Brand building and ambition burning in ‘Fire’ by Quadri

With great music can come a great brand and that’s exactly what urban pop artist Quadri is aiming for with his new single ‘Fire.’ Influenced by grime musicians and producers like Wiley and Timbaland, Quadri is using his music to make a scorching mark in both the music and clothing industry.

Listen to ‘Fire’ here: https://soundcloud.com/quadri_artist/fire

‘Fire’ has an almost regal elegance to it that you might not expect, showing how Quadri has his sights set high and will stop at nothing until he gets there. The single deals with a prominent point in the music artist’s life when he decided he was going to stop letting life and people keep him back, creating something for the people who mattered and prove those who don’t wrong. This is reflected in the repeating backing vocals of ‘you don’t want to play with fire’ either as a warning to rivals or reminiscent of how people have tried to keep Quadri down in the past. Either way, he is not someone to be messed with or taken for a joke. The classical instruments combined with a demanding beat and rich lyrics give Quadri the title of Grime King among the many others he is creating for himself. Some of those titles are embedded into the lyrics, such as Qh referring to the clothing brand he is developing. Quadri has grand plans in the form of building his clothing brand, wanting it to be something that can stand on its own. He’s already successfully managed to establish his own recording studio from scratch in his home town of Bexley, leaving no doubt about the high levels of ambition and dedication the man embodies. The significant symbolism of ‘Fire’ was not decided on a whim but as a representation of how Quadri is reinventing himself like a Phoenix rising from the ashes and creating something completely new in the form of Qh.

Proving to be a talented music artist and head strong businessman, Quadri has enough drive to conquer the world twice over.

Links:

Website: www.qhmusic.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Quadri.Artist/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/quadri_artist/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/quadri_artist
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/quadri.artist/

 

Review by Skye W. Winwood

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Wisdom and youth combine in Saint Mars’ bully battling single ‘Somewhere Somebody’

No two lives are the same with experiences shaping us as the individuals we will grow up to be. No two pains are the same but the empathy we embody allows us to form a connection with fellow beings through similar experiences. Whilst each experience is specific to us as individuals, at some point in our lives we have all encountered the serious issue of bullying. Whether it be through first hand experience, witnessing or even partaking, bullying is a universal pain we can all understand. One 13-year-old boy is bravely sharing his story alongside Massive Attack guitarist, Angelo Bruschini, in Saint Mars upcoming single ‘Somewhere Somebody.’

Saint Mars have already seen success last year with their critically acclaimed EP, Ocean Blues, and are now working on their forthcoming concept album with ‘Somebody Somewhere’ being our first look. ‘Somebody Somewhere’ is a powerful song of spine chilling proportions in its haunting innocence and honesty. The message of the song is simple but has been layered in a deep, resonating sound of keyboard, drums, guitar and painfully vulnerable lyrics. The single tells the tale of a young protagonist laying out the unrealistic expectations the world has of him and the punishment he receives for not achieving them but staying strong in the face of ridicule. The combination of the hard drums and soft keyboard interspersed with electric guitar marry the real-life struggle of keeping hope during the seemingly darkest of times. Saint Mars have gone above and beyond with ‘Somebody Somewhere’ by not only creating something inspiring concerning something so important but by giving the song the authenticity that makes it so chilling through the vocals of 13-year-old Tryzdin Grubbs.

Handpicked by Marc Darcange, the man in charge of Saint Mars, Tryzdin found himself in the stratosphere of fame at the age of 11 through a Youtube video of him covering Adele’s ‘Hello’. A beautifully challenging song to even attempt no matter pull off, the video has gained 3.4 million views so far and lead to Tryzdin’s involvement on ‘Somebody Somewhere.’ The aim of Saint Mars’ concept album is authenticity so including a young voice on the first single was a step towards this but Tryzdin has been able to draw from his own personal experience with bullying and lay down those raw and innocent vocals that will have everyone in tears once the song has been released on April 28th.

Alongside Tryzdin are keyboardist/singer Marc Darcange; guitarist/bassist, Angelo Bruschini (Mars Attacks) and bassist/keyboardist/singer, Jason X. ‘Somebody Somewhere’ will be available from April 28th alongside a narrative based music video giving visuals to the story being told. A song about self-love and acceptance told through yearning vocals and an admirable maturity, ‘Somebody Somewhere’ is both a brilliant and beautiful song.

