Archives for March, 2015

Believe New Releases wc 30/03/2015

March, 30th 2015 13:50


t williamsArtist: T. Williams 

Release: Acoustic Treatment EP 
Label: Today, Tomorrow Records 
Genre: Dance 

UK House producer T. Williams has a history drenched with the sounds of the underground, initially finding roots with the Grime, Garage, and Jungle styles. T. Williams incorporates those influences in his classic yet innovative 4×4 House records.

The new Acoustic Treatment EP marks the debut full-length release on T‚Äôs own ‘Today, Tomorrow’ imprint. The record begins with ‚ÄúBack & Forth‚ÄĚ, a peak-time Chicago House anthem featuring pitched down vocals paired with consistently overlaid stabbing synths. ‚ÄúPrivilege‚ÄĚ, a collaboration with MJ Cole, provides a groovy and uplifting piano-driven melody, while ‚ÄúNot Leaving‚ÄĚ bestows a more downtempo and sultry vibe with powerful vocals and a deep acid-tinged bass line.

The record finishes off with ‚ÄúDays End‚ÄĚ, a chill uptempo Jazz-inspired tune with a smooth saxophone backing, the perfect ending to the EP. The release communicates the ethos T.Williams has become known for – always taking notes from the past with an ear towards the future.

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akalaArtist: Akala  
Release: Knowledge is Power, Vol. 2
Label: Illa State Records
Genre: Hip Hop

Knowledge Is Power 2: Akala’s fifth studio album is the grittiest sounding record released on Illa State since the ‘The War Mixtape’ back in 2004.

KIP2 captures all the musical maturity and subject matter expected from an Akala record whilst delivering something entirely new…

Produced by Akala, Lavar Bullard (Knowledge Is Power Vol. 1/The Thieves Banquet) and Cassell ‘TheBeatmaker’ (The Streets/Plan B) featuring some of the UK’s finest talent.

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jesse malinArtist: Jesse Malin 

Release: New York Before the War 
Label: One Little Indian Records 
Genre: Alternative 

Jesse Malin returns with brand new album, New York Before The War , released via One Little Indian, and featuring the singles Addicted and Turn Up The Mains.

Arriving almost five years on from his last record (2010’s Love It to Life), New York Before the War was recorded in Virginia, before moving on to New York, finishing up at the Magic Shop in Soho. Players include bassist Catherine Popper (Jack White, Ryan Adams), drummer Randy Schrager (Scissor Sisters) and Paul Garisto (Psychedelic Furs). Brian Thorn (David Bowie) engineered and mixed the album.

Malin – who has collaborated with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Ryan Adams, Gogol Bordello ‚Äď describes the album title as ‚Äúa metaphor for surviving in an ever changing, rapidly desensitized world while trying to find a way to live truly.‚ÄĚ

The album will be delivered in two formats: the first being a mixed version, stitched together by mix tape icon, KISS FM Hip Hop show hosting and DIZZEE RASCAL tour supporting DJ MK.

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nubiyan twist smallArtist: Nubiyan Twist 

Release:  Nubiyan Twist 
Label: Wormfood Records Ltd 
Genre: R&B 

‚ÄúA beautiful blend of groovy dub with uplifting horns and soulful female vocals‚ÄĚ THE GUARDIAN

Spreading the love across the UK with their monumental fusion of soul, jazz, dub, hip hop and afrobeat, 12-piece outfit Nubiyan Twist are poised to release their eponymous debut long player. Released 30th March on Wormfood Records, the album will likely appeal to fans of Jill Scott, Fela Kuti, The Heliocentrics and Common.

A culmination of brilliant musicians, DJs and producers, fuelled by the laidback, soulful delivery of female vocalist Nubiya Brandon, ‚ÄėNubiyan Twist‚Äô fuses groove-driven music from around the world with soundsystem culture and jazz-inspired improvisation. Encouraging artistic and social unity between different cultures and musical styles, notable influences include the likes of Fela Kuti, King Tubby, J Dilla, Herbie Hancock and Nat King Cole.

