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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 10/23 – 10/29

Record Rewind - October 30, 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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DAN OWEN – “Moonlight” (iTunes) (Spotify)
A few months ago, Owen did some damage on a number of Viral charts with a lovely ballad called “Made To Love You”. It stands at over 1.7 million plays to date on Spotify. His Open Hands And Enemies EP reveals more to the artist, including this standout song.

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GREAT GOOD FINE OK – “Get Away” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Jon Sandler and Luke Moellman have been doing their thing for some time now, and with a new EP due at the top of the year, it’s a release to look forward to, especially with the consistency of their previous two EPs. This single is another catchy electropop tune.

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JESSE RUBEN – “Scared Of America” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Ruben provided some sunny pop rays with his delightful “First Day Of Summer” in mid-July, but this release is much more serious in tone. It’s real life, and it’s raw. Released in acoustic form, rather than a studio cut, it underscores the solemn nature of the tales.

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SLOW SUGAR – “Shotgun” (iTunes) (Spotify)
They might have slow in their act name, but this New York City duo is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. This is their third track to appear on the Rewind since August, and it’s a wicked musical weapon that pierces the pop world in all its edgy glory. Great song.

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YOUNG SUMMER – “Heart In Slo Mo” (iTunes) (Spotify)
After a solid run of four EP cuts to be included in the Rewind, let’s extend that total to five. Featured on You Would Have Loved It Here, which came out two days ago, “Heart” is Bobbie Allen in her element, gliding over the beat of a new wave-influenced winner.

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
ANDREW BELLE – “You” (SoundCloud)
JAKIL – “Unforgivable” (SoundCloud)
SCOTT QUINN – “Delicate” (SoundCloud)
YOUNG TIDES – “Easy Love” (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, 9/11 – 9/17

Record Rewind - September 18, 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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CAPPA – “Hey Hi Hello” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Bonjour and hola to another fun song from this Nashville singer, featured on her recent EP release titled Queen Of Hearts. She’s certainly been the Queen of the Rewind recently, with several cuts included to date. What are you waiting for? Check out her EP.

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EZA – “Sway” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Also adding to the abundance of Nashville pop this week is a cut from the scintillating and sensual Dead Reckoning EP, the latest set of songs from performer Ellery Bonham. It’s truly a great body of work. Look out for the sweat pouring out of your speakers.

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JUNIOR PROM – “You, Me, And Joe Strummer” (iTunes) (Spotify)
True story: I originally heard this song back in February 2015 when I was consulting at Atlantic Records, and this act, which was a duo at the time, was signed to sister label Elektra. Times have changed, but the track is still excellent, and I absolutely support it!

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MILLINGTON – “Being” (iTunes) (Spotify)
The only international singer in this week’s review is a great discovery from Melbourne, Australia. Tom Millington combines pop and world sounds to create this upbeat stomper, which was written about the joys of his daughter’s birth. Very sweet thing to do!

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ROZES – “Under The Grave” (iTunes) (Spotify)
During the summer, the Philadelphia singer dropped “Hangin’ On”, which continues to see some action from a set of remixes. On Friday, “Under” was released, an electronic pop single that sounds like it’s bound for radio play. Will it bloom beyond the blogs?

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SLOW SUGAR – “Pieces” (iTunes) (Spotify)
In early August, I covered this New York duo and their track “Hypnotic Love”, which was a great debut. Now, Danielle Harris and Alex Utay return with another solid indie pop song, full of dream and ethereal influences. Check out that wordplay in the chorus.

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For more new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
ADAM SAMPLE – “Weekend” (SoundCloud)
AIRPLANE MAN – “Take Me All The Way Home” (SoundCloud)
JAMES DROLL – “Sleepwalker” (SoundCloud)

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 7/31 – 8/6

Record Rewind - August 7, 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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CAPPA featuring JON SANTANA – “Wannabe” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Spice up your life with this cool cover by Carla Cappa and producer Jon Santana, who was also credited as a featured act last year on her update of “No Scrubs”. Who will be next: Blaque? Dream? 702? Regardless of what she chooses, I’m definitely here for it.


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LYON HART – “Falling For You” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Hart’s been on my radar since last year, when he released an EP called With Or Without Me. After focusing on featured slots, this New York City singer has a new release. Combining a smooth R&B-flavored melody with an impassioned vocal, it’s a great effort.

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MYZICA – “We Belong Together” (iTunes) (Spotify)
The talented Nashville duo of Isaaca Byrd and Micah Tawlks has another delicious pop sound to go around. Before you ask, no, it isn’t a Mariah Carey cover. This is, however, an electric ride into the era of Kim Wilde and The Bangles. So, jam out and have fun.

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PETER WISE – “Denial”
It’s wise to listen to Peter… at least, that’s what I believe. I enjoyed his “Sweet Solitude” single in June, and while that release saw him digging into some silky soul, this song is a pop tune with some solid tempo. Look out for more from the versatile singer soon.

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RALPH – “Something More” (iTunes) (Spotify)
We all asked for “something more” from this Toronto singer after “Cold To The Touch” did so well earlier this summer, and it’s a great feeling to know she delivered with her latest track. Singer Raffa Weyman has another synthpop jam with a meaningful lyric.

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SATCHMODE – “State Of Mind” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Los Angeles’s dynamic dream pop duo just got a little more dreamier with their new single. They’ve had millions of streams and a plethora of blogs behind them, so their “state of” career is also looking quite whimsical. Love Hz is due to be released in October.

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SLOW SUGAR – “Hypnotic Love” (iTunes) (Spotify)
I’ve been looking for a single from these two (Alex Utay and Danielle Harris) for some time now. They put on a good live show. If they play again in New York City, you should check them out. “Hypnotic” is an enticing and potent pop ballad with nice potential.

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VOKES – “Wrong” (iTunes) (Spotify)
If you haven’t listened to this California musician’s EP titled Fractalism, you’re missing out on a great set of songs. Of course, I’m a little biased, as I’ve supported the project since the beginning of the year. “Wrong” is so right, with its soothing melody shining.

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For more new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
ADAM JENSEN – “Drugs” (SoundCloud)
DELAMARE – “Black And White Space” (SoundCloud)
PAPER LIONS – “My Number” (SoundCloud)
SCAVENGER HUNT – “River Runs Dry” (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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