Groover Playlist 110 | Getting A Move On

Check out the latest offerings from a great slate of international musical artists.

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Human Approach share the love, Florian Brunner is the passenger, Chems go into the light, Yokohama Café do it again — and we’re just getting started with today’s submissions from Groover, a platform that connects artists with critics like me for a small fee. You can (and should) follow me on Spotify HERE, check out my Top 150 playlist HERE, or 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, go HERE. But first, take a trip through these impressive international offerings:

 


Human Approach | Love In The Afternoon

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Indie-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: Human Approach prefer to let their music do the talking.


Florian Brunner | The Passage

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Electronica.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Florian Brunner is a composer of electronic music, which explores sounds and melodies. He develops his work with a variety of apps and plugins which allow him to expand his creative palette and find new sonic colors. Virtual instruments have unleashed his creativity and he can express his vision like never before. This cinematic single builds a universe, moving from one world to another, giving the feeling of being a passenger who travels through melodies and atmospheres. The instrumental and electronic sounds mingle within a sound river that transports us into poetic and futuristic spheres, with dimensions that seem infinite and mysterious.”


Chems | Bathed In Light

HOME BASE: Australia.
GENRE: Electronica.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Matt Wilson, known professionally as Chems, is a musician and producer from Sydney, Australia. He is known for an eclectic and experimental style of electronic music whose accessibility is counterbalanced by dark undertones. His influences vary from hyperpop to the darker side of jungle, drum and bass, witch house and trap, with a healthy dose of punk.”


Yokohama Café | De Novo

HOME BASE: Portugal.
GENRE: Indie Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Yokohama Café is a solo project by Allan Yokohama, a Brazilian musician and producer living in Portugal. He says: “De Novo was written during the first lockdown in 2020 and it is a song about how we miss our friends, family, as we’ve being away from our home country.”


Kiey | Sunday Sanctuary

HOME BASE: Vietnam.
GENRE: Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Sunday Sanctuary is the first single from Kiey’s sophomore album of the same name. The song, at its core, is about the serenity and happiness of spending time with loved ones on a Sunday. The lyrical content describes the feeling of exhaustion after a busy week of work and the joy of spending the whole of Sunday with someone, be it a lover or a family member, doing various mundane activities (taking walks, shopping, drinking coffee etc). The message and tone of the song represents the overarching sweet and euphorically pleasant mood of the album.”


El Sordo | Sugar Daddy

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Reggaeton.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:El Sordo has been hard of hearing artist from birth, and has always been fascinated by the world of music. He sings in Spanish and manages to make a living from his passion, thanks to a cochlear-implant hearing aid. After some very promising first singles (Pila de Cosa, No Habla and Hasta la Vista), he unveils his new track Sugar Daddy, a slightly provocative clip with a touch of humor.”


Olivyah | Parle Moi

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Reggaeton.
THE TRANSLATE & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Olivyah is more sensual than ever on Parle-moi, a sweet and catchy track with a catchy chorus that stays in our heads. Olivyah expresses her desires to her lover: she wants his attention, his affection and that he speaks to her about love. “Tell me about the dreams you have at nigh,” she sings. “Tell me you’re good since I’m in your life.” The accompanying clip captures the mood of the song very well: A visual in warm colors and sensual scenes between Olivyah and her chosen one.”


Segur4-Te! | Estás Cá Dentro

HOME BASE: Germany.
GENRE: Latin-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “We are the Latin group Segur4-Te!,” constisting of Célia, Stefan and David Fernandes. We live in Germany but sing primarily in Portuguese and Spanish. We released our first album Viva la Fiesta in 2018 and have since gained a lot of stage, TV and radio appearances in many European countries.”


DJ Drk | Bien Chill (ft. Yosef Flumeri)

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Reggaeton.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Over the years, Iranian-born French artist DJ DRK has been able to reinvent himself to give his productions dancefloor rhythms, moving from electro to moombathton and from pop to reggaeton, drawing on a wide range of inspirations and influences. A reggaeton song with a French accordion touch, this collaboration between French DJ DRK and  Venezuelan singer Yosef Flumeri is a track to dance to this summer.”