From the futuristic textures and mesmeric brass of the album opening, recent single, the groove laden ‚ÄėWork House‚Äô, combines infectiously danceable grooves, punchy arrangements and a giant sound.

The dancefloor-driven ‚ÄėStraight Lines‚Äô melds heavyweight soundsystem attitude with a carnival-feel, whilst ‚ÄėHyponotized‚Äô blends afrobeat and reggae.

‚ÄėFigure Numatic‚Äô, is sultry jazz/hip-hop, Brandon blending a melodic tone and presence reminiscent of the jazz greats of the 40s/50s with a rap style firmly rooted in the golden era of hip hop – a blend of laidback delivery and abstract lyricism.

The ultra-tight grooves of ‚ÄėShake Down‚Äô is a modern take on traditional afrobeat, paying homage to the likes of Ebo Taylor and Tony Allen, with warm melodies and punchy horn arrangements similar to those of The Hot 8 Brass Band and Youngblood Brass Band.

Grown in the fertile Leeds music scene while studying at Leeds College Of Music, Nubiyan Twist are now mostly resident in London, with a hardcore faction based at Henwood Studios, the custom studio they built in Oxfordshire out of hay bales and cement as Nubiyan HQ.

Having won acclaim for their mesmerising live performances, over the band’s 3 year lifespan they’ve collaborated with Ruby Wood (Submotion Orchestra), played alongside De La Soul, Bonobo, Quantic, MF Doom, Robert Glasper Experiment, Gentlemen’s Dub Club and DJ Yoda, and can count BBC 6 Music’s Huey Morgan as a fan.

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Believe New Releases wc 23/03/2015

March, 23rd 2015 13:40

 

bvsc smallArtist: Buena Vista Social Club 
Release: Lost and Found 
Label: World Circuit 
Genre: World 

‚Äúboth timeless and thoroughly contemporary..‚ÄĚ – fROOTSAlmost two decades after the release of the original, Grammy winning album, the romance of the Buena Vista Social Club continues with Lost and Found, a collection of previously unreleased tracks, some recorded at the first legendary sessions in Havana with producer Ry Cooder and others during the extraordinarily rich outpouring of music that followed.

The original Buena Vista Social Club album was recorded for World Circuit Records by Ry Cooder and Nick Gold over seven days in Havana in 1996, bringing together many of the great names of the golden age of Cuban music in the 1950s, several of whom were coaxed out of retirement for the sessions. The album became a surprise international best-seller and the most successful album in the history of Cuban music.

At the time, nobody had any idea that the record was merely the start of a musical phenomenon. In the years that followed the Buena Vista veterans toured the world to ecstatic audiences and were the subject of a celebrated feature film directed by Wim Wenders. Further acclaimed recordings followed, including solo releases by the singers Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo, virtuoso pianist Rub√©n Gonz√°lez and bassist Cacha√≠to L√≥pez and a celebratory live album recorded at a triumphant concert at New York‚Äôs Carnegie Hall. Buena Vista Social Club had become a household name. A core band featuring several of the original musicians continue to sell out shows world-wide as Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club. They embark on their farewell ‚ÄėAdios‚Äô tour in 2015.

“Over the years we were often asked what unreleased material was left in the vaults,‚ÄĚ says World Circuit‚Äôs Nick Gold. ‚ÄúWe knew of some gems, favourites amongst the musicians, but we were always too busy working on the next project to go back and see what else we had. When we eventually found the time, we were astonished at how much wonderful music there was.‚ÄĚ

All the studio tracks were recorded for World Circuit at the Egrem studio in Havana during the rich and prolific period of creativity that followed the recording of the original album and stretched into the early 2000s. Spiced with live recordings from the same fertile period, there’s a tremendous and sometimes surprising variety to the material heard on Lost and Found. But there is a unifying thread built around a core collective of legendary musicians expressing an esprit de corps which everyone who was ever enchanted by Buena Vista Social Club will recognise and enjoy.

