Groover Playlist 56 | Pushing The Envelope

The latest and greatest artists to send me their songs via the great Groover platform.

Jude Aston rides out some turbulence, Sebastian Sluck brings on the hurricanes, Kleanshot have no regrets, John Bringwolves fakes it and more in today’s submissions from Groover, a platform that connects artists with critics like me for a small fee. You can (and should) subscribe to my Tinnitist Groover Top 100 playlist HERE, or you can listen to it via the widget at the lower right of every page on this site. If you want to be in an upcoming playlist, click the link just below the widget or go HERE. But first, buckle up and enjoy today’s fine finds:


Jude Aston | Turbulent

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Folk-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Jude Aston is a singer-songwriter who mixes poetry, pop-rock and French songs. He has released a trilogy albums: Ce qu’on fait ici (2010), Hors du monde (2012) and Délinéation (2018). 2020 marks the start of a second trilogy. The first instalment L’Aube was released in February and will be followed by Zenith in early 2021. “Turbulent is a song I felt in my guts for a long time before I was able to find the right words and the right sound. It’s all about this agitation inside us all, and this strength that animate a whole generation wanting to change the world.”

Sebastien Sluck | Hurricanes (ft. Scarlett)

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Electronica.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I am a Composer and French DJ influenced by EDM. “Hurricanes is a collaboration made with the singer Scarlett AKA Sara Sangfelt. The musical genre is house, with a catchy vocal line and an energetic, joyful feeling! This period has felt like a giant hurricane. Things have been so crazy and uncertain, but we are finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. As the song says: ‘Hurricanes will always blow away’  — and when they do the sun will start shining again! This is the message of hope we are trying to convey.”

Kleanshot | Je Ne Regrette Rien

GENRE: Folk-Pop.
THE BIO & PRESS RELEASE: Nada. Clearly, Kleanshot are happy to let their music do the talking. And just as clearly, they don’t regret it for a second.

John Bringwolves | Fake To Say

GENRE: Electronica.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Fake To Say encompasses the emotional rollercoaster we have all have been through this year. The refrain “fake to say” expresses how social media platforms have become a mass production of fake/altered versions of reality/subjective realities. Stories, news, photos and videos are no longer a true testimony of what is really happening. With this track, I wanted to express both the distress and the frenzy of events creating this mood without asking too many questions.”

Emmanuel Della Torre | Entre Doux Rêve Et Cauchemar

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Folk.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Subtle trapper of the soul, Emmanuel Della Torre brings us inner treasures: Furs of the sweetest memories and fleeces of the worst moments. His new album is titled Le Folk, l’Or et l’Horizon.”

Carla Stark | Naive

HOME BASE: Belgium.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Carla Stark is a Belgian singer. Since 2016, she and Essaï Altounian have been working together, recording in Paris to finish her debut disc Karma. “This track is the first single out of my new EP that will release in Feb 2021. This song is kind of just what I needed to do and sing to get back in shape. I’ve had a very difficult year musically, being strung along by someone who promised a lot of things. Naive is what I am, it’s what gets me into emotionally difficult situations, but it’s also what opens up a lot of doors for me because I tend to trust people’s good intentions and in the process I do, most of the times, meet great people and live amazing things!”

Captain Smile | Love Paradise (feat. Le Petit)

HOME BASE: France.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “My name is Anthony Pelé. I am 29 years old, I am an actor and songwriter Love Paradise is my first single, where I sing for the first time.”

Olivia Khoury | Je Laisse Ici

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Folk-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Olivia Khoury is a Montreal singer-songwriter and interdisciplinary artist who fuses dance and music. Olivia charms audiences with her poetic lyrics and enthralling vocals. Her music is deeply rooted in jazz, folk and Latin rhythms. Her songs are rich with dreamlike textures and inspired by her numerous travels around the globe. “I started writing this song a year ago for one of my favorite places, the Magdalen Islands, while vacationing there. Unable to join the islands this summer, I ended up in a place that was just as important to me instead: Charlevoix. Just meters away from the beach is where I discovered my passion for jazz & singing several years ago.”

Achim | Reverse

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Urban.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Achim unveils Reverse, the first single from P, the third of four installments in his project. Achim highlights the paradoxes and inconsistencies of today’s society. Placing himself as the narrator of his story, the artist takes a step back and paints a true picture of reality. Far from an inexorable fatality, in this piece we can distinguish a certain optimism from an artist who has learned to live with his demons while watching the angels.”

