Groover Playlist 118 | Pop Goes The World

Today's offerings are heavy on pop and electronica. Nothing wrong with that.

House Keeper keep the illusions alive, Double Poney come in hot, Matilde G rings your bell, Dorian Ruiz sings about a special someone, Ceteropsin play around 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 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, spend some time with today pop and electronica-centric playlist:


House Keeper | Oh Illusion Oh

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Dance-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:House Keeper is a project born under the tutelage of Amhri Maya, singer, composer, performer and multi-intrumentalist gifted with a singular, warm and very personal voice and impressive lyrical flights. Previously the leader of the group Amhaya, which she led mainly on the jazz scene, today she wants to focus on the dancing youth of club house. The main goal of this new project is therefore to move asses and awaken the world of French house / pop. She is influenced by Kaytranada, Bonnie Banane, Jacques, Daft Punk, H.E.R., Sabrina Claudio and others.”

Double Poney | Tripes Hot

HOME BASE: France.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Tripes Hot is the first single from Double Poney’s new EP, out Sept. 25. They say: “Lives revolted / Prods that beat up / Hilarious and dancing audience / Festive electro rap / Beautiful, intelligent and funny texts.”

Matilde G | Doorbell

HOME BASE: Singapore.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Matilde G has always marched to her own beat — and now she’s ready to bring that beat to her new single. The Italian singer, songwriter and performer based in Singapore pushes the boundaries of pop with her music and vocals. With the passion for singing and songwriting running through her veins from a very young age, Matilde G brings passionate lyrics and sparkling melodies that truly highlight her soul-shattering vocals that have the power to provoke a profound response amongst her listeners. Her ardor for music and performing knows no bounds as this young lady aims to not only reimagine the sounds of pop but make her mark in the genre.”

Dorian Ruiz | Ma Elle

HOME BASE: France.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “After the singles All My Life and Danse Avec Moi, Dorian Ruiz comes back and surprises again with Ma Elle, a deep and very meaningful title. Ma Elle denounces nothing, claims nothing but carries a powerful and assumed message, a message of acceptance that questions identity, self-esteem and love. Ma Elle rewrites codes and genres. Through the prism of androgyny, intermingle and disappear these same genres, synonymous with an identity imposed, polluted, endured and too often hidden. To love yourself, to love a man, to love a woman, the important thing is to love. Dorian Ruiz delivers a message of freedom, positivity and love, without ever disguising himself as a lesson giver.”

Ceteropsin | Playground Piece

HOME BASE: United States
GENRE: Electronica.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Ceteropsin is a composer, producer and musician based in N.Y.C. This track is the opener of my debut album My Library Is Filled With Backbeats. It’s a feel-good instrumental. I’m really happy with the quality of this track and the rest of the album.”

Jack Rayne | Candlelight

HOME BASE: Australia.
GENRE: Folk.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “With shades of yesteryear and passion only a six-foot-tall ginger can possess, storyteller Jack Rayne depicts the mountainous highs and heartbreaking lows of the day to day in the most beautiful of ways. Boasting one of the most captivating voices on the Australian east coast, the Sydney-sider has graced audiences nation wide with his authentically raw live show. Rayne combines the traditional rustic nature of roots/Americana music with a unique vocal flair, creating a sound that is all his own. Rayne has the ability to tell emotional tales without sacrificing musicality, especially when he surrounds himself with some of the finest young touring musicians in the country to form the Jack Rayne Band. Candlelight tells the story of true love finally found. A story about the simpler things in life and the beauty within them. With a unique blend of acoustic rhythm, whaling pedal steel, and sprinkles of sparkly mandolin, Jack has created a heart-warming love song, but without the cheesiness. This latest release from Jack will leave you in a hurricane of emotions, and that’s where the beauty of Raynes’ writing truly lies.”

Kompass | Horizons

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Prog Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Kompass are a progressive rock band with intense focus on picking up where the rock genre left off, taking it in a new direction while regaining some of the truer, finer roots that give rock its timeless flavor. The primary Kompass inspirations come from classic rock, ’80s music and some of the progressive rock greats like Queen, Dream Theater (before 2000), Yngwie Malmsteen, The Alan Parsons Project, and Mr. Big.”

Skid Life | Joker

HOME BASE: Brazil.
GENRE: Metal.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Skid Life are a thrash metal group from Brazil founded in 2004 by Anthony Juno (guitar and vocals). They are influenced by Megadeth, Metallica, Sepultura, Slayer, Gojira, Alice in Chains, Black Sabbath and others. They mix classic metal with thrash and the Seattle sound of grunge. So far, the group, which also inclues Billie (bass guitar and vocals) and Gar (drums), have released five studio albums.”

