Groover Playlist 117 | Going Long

Take another trip around with the musical world with our latest stellar submissions.


Mort Rose pose a burning question, Chancy Squire embraces life, Larissa Tormey is an old-fashioned gal, Juliano takes to the trees 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) follow me on Spotify HERE, check out my Tinnitist 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, settle in for the long haul with today’s international lineup:


Mort Rose | Je Dois Savoir

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Country Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Mort Rose are a rock band founded in 2016 in Montreal. With a lifelong passion for psychedelic rock, the duo emulate the sounds of the late ’60s in an honest, personal and modern way to deliver music with a timeless aesthetic. Je Dois Savoir is the last single before the release of their album Au Revoir Cowboys on Sept. 10. it’s a country rocker with funky sounds and a fun atmosphere designed to set fire to any place, whether you’re on your own or with others.”

Chancy Squire | Life

HOME BASE: Germany.
GENRE: Folk-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Formed in 1980, the Hamburg band Chancy Squire have reunited after a long break. Modern arrangements with a playful ease are the sound of the musician’s hearts. Chancy Squire want to touch listeners’ hearts, create emotions and to help making the world a better place! Life wants to inspire you to rediscover the beauty and uniqueness of life every day. Take nothing for granted. Soak up life with all its diversity, colour and sublimity. Deep knowledge will strengthen your soul and and lovingly support you during emotional fluctuations.”

Larissa Tormey | Old Fashioned

HOME BASE: Ireland.
GENRE: Country.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Larissa Tormey — a native of Russia — released her first album Perfect As I Am in 2014, her second album God Loves A Trier in 2017, and her third album Cowgirls Don’t Cry in 2018. Old Fashioned is from her fourth country album. She says: “We filmed my new video on our farm in Co.Westmeath Ireland, with our neighbour, farmer Tom Lynam starring in it. Tom was a very shy person; everyone was surprised that he agreed to be filmed, but we had a lovely fun day and a sun was shining away. As I was getting ready to advertise my new release and the video, as my phone blinged with the message: ‘Hi Larissa, Tom Lynam passed away this morning … ’ His heart gave up while he was driving his tractor. I was going to postpone my video release but Tom’s family wanted me to go ahead as planned. They wanted people to see Tom smiling and dancing and be remembered like this!”

Juliano | Trees Of Gold

HOME BASE: Germany.
GENRE: Neo-Classical.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Juliano is a German composer who has been writing music since the age of 18. His sound is influenced by neo-classical piano music and by composers like Hans Zimmer, John Williams or James Horner. Before composing, he worked in different orchestras and arranged songs for different bands. His music is for all those people who need a break from the stress of life and like to let themselves fall in music. Trees Of Gold is inspired by nature.”

Panaviscope | Deep In Your Nest

HOME BASE: Switzerland.
GENRE: Indie-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Panaviscope is a one-man band formed by Alex, who composes, plays of all the instruments and sings. Deep In Your Nest is an original creation for the festival of La Bâtie in Geneva. It contains the characteristic ingredients of its particular universe: A rock influence, some melodic pop in evidence, a mellotron to bind the whole … we let you taste.”

Elevin | Light

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Electronica.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Elevin is a music producer who creates experiences to make the audience feel. His music is a mystical and mysterious entity that reflects the geometry of existence. Light is Elevin’s eighth release and tells a story through its melody. Listeners will feel the urge to dance to the highly detailed, evolving melodies.”

Enter Kaos | Night Driver

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Electronica.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Welcome. I’m a musician and producer. Come to my nightmares and let yourself be carried away in this incredible atmosphere.”

2012Beach x Bienveillance Gang | Bienveillance Beach

HOME BASE: France.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Bienveillance Beach is the first collaboration between the 2012Beach and Bienviellance Gvng collectives, bringing together artists from Paris and its suburbs. The track brings together H13NrV, KARL, netouw and Karole. The track, although initially intended to be light and celebrating the good understanding between the two collectives, took a whole new turn.”

Diname | Negro Pimenté

HOME BASE: France.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Diname is a talented artist from Paris with a lot of potential. After seven years away, he is making a comeback in rap, and has already recorded abot 20 titles. He is preparing an EP for release this year.”

