Groover Playlist 98 | No Degrees Of Separation

Another crop of great new music from around the country & around the corner.

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Yuken heads East, Vapa goes mental, Camilla Wells feels it in her bones, VA2S is insistent — and they’re not the only ones making a point in today’s submissions from Groover, a platform that connects artists with critics like me for a small fee. You can (and should) visit and follow my Tinnitist Top 150 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, make some time for these folks:

 


Yuken | Matsuri

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Electronica.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Yuken is an Asian-style electronic music producer, mixing mainly Japanese and Chinese sounds with techno, house, dance and trance music. Most lyrics have a real meaning and were recorded in studio. He is passionate about Asian culture mixed with technology. He has traveled throughout China, Japan and all around Asia. He is also an independent art director in advertising and creates all his visual designs.”


Vapa | Mental (ft. Cabadzi)

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Electronica.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “French music producer Vapa makes his presence felt on the dance floor with indie electronic and late-night rhythmic patterns. Since 2017, Vapa has been pushing himself further into the scene through his singles, developing his following. The tracks created through this solo project have consistently been layered with a careful hand. The core structures tend to be built around harmonic work and reverberating pulses, framework which Vapa then seeks to fill with themes he’s living for. While Vapa demonstrates his refusal to limit his audio style with each track, he remains consistent in his inclusion of found sound, sampling from various journalists or well-known personalities. In this way he imbibes his work with the discourse of global issues, making successful attempts to remove the divide between dance floor music and the multifaceted reality of our modern world.”


Camilla Wells | Bones

HOME BASE: Italy.
GENRE: Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Camilla Wells was born in in 1994 and grew up in the province of Pavia, where she still lives. After high school she began taking voice lessons and she sang in several bands, expressing her varied musical influences, ranging from genres, rap, nu-metal, black music and soul. In 2017, Camilla joined the prog-rock band Unreal City as background vocalist and took part in their album Frammenti Notturni. In 2018, she began working on her own project with Vincenzo Del Corno. In November she released her first single Lonely, produced by Marco Barusso and Del Corno. Bones is the reckoning of a painful experience that leaves deep wounds in the soul and affects the body.”


VA2S | Insistance (Part 1)

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Hip-Hop.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I am a 20-year-old artist from Nice. I have always had a great passion for music but it was only recently that I really got started by releasing several single. I think I have finally found my style and the quality I wanted to target, that’s why I’m in the middle of preparing my project 13. I was very influenced by the R&B of the ’90s and ’00s, and more recently by artists such as Drake or The Weeknd. In French rap, my great influence would be Damso for his melancholy lyrics, but also others such as Luidji Ash Kidd or Nov.”


Michael G. Jennings | Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Aria

HOME BASE: Italy.
GENRE: Classical.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Music has always been a long-lasting companion for Michael G. Jennings, but only recently has it transformed from representing a healing presence in everyday life to being a true expression of commitment, research, growth, and existence. Alongside his musical development, he has also graduated cum laude in theoretical philosophy with a thesis on the philosophy of music. The correlations and intertwinings between these two fields of experience and expression have always fascinated him and have been a constant aspect of his interpretative thought.”


Le Juiice | Que Du Love

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Hip-Hop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Initiated by director and producer Vincent Egret, the TV show #RAPELLES highlights 13 artists — very different women united by rap and hip-hop. #RAPELLES is a project promoting freedom of expression, diversity and speaking out. Their grandiose second season opens up on the relentless Que Du Love championed by Le Juiice, a bewitching French rap sensation with trap and Afro-American influences.”


Metjoeww | Untold Story

HOME BASE: Belgium.
GENRE: Neo-Classical.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Untold Story is about giving a voice to those who don’t have that platform. We all have a story to be told, we all have obstacles to overcome, we all have fears to face. This song leads you through it all.”