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gavin jamesArtist: Gavin James 

Release: The Book of Love 
Label: GS Believe 
Genre: Pop 

“If you ignore Gavin James, you are losing out” Ed Sheeran

Having gone to number 1 in Ireland and racked up over 2.5 million plays online and spending 4 weeks in the Netherlands Top 40 chart on the live version of his Magnetic Fields’ Book of Love cover, new Irish superstar Gavin James releases the stunning tender studio version.

Inspired by a variety of influences, namely Damien Rice, Ray Lamontagne and Ray Charles, it is the young Irishman‚Äôs flair for songwriting, paired with his unparalleled vocal ability, that has marked James out as a star on the continual rise since releasing debut EP, ‚ÄúSay Hello‚ÄĚ, stayed in the Irish chart for 6 months.

Freshly signed to Capitol Records (North America), Sony (Europe), Believe (France), Believe / Good Soldier (UK), Warner (Ireland), Gavin James is one of the hottest new talents in the world and bound for stardom in 2015.

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rewd adams smallArtist: Rewd Adams  
Release: Hunger Pains 2 
Label: RoadSound Music 
Genre: Hip Hop 

REWD ADAMS returns with a brand new mixtape – HUNGER PAINS 2, the fourth chapter in the Rewd Adams story, following a brief hiatus on from the previous chapters in the saga.

It has been a while since REWD touched down on the previous instalment, but there’s no time like the present and that’s exactly where REWD is at his sharpest, and trust me he’s never been more switched on than this latest offering.

HUNGER PAINS 2 still delivers REWD ADAMS’ lighting fast, dextrous wit and charm, but this time he’s hungry for more: REWD is on form, sat down; elbows firmly perched on the table, knife and fork in hand ready to eat what life has to offer. Not only have the ingredients matured but also the level of preparation has gone up a notch too. REWD ADAMS isn’t just solely about spraying bars or dropping a hot sixteen anymore, this guy can cook up songs and serve hooks that would sit on many a platter.

This new project picks up where the previous volume left off: those unbearable, stabbing, migraine inducing pains of hunger and raw talent that drove the first version have now evolved, especially after vital lessons learned on REWD AWAKENING and HOW NOT TO MAKE A LIVING, Rewd Adams is rejuvenated and ready for the world with a fresh outlook

HUNGER PAINS 2 sits ambiguously between hip hop and the ‚Äėgrey area‚Äô in a way that‚Äôs distinctly unique without sounding tacky, or trying to be placed where most would consider urban as the genre of choice. Beat selection plays a big part too with REWD ADAMS rolling with two top chefs in TEEZA and BEAT BUTCHA guys at the top of their game who have each produced genre defining records with the biggest names in their respective scenes. Further collaborations come in the form of JETSUN, CARDIAK, LA based SINITUS TEMPO, LDN PRODUCTIONS, with the sole collaboration on the tape coming from RINSE MC.

At twelve condense tracks deep ‚ÄėHUNGER PAINS 2‚Äô is easier to swallow than most‚Ķ REWD ADAMS is still warming up but this serving will leave you more than fulfilled.

The album will be delivered in two formats: the first being a mixed version, stitched together by mix tape icon, KISS FM Hip Hop show hosting and DIZZEE RASCAL tour supporting DJ MK.

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grummArtist: Grum

Release:  Sunday Blue Sky 
Label:  Glasgow Underground 
Genre: Dance 

‚ÄėSunday Blue Sky‚Äô is a classic from Scottish house producer Grum. It boasts effortless, elastic rhythm and striking Orbital-influenced chords all topped with a wistful, dreamy vocal. An unusual mix that Grum contorts into a killer piece of electronic pop.

Remixes come from Petar Dundov and King Unique. Dundov turns in an absolute gem of a remix with the Croatian delivering the kind of elongated, pulsing masterpiece that will ‚Äď like his classic ‚ÄúOasis‚ÄĚ ‚Äď be perfect for DJs as varied as John Digweed and Prins Thomas. Matt Thomas aka King Unique adds a rough, bass-driven house workout with its roots firmly in the today‚Äôs electronic scene, yet fondly reminiscent of early Junior Boys Own.