Romain Berrodier | Up There

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Jazz.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I am a pianist. My upcoming album of 11 tracks was recorded as a trio in October 2020. It has nine instrumentals and two songs with vocals. A video for this song has been produced and will be released around Dec. 15, with the album arriving in January.”

Dr. PÂÂLE | Là Pour Vous Soigner

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Dr.PÂÂLE is a one-man band who sets stadiums on firem playing five instruments at the same time. His mono-orchestra plays a modern, energetic and exotic brand of blues. La Pour Vous Soigner, title of his upcoming EP, mixes complaints and resolutions, tears and laughter, as if opposites need each other. Fans of Jack White, Fantastic Negrito and even Vaudou Game will appreciate it.”

The Poors | Feather

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Indie-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:The Poors are a side project of The Artist Of The Year. Feather is the fifth and final instalment of their EP. It has a more personal touch than the previous tracks.”

Blitz Union | Human Robot

HOME BASE: Czechia.
GENRE: Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Blitz Union is a furious rock band that combines melodic pop with hard rock and EDM. Using a blend of heavy guitar riffs, industrial metal overtones and melodic rock vocals, Blitz Union refuses to be put into a specific genre or category. Blitz Union is about standing together in times of uncertainty. “in the Human Robot world, everyday is the same: Wake up, go to the job which you hate, go to sleep and repeat. Shaped by the stereotype, drained by the daily routine, we have forgotten what joy is and become too tired to live. Emotions disappear, the emptiness grows. Does this sound familiar to you? Watch out, you might become a Human Robot — a living tool which is just serving, not actually living.”

Bogart. | Desire

HOME BASE: Switzerland.
GENRE: Urban.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Bogart. is made up by the two Swiss friends and producers, Marin and Jannick. They are inspired by hip-hop from the ’90s and early 2000, along with other musical genres/styles. “Desire is inspired by the song Into The Woods by The Cure. It is about the unexpressed desires that every human being carries within himself. It was important to us to express this feeling as directly and sensually as possible.”

Doubleheader | Djanto (feat. Djely Tapa)

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Synth-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Blending beatmaking, DJing, rap, World beat, pop and much more, Doubleheader are the frontal collision between musician-producer Arthur Comeau (alias Radio Radio, Nom de Plume) and multi-instrumentalist producer and arranger Jean Massicotte (has worked with Patrick Watson, Jean Leloup, Lhasa, Arthur H and Alejandra Ribera, among others). Their wild mix of ideas shows what pop music can feel like in the 2020s. Blending space disco, blues, reggaeton, Cajun country and more, their beats and languages form genre-defying combinations of musical and vocal styles, creating Doubleheader’s unique signature.”

Charlie Grant | Diving For Gold

HOME BASE: United Kingdom.
GENRE: Folk-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “U.K. native Charlie Grant got his first break in music as a songwriter for hire, landing cuts with Melanie C, Michael Patrick Kelly, Simply Red, Robert Miles, Marco Mengoni and Leslie Clio, among many others. However, the original dream of writing and releasing music as an artist in his own right refused to stay quiet for long and kept pestering him from the back of his mind … so, pulling in favours and forming a new currency based on pints of beer owed to various musician friends and studio owners, Charlie got used to recording in the dead of night and set to work on a heartfelt set of songs focused on musicianship, storytelling, and song craft. Charlie has independently released several singles as well as the EP’s Chemistry and Astronaut. Diving For Gold is a joint release with Chester Travis and Spirit Animal Kollektiv. The song came into being as a happy accident when three songwriters met up to write songs for another artist.”

Joseph Mihalcean | Parle-Moi

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Alt-folk.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Composer, arranger and guitarist Joseph Marchand (aka Joseph Mihalcean) has asserted his presence on the music scene since 1997. He has worked with Ariane Moffatt, Stéphanie Lapointe, Safia Nolin, Pierre Lapointe and Beyries.  “Present on the Quebec music scene for many years as a composer, arranger and guitarist, His second single Parle-Moi will appear on his eponymous debut album, scheduled for March. It’s a sweet indie piece of alt-folk, a little balm for the heart that will accompany these first winter days beautifully.”


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