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RECORD REWIND: Thirty Top Tunes From 2016

Record Rewind - January 1, 2017

Happy New Year from PGTC! It’s Sunday afternoon, which means it’s time for the Record Rewind, highlighting the top new tracks that you might’ve missed during the work week. If it’s on the site, it’s something that you need to check out!

This week, it’s a Record Rewind special, presenting thirty of the top tracks to make my Spotify playlists throughout 2016. So many great new artists put their music online this year, while those established in the blog world continued to create massive tunes. You will find a Spotify playlist below of all thirty songs, plus twelve highlighted throughout the post. By the way, several hundred songs made these lists during the year, so don’t feel bad if yours isn’t below. It was hard! 2017 is a new year, so give it your best shot.

Check out our Spotify profile page for the Indie Winter Mix (2015/2016), Indie Spring Mix, Indie Summer Mix and Indie Fall Mix for all the action from this year.

(Acts that have been signed since appearing on the lists have been noted below. Positions indicate chronological order, not rank.)

Listen:

Enjoy all the great music!

1. ADAM FRIEDMAN, “Pretty Things”
Added to Indie Winter Mix: January 29, 2016
Label: Gold Rush

2. MACKENZIE THOMS, “Do Me All Again”
Added to Indie Winter Mix: January 29, 2016
Label: Independent

Thoms could sing the phone book and I would probably stream it a few dozen times, but this R&B-flavored tune really hit the spot.

3. CAPE CUB – “Closer”
Added to Indie Winter Mix: February 9, 2016
Label: Independent

4. RUELLE, “I Get To Love You”
Added to Indie Winter Mix: February 12, 2016
Label: Independent

5. WYLDER, “Swells”
Added to Indie Winter Mix: February 16, 2016
Label: Independent

6. BRYCE FOX, “Burn Fast”
Added to Indie Winter Mix: February 21, 2016
Label: Independent

Fox has a super 2017 ahead, as “Horns” continues to react from airplay in the Denver area. “Burn” is still my favorite of his singles.

7. KYKO – “Native”
Added to Indie Winter Mix: February 28, 2016
Label: LAB (U.K.)

8. YOUNGR – “Out Of My System”
Added to Indie Spring Mix: April 23, 2016
Label: Independent (now signed to Island/Republic)

Dario Darnell’s father might be Kid Creole, but this kid has a major radio hit in the making with this absolute jam. It’s a killer track.

9. SODY / MARTIN LUKE BROWN – “Wasted Youth”
Added to Indie Spring Mix: May 13, 2016
Label: Independent

I’ve enjoyed Brown’s music for some years now. Put him in a collaboration with a promising newcomer, and you’ve got one hot hit.

10. CAPPA, “I’m Good”
Added to Indie Spring Mix: May 14, 2016
Label: Independent

11. JOHN SPLITHOFF – “Sing To You”
Added to Indie Spring Mix: May 20, 2016
Label: Independent

Splithoff recently surpassed five million streams with his fabulous feel-good track, and you’ll feel good about his new material too.

12. TIPLING ROCK – “Low Tide Love”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: May 27, 2016
Label: Independent

Four Boston college kids mixed pop and psychedelic music to create one monster Spotify Viral anthem for those hot summer days.

13. BILLIE EILISH, “Six Feet Under”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: June 24, 2016
Label: Drup Music (now signed to Darkroom/Interscope)

14. OFELIA K, “I Love My Lawyer”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: June 26, 2016
Label: South By Sea

15. KID RUNNER – “Give Me Something To Love”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: July 2, 2016
Label: Independent

This Ohio group actually made me “Love” their EP from earlier this year. Also, Alternative radio gatekeepers, make this song a hit!

16. CODY FRY – “Go”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: July 22, 2016
Label: Independent

17. STEFAN ALEXANDER – “Skeleton”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: July 22, 2016
Label: Independent

18. SLOW SUGAR, “Hypnotic Love”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: August 6, 2016
Label: Independent

19. DAVIS, “Get Mine”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: August 7, 2016
Label: Proxy

20. EZA, “Alive”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: August 12, 2016
Label: Independent

Sensual and unconventional: it’s a small taste of the EP Dead Reckoning, and this glorious gem from Ellery Bonham is impressive.