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Believe New Releases wc 16/03/2015

March, 16th 2015 14:31


cash + davidArtist: Cash+David 

Release: Triptych 
Label: + 
Genre: Dance 

London electronic project Cash+David have revealed the John Wizards remix of their latest single ‘Bones’, recently playlisted at Radio 1 BBC Introducing. Taken from their upcoming Triptych EP (March 16), the remix follows live shows earlier this year alongside XL-signing B√ėRNS and as part of The Line of Best Fit’s 5 Day Forecast. ‘Bones’ drew praise from The Sunday Times, Noisey and Metro, following up previous single ‘Pulse’, which topped #1 Hype Machine and drew 6music and Radio 1 support.

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trampoleneArtist: Trampolene 

Release: Pocket Album Two 
Label: Mi7 Records 
Genre:  Rock

Welsh triumvirate TRAMPOLENE announce the release of a new single Imagine Something Yesterday and expanded digital Pocket Album Two through Mi7 Records on Monday 16th March. Imagine Something Yesterday was recorded at RAK, Pyramid & Konk Studios, produced by Barker, Amachi & Josh Green and mixed by Cenzo Townshend (The Horrors / Jamie T). All other songs were recorded live at Konk Studios and produced by TRAMPOLENE & Josh Green.

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maestroArtist: Maestro 

Release: Mountains of Madness 
Label: Tigersushi 
Genre: Dance 

Maestro is a duo. Comprised of Mark “The Butcher” Kerr (the band’s Scottish singer and previously a member of hard rock band Gun, short-lived analogue-kraut-noise group Jackos, and Joakim’s band The Disco) and Fred “The Mad Scientist” Soulard (the band’s French technical wiz), Maestro make scuzzy dance music – or dancey scuzz music? – and debuted on the label in 2010 with A War Zone. Together they produced their first album “Mountains of Madness” to be released worldwide on the 16th of March. Maestro’s music is probably the most difficult to put into words Tigersushi has released so far. It’s the No in No Wave, the Post in Post Punk.
Maestro incarnation on stage will be a threesome with the addition of Antoine ‘The Beast’ on drums. A live show between your unspoken dreams and your worst nightmares, dark, extatic and visceral.

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etherwoodArtist: Etherwood
Release:¬†You’ll Always Be a Part of Me¬†
Label:  Medschool Music 
Genre: Dance 

Etherwood offers the first glimpse into his highly-anticipated second album with a brand new single on Med School. Instantly captivating, “You’ll Always Be A Part Of Me” is a three-minute escape that exudes the polished Etherwood essence that we’ve come to expect, surrounded by symphonic melodies and emotive lyrics. His own instantly-recognisable vocals are accompanied by poignant piano chords and downtempo percussion, creating a powerful yet simultaneously elegant and melancholic piece.
Etherwood’s self-titled debut album culminated in widespread acclaim and several accolades including Best Newcomer DJ and Producer at the Drum & Bass Arena Awards. It demonstrated a hint of his musical prowess, but “You’ll Always Be a Part of Me” clearly illustrates how his skills as a songwriter and musician have flourished since then. 2014 was an extremely important year for this continually-growing artist as he delivered stunning remixes for the likes of Gorgon City and Alex Clare and contributed vocals to Fred V & Grafix’s “Forest Fires” which shot up the BBC Radio 1 playlist. Etherwood also assembled a live band to perform a number of tracks from his debut album at the iconic Maida Vale Studio for broadcast on BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra.

Following on from the incredibly well received “Amen Roadtrip” released in January as part of Hospital Records’ “Hospitality 2015” compilation, this new single is reminiscent of Etherwood’s signature sound and embodies his unique ability to combine the organic with the electronic whilst moving several significant steps forward.

