Blu & Exile – Give Me My Flowers While I Can Smell Them

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“New” stuff from Blu & Exile! unmastered/ unmixed album recorded back in 2009, enjoy

Tracklist

01. A Letter
02. More Out Of Life
03. The Only One
04. Mask Your Soul
05. I Am Jean
06. Money
07. She Said Its Ok
08. Goo dMOrning Neighbor
09. Everybody Nose (feat. Johaz & Fashawn)
10. Dont Be Jelly
11. Berries & Juices
12. Seasons
13. John Mccain
14. O Heaven (Bonus)
15. Ope (Bonus)

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VA – Dramatic Funk Themes Vol. 1-2-3

One would never have imagined that an unexhausted supply of amazing funky, groovy compositions and hidden treasures from the 1970s would emerge from the vaults and shed light on the world over 30 years later.

“Dramatic Funk Themes” is a collection of such gems, all of which originate from the archives of the Themes International Music Library. Soundtracks for scenes which did not exist at the time – sometimes action-packed, dramatic or driving – such as a high speed car chase – or sometimes more laid-back and relaxed like crusing in a ragtop through the city. These are the scenes played out over a musical backdrop loaded with wah-wah guitars, deep basslines, rhodes, clavinets, analogue synthesizers, hammond organs, flutes, razor-sharp brass, groovy percussion and solid drum beats.

The Themes International Library was founded in 1973 as an offshoot to its parent company KPM by England’s elite studio session musicians Alan Parker, Alan Hawkshaw, Mike Moran and Barry Morgan.
The sounds and arrangements from the Themes Library were way ahead of their time, with their classic breaks and beats, and remain today on the most wanted lists of rare groove collectors, DJs and hip-hop producers alike. Also worth noting is that, in addition to the recordings made in London, some were put to tape in Munich with the support of none less than the brass section of the Max Greger Orchestra!

Themes International Library LPs were never available for purchase by the general public and were pressed in small quantities solely for the purposes of supplying music samples to the radio, television, film and production houses. Nowadays one has to dig very deeply in the pockets in order to snap up these treasures on auction sites such as Ebay. Depending on the album, prices can lie in the range 40 to 400 US Dollars (e.g. “The All American Powerhouse”).

Volume 1 – British Rare Grooves From The Themes International Music Library 1973-1976
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Tracklist

01. Les Hurdle – Soul Train
02. Alan Hawkshaw – Flashpoint
03. Kenny Salmon – Flying Squad
04. Allan Parker – Sweeny Todd
05. David Lindup – The Observer
06. Kenny Salmon – Get Up And Go
07. Alan Hawkshaw – High Driver
08. Madeline Bell & Alan Parker – Soul Slap
09. Keith Roberts – Override
10. Mike Moran – El Zoro
11. Alan Tew – Scenechange 6a
12. David Lindup – At Risk
13. Johnny Pearson – Work Force
14. James Clarke – The Heavies
15. Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennnett – Oddball
16. Alan Tew – Headlights
17. Alan Hawkshaw – Speed Run
18. David Lindup – Inside Information
19. Mike Moran – The Pick-Up
20. Alan Hawkshaw – The Investigator

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Volume 2 – Thrilling Rare Grooves From UK’s Leading Music Libraries 1970-1980
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Tracklist

01. T. Elerth – Beatin’ It
02. John Hawksworth – Flash Barrier
03. Frank McDonald & Chris Rae – Soul City Drive
04. Keith Mansfield – Hot Property
05. Nick Ingman – Thrust
06. Brian Bennett – Drama Montage
07. John Cameron – The Great Escape
08. Steve Gray – Nevada Junction
09. Dave Gold – City Police
10. Alan Hawkshaw – Fuel Injection
11. Keith Mansfield – Jagged
12. Johnny Pearson – Product Efficiency
13. Duncan Lamont – Punch Drunk
14. Martin Kershaw – Riff-Raff
15. Sound Prospect – Hit Man
16. Frank McDonald, Chris Rae & Gerry Shury – Fast Drive
17. John Saunders – Gun Man
18. Nick Ingman – Tense Preparation

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Volume 3 – Roaring Rare Grooves Action & Detective Breaks 1972-1983
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Tracklist

