Groover Playlist 164 | Hot Fun In The Summertime (Part 2)

Cuarto Mundo, FN Herb, Matias Leong and more of today's international lineup.

Cuarto Mundo go psycho, FN Herb offers some help, Lostinwhite speak with authority 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:


Cuarto Mundo | La Psycho Cumbia Del Tarot

GENRE: Psychedelia.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Cuarto Mundo are the exotic electronic duo of Thomas Lavernhe and Cosmo Gonik. They take their inspiration from traditional and primitive sounds from the world. Their goal? Make people travel through the mysterious roots of sound. Cuarto Mundo means Fourth World, an expression to embody the indigenous peoples from the whole world. La Psycho Cumbia Del Tarot is a tribute to The Sacred Mountain, Alejandro Jodorowki’s cult film. The duo invited Adan Jodorowski, the director’s son and famed musician, to record vocals on the track. It’s a mystical and dance-provoking journey built around exotic instruments and live percussion.”

FN Herb | Help

HOME BASE: United States.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Help is a song of outreach and is something anyone suffering from substance abuse and depression should listen to. Its motivational undertones are expertly covered in the current sad emo-rap sound you hear from artists like DC The Don or Pierre Bourne. The song about drugs and seeks motivation and help while also toying with consuming them. It’s purpose is to help people who consume drugs question the purpose of doing so.”

Matias Leong | A New Morning

GENRE: Jazz-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I am a guitarist from Macau. I compose, record and mix jazz-pop tracks.”

Lostinwhite | The Authority Of Love

GENRE: Jazz-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “The new single from the band devoted to groove was inspired by new love in the composer’s life after times of cynical isolation. Openness to love is expressed in a steady funk blended with elegant and catchy harmony and melody. The young singer gives freshness to the solid soul/funk/acid-jazz groove of the band.”

Fabien Oustry | Là Où Je Rêve

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Folk-Pop.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Originally from Sète, I am an author, composer and performer. Fulfilling your passions is the key to happiness. This song is inspired by my childhood dreams. Some have come trues, others are just waiting … ”

Dez Boheme | Limelights

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Indie-Folk.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Dez Boheme is a Kiwi American singer-songwriter and producer in Minneapolis-St. Paul. His musical influences range from early rock ‘n’ roll to many contemporary hit songs from all genres. Dez was previously known as Anton Ryan in the early 2000s. During Covid he started recording and producing music out of his home studio, The Alcove Room. Limelights is a reflective track with a slow, modern groove. It’s about growing pains and the ups and downs experienced while traversing modern life.”

Famous Fox | This City

HOME BASE: United Kingdom.
GENRE: Soul-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “We are a three-piece band combining vocals, guitar, bass, keys, saxophone and trumpet. Our music is a melting-pot of pop, soul, jazz and funk, influenced by Tom Misch, George Benson, Jordan Rakei, FKJ, Elton John, Maroon 5, Lawrence, Will Heard and more. We are three Kiwis, living in London, combining authenticity and musicality to bring you our own unique brand of pop.”

Ieva Dubova | Ethereal Dream

HOME BASE: United Kingdom.
GENRE: Neo-Classical.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Ethereal Dream is a piece from the album 10 Preludes for Piano. The preludes are inspired by the mystic chord of Scriabin and use it in a variety of ways to express the story of the creation of the world up to the age of humans. Says Dubova: “I really enjoy creating an atmosphere with music and exploring the use of the piano to do so, setting a scene and immersing myself in it — a big part of which is to pay close attention to the resonance of the strings and giving careful thought to each note.”

Bar II | Fake It

HOME BASE: Belgium.
GENRE: Indie-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “In our present times — over-saturated by electro and hip-hop, dominated by show-offs and pretenders — Bar II keep their mysteries to themselves. They won’t abide by the dictatorship of imagery, preferring to focus on pure, raw, dark deranged rock. After their first EP Wake Up in 2021 and this year’s single Let You Down, BAR II are back with the EP How I Fake It. The first single Fake It gets deeper and deeper in its heavy stoner-rock sound. It’s an endless drilling for the sweet spot, where aggressivity and harshness meet melody and groove. Is it real? Is it fake? Who cares? It rocks!”

Nnennaya Kelly | My Funny Valentine Remix

HOME BASE: Nigeria.
GENRE: World.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I am American born and raised but did secondary school in the Northern part of Nigeria. This remix to My Funny Valentine is shift into a deeper Afrobeat. Some of the proceeds of this song will go towards the Venerable Sydney Wellness Center.”

Elevin | Dream

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Electronica.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Elevin is a music producer who creates experiences designed to make the audience feel. His music is a mystical and mysterious experience that reflects the geometry of existence. The process of falling asleep and entering a dream state inspired this progressive melodic techno track. It is simple in its structure but complex in the design and evolution of every element it contains.”

KinG-Drive | The Devil Is Coming

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: R&B / Soul.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I’m a singer, songwriter and producer from Lyon. My inspirations range from soul, hip-hop and R&B to jazz and classical. This song is about the dilemma to accept the true nature of one’s feelings. It describes the internal fight that takes place and the constant fear of looking bad. It truly speaks about the social pressure to be flawless.”