Links:

Website: https://www.saintmars.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SAINT.MARS.OFFICIAL/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarcDarcange?edit=true
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJDziNXZFtNpmd_BIZ1z_EA
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/saint_mars
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saint.mars/

 

Review by Skye W. Winwood

Travel Playlist

Travelling; it’s got to be done because nobody wants to stay at Point A forever. With the Easter Break over, people all over are returning home from holidays abroad or back from home towns to their lives at school/university/work. As great as the time away can be, the long hours of travelling can sometimes be unbearable even at the mere thought and take away precious time that could be used more productively. After my own Easter Break away I was unable to post on this blog as regularly as I usually do so have decided to make a return with a post about the very thing that hindered me. No matter where you will be off to next, here are some songs to fill those long hours and hopefully give you some enjoyment along the way!

Ray Charles ‘Hit the Road, Jack’

Willie Nelson ‘On the Road Again’ 

Tom Cochrane ‘Life is a Highway’ 

Bon Jovi ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’ 

Queen ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ 

Queen ‘I Want To Break Free’ 

Fall Out Boy ’20 Doller Nose Bleed’ 

Fall Out Boy ‘Death Valley’ 

Panic! At the Disco ‘Mad as Rabbits’

Panic! At the Disco ‘Pas De Chavel’ 

Staind ‘So Far Away’ 

Metallic ‘The Unforgiven’ 

Shinedown ‘I’ll Follow You’ 

Stone Cherry ‘Blame It on the Boom Boom’ 

30 Seconds to Mars ‘Walk on Water’

Green Day ‘Holiday’ 

Bowling For Soup ‘1985’

Dommin ‘Dyin’ on the Radio’ 

Dommin ‘There You Are’ 

Five Finger Death Punch ‘Never Enough’ 

Fiver Finger Death Punch ‘M.I.N.E (End This Way)’

Guns ‘N’ Roses ‘Sweet Child of Mine’

My Chemical Romance ‘Bulletproof Heart’

My Chemical Romance ‘Summertime’

The Young Veins ‘Young Veins (Die Tonight)’ 

Audioslave ‘I Am the Highway’ 

Audioslave ‘Getaway Car’ 

Audioslave ‘Gasoline’ 

Red Hot Chilli Peppers ‘Can’t Stop’

Red Hot Chilli Peppers ‘Californication’ 

Red Hot Chilli Peppers ‘By the Way’ 

Counting Crows ‘Accidently in Love’

Travie McCoy ft. Bruno Mars ‘Billionaire’

AD/DC ‘Highway to Hell’ 

Deep Blue Something ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’

 

By Skye W. Winwood

Sugarspun are showing their softer side with B-side ‘Hide’

On Friday 6th April Suagrspun’s debut single ‘Spaceman Dreams’ was launched into orbit and is well on its way to completing its mission of boosting the band’s popularity. Since my first post about the band, ‘Spaceman Dreams’ has received a music video that contains all those soaring visuals the song evokes.

Give it a watch here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7onOD51ShQ

With the release of the song, newcomers to the indie band might think they have Sugarspun all figured out. The arrival of B-side ballad ‘Hide’ has thrown us off and drawn us in all at once.

Listen to ‘Hide’ here: https://soundcloud.com/sugarspunmusic

If ‘Spaceman Dreams’ combines 60s song writing with 90s vibes, ‘Hide’ leans more towards the former style. Sugarspun have already proven how they can write fun and inspiring music but in contrast to their previous single, ‘Hide’ gives the band more depth. The B-side is more simplistic than ‘Spaceman Dreams’, striped down to a more acoustic sound that conveys feelings of isolation with sweet melancholy lyrics that have us all swaying in relation. The lyrics seem to be conveying a continuous search, highlighted in both the lyrics and unchanging sound throughout. The more romanticised sound transports you and makes you feel as if you are floating through some hypnotic dream.

Although ‘Hide’ may be a different mood to ‘Spaceman Dreams’ the song still has the very distinctive sound Sugarspun are creating for themselves.

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sugarspunmusic/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sugarspunmusic 
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bYUK7pM1E0 
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/sugarspunmusic 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sugarspun_music/

Sugarspun are launching their career with debut single ‘Spaceman Dreams’

 

Review by Skye W.Winwood

Slim Shady makes a return in violent new music video for ‘Framed’

Sometimes a music artist’s lyrics have to be taken with a pinch of salt, the words can’t always be interpreted so literally, and we have to listen for the hidden meanings inside the metaphors. Due to this, artists have been known to create characters and adopt personas dependant on the subject matters of their songs. Back in his early days, Eminem adopted the role of Slim Shady when he delved into dark and twisted lyrics sometimes with a comedic edge that could make those who are not hardcore fans uncomfortable. Over the years both the rapper and his music have matured, the Slim Shady persona being used less and less to explore more insightful subjects. ‘Framed’ from the newly released 2017 album, Revival, sees the return of Slim Shady in all his twisted creativity. The music video released a few days ago has further proven this observation and caused a stir among both fans and casual listeners.