01. Leer Paul Leary – Nowhere To Run
02. Dieter Reith – Andy
03. Ernst Arno – Outlines Part 3
04. Simon Haseley – Prototype
05. Gerhard Narholz – Open Game
06. Peter Reno – Contact
07. Unknown Composer – Fat Man Part II
08. Jean Pierre Desvernois – Blue Jeans Danse
09. Dave Patterson – Solid Funk
10. Bunny J. Browne – Schizo
11. Keith Mansfield – Staying Power
12. Sammy Burdson – New Background A
13. Konrad Plaickner – Competition Start
14. Danny Edwardson – Stuck In
15. Marc Rosen – The Connection
16. Barry Stoller – Disco King
17. Dave Richmond – Police Car
18. Peter Martin – Stick And Stones
19. Frank McDonald Chris Rae – Plug In
20. Manfred Schoof Uwe Buschkotter – XY Patrol

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Common – The Dreamer/The Believer

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New of Common, enjoy! For more info and buy check: www.thinkcommon.com

Tracklist

01. The Dreamer (feat. Maya Angelou)
02. Ghetto Dreams (feat. Nas)
03. Blue Sky
04. Sweet
05. Gold
06. Lovin I Lost
07. Raw (How You Like It)
08. Cloth
09. Celebrate
10. Windows
11. The Believer (feat. John Legend)
12. Pops Belief

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Will Sessions – The Elmatic Instrumentals

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The name Will Sessions was born as a producer alias of trumpeter Sam Beaubien. After sharpening his keyboard skills and learning writing and arrangement from the accomplished David Van De Pitte (who arranged for countless Motown recordings including Marvin Gaye’s album What’s Going On) at Wayne State University, he decided to start a band. With classmates Tim Shellaberger (bass) and Bryan Arnold (drums) along with recruits Ryan Gimpert (guitar) and Eric Kacir (Percussion), the band was complete.T h e y helped to develop a nascent monthly funk music party called Motor City Funk Night, and three years later, the party has grown into one of the sta- ples of the Detroit scene, and Will Sessions were playing in front of crowds of up to 3000 people.

Elmatic had been initially planned and announced in 2008 as a tribute to the historic 1994 album Illmatic by Nas, but it wasn’t until early 2011 that Elzhi and his manager Jae Barber agreed that it would be best to recreate all of the beats from scratch–and there was clearly nobody who could do it better than producer Sam Beaubien and Will Sessions. Since it’s widely considered to be the holy grail of hip hop recordings, the prospect of du- plicating the music from Illmatic was daunting. By using the original sam- ple sources of the album’s tracks as a foundation, producer Beaubien and the band members managed to recreate both the sound and the mood of the classic album with stunning precision on Elmatic, exceeding lofty expectations set by loyal fans and skeptical critics alike.

With an ever-increasing body of recorded work, a skyrocketing reputation within their hometown market, and their first tastes of national and international interest, Will Sessions are primed to be among Detroit’s hottest musical exports.

Tracklist

01. Genesis
02. Detroit State Of Mind
03. Lifes a Bitch
04. The World Is Yours
05. Halftime
06. Memory Lane
07. One Love
08. Represent Intro
09. Represent
10. It Aint Hard To Tell
11. Shout

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Visioneers – Shaft In Africa b/w Apache

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Visioneers are back with a Limited Edition picture sleeve 7″ (vinyl only)! The classic B-Boy remakes “Apache” and “Shaft in Africa” are brought to you by Marc Mac’s Visioneers. This is the long awaited new Visioneers Limited Edition 45 produced by Marc Mac of 4hero. Marc Mac’s Visioneers explore the roots of hip hop with their funky breakbeat remake 7″ on BBE records.

For more info and buy check: www.bbemusic.com

Tracklist

01. Apache
02. Shaft in Africa (Addis)

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RAJA – Color

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‘Color’ is Part III of The October Series, a trilogy of themed mixtapes from prolific 19-year-old New York producer RAJA (formerly known as InfinitiRock). ‘Color,’ more of an LP than a mixtape, is the most personal music yet released by RAJA. It is dedicated to RAJA’s recently deceased grandmother.

The piano acts as a thread through this album, centrally amidst in the emotional electronics of ‘To Be Alone,’ ‘Diamond Life’ and ‘Sara.’ Mouth clops and drumstick clicks are percussion on ‘The Storm,’ while low end sub dives sink into the listener’s skin like something uncanny. There’s also the upbeat teenage ‘Moon Rising’ and Shirley Abicair (via The Beatles) cover ‘That Girl,’ widening the scope of the release.