David Kelmer | Love Is A Way Of Living

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Indie-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Studying as a professional drummer for 15 years, David Kelmer has enjoyed playing a variety of different genres through various covers, but now, he is ready to release his first single Love Is A Way Of Living. The song shares a vibe with The BeatlesA Day In The Life, as Kelmer reminisces about connections from elementary school to university. The instrumentation is simple and quaint, featuring a steady drumbeat and soft/tranquil vocals. The backing acoustic guitar and vocals give the track a trippy psychedelic feel — think Paul McCartney’s Ram. There are operatic breaks full of whimsy and wit and the message of the song is hammered in the listener’s mind constantly. Simply, this is a song about the joys of life and how love conquers all. It should be how we all live. “It’s about spreading love and peace of mind,” Kelmer says. He is gearing up for the release of his debut album Love Is A Way Of Living sometime this October.”

Fily Leela | You Versus Me

HOME BASE: Belgium.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Fily Leela is an artist from Liège. Her music takes us to a pop universe with a mixed atmosphere of electro and soul sounds, under intimate, fragile and deep melodies. Her songs are reflections on the emotional world, experiencing feelings and tell us sometimes complex stories. Her repertoire is made up of strong songs: Emotional complexity is at the center of the pieces. She wants to reach her audience by reminding them how important it is to evolve in harmony with what makes us vibrate, and how important it is to be yourself, even if it means sailing against the current sometimes. Her first single You Versus Me is influenced by artists such as Charlotte Cardin, London Grammar or India.Arie.”

Abhi Manapragada | The Mask That I Wear

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Folk-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Born in Jamaica and raised in Louisiana, I was exposed to various different genres at a young age, from Hindi music to reggae. As my love for the guitar and music grew throughout the years, I began to see the beauty in all of them. With a message of peace, love, and empathy, I hope to explore different genres in order to have a better understanding of the cultures behind the them. All music shares the human story.”

Velvet Stairs | Do You Copy? (ft. MIcky Green)

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Synth-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Jean-Christophe Villain is a Parisian director and musician who makes music as Velvet Stairs. He spreads his reveries in mazes of instrumental melodies with imaginative scents, tinged with images formed by haunting calls of electro from elsewhere. Since 2014, he has been pursuing this musical project while making clips and visuals, exploring “cinematic” music, where sounds revisit and reinvent images. Images respond to music and music to image. When Micky Green’s pop universe meets Velvet Stairs, it results in a singular and cinematic track. A dive into the 80s, with stranger things accents with a resolutely contemporary sound.”

Harley | Mashup Prophetic

HOME BASE: Belgium.
GENRE: Urban Gospel.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Kusa Harley is a young talent and former member of the Belgian groups Les Erudits du Mic and Voice of Angels who is embarking on a solo career as an urban gospel artist. His first single Mashup Prophetic will take you away from the tedious image you have of Sunday mass.
He explains: “My concept is developed by the image of the contemporary prodigal son who dances, sings to express his return to the source. Mashup Prophetic … develops my message around the reality of what God is and my personal experience with him. The choice to vary the style from jazz to hip-hop and from African music to funk-soul is above all made to reinforce the urban and open character of my project.”

Homme Grenouille | Elle Me Va

HOME BASE: France.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Elle Me Va is a ’70s-style French pop song combined with house music and a layer of acid. We believe it’s a perfect soundtrack for a summer road trip. The lyrics are in French and  are about the love for a car.”

Cem Sari | Enigma

HOME BASE: Germany.
GENRE: Electronica.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I have been working on this album long enough now to believe that it now has reached the best potential to be called a masterpiece. No real genre to classify, no usual song structures, no boundaries — but lots of strings, guitars, beats and vocals. Though great songs need no words!”

Nsty VHS | 起きろ

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Electronica / R&B.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I hope you can turn on my music in a minibus while you drop your kids off at school. Or play it in strip clubs or cafes. I make R&B pop bangers with a hint of rap, synthwave, and house music. I do everything.”

Eliott Fournier | Old Brother (Demo)

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Electronica.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I prefer to let the song speak for itself. It is part of a five-track EP project that will be released on Oct. 1.”

Paul Dubail | Sailing Down

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Jazz-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I’m an independent musician and composer from Paris who writes for different artists as well as for myself. I decided to compose an EP this year with the help of a few incredible vocalists. Sailing Down is an old song that encompasses all the styles of music that I love.”


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