Watch the music video here (viewer discretion is advised due to violent nature and themes that could be upsetting for some): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVbQrvlB_gw

Even before the music video was released, fans noted the return of Eminem’s sound during older albums such as Relapse (2009). The rapper has always been on either an uphill or spiralling journey through his music, putting out both raw and honest lyrics he has never tried to hide behind. Notorious for creating controversial but creative lyrics has always had people split on whether Eminem’s music is offensive or if he is just saying what the rest of us are afraid to. Revival explores the artist’s personal issues with being stripped down in the media in ‘Walk on Water’ whilst also dealing with politically pressing issues in ‘Untouchable.’ ‘Framed’ paints a bloody and horrific picture of Eminem being accused of a crime he claims he did not commit simply because the lyrics of his song match up to the murders being investigated. Although the lyrics of ‘Framed’ may have been written for the sake of how they sounded, the process works to create something both chaotic and unnerving. The twisted tune behind the words causes the skin to crawl whilst Eminem’s harsh spitting of the lyrics enforces the violence behind them. In an interview Eminem admitted the creation of the song was mostly based on the beat behind it, explaining how he felt the beat was ‘evil’ and therefore needed ‘evil’ lyrics to go with it.

For horror movie lovers, the music video compliments the lyrics in all their disturbing darkness by depicting a man not in his right mind and the bloody consequences of this. The sped-up editing of Eminem’s movements causes him to appear disturbed, the spasmodic contortion of his arms and torso making it seem like he is trying to get away from himself. The video and lyrics toy with the idea of suffering with a spilt personality and the battle he is facing by being mocked with duplicates of himself. The certainty that Eminem was framed becomes less so as the music video progresses, the lyrics reflecting this in the chorus, ‘I’m almost certain I was framed,’ leaving room for significant doubt and putting into play the idea that it isn’t this version of Eminem who is guilty. The combination of live action and animated drawings blur the line between reality and fiction, warping the viewers’ mind in a state of confusion.

Certainly, a video to make up your own mind about, one thing we can all agree on is how Eminem still continues to push both creative and comfort barriers with his music.

Links:

Website: http://www.eminem.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eminem
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmiNeM
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/EminemVEVO
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7dGJo4pcD2V6oG8kP0tJRR
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eminem/

Eminem’s second single ‘Untouchable’ from up-coming album Revival

Eminem’s new single ‘Walk on Water’ seems to be taking things in a new direction

Eminem stands against Donald Trump in diss track ‘The Storm’

 

Review by Skye W. Winwood

Own a part of Linkin Park history

Nostalgia, it has a place in all of our hearts. A simple smell, an image, a sound is enough to transport us from wherever we are to wherever we were when a connection was made. There are personal nostalgias that only one or a finite group of individuals will understand and then there are generational nostalgias that bring us together, especially during times of hardship and loss. A whole generation mourned the passing of Linkin Park’s lead singer Chester Bennington, a loss that is still being felt. Today the band are giving the fans who have supported them for years a chance to own a part of their history by donating over 200 items to be auctioned.

Reverb.com and LA’s Techno Empire have gathered together a mass amount of Linkin Park gear and are putting it up for public sale with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Music For Relief, a charity set up by the band. Music For Relief was founded in 2005 in response to the Indian Ocean tsunami and is made up of a variety of musicians, music professionals and fans providing aid to survivors of natural disasters. Linkin Park have always expressed their overwhelming gratitude towards the support they receive from their fans in relation to their music but also for causes such as this and see this opportunity as a way of giving back. The items being auctioned consist of instruments used by the band, tour gear, stickers, mixing equipment and any and everything that could be considered a dream by a Linkin Park fan.

Follow this link to browse through and possibly own one of the many items up for grabs

Whilst the future of Linkin Park as a band is uncertain there is no doubt about the legacy of their past and the immense opportunity that is being given to own even just a part of that.