RAJA’s voice appears in ‘Color’ for seemingly the first time in his already expansive catalog, and to great effect (c.f. the autotuned mantra of ‘Luv (Someone Else)’ and gated yearning of ‘You’).

Ultimately, ‘Color’ aptly marks the culmination of The October Series, displaying Chester Anand the true artist, always behind and yet exceeding the sum of his tracks.

For more info check: astronautico.bandcamp.com

many thanks to my friend Sara! she recommended this to me and i love it!

Tracklist

01. I’ve Been Falling
02. To Be Alone
03. You
04. Luv (Someone Else)
05. First Attempt
06. Moon Rising
07. Improv Piano Interlude 10-26 AM
08. Diamond Life
09. The Storm
10. My Crosshairs
11. That Girl (feat. Starchild)
12. Spirit Flight
13. Fitting You
14. Copper Mirrors (prequel)
15. Sara

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Paper Plane Project – Miles Apart

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EP by Australian production duo Paper Plane Project. A blend of soulful hip hop, low-slung beats, future funk, boogie and Latin rhythms, it features vocals from LA artists J. Mitchell (Common, Exile) and MC Raashan Ahmad (Crown City Rockers), as well live horns and verses from local Sydney group True Vibenation. Following up from their acclaimed debut LP ‘Pacific Connection (2011)’, this new release shows an evolution in the Paper Plane Project sound with a sonic freshness that still contains that soulful, jazz-influenced vibe.

Tracklist

01. Step Inside
02. Don’t Lie feat. J Mitchell & Raashan Ahmad
03. Backyard Breeze
04. Through The Rain
05. Get Closer
06. Sundown feat. Native Wit & Verbaleyes
07. Downtown

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1000 Names – Invisible Architect

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The Invisible Architect is the third full-length album by like minded production duo and long-term friends 1000names. Unlike their previous releases, which focused more on technology and machinery, they drew their inspiration for this album from the unconscious moments that just happen during live shows or studio improvisations, those happy accidents when the music emerges out of the chaos with no traceable origin. In these unconscious moments, it seems, the invisible architect – a mysterious natural power – creates this untouched and raw music, almost like the geological formation of rocks in a mountain or the trees in a forest are formed by the fundamental forces of nature. In their own words: “It’s a mystery where the music comes from and why it sounds the way it does. We look for the answer in the garden of the invisible architect – and try just to be…“

For more info and buy check: www.projectmooncircle.com

Tracklist

01. Wood Traxx
02. Sushi Hour
03. Paper Trip
04. Water Resistant Rakete
05. Milky Plastic
06. Pi Day
07. Walkin’ Tales
08. Born With Promise
09. Invisible Architect
10. Perception Of Color
11. She Loves Purple Mornings
12. The Afternoon Sounds

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Ornette Coleman – Tomorrow Is The Question!

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The last two years of the 1950s and early years of the ’60s saw Ornette Coleman exert a profound influence on the future direction of jazz. It was a remarkably fertile time for him as a composer. This set amply demonstrates his composing skill. Tunes like “Tears Inside,” “Turnaround,” and the aching beauty of “Lorraine” are brilliant and, in a perfect world, should be standard jazz repertoire today. Coleman quickly broke through to a new freedom in jazz. He would soon find more receptive players to work alongside than on this recording; however, the playing is still of high caliber and the tunes are now justly legendary.

Personnel: Ornette Coleman (alto saxophone); Don Cherry (trumpet); Percy Heath, Red Mitchell (bass); Shelly Manne (drums).

Tracklist

01. Tomorrow Is The Question!
02. Tears Inside
03. Mind and Time
04. Compassion
05. Giggin’
06. Rejoicing
07. Lorraine
08. Turnaround
09. Endless

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Janko Nilovic – Soul Impressions

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Recorded in 1975 and released on the legendary library music label Montparnasse 2000, Soul Impressions condenses the entire mastery and inspiration of the brilliant Franco -Yugoslav composer Janko Nilovic into 12 generous tracks !

