Groover Playlist 164 | Hot Fun In The Summertime (Part 1)

Thomas Kahn, Chasing Daisy, Manila Haze and more of today's international roster.

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Thomas Kahn lets the sunshine in, Chasing Daisy go cycling, Manila Haze feels the love 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 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, soak up these summertime sounds:

 


Thomas Kahn | More Than Sunshine

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: R&B / Soul.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Thomas Kahn is recognized for his unique timbre of voice and his qualities as an interpreter. His voice recalls that of Otis Redding, Lee Fields and Ben Harper. His sound is also marked by the reggae of The Gladiators, Toots And the Maytals or even Ken Booth.”


Chasing Daisy | Cycles

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Alt-Rock
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “We are Chasing Daisy, an alternative rock band from Paris. Here is our very last release called Cycles.”


Manila Haze | So Many Women

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Disco, Funk.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “We are Manila Haze — a band that has just come out of the cellar literally. At the end of June, we released our first single. An EP will arrive at the end of October.”


Hannah Featherstone | You Belong

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Indie-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Hannah Featherstone is Franco-British singer-songwriter fuelled by the desire to shine a light on the unseen. Inviting us to step away from the hustle and bustle, she clothes the silence with the warmth of her voice and weaves a contemplative and chiseled electro-pop sound. Light and darkness lead the dance in her new album Ode To The Unseen. You Belong is inspired by a scene from Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, where the bishop says to Jean Valjean: “You belong to good.” We are all impacted by what people say of us and to us. What if we really believed that what we said to others had real power to change their view of themselves? Could it change the course of their actions as in this famous story?”


Kwoon | King Of Sea

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Orch-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Kwoon toured in more than 17 countries 10 years ago and then took a huge break. Today Kwoon is back with a third album to be released in 2022. King Of Sea was composed in a lighthouse in the middle of the ocean in Finistere. This lighthouse has a terrifying reputation among those who know the sea, since many strange and terrible phenomena have struck this site, which is called “the gateway to hell.”


Gaétan | Les Cheveux À Juju

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Pop.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I am a singer-songwriter from Montpellier. I produce, record, mix and master my songs myself. This song is a bet made with a friend from a student residence: Make a song in 24 hours and he would dye his hair! I won.”


Mbavu Jarnel | Jésus Tu Es Le Meilleur

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Gospel.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I am a young producer. This is a religious song (gospel).”


AmaLee | Villain Vibes (ft. Mori Calliope)

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Synth-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Every villain needs a good theme song. Dark, sensual and empowering, Villain Vibes is the anthem you’ve been looking for to blast while starting your villain arc. It has dark lyrics contrasting an energetic pop beat and a killer featured female rap vocalist to contrast AmaLee’s soft melodic vocals. It’s a perfect contender for your workout, driving, pump-up, or ‘take over the world and watch it burn’ playlists.”


MoonSir | All The Love

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Dance-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:MoonSir is passionate about the pop and dance music that he grew up with, but is interested in all styles of music. His first album will reflect this musical eclecticism. All The Love is song that celebrates love in all its forms: Towards your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your friends, your family, your cat, your dog. It’s a pop production with disco influences. It’s good to have a bit of joy and love to share these days.”


Joachim Horsley | Martinique Nocture

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Latin Classical.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Multi-instrumentalist, composer and conductor Joachim Horsley is above all an unparalleled American pianist. After working for Hollywood soundtracks, he started his new ambitious project: Arranging and performing the most famous classical pieces on Cuban melodies. Here is his new track: Martinique Nocturne from Chopin‘s masterpiece Nocturne Op.9 No. 2, featuring the drummer Thomas Bellon.”


Casque D’Or | Vertigo

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Synth-Pop.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Helmet D’Or are a French duo composed of Violette and Julien, who write elegant and dreamlike neo-pop. Their second EP III has just been released; Vertigo is the second track. It’s inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 film of the same name.”


Dan Keicher | Too Far

HOME BASE: United Kingdom.
GENRE: Pop-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “High-energy alternative rock. Great lyrics, excellent musicality and production. Independent artist.”


Adeola | Dragon On Fire

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: R&B / Soul.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Adeola is a multi-talented singer-songwriter. Her music is a blend of jazz, soul, and pop, generating a truly distinctive sound. Dragon On Fire is a powerful song about being one’s complete self, set to a strong blend of diverse sounds.”


