Groover Playlist 165 | Speaking The International Language (Part 2)

Fimreite, Anjalts, Damanithesun & the rest of today's artists have something to say.

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Fimreite gets jazzy with the doctor, Anjalts takes your side, Damanithesun asks ‘So what?’, Ozzy Allan yells ‘Stop!’ 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, listen to what these artists have to say:

 


Fimreite | Doktor What

HOME BASE: Norway.
GENRE: Jazz.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Tøger Fimreite is an independent artist in Norway. He is an awarded composer who creates music for short films and art projects. His hallmark is writing experimental and avant-garde compositions for the small format. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, drums, and piano, and even had a short turn in a brass marching band (an experience he refuses to talk about). “Doktor What is my interpretation of the sci-fi series Doctor Who’s legendary theme song.,” he says. “Doktor What can be described as high-paced, instrumental experimental jazz, with a lot of elements and loaded with small trinkets and treats to give your brain something to work with. If you want a natural boost of adrenaline, Doktor What is your jazz fixer.”


Anjalts | On Your Side

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: R&B / Soul.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Anjalts’ music represents a refreshing fusion of neo-melodic pop movements, with a chilled soulful vibe that connects Anjalts to her listeners. A multi-instrumentalist, Anjalts (say Angeles) composes, produces, and plays everything on her tracks. Her 12-song album Air To Fire drops in 2022, a rare female-produced album in its entirety. Her latest single is On Your Side.”


Damanithesun | So What?

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Rap.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Damanithesun is a Denver music artist with a melodic, creative, and unique style of delivery, coupled with emotional, energized lyricism.”


Ozzy Allan | Stop!

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Rap.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Stop! by Ozzy Allan is an orchestral piece of hype-heavy rap. It’s omething you can easily bump like crazy in the car, and something you can listen to while working out. It gets you moving while maintining a creative vibe.”


Moon Construction Kit | Dead Man Walking

HOME BASE: Switzerland.
GENRE: Pop-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Moon Construction Kit is the musical project of Olivier Cornu, a singer-songwriter and producer in Lausanne. Recorded and produced by Olivier in his home studio, Moon Construction Kit’s self-titled debut debut album is a testimony of his love for The Beach Boys as well as for synthpop universe. Putting aside the synth-pop influences of his debut EP, this song represents the more organic side of Olivier’s musical influences. Mostly guitar- and piano-driven, this song evolves between feelings of joyful hope and sweet resignation, perfectly represented by the catchy end choruses.”


Kenzo Zurzolo | Imaginary Garden

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Neo-Classical.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “French pianist, composer and director Kenzo Zurzolo has collaborated onstage with Aloe Blacc, Yseult, Lily Wood & The Prick, Gaetan Roussel and Thomas Azier. He was a member of the group Love Supreme from 2017 to 2022. The Imaginary Garden EP is his first solo release.”


Isaackito | E Isso Mesmo

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: World.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “After a world tour and four albums with the group Malka Family, Isaac and Dany’o, trombonist and bass player, released their first album with their new group Madioko and gave birth to the Madioko Mobile Studio. Allowing them to record an album in any place with an electrical outlet, it has already vitisted a hut on Reunion Island, a village in Mali, a maid’s room and more. Here, Isaackito meet up with Fubuia on vocals, Gil C. Freak on trumpet and Gilda on vocals.”


José Côrte-Real | The Caravan

HOME BASE: Portugal.
GENRE: Jazz-Funk.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:José Côrte-Real was a DJ during the ’70s in Portugal, Austria, Germany and Sweden. In ’91 he formed his first R&B band Funk Yourself. In ’92 he released his first solo album Columbus and the Côrte-Real. In ’96 he opened his own studio and produced his first platinium CD. He has been working in production and composing songs for movies and TV. He is also the composer and producer for The Tecnocratas and The New Swing Orchestra, Girls of Ipanema, Tim Jobim, Tropical Bossa Ensemble, and more.”


Fein Cerra | La Libertad

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Electronica.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Fein Cerra launched her DJ career in 2013. In 2021, she released the albu Hierbas, followed in 2022 by MoonBoots. “I’m super happy to share my latest fresh and summer track La Libertad,” she says. “Enjoy the Latin house vibe.”