Tracklist

01. Hippocampus
02. Open Country
03. Crazy Enterprise
04. Soul Impressions
05. Lettre De Mer
06. Drug Song
07. Man Of Genius
08. Push Push
09. Black Swan Lake
10. Lady Day
11. To and Fro
12. Family Tree

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Sun Ra – Some Blues But Not The Kind That’s Blue

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This reissue of one of Sun Ra’s original 1970s recordings for Saturn Records captures the jazz icon performing with his Outer Space Arkestra, offering up a mixture of standards and originals. The latter are represented by the title track, a cacophonous sonic wash that has the Arkestra going at full tilt, and an untitled track that highlights Ra’s unconventional piano work. Treatments of “My Favorite Things,” “Tenderly,” and “Black Magic” are more instantly recognizable, but no less inspired.

Personnel: James Jacson (flute, bassoon); Danny Davis , Marshall Allen (flute, alto saxophone); Eloe Omoe (bass clarinet); John Gilmore (tenor saxophone); Ahk Tal Ebah (trumpet, flugelhorn); Richard “Radu” Williams, Ronnie Boykins (bass guitar); Luqman Ali (drums); Atakatune (conga drum).

Tracklist

01. Some Blues But Not The Kind That’s Blue
02. I’ll Get By
03. My Favorite Things
04. Untitled
05. Nature Boy
06. Tenderly
07. Black Magic
08. I’ll Get By (Bonus Track)
09. I’ll Get By (Bonus Track 2)

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The Baker Brothers – Time To Testify

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With over 10 years worth of experience and a number of releases on labels such as EMI, P-Vine, and Freestyle, UK funk & soul titans The Baker Brothers land at Record Kicks with their seventh, and latest musical opus “Time to testify”. In the new album The Baker Brothers pick things up where top singles “Once I Had a Friend” and “Patience” left off. The result is “Time To Testify”, a brand new album that sees The Baker Brothers hitting their stride as they mix elements of modern soul, jazz, funk and everything in between.

From modern soul winners such as “Once I had a frined”, “Patience” and “The Bottom Rung” to surefire crowd-pleasers such as “Make Your Move” and “Feeding Freddie” and groovy jazzi-funk instrumentals like “Genki Strut” and “The Young Patter”, the seemingly effortless prowess of The Baker Brothers takes center-stage and holds no prisoners. Now can I get a witness!

For more info and buy check: www.recordkicks.com

Tracklist

01. Statement Of Intent
02. Make Your Move
03. Painting Pictures
04. Once I Had a Friend
05. Patience
06. Decision Time
07. Feeding Freddie
08. Pices Of The Puzzle
09. Stick Up
10. Hang Loose
11. The Bottom Rung
12. Roll It
13. The Young Patter
14. Snap Back
15. Head South
16. Genki Strut

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Freddie Joachim – “Minutes”

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again, i would just like to thank everyone so much who has purchased PATIENTLY.  the support has exceeded my expectations, and is greatly appreciated.  listen and download “Minutes” exclusively through Mellow Orange Music.

For more info check: www.freddiejoachim.com

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Paper Plane Project – Pacific Connection

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Paper Plane Project was born after a digging trip to Brazil. The music and the culture of the South American country had a major effect on the guys who are now making it a regular destination for musical inspiration. Paper Plane Project’s sound is all about that old-school Sunday afternoon party in the park, bringing soulful beats and vibes back into the realm of hip-hop and beyond.

For more info and buy check: www.cardboardcityrecords.com

Tracklist

01. Happiness Is Love feat. Aloe Blacc
02. Under The Trees
03. What You Want feat. Raashan Ahmad
04. The Road
05. Sunshine feat. Noelle Scaggs & Raashan Ahmad
06. Marcy Ave
07. Don’t Hold Back
08. The Get Loose feat. Raashan Ahmad
09. Daybreak
10. Travel feat. Rae
11. Pela Manha
12. Let It Bang feat. Raashan Ahmad
13. You On My Mind

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Nujabes – Spiritual State

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Final and posthumous album from Nujabes (rip), enjoy! by the way, I really would like to know how much the album was completed before he passed away.