Nicolas Willot | The Mirror

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Psychedelia.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Nicolas Willot composes, records and produces his songs by himself. After releasing Clair Obscur, an instrumental progressive rock EP declaring his love for the music of the ’70s and Pink Floyd in particular, Willot reveals more of his style and influences with his second project Blues on Mars. The Mirror displays a progressive, atmospheric and psychedelic style.”

Apophis | Apophis

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Indie-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Like Apophis, who dies so that the light may triumph, mourning is at the origin of this new band from Quebec City. Their first album unfolds in six songs, like six tableaux cohabiting in the same space, the resonances established between them infusing them with a sense of the whole. Apophis take the time it takes, the time it will take and the time it would have taken to find the light. On this first album, you will find velcro melodies, pleasure rock, a little prog (why deprive yourself of this exhilarating pleasure?), As well as a song whose title is the name of the group. Nothing less!”

Nina Wateko | The Traveler

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Afro-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Nina Wateko is a singer, songwriter and performer. The Tigress of African song with an angelic voice was born in the Republic of Congo. She began singing in 2004, at the age of 14. Her vocal surges have earned her the nickname Mama Africa. The Traveler is a true ode to love. With a voice that punctuates her soft and deep music, Wateko immerses music lovers in lyrical poetry at the crossroads of jazz, soul and world music.”

Rabajah | What’s Love

HOME BASE: Germany.
GENRE: Reggae.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:What’s Love is an uplifting and warm song, even though the lyrics are kinda sad. It features a full band (drums, bass, piano/ organ, guitar, sax, trombone, trumpet, two vocalists) but the sound is still well balanced, arranged and not overwhelming. For people that focus on lyrics, it has a message, but you can also just lay back and enjoy the rhythm.”

Paul Hernandez | Highs And Lows

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Hip-Hop / Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “If you want a hand for those moments in your life that seems like a roller coaster, this song is what you need. Paul Hernandez gives us Highs and Lows, a composition that encourages us to lose ourselves in the hope that we can find in the midst of chaos. It urges us to not lose faith and to embrace every breaking wave, knowing we will overcome each fall.”

Kahnin | We Go Up!

HOME BASE: Iceland.
GENRE: Folk-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Kahnin is an up-and-coming Icelandic artist. His latest single We Go Up! is about positivity. About a relationship that chooses to grow together not apart. The track incorporates some of Iceland’s finest musicians and is mixed by Grammy winner Philip Larsen.”

Jeremy Tuplin | In The Name Of Love (ft. DG Solaris)

HOME BASE: United Kingdom.
GENRE: Folk.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Jeremy Tuplin is an indie singer-songwriter from Somerset, U.K. His music incorporates intricate and rich lyricism and storytelling within soundscapes ranging from indie rock to psychedelic to space-folk. His space-themed debut album I Dreamt I Was Astronaut arrived in 2017, followed by 2019’s Pink Mirror and Violet Waves in 2020. 2021 brings a new approach and collaboration with fellow British singer-songwriter DG Solaris. They are a 100% British duo of who stay straight in their boots, spouting philosophical reflections on a modern production. Cosmos, chaos theory and human nature’s tendency to distort the truth in the name of love … A wonderful piece for the fall!”

Jean-Pascal Boffo | Colour-Blind (ft. Florent Simon)

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Folk.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Jean-Pascal Boffo is a French musician, guitarist and composer. He has been a sound engineer at Studio Amper since 1990, working on more than 300 records. After having played in progressive rock bands such as Larsen, Mandragore, and Troll (in studio with Magma’s choir and brass section in 1981), he became the first artist to be signed by the French progressive rock label Musea in 1985. He has released 11 albums since 1986. Colour-blind the second track from his collaboration with singer-songwriter Florent Simon. It is melancholic and intimate pop, where the guitar with dreamy harmonies accompanies a simple and soft song, lulled by soothing choruses and supported by a discreet keyboard.”

Bérénice | I Will Always Love You

HOME BASE: Canada.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Originally from Montreal, Bérénice has an ultra-powerful voice and stunning talent. She loves songs that are difficult to sing. Here is a new version of this wonderful classic from Whitney Houston.”

