Groover Playlist 148 | More Winning Numbers

Mauvais Sang, Eunice Keitan, Lucie-Valentine & more artists you need to know.

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Mauvais Sang make time, Eunice Keitan uses smoke and mirrors, Kid Moxie shines, Lucie-Valentine shares a history lesson 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 quality time with these artists:

 


Mauvais Sang | 3h47

HOME BASE: France / Switzerland / United Kingdom.
GENRE: Indie Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Mauvais Sang are a rock band divided between London, Paris and Geneva. Combining noise-rock, literary songs and classical/contemporary music, they form a unique and unprecedented fusion. They are named after the film directed by Leos Carax — also known as The Night Is Young — and depicts the creative concept and the uncanny mix of all genres, just like Mauvais Sang’s music mixes daring saturated and nervous guitar sounds and the bright and majestuous voice of the harp. Mauvais Sang will release their first album on April 8. 3h47 is their second single from the album. It depicts the bestiality of the nightlife world, divided between hunters and prey. Powerful, striking and boosted by a side of techno, 3h47 is a hymn, with these obsessive final words chanted through a megaphone: ‘Toute sortie est définitive (Any exit is final)’ ”


Eunice Keitan | Smoke & Mirrors

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Soul / R&B.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Eunice Keitan’s soulful melodious voice is entrancing. Her international upbringing and her eclectic musical background are unmistakable in this Canadian singer-songwriter’s work, which tastefully blends alt-R&B, soul and World folk influences. Eunice was nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award for her EP Where The Road Begins and is set to release a new EP in June. Both the music and the video reflect the gritty, retro sound and its overall message, which is an exploration of how media shapes our reality/social consciousness and how we can push back against the polarization and division that keeps us from having meaningful discussion.”


Kid Moxie | Shine

HOME BASE: Greece.
GENRE: Electronica.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Kid Moxie is the musical moniker of Greek born, L.A.-based Elena Charbila. A blend of powerful beats, noir pop melodies and haunting soundscapes, Kid Moxie’s music is ethereal and engrossing. Her musical collaborations are diverse and unexpected, from indie upstarts like Gaslamp Killer to the legendary Angelo Badalamenti. Kid Moxie is working on her upcoming studio project Better Than Electric, which includes collaborations with MAPS and Faderhead. She is also working on an EP with the popular German electronic pop artist Nina. Shine is an ethereal and engrossing blend of powerful beats, noir-pop melodies and haunting soundscapes.”


Lucie-Valentine | Une Histoire à la Con

HOME BASE: Belgium.
GENRE: Indie-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “My music is a mix of electronic and French pop with a specific attention to lyrics. My album La Vie Est Belle travels from chaos to light. Solar and colorful, this new single is ideal for making romantic singles smile. It expresses my disillusionment with love in the era of online dating. This song was co-written with the French lyricists Livia Phélizon and William Larqué in 2016. It opens with the verse that inspired half of my stage name: “Hi, it’s me, Lucie.” For the video, I contacted Sophie De la Forêt whose retro, glamorous and colorful Instagram account was an immediate crush.”


Mat Vezio | Albert

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Folk-Pop.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “A multi-instrumentalist with an abundant imagination, singer-songwriter Mat Vezio combines literary landscapes and musical exploration. With his album Ciel Couleur Ecchymose, Vezio is interested in the symbolism of migration. A tribute to his ancestors who made the trip from Italy, a letter to his young son, an album of emancipation, and many disappearances, Ciel Couleur Ecchymose relies on the ball of migratory birds to talk about the issues of the displacement of peoples. ‘I thought a little sweetness right now would be nice. Here is my latest: Albert.’ ”


Blake Morgan | My Love Is Waiting

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Indie-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Blake Morgan’s soaring new single My Love Is Waiting is a tale of joyful defiancea and a signature of Morgan’s work. “If I had only three minutes to play anyone anything from this new record, I’d pick these three minutes,” he explains. “It’s a brazen love song that dares you not to get out of your chair.” This second single from Morgan’s forthcoming album Violent Delights (out May 20) follows on multiple successes for the artist including his record-breaking concert series in New York, 150,000 miles of touring and sold-out concerts on both sides of the Atlantic, and 20 albums he’s produced and recorded with A-list artists since his own last solo-artist album release. In the studio, Morgan has recorded and produced music’s brightest luminaries, from Lenny Kravitz to Lesley Gore.”