Andrew Caryl | Silent Romance

HOME BASE: United States.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I am a musician, songwriter and music producer. My music reflects decades of influence from new wave artists like Howard Jones and Duran Duran to glam rockers T-Rex to modern pop artists like Lady Gaga, Shawn Mendes, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran. This is a melancholy indie hip-hop trap song on the theme of dreams and wishing we could have unattainable things. Silent Romance is a universal story about a dream of love with someone you cannot have.”

Erida | Morning

HOME BASE: Switzerland.
GENRE: Indie-Pop.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I’m an Albanian and Swiss songwriter living and working in Geneva. Morning expresses a luminous melancholy and celebrates joy through dance and pop rhythms. The tone of voice crosses the arrangements with a youthful lightness and a charm that operates and flirts with the listener. Morning is a song that honours the energy of the morning in its melody, crystalline vocals and electro sound.”

Betageist | Broken For You

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Electronica.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Betageist is the ghost project of Kevin Heber. “The genre I produce is electronic post-rock with ambient, prog, cinematic and psychedelic elements, trying to fill the gap between synth-based and guitar-based instrumental genres,” he says. “Influences for the emotional and ethereal sound of Betageist span a colorful spectrum of genres and decades: Classic ambient and trance (Tangerine Dream, David Helpling, Carbon Based Lifeforms), electronic post-rock (Tycho, The American Dollar, Lights Out Asia), organic electronica (Schiller, Helios, Rhys Fulber), neo-classical (Nils Frahm, Ben Lukas Boysen), and progressive/psychedelic rock (All India Radio, Mike Oldfield, Marillion). This is an instrumental electronic post-rock track with cinematic, prog and ambient elements. The title comes from the dialogue samples in the track which are from the film Ink (2009).”

Afrokan | Jah Run This World

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Reggae.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Afrokan is an artist from Martinique. He began his musical career within the Boogotop collective in 1998. In 2002, he joined Roots Rebel Vibes. In 2011, he released his first solo album V.X.

Charlotte Chadeau | Douce Fable Sans Morale

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Indie-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “A musician and tattoo artist, I like to write and compose my melodies and texts. Currently in Marseille I am also a guitarist in a professional band.”

Ma9Na | ShakeHips’n’LizardLips

HOME BASE: Australia.
GENRE: Indie-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “My name is Ma9Na (ma-nine-nuh) and I’m a musician, songwriter, producer, engineer and mixer. SnakeHips’n’LizardLips is a tribute to Michael Hutchence, the Australian musician, singer-songwriter, actor and co-founder of INXS. Being a musician in Australia, their early songs were very much apart of my own career and our paths crossed several times throughout the ’80s. I tell a simple story that is as much about the private man that not many knew whilst acknowledging the vibe and fun that Michael and INXS took to the world.”

Elena Loper | Get By

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Folk-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Elena Loper is an alt-folk singer-songwriter and guitarist in Seattle. Her music combines soaring vocals with intricate guitar picking and introspective writing. Her unique melodic sensibility is reminiscent of Joni Mitchell and a trans-Atlantic modality. Her sound is influenced by Irish and Americana folk music, along with alternative rock such as The Innocence Mission and Gillian Welch.”

Wolkenpark | Move On For Real

HOME BASE: Switzerland.
GENRE: Jazz-Hop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “This track is the second single from Wolkenparks’ upcoming album. It features Rootwords from Geneva and is an eclectic mixture of high energy drum’n’bass and powerful brass, with a touch of vintage synthesizer sounds. Wolkenpark are a Swiss quartet of professional jazz musicians with several decades of live experience.”

Ellie Kerns | Happy Pride Month

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Experimental Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I’m a transgender music producer with a song about Pride Month. The song speaks about the rise of hatred towards people like me.”

Adley Marksedy | Cellulaire

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: R&B / Soul.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Live from Montreal. Summer is going to be hot! I’m waiting for your call.”

Ogtopus | Ratymyr

HOME BASE: Germany.
GENRE: Psychedelic Prog-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Ogtopus are a multi-instrumentalist and producer based in Cologne. He writes all lyrics and music himself, influenced by indie, funk and art-rock. But there is his other side, with roots in the ocean. He rides the tides and currents, moves with the liquid space and the rhythms that power it. Earth but water, human but animal, restless but chilled. Ratymyr is his fourth single. The name Ratymyr relates to “Rat i mir,” which means “war and peace.”

Adeline V. Lopez | Bad Habits

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Indie-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I’m a 16-year-old singer-songwriter. I write about being a teenager, relationships, friends and mental health. I’m from New York City, and urban experiences are in my music but I think that teenage hope and struggle is pretty universal. Bad Habits has an edgy vibe to complement the angst of its lyrics. It’s about continuing to stick by a toxic person, until you finally decide not to take it anymore.”

Light Once Lost | All I Have To Feel Is Gone

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Dream-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “This track is part of a six-song EP released independently on June 17. The whole EP has to do with the death of a loved one and the five stages of grief that follow. This track depicts the drive back home after finding out my father had days to live.”

Ioish | Radiance

GENRE: Electronica.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “This is the first song off our next album called In Waves.”