C.M. Jenkins | Piano Concerto #1

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Neo-Classical.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Christopher Jenkins is a pianist and composer in D.C. His debut album First Movements Along A Curve was recorded and mixed by Jeff Gruber at Blue House Productions in Silver Spring, Maryland. He says: “I wrote Piano Concerto #1 when I had finished my classical piano lessons at age 17. This was the first piece I had written, and it was very exciting and challenging! This piece really confirmed that I wanted to continue writing music, and eventually start a music career. The piano concerto switches between different tempos and dynamics, evoking images of rain and thunder during a storm.”

Paroxysm | Das Experiment

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Metal.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Montreal’s Paroxysm have been making brutal yet groovy death metal since 1996. Enjoy the intensity!”

Donita Rose | Please Don’t Leave Me

HOME BASE: Denmark.
GENRE: R&B / Soul.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “At the age of just 18, Donita Rose takes her first steps onto the scene with her debut single Please Don’t Leave Me. The song is a very personal story about a love slipping away, and the fear of losing the one you love. Donita Rose was born and raised in Denmark, but her roots are in the Philippines. She met producer Jonas Rendbo, at a youth music workshop he was teaching. They recorded Please Don’t Leave Me in less than two hours on the day they met. “Music is where I escape my pain and stress, and find peace and relief,” shse says.”

Yumeaki | Offline

GENRE: Electro-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Rome-born and raised Yumeaki is a multi-genre producer, singer and songwriter. Heavily inspired and influenced by Britney Spears and finding salvation in Lady Gaga, Yumeaki embraces all differences and fights for fairness and equality. Raised on mainstream pop and dance music, living in Japan for a long time has let Yumeaki come into closer contact with microgenres of electronic music — synthwave, lo-fi, hyperpop, etc. — which exert a huge influence on his work. Offline is a combination of Y2K bubblegum pop, electropop and more potently hyperpop, inspired by the likes of Sophie and Charli XCX.”

José Leguina & Gamlebyen | Booze & Jealousy

HOME BASE: Norway.
GENRE: Roots-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “A Spanish singer ang songwriter in Norway, José Leguina & Gamlebyen are an organic, sophisticated rattle orchestra with their soul on the outside of their shirts. This is messy Americana where rock meets tango, polka and crooked waltzes in the spirit of Tom Waits. It’s a goulash with a little Dan Auerbach, a little Nick Cave, a little Gil Scott-Heron and some Bulgarian brass on the top.”

Den Paq | Black Hole

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Instrumental Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Welcome to my musical universe. In the time of a wonder story, in the light of a perfect spark in time.”

Finn | Roll On

HOME BASE: Australia.
GENRE: Roots-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Roll On is the lead single from our new Mayrose album. It’s a country-blues-rock tune that explores life, death and the journey of mankind.”

Jon Thorstensen | Secret Place

HOME BASE: Norway.
GENRE: Jazz.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Secret Place is instrumental jazz created by the Norwegian composer and guitar player Jon Thorstensen. The memory of Steely Dan might come to mind in the harmonic language and the interplay between the guitar and horn section. Jon’s inspiration comes from different musical sources — from guitar slingers like John Scofield, Mike Stern, Jim Hall and John Abercrombie to The Meters and Earth, Wind & Fire.”

Cooper Waye | In Love

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Hip-Hop / R&B.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:In Love is a love song about finding that one person and not chasing any other girls. Before meeting this person, all these girls would play games, but this one never did — hence the line “Never thought in my life someone like you would come around.”

Prince Amine | Pienso En Ti

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Reggaeton.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Prince Amine is a hip-hop / R&B artist from Montreal with a sound as unique and diverse as his multicultural background. He was born in Morocco, but spent most of his childhood in Spain with his African American father before moving to Canada when he was 9. He released his first album XVIII on his 18th birthday. A few months later, he released his second album Hram Vybez. In 2020, he released a more personal concept album entitled Doubted Child with an old-school, soulful vibe but with a modern twist. For 2021, Prince Amine is releasing a new song every month. Pienso En Ti is an Afro-reggaeton fusion song mixing Spanish and English lyrics. It is the second single from his latest EP Hram Vybez 2.0.

The Official Christian Rapper, Mr. Raj | Carnival

HOME BASE: United States.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I am a born-again Christian! I do my level best to glorify my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and explain issues we deal with in our hearts and minds. Sin, OCD, ADHD, depression, pain, anger, sadness, salvation, happiness, love and joy are just a few that I’ll be presenting in songs. Carnival is the first single I wrote, recorded and released. It beats close to my heart.”