Benjamin Balensi | Good Good Love (ft. Aleesia)

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Dancehall.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Benjamin Balensi started playing piano at five and never stopped. He is a composer and a virtuoso, curious and open-minded. This sensitive artist loves to explore many musical fields and doesn’t want to be locked in a style. Three months after the release of Space Machine, Balensi unveils his new single Good Good Love. He is accompanied by the talented singer Aleesia, who has collaborated with artists such as Sander Van Doorn and Big Sean.”


Arnaud OREB | La Berceuse du Confiné

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Neo-Classical.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Pianist, arranger, improviser and composer. I also improvise music and accompany short and feature films for silent films. Hello. Le Berceuse du Confiné (Lullaby of the Confined) is taken from my first solo piano album Invitation to Dream, which features 21 romantic compositions to relax, dream, let go and grant yourself well-being.”


Pastel Coast | Helios

HOME BASE: Pastel Coast.
GENRE: Indie-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “From the shores of Boulogne-sur-mer, Pastel Coast are looking toward the sea. Quentin Isidore and his band surf the indie-pop wave, taking influences from bands like Phoenix and Air, adding their own fresh sound. Nine months after they released their sublime sophomore album Sun, the band unveil a sublime re-edition, made of instrumental tracks, both poetic and contemplative, between pop-rock and experimental music.”


MG Louesdon | Oh Mama

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Soul / R&B.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I am MG Louesdon singer. I share with you this piece in order to have it be shared. My goal is to be able to release an album.”


Sixpin | Wolves

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Metal.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Sixpin’s latest release Wolves hits hard, with a screaming vocal onslaught and pounding rhythm reminiscent of early 2000s metalcore with updated vibes and intensity. Wolves is a breakaway from the band’s earlier, post-grunge sound with heavier guitars, aggressive beats and intense vocals. The vibe on Wolves is modern metal, with hints of metalcore.”


Hanibaal | Shiba Inu

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Rap.
THE TRANSLATE & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “This one will be part of a rap-electro album project, which will deal with several subjects (including philosophical and technological) and is not representative of my style. I rap/sing mainly in English and French, with a lot of words borrowed from other languages (German, Japanese, Arabic, Russian etc.) — sometimes wise, sometimes raw and violent but in a diplomatic way.”


C.M. Jenkins | A Waltz For No Ordinary Night

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Neo-Classical.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Christopher is a pianist and music composer living in D.C. The debut album First Movements Along A Curve was recorded and mixed by Jeff Gruber at Blue House Productions in Silver Spring, Maryland. The music was mastered by Jackson Wargo (of the band Snowball II).”


Anzû Makta | Fear Of The Unknown (ft. Laurane)

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Prog.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I am based in Lyon. I always try to provide different emotions to my listeners and invite them to travel through my favourite influences: Electro-pop, trap, World, hip-hop, ambient, drum and bass, future bass, chillout. Fear Of The Unknown is a single off my new EP Break The Cycle. I had the chance to collaborate with a great female singer from Lyon, Laurane.’


Truce | Ghost

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Alt-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Canadian hard rock band Truce started in 2021 when Spencer Davis (vocals/guitar) and Red Kang (lead guitar) got tired of performing in cover bands and decided to make original music with Alex Lemieux (bass) and Daniel Mills (drums). The band released their debut album Unentitled on Halloween. It was produced and engineered Davis’s Mountain Sound studio in Moncton, N.B. If you love bands like Deftones, Big Wreck and Silverchair, you’ll love Ghost, which is about inner demons haunting someone struggling with sobriety.”


Florian Brunner | I Am The Bat

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Electroninca.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Florian Brunner is a composer of electronic music. Virtual instruments have unleashed his creativity and he can express his vision like never before. Brunner offers a journey out of the classic formats, more immersive and creative. A fantastic and dark universe, a powerful and lyrical music. This work was composed as a film score. Brunner wanted to reinterpret the universe of Batman, inspired by well-known compositions like those of Hans Zimmer, bringing his own originality. This is the first piece of a larger project. This single evokes the energy and will of a dark, stealthy and skillful vigilante, in motion in ruthless and decisive action. This is the story of the fight of a free warrior of the night.”


