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Honey & Groat


Medved Minor 04:52
Niffty Teddy 03:50
Feux-gris 06:57
Tardigrada 03:01
LYRICS: Pris dans un palais De sang, d’amour et d’imparfait Prince brouillard égaré Deux paumes pour te guider Bercé sur le fer Croisé dans tes bras forts Porté par tes airs Soutenu sans effort L’un l’autre embrassés Moquants l’heure qui passe Les liens se délassent Faudra se laisser Au fil des nuées Ta voix tend à m’échapper Une vie tendre s’est perdue Le fil d’or s’est rompu Soudain je m’essouffle L’absence a des mots durs Démons sous la poitrine Dévorent mes racines L’un l’autre embrassés Moquants l’heure qui passe Les liens se délassent Faudra se laisser


Ever since jazz took its bop and free turn, each generation solved this eternal equation: how do you reconcile serious music and simple pleasure? On each of these occasions opinion was divided between orthodoxy and hedonism.

Trained in the theoretical rigours of classical music and jazz, experts on their instruments, and brought up on hip-hop culture, techno and house club scenes, Matthieu Llodra and Arthur Donnot - composers of KUMA – go against the conventional rules because they like to challenge their musical boundaries.

Honey & Groat is just like a bear (KUMA in Japanese, emblem of the band): behind the sweetness and apparent placidity, plenty of power. The resulting urban groove is reminiscent of 70’s soul jazz with a contemporary sound: where instrumental talent meets pop simplicity.


released October 14, 2022

KUMA's band members:
Matthieu Llodra - Keyboards
Arthur Donnot - Saxophone
Fabien Iannone - Bass
Maxence Sibille - Drums

Léo Chambet - Voice on 'Der Küss'
Shems Bendali - Trumpet on 'Feux-gris'
Zacharie Ksyk - Trombone on 'Feux-gris'
Cyril Moulas - Guitar on 'Tardigrada'

Album composed by Arthur Donnot and Matthieu Llodra
All tracks arranged by KUMA and Valentin Liechti.
Recorded & mixed by Valentin Liechti at Suburban studio Winterthur, Switzerland.
Mastered by Zino Mikorey, Berlin, Germany.
Artwork by Cram
Released by Rocafort Records
Published by Rocafort Publishing


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