Samira | Akha

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Samira, 24 years old, from Haute-Savoie, of Algerian origin. From a young age, I have always sung. But I have never dared to show myself to the general public out of fear. Today I have decided otherwise. I decided to take the plunge. I have a talent I must show it. I would like the world to discover my music.”


C2B Dirty | BRB

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Hip-Hop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:C2B Dirty is an artist and singer with multiple talents. Born in Ivory Coast, he moved to Canada in 2012. C2B aspires to be a proud representative of Montreal’s hip-hop and rap culture. He says: “This track is from my first EP. The chorus is a mixture of French and English typical of Montreal culture..”


Danielpix | Human Legacy

HOME BASE: Italy.
GENRE: Synth-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: Danielpix let their music do the talking.


Mona | Un Boltanski

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Classical-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Mona is a French singer-songwriter who loves songs about women. In her second album, Hors Du Monde, she creates female characters with thwarted destinies and sings their life with a voice imbued with fado. Mona’s intense vocals perfectly express the harsh lives of those women. We can feel intimately the implications of their choices as lovers and mothers. They are both wretched and splendid. Mona softly gives to her music a poetic and political tone. Her artistic choices against the flow are bold as well as her characters. Mona shares their will to act despite of their destiny, preferring walking uncertain side paths rather than comfortable but crowded highways. The result is breathtaking and shall ravish music lovers’ hearts. This clip was born from a close collaboration between Mona and the videographer-photographer Anne-Laure Etienne. In it, Mona retraces her memories of childhood, when anything is possible without judgment or hindrance. Un Boltanski is the first single from Hors Du Monde, out June 18.”


A.Lundgren | Black Road

HOME BASE: Sweden.
GENRE: Blues.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:A.Lundgren is a Swedish original artist of many forms. From smoking crack in the Vegas underground world to spending time with Tibetan monks in caves far up in the Himalayas, wherever he has been makes the foundation of his art. Even though he has no fame, his music is slowly and steadily being spread. His album Bad Buddah was produced by T.Larsson and recorded outside Lockerbie, Scotland. Like being high on magic mushrooms for the first time, this album has a happy touch. If you like the dusty blues, feel free to fire it up.”


Walybear | Fly Away

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: R&B.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I’m a guitarist and singer. I produce my sounds in my room and I busk when the beautiful days arrive. I have been make music for a few years now in a mix of various styles (hip-hop / lo-fi / pop / ambient). I will soon be releasing an album with sounds that are particularly close to my heart. It includes the song Fly Away.”


Derek Orsi | The Day He Fell Off The Face Of The World

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Indie-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “A frenetic guitar chord echoes, followed by a chirping melodic synth line, heavy bass riff, and monolithic drum beat. A man tumbles through a wormhole into an endless void and the sonic atmosphere is gritty and dark. You’re now in the realm of Montreal’s Derek Orsi — specifically in the orbit of his latest single The Day He Fell Off The Face Of The World. “This is a song about escaping the material world and diving into the ethereal world. It’s about a person’s disinterest in the prison we live in on Earth and looking to move beyond its limited physical construct through love and awareness,” Orsi says. The Day He Fell Off The Face Of The World, is a track that will make you nostalgic for the sounds of early grunge and a cosmic reinvention of modern alt-rock. Orsi wrote the track during a period of his life when he was constantly alone, somewhat of an outsider. He’d wake up late in the afternoon and head to his studio to write, produce and record music deep into the night.”


Janine DiVita | Try

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Hey there! After working on Broadway as a performer for 12 years (I made my debut as Rizzo in Grease), I decided during the pandemic and the Broadway shutdown that I would focus on my first love — making music. I wanted to create an EP that is about resilience and trying to communicate. I wanted there to be a great beat and I wanted people to jam out. Try is the first single of my first EP.”


Max Malon | Kenshiro

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Metal.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I am a guitarist, author, composer and performer. I just released an EP called Manga Guitar. As its name suggests, this record is a rock-funk tribute to Japanese anime.”