Rosewood Tales | Fly And Fall

HOME BASE: Belgium.
GENRE: Folk-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “My name is Mario De Bock aka rosewood tales. My first album came out in 2018. In 2019 I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease which makes playing music extra challenging, but has also instilled me with a sense of urgency to get on with it and try to record as many of my songs as possible. Playing live is no longer possible but I’m trying to get my music heard as much as I can via radio airplay or playlists.


Anacy | Trust

HOME BASE: Germany.
GENRE: Soul / R&B.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Anacy is a young R&B singer-songwriter in Munich. Her sound can be described as soulful and poetic, whilst always giving the listener that extra layer to unfold with her exceptional writing. Her angelic vocal tone boasts smooth jazzy melodic runs as well as truly catchy hooks. One could say she‘s the logical conclusion of the transition from the 2000s Destiny’s Child era to the new wave of artists such as SZA or Solange. ‘This song is probably one of the most honest I’ve ever written,’ she says. ‘It’s for everybody who has ever been hurt by being vulnerable, but at the same time the song gives hope and courage to trust and love again. It’s a mix between old-school R&B from the ’90s such as Aaliyah and new-school R&B from today with artists like Summer Walker.’ ”


April Chung | Before Everything Begins

HOME BASE: Netherlands.
GENRE: Neo-Classical.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I am a classically trained pianist, composer and educator. My compositions are often written in classical forms brushed with contemporary colours and influenced by various musicians such as J.S. Bach and Fazil Say. Before Everything Begins is about an image of small water waves in The Netherlands, especially when the breeze comes to the canals. This is a single that will be included in the upcoming EP Instant Memories from Amsterdam.”


Orca | Situations

HOME BASE: Israel.
GENRE: Soul / R&B.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “My music is 40% love, 40% romance, and 20% of all that is between. So awaken the passion within and let those you care about know how you feel. Together we shall spread music and also build the perfect universe where all of your emotions can thrive. My philosophy is that music is power; it is also a language share it if you understand it because it can fix what words alone cannot, so I hope that you enjoy the content that I will create and support me since I cannot do this alone. This is a universe that provides music for those who seek love and romance, and all that is between. Listen, and show your partner the passion within.”


The Lovelines | Strange Kind Of Love + Dark Thoughts About A Pretty Flower

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Indie-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: The Lovelines let their music do the talking.


Babe. | Oh No (ft. Yngx7)

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Rap.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “L.A. Artist. New album Intermediate Instinct released 2.22.2022.”


Manoel Tosto | Naturalmente

HOME BASE: Brazil.
GENRE: Samba.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Taking inspiration from his travels, nature, spirituality and animals, Mano’s music knows no musical boundaries or genres. The intention behind his music is to help people feel, reflect, heal or awaken in the same way that Mano himself uses music as a tool of self-therapy. Whether its a relaxed evening stroll, meditation or study session, Mano’s hand-crafted instrumental sounds create a soothing and calming energy that will allow you and your thoughts to rest at ease. Contrary to a lot of instrumental music out today, everything you hear is 100% played, recorded and produced by Mano himself. In our vast and globalized world, it takes not only discipline and effort but time and space to find oneself. Mano wants to facilitate and create that safe space for his listeners where thoughts, wishes, aspirations and inspirations are able to arise. Naturalmente is an organic and authentic track, transporting the feelings of calmness and inner peace.”


Nahys | Holding On To A Lie

HOME BASE: Chad.
GENRE: Soul / R&B.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “This musical project addresses different aspects of our moods that influence our choices, our perception and our attitudes. Our new EP embodies a musical universe between jazz, soul, blues and electro. I would like to introduce it to enthusiasts and music lovers — but also to the curious — on an international scale.”


The Watershed Band | Firecatcher

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Folk-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Tommy and Leon started The Watershed Band in 2018 to hang out and focus on writing songs. They spent the next year writing demos and recording in home studios. The Watershed Band is an homage to the Newark Watershed that circles the banks of the Pequannock River. The Watershed Band offer a reminder of days past when boys could be boys, and the only call you ever got was your mother calling you for dinner from the backdoor as the sun was setting out over the pond. With roots deep in the classic albums, The Watershed Band are here to put the focus back on songs and bring back a bygone era when music was the soundtrack of our lives. Just one listen and you will remember what it was you had forgotten. Get back to the music. Get back to the wild.”


