Groover Playlist 163 | Moving and Grooving (Part 2)

Enjoy another batch of great new tracks from here, there & pretty much everywhere.

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Ember Brick have the look, Jack Rayne has the blues, Kurv Architecture make progress and more in another crop of 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 200 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, enjoy more great tracks from here, there and everywhere.

 


Ember Brick | Girl You Look So

HOME BASE: Brazil.
GENRE: Hard Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Ember Brick are an independent rock band from Brazil. Their sound mixes everything from stoner rock to ’60s lysergia to ’70s British hard rock to grunge. They love Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Tool and Nirvana. Since their first gig in late 2019, they have played 50 stages in more than 10 cities. They just finished recording their first studio album Smoke Some Bricks. Girl You Look So is the first track from their album. They recorded it 100% analog at the Forest Lab Studios. “We believe it will rock your mind!,” they say. “Give it a try and let us know.”


Jack Rayne | Blue Eyes

HOME BASE: Australia.
GENRE: Folk.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Sydneysider Jack Rayne presents his vulnerable nature once again with his latest single Blue Eyes. With warm piano accompanied by crisp acoustic guitar, Rayne shares his tale of a love not told, and subsequently a love long lost. A young love is often all-encompassing, and Rayne delves deep into this tale in his trademark way. From start to finish, this melodic heartbreaker will take you back to times of heartache and times of bliss in the most beautiful of ways. If Blue Eyes doesn’t drag you from one emotion to the other in a way you haven’t felt before, not much will. Prepare the tissues, because Rayne has delivered in sparkling fashion once again.”


Kurv Architecture | A 1201 (D Dorian Progression)

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Dark Ambient.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “People who work long periods of time in front of the computer with headphones on have generally liked our ambient music for their background. We just want to reach as many people as possible and share our music with the world.”


Filippo Noah | Corifeo

HOME BASE: Italy.
GENRE: Funk-Pop.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I’m a 21 year old Italian singer-songwriter living close to Milano. A corifeo (from ancient Greek, “top of the head”) is the choirmaster in Greek tragedy and comedy. My debut single Corifeo comes from asking myself about the choir around my life: Friends, relatives, teachers. What form does this support take? This was recorded in the studio and created harmoniously by several hands: The singer-songwriter, a producer, a pianist, a guitarist and a drummer. The rhythm and groove of the piece enhance and celebrate this role of the choir. It is a light-hearted and cheerful dance, and culminates in a bridge that exudes the atmosphere of a party, under the bluesy notes of a piano.”


Sambox | Pretty Girl (17 Years)

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Electro-Soul.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “After studying classical music, Samuel Pineau aka Sambox has moved towards lounge music, chillout, ambient and jazz. His productions appear on 65 CD compilations, and are heard in a variety of TV shows, luxury hotels and spas. “Pretty Girl was my first title released in physical format in 2004,” he explains. “Here is a new edition … this time oriented toward pop / chillout / acoustic.”


Matter Smith | Reality Is Enough

HOME BASE: Italy.
GENRE: Pyschedelic Pop-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Matteo Bonfiglioli aka Mattersmith was born in a small town in Italy in 1984. He learned to play the guitar on his own and creates a band in 2010, taking his songs  to clubs from Bergamo to Milan. The project stopped in 2015, and from there he began walking a solo road which led him to create a new style combining alt-rock, electronica and evocative psychedelic sounds.”


Sophie Labellevie | Belgrade Si Douce

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Neo-Classical.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Sophie Labellevie is a French pianist and composer in Paris. She is known for combining cinematic classical and minimalistic electronic music in her unconventional approach, which mixes grand piano, upright felt piano and Moog. A romantic and inveterate adventurer, she is inspired by her travels and nature. Belgrade Si Douce (Belgrade So Sweet) is a calm and melancholic title that tells the story of a moment spent strolling in this magnificent city, where overnight everything could so sadly change. It is the reflection of a moment of carelessness, an ode to sweetness, hope and peace.”


Durcel Haze | Love Skillz

HOME BASE: Germany.
GENRE: Indie-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “”A German, a Hungarian and two Austrians walked into a bar …” It’s not the lame intro to a joke, but the exciting intro to the band Durcel Haze: Four experienced musicians who have already proven their abilities in earlier projects. With their new project, they blend garage rock, progressive riffing, massive basslines and groovy drums with unique vocals. With this combination, Durcel Haze smash the rock zeitgeist, keeping a decent distance from traditional genres like heavy metal or German rock. Their debut album Down The Rabbit Hole is in the pipeline. This song song describes the challenges of sharing feelings. Going deeper in any relationship means reaching a new level of trust. These steps are very risky for the individual, as the walls need to be smashed which were built for inner protection.”


J. Adams | Safe

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: R&B / Soul.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Singer-songwriter and producer J. Adams works out of the home studio Evan’s Room in Prattville, Ala. His musical abilities in production, singing, songwriting, and engineering are all self-taught from videos, practical application, forums, and trial and error. His recording career started in 2009, and his first rig consisted of a laptop, a USB mic and free software. His style of singing and rapping showcawses his love of wordplay and is heavily influenced by southern trap music, jazz and neo-soul. He likes to refer to himself as a genre-less artist.”


Salvador S. Owwl | Portion De Ciel

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Synth-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Salvador S. Owwl is the musical project of Nantes native Pablo Espallergues. A strange bird nestled at the top of Le Corbusier de Reze, he tirelessly produces songs with delicate textures using wind and string instruments that he mixes with soft electronic envelopes. Since 2015, he has unveiled a universe loaded with sound experimentation. Two years later he revealed his first album La Tour Des Grands Ducs. Salvador S. Owwl sings on stage with his guitar behind a mountain of cables and machines.”