For more info and buy check: www.hydeout-tribe.net

Tracklist

01. Spiritual State (featuring Uyama Hiroto)
02. Sky Is Tumbling (featuring Cise Star)
03. Gone Are The Days (featuring Uyama Hiroto)
04. Spiral
05. City Lights (featuring Pase Rock & Substantial)
06. Color Of Autumn
07. Dawn On The Side
08. Yes (featuring Pase Rock)
09. Rainyway Back Home
10. Far Fowls
11. Fellows
12. Waiting For The Clouds (featuring Substantial)
13. Prayer
14. Island (featuring Uyama Hiroto & Haruka Nakamura)

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Ta-Ku – LateNYC

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8 tracks finished on a recent trip to N.Y.C. This EP is a lead-up to my LP on HW&W Recordings entitled “SCARLETTE” dropping Febuary 2012. Enjoy!

128kbps so buy HQ here: www.ta-ku.me

Tracklist

01. Latency
02. Low Battery
03. When I Met You
04. Facelift
05. Poath
06. SJP
07. Connection
08. Mahal feat. Chet Faker
09. Slow Down

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Damu The Fudgemunk “Faster Rhyme For Self”

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“Faster Rhyme For Self” features Damu on the beats, rhymes & cuts!  Produced, Written, Performed, Mixed & Arranged by Damu The Fudgemunk, Mastered by K-Def , VERY LIMITED 7″ vinyl available ONLY at www.redefinitionrecords.com More info: www.wonkabeats.com

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Knxwledge – UndrTheWeathr.EP

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Another one! For more info and buy check: gloof.bandcamp.com

Tracklist

01. NoMoaraps
02. AllThs
03. DntKnx

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Paul Chambers – Whims Of Chambers

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Of the seven songs on this Blue Note CD reissue, four are more common than the other three because they contain solos by tenor saxophonist John Coltrane and have therefore been reissued more often. Actually there are quite a few solos in the all-star sextet (which includes the bassist-leader, Coltrane, trumpeter Donald Byrd, guitarist Kenny Burrell, pianist Horace Silver and drummer Philly Joe Jones) and all of the players get their chances to shine on this fairly spontaneous hard bop set. Coltrane’s two obscure compositions (“Nita” and “Just for the Love”) are among the more memorable tunes and are worth reviving. “Tale of the Fingers” features the quintet without Coltrane, the rhythm section stretches out on “Whims of Chambers” and “Tale of the Fingers” is a showcase for Chambers bowed bass. This is a fine effort and would be worth picking up by straightahead jazz fans even if John Coltrane had not participated.

Personnel: Paul Chambers (bass); John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); Donald Byrd (trumpet); Horace Silver (piano); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Philly Joe Jones (drums).

Tracklist

01. Omicron
02. Whims Of Chambers
03. Nita
04. We Six
05. Dear Ann
06. Tale Of The Fingers
07. Just For Love

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Enrico Rava – Tribe

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Since his return to ECM with “Easy Living” in 2003, the grand master of Italian jazz has gone from strength to strength, in a series of truly exceptional recordings including “Tati”, “The Words and The Days”, “The Third Man”, and “New York Days”. Enrico Rava is currently playing at a peak of lyrical invention, and his newest Italian quintet is amongst his strongest ensembles. Gianluca Petrella is retained from “The Words and the Days” line-up. Voted Rising Star Trombonist in the Down Beat Critics Poll of 2005, he has a front-line relationship with Rava which recalls Enrico’s affinity with Roswell Rudd back in the heyday of the New Thing. Fast-moving, quick-witted exchanges abound. Enrico has always encouraged younger musicians, and pianist Giovanni Guidi (born 1985) is a real find, a player of creativity and imagination: “When I notice the gifts of a young musician, I immediately involve him in my groups. This is not motivated by altruism,” Rava insists. “Giovanni Guidi is like Bollani and Petrella: he astounds me every time.” Bassist Gabriele Evangelista (b. 1988), another young player of promise, works splendidly alongside widely-experienced drummer Fabrizio Sferra, whose resume includes work with Chet Baker, Paul Bley and Kenny Wheeler. Material on “Tribe” includes new and old tunes by Rava and a brace of collective improvisations.

For more info and buy check: www.ecmrecords.com

Tracklist

01. Amnesia
02. Garbage Can Blues
03. Choctaw
04. Incognito
05. Cornettology
06. F. Express
07. Tears For Neda
08. Song Tree
09. Paris Baguette
10. Planet Earth
11. Tribe
12. Improvisation

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