21. PHANGS, “Cul De Sac”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: August 24, 2016
Label: Independent

22. GOLDEN COAST, “Recess”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: August 26, 2016
Label: Independent

23. BEN HOBBS, “Animals”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: August 31, 2016
Label: Independent

In a zoo full of musical madness, this song escaped from its cage and into my ears this summer. Hobbs has a great catalog of music.

24. JORDAN GABLE, “Didn’t Mean It”
Added to Indie Fall Mix: September 9, 2016
Label: Independent

25. WANDERER, “Call Me Crazy”
Added to Indie Fall Mix: September 9, 2016
Label: Independent

26. MULLALLY, “Wonderful”
Added to Indie Fall Mix: September 20, 2016
Label: Black Diamond Music

There’s an exciting buzz around singer Connor Mullally, and I’m sure 2017 will be more, well, wonderful for him in plenty of ways.

27. RAINSFORD, “Too Close”
Added to Indie Fall Mix: September 23, 2016
Label: Independent

28. WHISSELL, “Pain Of Love”
Added to Indie Fall Mix: September 29, 2016
Label: FourForty Artist Group

From her upcoming EP, Nashville singer Lauren Whistle delivered with this inspired cut. I’m excited for the release in a few weeks.

29. LAUV, “The Story Never Ends (Piano Version)”
Added to Indie Fall Mix: October 20, 2016
Label: Independent

30. MATT WOODS, “If You Forget Me”
Added to Indie Fall Mix: December 2, 2016
Label: Guernsey House

I’ve been a follower of Woods’s music for several years, and this ballad from his recent EP just has me feeling a lot. I love his voice.

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, 9/18 – 9/24

Record Rewind - September 25, 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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AARON KRAUSE – “Thinkin Bout You” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Krause continues to see huge streaming stats for his 2013 cover of “Every Breath You Take”, but his new pop gem might just take your breath away. He’s been honing his craft as a writer/producer, and this cut is a great achievement for the Nashville musician.

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DENNY WHITE – “Psycho” (available October 7)
He tasted sweet success with “Sweetness”, and he was too cool for school with Golden Coast’s “Recess”. Now, White’s going crazy on the piano and the percussion with his haunting pop track, which comes just a month before Halloween. Spooky. It’s very good.

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KNGDAVD – “Poppies” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This New York City duo is bringing the heat with their fantastic future pop sound. “Say My Name” was featured on the Rewind in mid-July, and “Poppies” blooms in all its rhythmic, yet rock-driven glory. Led by guitar and vocal, their music is out of this world.

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MACKENZIE THOMS – “Shout” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Thoms has been a regular on my blog and playlists for over a year now with songs like “Conviction” and “Do Me All Again”, and if you’re thinking this is an Isley Brothers or Tears For Fears cover, think again. This slick sound is ready to be blasted on the radio.

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MULLALLY – “Wonderful” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Singer Connor Mullally has already seen massive love for his previous singles, “Overdose” and “Troubled Love”, and the Norfolk performer isn’t done adding to his collection of super songs yet. Combining soul and a bit of tropical pop, it certainly works here.

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RAINSFORD – “Too Close” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Los Angeles’s Rainey Qualley last appeared on the Rewind in July, when “S.I.D. (Sunshine In December)” first debuted. The sun’s certainly shining in September too, as her new jam hits the blogs. Regardless of genre, Qualley’s voice draws you in. It’s excellent.

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TAY SALEM – “Threads” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Salem first made the Rewind in mid-July; that’s when he gave us a dose of “Iron”. Now, the London-based singer returns with the next taste of his Night Mill EP, due October 7. The powerful track blends indie rock and R&B, creating a lush musical experience.

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For more great new music, and there was a lot of it this week, these tunes are worth a listen…
ALLIE & IVY – “Best Friends” (SoundCloud)
COSMOS & CREATURE – “Young” (SoundCloud)
KATELYN TARVER – “What Do We Know Now” (SoundCloud)
KIAH VICTORIA – “Titivating” (SoundCloud)
OYSTER KIDS – “40 Nights” (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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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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