York City group has been on my radar for some time. I really enjoyed “Ghost” and “The Longest Drive” from their last EP titled Stereo Hype. Between rewinding VHS tapes and my Record Rewind, I think I can rewind and repeat this retro new wave gem.

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VIOLET DAYS – “I’m A Dreamer” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Sweden’s produced some great female pop singers over the years, and this performer is certainly one to look out for. Both “Suck At Love” and “Your Girl” saw some repost action, and the pleasant production and lush vocals on this one makes it worth a few listens.

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
Billy Cullum – “YLMW” (SoundCloud)
Emmit Fenn – “Woman” (SoundCloud)
George Taylor – “The Youth” (SoundCloud)
Kiah Victoria – “Treat Me” (SoundCloud)
Lostboycrow – “Nobody Knows” (SoundCloud)

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 4/30 – 5/6/17

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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BRUNO MAJOR – “Fair-Weather Friend” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Major’s lovely lunar project continues on with another stellar entry, which is probably my favorite cut since November’s “Easily”. It brings me back to those great neo soul artists from the late 90’s or early 00’s, like D’Angelo and Maxwell. I love that smooth sound.


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LOSTBOYCROW – “Devil’s In The Backseat” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Just last month, this Los Angeles performer was featured on the Rewind with “Real Name”. So, I guess the real name of the game is that he has another winner. When it comes to killer songs, this R&B-flavored track puts him in the front seat and driving to the top.

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VÉRITÉ – “Bout You” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Singer Kelsey Byrne is out with another single off her Somewhere In Between album, due June 23, one of my most anticipated sets for the summer. Though I enjoyed “When You’re Gone”, the strong melody and dramatics of this one makes it more instant for me.

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
courtship. – “Sunroof” (SoundCloud)
Emily Warren – “Hurt By You” (SoundCloud)
Late Night Episode – “Talk About Love” (SoundCloud)
machineheart – “Shelter” (SoundCloud)
Michl – “Waste?” (SoundCloud)

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 4/9 – 4/15/17

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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JEFFREY JAMES – “Unsaid” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Fresh off the release of his EP on Friday, Nashville singer James throws it back to the earlier part of the 00’s with this smooth R&B and gospel tune. It’s understated, but really shines when he and a backing choir dive into a powerful hook. Check out the whole set!

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LOSTBOYCROW – “Real Name” (iTunes) (Spotify)
You’ve seen this guy all over PGTC and my playlists for some time, so it’s not a surprise that his new song is one of the independent highlights of this week. The electronic-pop song has a nice tropical influence in it, making it a solid choice for your summer playlist.

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MAGDALENA BAY – “Set Me Off” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This duo was last featured on the Rewind in January with the single “Neon”, though member Matthew Lewin also plays with a band that was featured last week, Tipling Rock. Future pop meets early 90’s R&B on this energetic release, another hot track for the two.

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THE NIGHT GAME – “The Outfield” (iTunes) (Spotify)
When we think of outfields, we usually think of the English group that gave us bops like “Your Love” and “Voices Of Babylon”. That being said, this track called “The Outfield” is a home run, especially if it’s already achieving New Music Friday list adds. Great work!

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
Leo Kalyan – “Versailles” (SoundCloud)
Lovespeake featuring Max Frost – “Novocaine” (SoundCloud)
LPX – “Tremble” (SoundCloud)
RKCB – “Bloom” (SoundCloud)
Superwalkers – “I Got You” (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, 6/19 – 6/25

Record Rewind - June 26, 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. We’ll be testing it out this month, so if you like what you see, let me know what you think!

Across the world of SoundCloud and my Indie Summer Mix on Spotify, these records stuck out as my favorite independent tunes of the week…

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AIRPLANE MAN – “We’re On Fire” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Mystery rules when it comes to this new act, one that virtually appeared out of nowhere on some major Spotify lists over the last few days. However, there’s no need to be alarmed here: there’s a co-pilot on this plane, and the two have flown this route before.

