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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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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 7/3 – 7/9

Record Rewind - July 10, 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 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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BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT featuring ELTON JOHN – “Symmetry Of Two Hearts” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Next week marks the release of Rod Thomas’s latest album, Choreography, and based on the instant grat tracks so far, I think I’ll be enjoying it thoroughly. If you need a dose of 1987 in 2016, his intelligent and unabashedly bold pop melodies are a great treat.

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ELLE WATSON – “Phantom” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Watson last appeared on the blogs a couple of months ago; that’s when “Losing Any Sleep” debuted, a track that’s now achieved a massive 550,000+ streams on Spotify. Tapping into an ethereal R&B-flavored world, the haunting results are worth a few plays.

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GIRL FRIEND – “Hello Stranger”
This Manchester band has been a regular on my SoundCloud feed for about a year now, crafting great singles like “Tragic On The Dancefloor” and “Waste My Time”. Their latest gem, mixed by Louis La Roche, should be no stranger to your new music playlist.

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GRAHAM COLTON with EMILY HEARN – “Where You Wanna Go” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Colton’s had two big top five singles on my personal chart, including the #1 hit “Best Days” in 2008, so I’m always happy to find a new song from him. Collaborating with Hearn, their catchy folk/pop record is great for any road trip playlist this summer or fall.

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MYZICA – “Love & Desire” (iTunes) (Spotify)
The Nashville duo, consisting of Isaaca Byrd and Micah Tawlks, strikes again with a delicious bright pop record. It’s the first taste of their forthcoming album, due in September. Driven by synth and drums, “Love” effortlessly captures a youthful 80’s memory.

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SAM TINNESZ featuring MAGIC MANSIONS – “Doesn’t Get Better Than This”
Tinnesz has been busy with two different projects in the last year, one being WΛVE & ROME and the other under his given name. In either case, many of his songs have been on TV recently, so expect this potent punch of rock realness in your living room soon.

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VINYL THIEF – “Letting Me Off Easy” (iTunes) (Spotify)
The Touch EP from this Nashville quartet was finally released on Friday. They’ve served up some hot cuts from the set in the last few weeks, and the last track from it, a dark fusion of electronic and indie rock, is among my favorites. It easily gets my approval.

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X&Y – “Footprints”
Last summer, I found this U.K.-based trio’s song “Rocket Science” on SoundCloud, but this may be their best single to date. Both their writing and production have unleashed a fresh energy and bigger sound for this track. Dig into it (your ears, not your toes.)


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For more new music, we suggest…
ALLIE X – “All The Rage” (iTunes) (Spotify)
APOLLO LTD – “Goodbye” (SoundCloud)
WILD – “Where Love Lives” (iTunes) (Spotify)

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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