JLB Riddim | New World

HOME BASE: Belgium.
GENRE: Reggae.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Thomas Jakubczyk is the charismatic and energetic leader of the group JLB Riddim. He is both the soul and the voice. The group exploit several genres — reggae, ska, dub, funk with a touch of rock — to create their own style. The brass instruments give a deliberately festive side to the compositions. Their the mix is explosive and their committed lyrics testify to the absurd world in which we live.”


Rivka Chaim | Bargain Basement

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Soul-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Bargain Basement is an angsty, classic rock-inspired song reminiscent of the music and bands I love and grew up with. It’s a dark, moody, gritty track about realizing that the relationship you just left was toxic and destined to end. Please forgive the different name on the cover. This song came out before I transitioned into my artistic name.”


Elevin | Dream

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Electronic
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Elevin is a music producer that creates experiences to make the audience feel. His music is a mystical and mysterious sound that reflects the geometry of existence.”


Ivy Eye | On My Mind

HOME BASE: United Kingdom.
GENRE: Funk.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “U.K. duo Matthew Benham and Rory Sheppard — better known as Ivy Eye — are slowly becoming a household name in the U.K. Hailed as English geniuses of nu-disco, their music will appeal to fans of artists such as Stardust, Modjo, Chromeo, SG Lewis, and Clean Bandit, Ivy Eye. The new  single On My Mind is yet another sonically crafted canvas, brimming with the beloved soundscapes that the pair have always championed. The song’s narrative depicts moment when you feel an instant connection with someone on a dance floor. From that moment, nothing but that moment is on your mind.”


Styv.V & Yannou | New Escape (Radio Edit)

HOME BASE: Netherlands.
GENRE: Electro-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:New Escape is a touching message, mixing a catchy melody with a sweet voice.”


Mami | Come Thru

HOME BASE: Australia.
GENRE: R&B / Soul.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Growing up in a talented family, 23-year-old Mami was designed to make her mark on the music world. The R&B artist has been capturing hearts and turning heads with her liberating sultry tunes. “Come Thru is a proclamation of confidence in going after what I want, yet it’s a track that holds such sensual and vulnerable songwriting carried by healing melodies — a seductive invitation with an empathetic plea, leaving you in your thoughts and feelings,” she says. “It was refreshing to write something that might seem ‘forward’ for a female, but would seem normal for a man, especially the first line.”


Nathan Roelleg | Brise

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Electronica.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Brise addresses our relationship with others and encourages us to free ourselves from the fear of any form of judgment. This is the final title of the musical project One Way Ticket, a dimensional journey. I seek to make people discover my universe in order to build a beautiful community. Passionate about all forms of sounds and noises, I count among my inspirations Weval, Mad Hatter, Four Tet or Floating Points.”


NSZ | Move

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Rap.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:No Snitch Zone, better known as NSZ, are made up of Wonder, KGB and VIC: Three different entities from Orleans. The meeting makes the union and the union makes the force, without brakes. Whoever meets them and listens to them will grasp the meaning.”


President Zik | Who To Trust

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Rap.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Who to Trust is a high-tempo track characterized by a moody synth pad, 808s and Midwestern guitar chords. It is an energetic and defiant record. It comes from No Dayz Off, a hip-hop/rap album by President Zik. The body of work portrays an energetic, triumphant and defiant showcase of urban culture. The music is characterized by heavy bass and emotionally charged vocals.”


LoveIn | She Is Gone

HOME BASE: Germany.
GENRE: Indie-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “She is gone. She is gone!!! Sheeee is goooone. She Is Gone is is my personal favorite, because it describes how I feel when she is gone. A bit at a loss. A bit optimistic. Lost in thoughts. And ready for new perspectives!”


Creange | I No No

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Afrobeat.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Creange is a Parisian DJ. He has been playing for more than 10 years in the best clubs. He is known for his enthusiasm, communicating an incredible feeling of joy and pleasure. His productions are just like him: Full of energy and positive vibes. I No No is an ode to world music, a tribute to African vibes, positivity and optimistic energy. It features the talents of Ange Fandoh (vocals), Woody Braun (additional sax) and Nayara (artwork). They all brought their amazing feeling and artistry to this project.”


Pib | Where Has The Love Gone

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: EDM.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Pib is a French producer and animal lover. He derives inspiration from his daily life, spent between the suns of Barcelona and Ibiza. Pib donates most of his streaming royalties to charities that support dogs and cats and just sent 22 tonnes of kibble to pet shelters in Ukraine. He says: “My new release Where Has The Love Gone is about ending a relationship that turned into a routine and it’s based on my personal experience.”


Autorhythm | Hand-Eye Coordination

HOME BASE: Sweden.
GENRE: Electronica.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Hand-Eye Coordination is the new single from Autorhythm. It is a quirky yet danceable groove based on blips from assorted synthesizers from both sides of the Iron Curtain. The song spans seven-plus minutes and develops from a bass-led stomper to a haze of Rhodes and rolling percussive delays. Autorhythm is Joakim Forsgren, a Swedish artist currently based between New York and Stockholm. Hand-Eye Coordination is a spacious rhythmical inferno that might have unexpected effects on your nervous system. For fans of A Certain Ratio, Brian Eno and Kraftwerk.”


Andrew Caryl | Enough

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Synth-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I am a musician, songwriter and producer. My first single was released in the fall of 2020. My music reflects influences from new wave artists like Howard Jones and Duran Duran to glam rockers T-Rex and modern pop artists like Lady Gaga, Shawn Mendes, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran. Enough fuses EDM, pop and trap styles with melanchoy stories of redemption and self reflection. Enough takes his storytelling to its boldest level yet by asking: Am I good enough to be loved?”


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