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BILLIE EILISH – “Six Feet Under” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Eilish’s “Ocean Eyes” opened up a lot of eyes (and ears) when it took over the blogs and Viral charts earlier this year. So, it’s not a surprise that she’s bound for big numbers again with this pretty pop track. Did I mention that she’s done all this at age 14? Crazy!

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CAMERON ERNST – “My Village” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Ernst is a fairly new name for me, though I did like his song “Wild” a few months back. However, with a music catalog dating back to 2010, maybe I’m just late to the party. The sound is familiar, but if you like some Troye Sivan or Years & Years, this is for you.

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FLETCHER – “Avalanche” (iTunes) (Spotify)
You know her, you love her, you’ve probably dabbled in painting your face while belting out her big streaming single. (Really, it’s okay. We all do it.) Her new single is headed down the musical mountainside, but can it reach the force of “War Paint”? We’ll see.

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LANKS – “Bitter Leaf” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Melbourne musician Will Cuming follows his single “Golden Age” with another golden tune, a soulful electronic song that takes a lot of elements and creates one robust song. There is certainly nothing bitter about the Triple J and playlist love it’s had thus far.

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LOSTBOYCROW – “Where It All Goes” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Making his home in Los Angeles, singer Chris Blair has put out plenty of jams in the last 18 months, including “Love Won’t Sleep” and “Thursday”. So, where is he going? To the top, of course. Blair’s knack for a good melody and great production shines again.

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OFELIA K – “I Love My Lawyer” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Out of my selections this week, this takes the prize as best title of the bunch. Hey, if Fall Out Boy and Jackson Browne can make it into the top 40 with cuts about the profession, I think we can have another. Any judge would rule that “Lawyer” is a pop windfall.

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PETER WISE – “Sweet Solitude” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Brooklyn-based Wise came onto my radar last summer with a song called “On The Ground”, and would you believe that this song is his first original release in nearly a year? Despite the long wait, he doesn’t disappoint, achieving a more intimate lyric and vibe.

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STALKING GIA – “Second Nature” (iTunes) (Spotify)
New York singer Tiffany Giardina had some minor success under her given name several years ago, including a charting album in No Average Angel. Since her identity change last year, several of her songs have gained some traction online. Watch out for this.

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For more new music, we suggest…
CARDBOARD KIDS – “Social” (Spotify)
CHERRYADE – “Fractured Fairytales” (Spotify)
TRENT DABBS – “Optimists” (Spotify)

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 15, 2016

Your Disco needs you.

Your Disco needs you.

It’s another edition of New Music Friday, chock-full of boogie shoes, brokers and bodacious stuff for the musical buff. Sounds like an interesting mix of sounds, yes? Here’s a look at this week’s top new albums and singles:

  • PANIC! AT THE DISCO — Death Of A Bachelor (iTunes)
    • The Nevada act, which is now down to just original member Brendon Urie, has seen two of their studio albums debut and peak at #2 on the Billboard 200 listing. Now, Bachelor is up against Adele‘s massive 25 and the first full week of sales for the late David Bowie‘s catalog. Will Death live at #1? Will there be panic over a third #2 set? Stay tuned.
  • BROTHERS OSBORNE — Pawn Shop (iTunes)
    • The Maryland duo has their biggest hit to date on the Country radio listing with “Stay A Little Longer”, and it’s still in the running to become their first #1 at the format. Look for the set to be a possible top ten entry next week.
  • More albums out this week: Anderson .Paak‘s Malibu (iTunes), Daughter‘s Not To Disappear (iTunes), Dylan LeBlanc‘s Cautionary Tale (iTunes), Hank Williams Jr.‘s It’s About Time (iTunes), Randy Rogers Band‘s Nothing Shines Like Neon (iTunes), Stacey Kent‘s Tenderly (iTunes), 5 Years Of Big Beat (iTunes), Kidz Bop 31 (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: BANNERS‘s Banners (iTunes), Lewis Del Mar‘s EP (iTunes), Lostboycrow‘s Sigh For Me (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Cosmic Love”, Mayer Hawthorne (iTunes)
  • “Dying For You”, Otto Knows featuring Lindsey Stirling and Alex Aris (iTunes)
  • “Everything It Takes”, Loretta Lynn featuring Elvis Costello (iTunes)
  • “For You-Low Life”, Matthew Young (iTunes)
  • “Hurts”, The Dunwells (iTunes)
  • “In The Dark”, 3 Doors Down (iTunes)
  • “Into The Night”, Cardiknox (iTunes)
  • “MLK Song”, Mavis Staples (iTunes)
  • “Moth To The Flame”, Chairlift (iTunes)
  • “Overcome”, Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers (iTunes)
  • “Over And Over Again”, Nathan Sykes featuring Ariana Grande (iTunes)
  • “Relationship Goals”, Tank (iTunes)
  • “Something For Nothing”, Rationale (iTunes)
  • “Somewhere On A Beach” (out Jan. 19), Dierks Bentley (iTunes)
  • “The Sound”, The 1975 (iTunes)
  • “War”, She Is We (iTunes)
  • “Without You’”, Parachute (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Skizzy MarsTank, a GRAMMY Nominees compilation and more.