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Believe New Releases wc 09/03/2015

March, 9th 2015 14:28


fyfe controlArtist: Fyfe 

Release: Control 
Label: Believe Recordings 
Genre: Alternative 

‚ÄėControl‚Äô is a collection of brooding, expertly-crafted alternative pop songs, from an artist and producer who has already earned fans as diverse as London Grammar to Childish Gambino (and over 2 million Soundcloud plays to boot). For 25-year-old Paul Dixon, it‚Äôs a record which may have started as an exercise in tightening one‚Äôs grip on life, but is effectively about release, and learning that control itself is a fallacy.

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free loveArtist: Fantasma
Release: Free Love 
Label: Soundway Records 
Genre:  Dance 

‚ÄúSpoek Mathambo and Dj Spoko‚Äôs band is totally amazing!‚ÄĚ Dazed Digital

‚ÄúThe electro-Zulu supergroup represents the best of South African music.‚ÄĚ – THUMP/Vice

Fantasma, the latest project of South African innovator and creative pioneer Spoek Mathambo, is a five-man collective which weaves together electronica, hip-hop, traditional Zulu maskandi music, shangaan electro, South African house, psych-rock and punk to form a unique, original and fresh hybrid.

The godfather of ‚ÄėBacardi House‚Äô, producer DJ Spoko joins with former Machineri guitarist Andr√© Geld- enhuys, drummer Michael Buchanan and maskandi multi-instrumentist Bhekisenzo Cele to complete the line up.

Fused by Spoek Mathambo’s futurist vision, Fantasma pulls inspiration from all corners of South Africa: the sounds and spirits of townships and cities as well as the rural countryside. It is diverse not only in its membership but also in its forward-looking music.

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dj yoda presentsArtist: DJ Yoda Presents: Breakfast of Champions
Release: DJ Yoda Presents: Breakfast of Champions 
Label: Get Involved Records 
Genre: Hip Hop 

DJ Yoda will release his new album ‘Breakfast Of Champions’ on April 27 2015 through Kartel/Believe Digital. Curated and produced by DJ Yoda, the album features an eleven-strong collective of UK MCs and musicians, including Rex Domino and Mouse Outfit members Sparkz & Truthos Mufasa. The release will be trailed by a new single ‘The Baddest’ (now streaming here), ahead of an audio-visual headline tour in March, kicking off at Manchester’s Band On The Wall on March 13 and London’s The Forum on March 14.

Duncan Beiny, aka DJ Yoda, is no ordinary scratch DJ – and fittingly, this year’s realisation of his Breakfast of Champions project is far from being a predictable move. Energised by the wealth of starry collaborators (including Action Bronson, Boy George & Roots Manuva) for his acclaimed second artist album, 2012’s ‘Chop Suey’, Yoda elected for his next project to look in the opposite direction – towards upcoming artists of the UK scene, assembling the Breakfast of Champions cast from a Who’s Who of hip-hop’s next wave.

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MonarchyArtist: Monarchy 

Release: Abnocto
Label:  Hacan Sounds 
Genre: Dance 

‚Äúless of a comeback than it is an explosion, shattering all expectations in spectacular form.‚ÄĚ Neon Gold

Monarchy is Andrew Armstrong and Ra Black.

Both originally from Australia, the synth-pop duo met in London, and began making music together in 2009.

Monarchy released their debut album in 2011 with the singles Love Get Out of My Way, Maybe I’m Crazy, and You Don’t Want to Dance With Me and remixes from the likes of Benny Benassi, Tim Goldsworthy, Azari and III and Bag Raiders. They remixed such acts as Ellie Goulding, Lady Gaga, Kelis, Kylie, OMD, Jamiroquai, Fyfe Dangerfield and more.

Over the last five years they have played across the globe, at festivals such as Coachella, Melt, Lovebox, The Big Chill, Low Cost, Arenal Sound, and their own headline shows and club gigs in the US, Spain, Germany, UK, France, Russia.