Vana Liya | Round n Round (ft. Pepper)

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Reggae-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Nirvana Goberdhan (aka Vana Liya) grew up outside of New York City. Being of Caribbean descent, Vana was surrounded by soca, calypso, dancehall and reggae music. Vana’s mom gave her a ukulele for Christmas and a few years later she began covering songs by some of her favorite artists. The combination of the ukulele and her soft voice put a unique twist on some reggae-rock staples. Artists like 311, Rebelution, Stick Figure and SOJA shared Vana’s covers across social media. Since then, Liya has released a series of singles. Her latest track Round n Round was produced by Johnny Cosmic of Stick Figure. Vana’s raw, sweet, & ethereal vocals cascade over a meandering groove, paired with Pepper frontman Kaleo Wassman’s iconically bold lyrical delivery. Round n Round relates that mystifying mix of loneliness and wanderlust familiar to the wayfaring traveler & the roving artists who stray far from home to follow their muse across the globe. “I remember being at this house party somewhere in the Virgin Islands, people were all around me but I was still feeling so homesick that I suddenly walked outside and just started crying,” Liya explains. “But in that moment, I looked up at the sky and I saw the constellation Orion. Growing up, it was always my favorite because every time I would pull into my driveway in my house in New York I could see it. Gazing up through my tears to see Orion suddenly just made me feel like I was at home.”


Emanuele Zuelli | Balla

HOME BASE: Italy.
GENRE: Reggaeton.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “This song makes me happy, I want to dance and sing aloud in the car. I think this is the best for a song. Don’t you think so too?”


Melk4rt | Nowhere To Belong

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Synth-Pop.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Melk4rt’s sound is an unclassifiable brand of experimental minimalism incorporating everything from jazz to punk. While creating a product of the unconscious, Melk4rt aims recast the classic models of contemporary composition and interpretation.”


Taxi 404 | Tes Paupières

HOME BASE: Lebanon.
GENRE: Hip-Hop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “We are a French-speaking Lebanese group founded in 2017 in Beirut by Aminn (vocals), Andy (guitar / vocals) and Hanna (drums). We have released two EPs. We make music because that’s all we know how to do, even if sometimes it can be complicated in the socio-political-economic climate that we are currently experiencing in Lebanon. We are more than motivated and are convinced that we could bring a breath of fresh air to the French music scene.”


Emy Taliana | Pride Liberates

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Folk-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Hello beautiful humans. This new single is very very special to me and my community. In collaboration with Dominique Provost-Chalkley (from Wynonna Earp, the Canadian TV show), we really want to spread light, love and hope with this song.”


Stefano Franco-Bora | Spectral FullMoon Party Jeopardy

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Electronica.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Stefano Franco-Bora is a French/Italian multimedia artist, and an unexpected outsider on the international stage of 2021. Riding On The Sky Storm Mystery is his independent electro EP, featuring collaborations with Marie Galante and Caribbean beatmaker Jean-Michel Ibalot. Its playlist presents a poetically surreal and dystopian fairy tale running through five episodes/acts.”


Outlier | Back From The Brink

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Pop-Punk.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “In some ways, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Dan Glover has always felt like an outsider — a person who watches from the fringes and uses what he sees as inspiration. This is true in all facets of his life: Civil litigation lawyer, father, loving husband and musician. It’s why he decided to release his latest album Where Are We Now? under the moniker Outlier. The 10-track LP of jangle pop and contemporary rock reflects the joy and sorrow Dan has experienced in the past few years. And it radiates honesty. This is a guy who isn’t afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve and share a snapshot into his life with his listeners. “This is a very personal album,” Dan says. “Some of the things I’m saying I almost felt like I shouldn’t, but at the same time, the lyrics and the music came out and I feel like I just have to put it out there.”


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