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16 FOR ’16: New Year, New Acts

Some of the sweet sixteen.

Some of the sweet sixteen for ’16.

After all the endless social media posts about our Spotify mixes and SoundCloud favorites, you’re probably wondering about the top acts in the bunch out of the hundreds of under the radar musicians that we’ve been going through all year. Well, here it is. All year long, we’ve been jamming to the killer tracks released by these great soloists and bands. They have the stats and the support on their side, and it looks like it’ll be a good 2016 for all them. (At least, we’re hoping that it will be.) Here’s the 16 For ’16, a small list of acts we think are due for even bigger success and breakout moments next year:

(Listen to our 16 For ’16 Playlist on Spotify)

A R I Z O N A
A R I Z O N A
Current Location: New Jersey
Most Recent Release: “Where I Wanna Be” (October) (BUY – single)

Recently signed at Atlantic Records, this band named after the Grand Canyon State, but currently based in the Garden State, saw their audience grow off of four ripe single releases. Both their original versions and remixes received love from the blogosphere.

Cape Cub
Cape Cub
Current Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Most Recent Release: “Keep Me In Mind” (October) (BUY – single)

Singer Chad Male released two stellar singles this year, “Swim” and the aforementioned “Keep”, both of which hit the blog world and achieved success. The latter tune was featured on Apple Music and BBC Radio 6. Will this Cub become a lion king? I hope so.

CAPPA
CAPPA
Current Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Most Recent Release: “Goddess” (December) (BUY – single)

Nashville’s Carla Cappa has had some huge support from Spotify’s weekly new releases playlist this year, which jump-started her “No Scrubs” interpolation to over 1.8 million streams, her most successful song in 2015. The pop goodness is bound to continue.

Dagny
Dagny
Current Location: Tromsø, Norway
Most Recent Release: “Backbeat” (September) (BUY – single)

She calls herself a “songbird from the north of Norway”, and just like her location, her stats are also headed north. Recently, her outstanding track exceeded 1.6 million streams on Spotify and grabbed some major support from Beats 1 around its launch time.

FLETCHER
FLETCHER
Current Location: New York City, New York
Most Recent Release: “Live Young Die Free” (November) (BUY – “War Paint”)

When your track has 21 million Spotify streams, 7 of which belong to a remix, you know you have a hit on your hands. This is not some “Paint”-by-numbers pop, people. It is a real story. With no label or radio, this independent campaign was a refreshing one.

FRENSHIP
FRENSHIP
Current Location: Los Angeles, California
Most Recent Release: “Knives” [with Matoma] (November) (BUY – single)

This duo returned in 2015 with a series of well-received remixes, an original single titled “Nowhere” and their collaboration with a Norwegian DJ/producer that’s still racking up streams everywhere. Two heads are better than one, and 2016 will be better too.

Lauv
Lauv
Current Location: New York City, New York
Most Recent Release: Lost In The Light EP (September) (BUY – EP)

Summing up Ari Leff’s 2015 as “big” would be an understatement. Four million Spotify streams and a publishing contract later, a lot has been happening for the college kid from New York. Choice cuts from his debut effort include “Reforget” and “The Other”.