After seeing Monarchy’s performance at Coachella in 2011, burlesque star Dita Von Teese got in touch with the band and the song Disintegration featuring Dita was eventually born from the relationship. This marked the first time Dita had ever recorded vocals on a track. This song went on to become their first single from their forthcoming album.

In June 2014 they released their second single, Living Without You through Sony US/Ultra, which was described by Neon Gold as: ‚Äúless of a comeback than it is an explosion, shattering all expectations in spectacular form.‚ÄĚ

With an exceptional video and MK remix, the single was championed by Pete Tong and charted on Beatport.

Monarchy released their latest EP titled Almost Human backed by a fan-generated official music video.

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Believe New Releases wc 02/03/2015

March, 2nd 2015 15:43


elle sound ofArtist: Various Artists 

Release: Elle РIt Songs Collection: Sound of Winter 
Label: Believe Digital
Genre: Pop

After the great success of the lasts ELLE ‚Äď It Songs compilations (more than 15.000 bundles sold so far), the magazine is releasing a brand new WINTER volume on March, 2nd.
The last ELLE ‚Äď It Songs comp was top 15 overal on iTunes in 25 countries WW for at least 2 weeks.

A selection of the hottest tracks released during this Winter, by ELLE magazine.
Discover a fresh & trendy selection of indie pop-rock-electro artists that you must listen to this summer, including : Fyfe, Fakear, Monarchy, To Kill a King, The 2 Bears, Zara McFarlane, Madjo, Zola Blood, Billie Black…

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vesselsArtist: Vessels

Release: Dilate 
Label: Bias 
Genre:  Dance 

The transformation is complete. After four years of incremental musical evolution, UK electronica five-piece Vessels emerge with a brave and brilliant new sound, masterfully fusing the widescreen builds and elegant breakdowns of their previous work with altogether more physical electronic rhythms. With their hotly anticipated new album Dilate, featuring underground hit singles Elliptic, On Monos & Echo In, Vessels are firmly focused on the euphoria of the dancefloor.The transition from sky-scraping guitars to fluid electronics has been almost seamless. What makes it all the more remarkable is that every bit of it is played live.

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nnekaArtist: Nneka 

Release: My Fairy Tales
Label: Bushqueen Music 
Genre: R&B

My Fairy Tales‚Äô to me is a concept album exploring the life of Africans in the diaspora and the struggles they face. The album portrays the good aspects of falling in love and the importance of being responsible towards children, as well as the significance of culture, education and identity values. My travels and spending a lot of time in France influenced me in writing an album that doesn’t just explain the suffering of Africans, but the aspects of endurance, perseverance and gratitude, which is a shared attribute of people across the globe.‚Äô The music has an authentic, easy going, Afro beat and roots feel to it. Mainly recorded and produced in France, Denmark and Nigeria. Mounir Maarouf from France produced five songs, Silver Bullit team from Denmark produced two songs, and ‚ÄėThe Slag‚Äô aka Marcus Nigsch and Nneka produced one song with 4 times Grammy award engineer James ‚ÄėBonzai‚Äô Caruso known from his work with Daimen and Stephen Marley on mixing duties. Chris Gelin mixed ‚ÄėMy Love, My Love‚Äô which he also did additional production for.

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TKAKArtist: To Kill A King 
Release: To Kill a King  
Label:  Xtra Mile Recordings 
Genre: Alternative 

London five-piece To Kill A King release their self-titled new album. The follow up to their 2013 debut Cannibals With Cutlery, To Kill A King was recorded in The Distillery studio in Wiltshire with producer Mark Crew (Bastille, Rag n Bone Man). Lead singles ‚ÄėLove Is Not Control‚Äô and ‚ÄėOh My Love‚Äô showcase the stadium-sized choruses, artful dynamism and sonic experimentation sliding seamlessly together. It will place the quintet firmly in the lineage of British guitar bands, such as Foals, the Maccabees and Bombay Bicycle Club. To Kill A King is a statement record. Everything is in place for To Kill A King to make the leap. Watch them soar.

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