Woolley | Bye Bye Sister Wild

HOME BASE: Monaco.
GENRE: Indie-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Bye Bye Sister Wild is an atypical song, with only a refrain that repeats itself like a mantra. It’s a nostalgic song about love — a lost love, either missed or yet to come.”


Zeki | Thick ’N’ White

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Rap.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: Zeki lets his music do the talking.


Marilou Nézeys | Earth

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Neo-Classical.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Marilou Nézeys has walked the halls of French and European festivals. Under his fingers, the piano sings like a human voice. The originality of his arrangements combine groove, elegance and virtuosity. His forthcoming album Earth reveals her talent as a composer. The piece Earth for solo piano is a piece made of softness, elegance and refinement. At the borders of classical music, jazz and pop, this piece, although accessible to listen to, is nevertheless quite elaborate in its writing and structure.”


Vince Way | War Is Over

HOME BASE: Hong Kong.
GENRE: Indie-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Vince Way is a funk singer and songwriter from Taiwan. With an influence of funk and soul, Vince’s music explores multiple genres like R&B, blues, pop and jazz. He believes music should not be limited in any shapes or forms as long as it uplifts, inspires, and frees one’s inhibition. War Is Over is about liberation from years of oblivion. Working on it was a liberation for Vince, as it is deeply based on his. He played all the instruments.”


Less Autre | Dualité

HOME BASE: Belgium.
GENRE: Indie-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Less Autre are a Belgian band with a wide musical palette that includes synths, sax and percussion. The song Dualité, recorded with top producers Ronald Vanhuffel (BJ Scott, Eliott Murphy) and Michel Shelle Dierckx (The Cure, Indochine, Arno) is the first release from their upcoming EP later this year. Dualité is about the freedom of making choices between opposites.”


Nikky | Feel The Pressure

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: EDM.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “This track is a modern, uplifting tech house soundtrack piece, with airy female vocals and old-school dance vibes. The vocals are R&B soul that gets you moving, taking inspiration from Show Me Love by Robin S.”


Colleen Wang | New Spirit

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Classical Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, genre-embracing violinist Colleen Wang plays with a sweet, lyrical, classical sound. Specializing in classical pop, this solo artist blends elements of classical, jazz, R&B to create a unique sound.”


The Bombhappies | Boléro

HOME BASE: Sweden.
GENRE: Indie-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Emerging from Karlstad, Sweden 1995 and still going strong as band, The Bombhappies are a hidden gem in alt-rock. Sonically speaking, the band strum the chords of early ’90s college rock, beat the rhythms of ’70s Swedish progressive rock, and finish that off with ’80s British post-punk melodies. Their new single Boléro consists of only one melody and one rhythm, repeated over and over again, but with different orchestrations. The song’s name is a nod to Ravel‘s famous work, which is structured in a similar way. The lyrics are about a relationship that goes in circles over the years.”


Tinalien | World’s Apart

HOME BASE: United Kingdom.
GENRE: Soul-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I’m a piano player singer-songwriter in the genres of blues, rock and soul. I’ve been playing for 30 years and write catchy soulful songs.”


Minna Re Shin | Sonate Tableaux Mouvement 4

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Neo-Classical.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Winner of numerous prizes in national and international competitions, Montreal-born pianist Minna Re Shin has graced the classical music stage with her virtuoso technique, mature artistry, stage personality, and rare sensitivity. This versatile artist has won enthusiasm for her performances of diverse repertoire, including new and lesser familiar works by lesser-known composers who are under-represented on the Canadian and world stage. Her most recent music album Sonate Tableaux celebrates the world premiere performance of this unknown work, and the complementary performance video marks her début as a producer.”


Émilie Landry | À La Danse

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Folk-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Émilie Landry is a bilingual country-folk singer-songwriter from New Brunswick. In her lyrics, Émilie expresses herself with sincerity and lightness about the small pleasures and big upheavals of life. With the great mastery of her voice, this artist knows how to transmit emotions with accuracy and finesse. À La Danse is the first single from her upcoming album Enfiler Mes Bottes. This festive song celebrates friendship and long-awaited reunions.”


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