Lawrence Taylor
Lawrence Taylor
Current Location: London, United Kingdom
Most Recent Release: Bang Bang EP (November) (BUY – EP)

Taylor’s been posting music online and performing live since 2011, but it was in 2015 that his name really got out there. The buzz is certainly there now thanks to his playlisting across multiple services, syncs, acoustic clips and more. That is a really big “Bang”.

LÉON
LÉON
Current Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Most Recent Release: Treasure EP (December) (BUY – EP)

From the country that’s given us so many amazing pop acts over the last four decades comes another one that’s bound to become a big name in 2016. “Nobody Knows” and “Tired Of Talking” lead the way on this shiny set and what should be a solid full-length.

Lostboycrow
Lostboycrow
Current Location: Los Angeles, California
Most Recent Release: “Love Won’t Sleep” (December) (BUY – single)

Singer/songwriter Chris Blair has seen his star rise from even the beginning of this year, from mid-charting tracks to unanimous blog acclaim. It comes as no surprise that his most recent song is a former #1 on the Hype Machine survey. This bird is gonna fly.

Mackenzie Thoms
Mackenzie Thoms
Current Location: Los Angeles, California
Most Recent Release: “Hostage” (September) (BUY – “Conviction”)

Former American Idol contestant Thoms released “Conviction” for hot Nashville label South x Sea this year, and it soared to the top of the Hype Machine listing a few days later. Look for his forthcoming “Do Me All Again” to, well, do it all over again in 2016.

Maty Noyes
Maty Noyes
Current Location: Los Angeles, California
Most Recent Release: “Stay” [with Kygo] (December) (BUY – single)

Noyes signed with Lava Records in 2014, but now, she has an international hit on her hands with “Stay”, as mentioned above. On her own, she’s uploaded two songs on SoundCloud and has a soundtrack cut. 2016 is sounding nice if everything comes together.

Michael Blume
Michael Blume
Current Location: New York City, New York
Most Recent Release: “Colors” (October) (BUY – single)

Blume’s future R&B sound and loaded lyrics became a favorite on the blog circuit in July when “Manufactured Love” first hit the web, while follow-up “Colors” expanded his musical palette into the Alternative world. It’s aesthetically and musically intriguing.

Ruth B.
Ruth B.
Current Location: Alberta, Canada
Most Recent Release: The Intro EP (November) (BUY – EP)

Signed this year by Columbia Records, this young singer/songwriter’s “Lost Boy” has nearly 20 million streams on Spotify and is still selling several thousand downloads per week. With some early adds detected at the Hot AC format, this might be huge soon.

Secret Weapons
Secret Weapons
Current Location: New York City, New York
Most Recent Release: “Something New” (September) (BUY – single)

This duo’s catchy single was quickly snapped up by Epic Records a few months ago and finds itself north of 1.6 million streams, a total that continues to grow thanks to some Spotify playlisting. Next up for them… zombies? Get ready for another haunting hit.

Young Brother
Young Brother
Current Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Most Recent Release: Kamikaze EP (June) (BUY – EP)

Singer Dalton Diehl released one of my favorite EPs of 2015 with Kamikaze, and now, a remix of the title track is on the move on Spotify’s U.S. Viral 50 listing. He has an exciting pop and radio-ready sound, one that definitely needs more love in the new year.

(Listen to our 16 For ’16 Playlist on Spotify)

Sixteen more names to look out for in 2016:
Aaron Taos (SoundCloud)
Apollo LTD (SoundCloud)
BANNERS (SoundCloud)
Bibi Bourelly (SoundCloud)
BROADHURST (SoundCloud)
EDEN (SoundCloud)
Gnash (SoundCloud)
Harrison Brome (SoundCloud)
Harrison Storm (SoundCloud)
Jake Troth (SoundCloud)
KYKO (SoundCloud)
Matt Woods (SoundCloud)
Rationale (SoundCloud)
The Mosers (SoundCloud)
WΛVE & ROME (SoundCloud)
Whissell (SoundCloud)

Who are your favorites from the list above? Who else should be check out in 2016? Let us know! Comment below or find us on a social media page of choice by clicking our “Get Social!” tab above.

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