Pontésable | Dead Cats Can’t Jump

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Reggae.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “We are a Montreal band and we would like to send you an original song from our first album. The album varies in style from rock to reggae to psychedelic. This track is more reggae-ish.”

 


Rkham | Hanging On

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “My name is Ryan Chase, but I go by the stage name Rkham (Arkham). My track Hanging On was finished by Grammy-winning producer Jeff Solka. It explores themes of toxic love and the feeling of not wanting to let go of someone even when you know it’s the best thing for you. Backed by a slick, upbeat pop production that utilises spacy synths, crisp drum samples and energetic vocals , it’s a well-rounded pop track perfect for summer.”


Youri Botterman | Progress

HOME BASE: Belgium.
GENRE: World.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Youri Botterman is a music producer & multi-instrumentalist who has collaborated with top charting artists of the Belgian and international scene. He was born in Rwanda and has lived in Congo and Reunion Island. He recently created a unique sample library with percussion and instruments he recorded from his travels throughout Africa. Progress, mixed by Burssbrain, marks his debut as solo artist. “My music is festive, authentic, and mixes different styles,” he says. “It tells the story of my life, long journeys between cultures, especially between Europe, Africa, and the islands, addressing themes of identity while remaining festive.”


Ieva Dubova | Ethereal Dream

HOME BASE: United Kingdom.
GENRE: Neo-Classical.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Ethereal Dream is a piece from and album of 10 Preludes for Piano. The preludes are inspired by the mystic chord of Scriabin and use it in a variety of ways and transpositions to express the story of the creation of the world up to the age of humans. They move from texture-representing compositions to more full-grown melodic works as they progress and are given titles to represent this journey. 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.”


Farrow | Do Right

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: R&B / Soul.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Joy is revolutionary! Farrow are a rock ’n’ Soul band from Buffalo with thought provoking lyrics and infectious melodies. This diverse group of musicians create songs that make you move and savour everyday joys like eating a fried pierogi dipped in hot sauce. Led by producer/bass player André Pilette and singer/lyricist Michael Farrow, the band features Tim Webb on drums, Michael Ruopoli on percussion, Cory Clancy on guitar, Rufus “Breezy” Cole Jr. on keys and Danielle Johnson on backing vocals.”


Bachot Muna | Mukonge The Frog

HOME BASE: Belgium.
GENRE: Afrobeat.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Emerging artist Bachot Muna is set to make a name for himself in the music industry. Mukonge The Frog is all about an African legend, full of meaning, messages, and African wisdom. The song tells the story of a frog, dressed in a suit, who goes to court with his friend, the toad dressed in a tie. Proud of their appearance, money, power, and confident demeanor, they’re shocked to find the judge rule against them. The moral of the song is to avoid vanity and stay humble because we all live and die the same. Power and money will not protect you or keep you from death’s door.”


Les Barbiers Dans la Ville Mauve | Le Rebord Du Monde

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Founded in Paris in 2019, Les Barbiers dans la Ville Mauve began as a collaboration between Quebec keyboardist Michaël Proulx and French guitarist Hadrien de Blignières’ composing and splicing of progressive and independent influences. They were soon joined by Canadian percussionist/drummer Daniel Lunn and the trio began arranging compositions, building a new and thoughtful alternative sound. The music of the Barbiers exists in a world that reflects the imbalances of our time and adresses our ambivalent feelings of our wavering civilization. Les Barbiers have been influenced by progressive alternative rock (Radiohead, Archive, The Doors) and French songs (Mathieu Chedid, Jacques Dutronc, Feu Chatterton).”


Peter Lake | Stones Keep Rolling Through

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: R&B / Soul.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Peter Lake is a New York City singer-songwriter who revels in anonymity. His musical influences include Curtis Mayfield, Motown, Billie Eilish and Rüfüs Du Sol. “This is a song about my first love,” he says. “It follows the arc that many of us have experienced. The protagonist is me and the same person who has inspired many of my sad songs. When you love someone or something you give it power over you. I personally believe this is a good thing to do. On the one hand, it can create pain. A stoic philosopher like Epictetus would say this is wrong — by giving up your power you are vulnerable to pain. But the stoics also miss the upside of vulnerability. Take that Epictetus!”