Tradition Man Wolo | Come Home

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Reggae.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “This is the first track of my brand-new album. The song is Come Hom and the album is Reggae Man.”


Lunar Woods | Pain No More

HOME BASE: Russia.
GENRE: Hard Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “We are a post-grunge/post-metal from the frozen depths of Russian forests. Our sound could be described as stoner metal spiced with Deftones emotions, grungy Aice In Chains tones and progressive vibes of Tool. Yes, we are a Russian band, but we are not the Russian government. The world is full of pain, especially now. Recent events create many problems and obstacles; we want to make our own contribution and support the listeners with our music. People of all countries, nations, ages could find a shelter and support in music. Beyond boundaries and limits. The track is about how to endure suffering and get out of a vicious circle. It’s about returning to life to re-experience happiness and joy without pain. No wars! No suffering!”


MuurLyfe | Where They At

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Rap-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I am a retired NFL player that always had a talent for music. After I retired from football, I decided to go after my lifelong dream in music and entertainment. I have much more coming.”


Jamy-K | Savoir Aimer

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Soul / R&B.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I am a Haitian singer and musician. Florent Pagny and his work touched me a lot, so I re-did this song in my own way in his honour.”


Dougie Knight | Mi Ame

HOME BASE: Brazil.
GENRE: Rap.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Dougie Knight, was born in Brazil and lives in Lisbon. He is a versatile artist, pioneering a style called Krump. ‘Mi Ame is the first single from my new EP that will follow the 432hz and Heartbreak released in 2020. Mi Ame tells the story of a couple that broke up, but there was a regret on the part of one of the parties for letting this love slip away. This person will do anything to get his old love back.’ ”


Little Limmie | Bassline

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Funk.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Bassline is part of a projet called The Red Beat , featuring Db Clifford on drums and Fender Rhodes and myself on all other instruments and vocals. It’s engineered and co produced by Martin Lascelles. The whole team are proud of the quality and the energy of the production and would like to bring it to a wider audience. There are lots of more projects in the works and plenty of tracks ready to drop.”


9Balaclava | 401 (ft. Iso)

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Rap.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “My name is 9Balaclava and I’m a rapper / vocalist from Ontario. I was born in Kansas, and lived most of my childhood in Colombia, until I moved to London, Ont., when I was 11 years old. I produced for 2 years starting at 15, but rapping and free-styling were my true passion, bringing it to the light with my first single All Time Low in 2021 at 17 years old. 401 is my new single and it features a fellow artist from my city named Iso. The song is very punchy yet chill and catchy at the same time.”


Gilles Arnaud | C’Est Pas Ton Tour

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Pop.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I am a songwriter. After a few years of scenes and various shows I now write for others, and am looking for artists for whom I can write.”


Pierre Welsh & The Oaks | Une Imprudence

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Indie-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Explore, search. Go on a journey far away. Return with pockets full of fragments of reality transformed into sharp songs. Pierre Welsh has done this all his life. The man is enigmatic, discreet, but he traces a straight course like the mast of a boat. The expedition of the moment is Oaks: It’s a rock band — powerful, sovereign, but more so an artistic collective where everyone creates intuitively during live sessions of great freedom. Oaks have already produced two studio albums and a live EP. Here is Une Imprudence, the third single from the upcoming album L’Insaisissable (due March 25).”


Tarn PK | Street Noise

HOME BASE: New Zealand.
GENRE: Folk-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Tarn PK is a Wellington artist, producer and songwriter. Tarn is looking to explore new sonic worlds and develop a more distinct style, setting him apart from the surrounding landscape. Having focused on more stripped-back songwriting on his last EP, Tarn is starting to develop his first album of material, expanding into new sonic possibilities incorporating elements hyperpop, alt-pop and more left-of-centre inflections. The first single Street Noise is a bridge from a quieter, more personal world into a more bombastic and upfront sound. ‘On Street Noise I really wanted to make a song that felt like a journey and took you from one place and left you at another,’ Tarn says. Mixing together bedroom pop, folk, alternative and then completely switching this in the bridge was something I’d always wanted to experiment with.”


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