Elise | 3.0 (trois point zéro)

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Synth-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Elise is free and natural; she is human, fragile and endowed with an almost permanent empathy. What is striking is her writing, which is at the same time skilful, lively and deep, coupled with a deep and veiled voice. 3.0 is a dancing single, a sunny and quirky pop song.”


Superhead | Supersoaker

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Punk.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Superhead are an indie punk trio that combine loud and raucous noise with melodic pop-sensibilities to create a massive euphoric sound full of youth. Originating from the independent music scene south of Boston, the band formed in late 2019 out of guitarist Jason Frankel’s need to put his songwriting to good use. He would later enlist the help of drummer Aidan Kane andn bassist Bran James. Supersoaker is their first single. Frankel says: “I wrote this song when I was 15 and trying to write the ‘PERFECT indie teen anthem’ after feeling inspired by indie bands that had created something similar. Simultaneously, I was having a huge existential crisis. Those two feelings clashed and I ended up writing a majority of the song really quickly. I’ve felt very proud for writing it because of that euphoric and youthful feeling it has.”


Burnic | Home

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Electronica.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Home is my new seven-track project, released on May 21. I wanted to associate my vision of dark electronic with film scoring, mainly from ’80s. I hope you will feel this ambiance I wanted to create and like the whole thing.”


Miranda Elise | Let You Know

HOME BASE: Switzerland.
GENRE: Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I was born in P.E.I., but since 2000 I live in Switzerland. I speak and sing in English and French. I started writing and rapping since I was a teenager. One day, while going through my parents’ belongings, I came across this little book, stained and a little damaged, with the title Songs Without Music by Jim Corey. I turned to my mother (also a musician) and grandmother for more information. Jim Corey (James William Cushinan) was my maternal grandfather. I never knew him because he died when my mother was 18. I only heard stories about Jim and his love for writing, music and romance. After Jim passed away, the family collected his words and published a small book. I started to read it, meditate on it, get inspired by it … and compose! We are all looking for the truth and everyone has their own truth in them … So I decided to tell my own. I’m creating this project so that my grandfather’s words and my mother’s passion resonate through my music. But also, to share my experience and encourage people to do things that speak to us personally.”


PIB | Ready To Love You

HOME BASE: Spain.
GENRE: Synth-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “We are French but based in Ibiza and Barcelona. Inspired by our amazing scenic and homeland, we want to give positive emotion from our music and help animals in need in the same time. As the summer is coming and the Covid being beaten, we are happy to release our new production. Positive vibes (as always), produced in Barcelona and L.A. At PIB, we aim to create positive music between electro & pop, and we give 100% of our streaming revenues to animal charity.”


Abi Mia | This Life (Remix)

HOME BASE: United Kingdom.
GENRE: Dance-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Abi Mia of London arrive on the music scene with her debut single Fly Your Way in October 2020. She has since followed that up with multiple songs. She is inspired by ‘powerful vocalists and artists who are authentically themselves and use their music to make genuine connections with their audience.’ This includes Demi Lovato, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Sara Barelilles and BTS, to name a few! As well as taking influence from these amazing artists, she has developed her own unique style — a confident, powerful and emotion-filled voice with elements of soul. She says: “My upcoming track is a dance remix of one of my original songs, This Life — aiming to bring that energy for the summer and spread those positive vibes.”


Kennedy One | Drive

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Electronica.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Kennedy One is a multi-instrumentalist and producer that creates cinematic electronic music. As a ghostwriter, his music has played all over the world on radio, film and television. His debut album Metropolis was released in June 2020. Offering a journey of introspection, the album tackles the challenges of leaving the past behind in search of something new, a path that is often taken alone. Drive is his driving new progressive house single. The melodic track captures the hypnotic and propulsive energy from being on the open road — those late-night introspective moments when there’s nothing but the journey ahead of you.”


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