Romain Gutsy | My Only Love

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Folk.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:My Only Love is a passionate love song that expresses the deep sentiment of the one in love, the one who experiences the full power and eternity of what can link a being with another forever. Electronic sounds rub shoulders with the authenticity of acoustic instruments and propel the song from the classical folk of Romain to the world of pop. As usual, Romain’s distinguishable, endearing, and charismatic voice gives another dimension to this masterpiece of folk-pop. The chord progression contained in the verses is directly inspired by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. The arrangement has been done by Marc Bentel. It gives the song the symphonic and epic dimension it deserves, with a strong emotional progression.”


Joris Bon | Soul Of A Breath

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Jazz.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Joris Bon is a pianist and composer, touched by a certain artistic sensibility. Bon is characterized by his neo-jazz influences. This is a new piano composition. He says: “I wanted an intimate sound, a melancholy in the harmonic structure.”


Sylvain Zebo | Case

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Indie-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Sylvain Zebo is an author, composer and performer. In 2010 he recorded his first album Consacre Moi in the United States. In 2013, he produced his second album Masque in his Parisian studio. Longitudinal was released during 2016, and in 2019 he finalized his fourth album Fortunes, which marks the return to pure and serene acoustic songs.”


A Black Rainbow | Hey Kids

HOME BASE: Germany.
GENRE: Synth-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:A Black Rainbow is the brainchild of Wilson Gonzalez Ochsenknecht. A Black Rainbow stands for the outsider who doesn’t fit into the picture at first glance, but is nevertheless a soulful, profound, multi-layered person — a rainbow whose colors have yet to be fathomed. Dark basses meet harmonious melodies, underpinned by strict beats and arrangements  that mix rock ’n’ roll, electro and techno. After many ideas, experiments and countless hours in the rehearsal room, A Black Rainbow finally recorded their first EP.”


Matteo Longbois | Danger

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Electronica.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Matteo Longbois was born in 2002 in Normandy. One day his father made him listen to David Guetta’s set at the Sensation White Festival in 2006. It was a revelation; since then he has been interested in making electronic and technical music in his own style, taking inspiration from artists such as Daft Punk, Laurant Garnier and Todd Terry.”


Blitz Union | Plastic (Ingo Hampf Remix)

HOME BASE: Czechia.
GENRE: Darkwave.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “After the successful release of Plastic as a single, a Zardonic remix and versions in five more languages, Blitz Union decided to sum it up with three more remixes — the focus track being a darkwave remix by Ingo Hampf of Subway to Sally. Blitz Union are a rock band blending melodic pop toplines and EDM, reminding you of Linkin Park and 30 Seconds To Mars.”


Keith Mosfet | The World Is A Twirling Void

HOME BASE: Netherlands.
GENRE: Indie-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Canadian artist Keith Mosfet has been on a journey of self discovery through traveling countries and learning from new cultures. Now calling Amsterdam home, he is the definition of an artist. “My new single The World Is A Twirling Void discusses the tragedies of our generation,” he explains. “We’ve had so many ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ wars, multiple recessions, a pandemic and terrorism. So much that it’s just become normal. This song is for people who’ve just gotten used to the terrible world events but we’re not letting it break us. Clearly heard in my track are influences of Mac DeMarco, Jack White and Cage the Elephant, but with my own unique, psychedelic twist.”


H.O.M.A | Nubian

HOME BASE: Nigeria.
GENRE: R&B / Soul.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:H.O.M.A is a singer-songwriter in Nigeria. He released his first single in 2018. His sound has evolved from Afrocentric to sultry and seductive. He is always experimenting and unlocking new levels for himself in his career. On his R&B single Nubian, H.O.M.A pays tribute to women of colour in a heartfelt and empowering manner. Graced with a magical sonic contribution from Nigerian producer Clogz, the record was created between the lines of contemporary R&B and highly eccentric alternative music. It is a sensual, percussive and progressive alternative R&B song.”


Krumple Krink | Fear Of Death

HOME BASE: Australia.
GENRE: Indie-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I’m a 21-year-old classical guitarist and producer who has just released the debut track off a new EP I’m releasing this year! I wrote, performed, recorded and edited everything on this track before mixing and mastering it with Rob Grant from Poons Head Studios (Tame Impala, Pond, Miley Cyrus), The music is meant to sound out of this world and psychedelic, in a unique way that is still listenable.”


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