 

By Skye W. Winwood

Todrick Hall is The Greatest Showman

Although The Greatest Showman came out a few months ago now, the film’s music has created a world I have become utterly lost in. From the stomping introduction of ‘The Greatest Show’ through the sensational ‘This is Me’ to the feel good and uplifting ‘From Now On’, I have searched the internet for anything even remotely related to the soundtrack. Whilst I have been swept away by emotional behind the scenes rehearsals and live performances I hope one day are developed into a full blow Broadway musical, it is the cleverly crafted medley by Todrick Hall that has become my new obsession.

Todrick Hall is the artist who can and nearly has done it all. Known as a music artist, director, dancer, choreographer, drag queen, youtuber and even had a starring role as Lola in Kinky Boots from November 2016 to March 2017. Collecting all these energies from his professions together, Todrick channels a lot of his talent into his Youtube channel, toderickhall, where he has over two million subscribers. It was here that I came across ‘4 The Greatest Showman by Todrick Hall’, a five-and-a-half-minute video starring Todrick and Todrick alone playing four separate variations of characters from The Greatest Showman. With such talent and artistic vision, it’s no wonder he has been able to successfully splice together and condense the movie’s soundtrack but still hold the same captivation the full blown musical experience has. Medleys are a brilliant way to honour great music in a short amount of time, as proven by possibly the ultimate love song, ‘Elephant Love Medley’ from Moulin Rouge!, created from taking samples and inspiration from some of the greatest love songs of all time. Todrick’s The Greatest Showman medley gives beautiful covers of ‘Never Enough’ and ‘Rewrite the Stars’ whilst mixing together other songs like ‘Come Alive’, ‘The Greatest Show’ and ‘The Other Side.’

Listen to the medley and watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0qVT_PMhnY

The way the songs are blended and follow one another, jumping to different points within the movie but still managing to sound so seamless really highlights the attention that was paid to each track during it’s creation. Todrick’s medley contains all the elements of the individual songs and brings them together, taking you on the same uplifting emotional journey the movie does.

Links:

Website: http://todrickhall.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/toddyrockstar
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Todrick
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/todrickhall
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0gBvuNzrFCOVaiyKexoYMH
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/todrick/

 

Review by Skye W. Winwood

Fall Out Boy Live!

With Fall Out Boy nearly finished with the UK part of their European tour, reviews of the shows are pouring in filled with praise, awe and the lingering buzz of an awesome show. Well, this blog post is full of all that but with a twist. I can guarantee you very few, if any, people experienced seeing Fall Out Boy quite like I did. I never thought the first time I would hear one of my favourite bands live would be from another room.

After buying tickets months ago, I had been on an ever-climbing hype until March 28th when Fall Out Boy would be playing at the Motorpoint Arena. Finally, the day arrived and with eyes and nails glittering purple and a day of drinking along to a FOB playlist, myself and two friends made our way to the arena. Unfortunately, we missed most of the opening support act, MAX, but were in time to catch the entirety of Against the Current’s set. The band had a musical captivation akin to Nightwish and an enthusiastic energy as if they were headlining and perfectly set the tone of anticipation. It was during this air of anticipation that things began to go a little awry among my trio.

Purposely buying standing tickets to be in the thick of the crowd meant we didn’t have the clearest view of the stage and people were only continuing to move in. Time ticked on and the crowd were growing more restless and anxiously began pushing closer until there was barely a breath of space left between any of us. The last breath was swept from my friend as she collapsed directly into my arms after expressing a worry of feeling like she was going to throw up. Despite the panic I felt for her, it was a moment that proved concert crowds are not the faceless, unruly mass some fear them to be. A handful of people were quick to help whilst everyone else made sure to clear a path for us to exit the crowd. One person even went so far as to practically scream for a medic loud enough for the entire arena to hear and I am grateful for their quick reaction because it meant a medic was soon with us and helping us manoeuvre my friend out of the crowd and toward a room where she could be seen to. The medics on hand were amazing and tended to my friend with an attentiveness that helped her recover from her moment of dizziness.

With worry for my friend almost causing me to forget where I was the thundering beat of ‘The Phoenix’ shook the room as Fall Out Boy took to the stage. Patrick Stump demanded the crowd ‘put on your war paint’ and that’s exactly what my friend did, assuring the medics she was fine and getting right back out there in time for the band’s second song ‘Irresistible.’ Our view from just outside the door of the medic’s room was perfect and provided the almost overwhelming experience I knew seeing Fall Out Boy would be. The show was a spectacular combination of bursting confetti, roaring pyrotechnics and a gravity defying performance – literally. During ‘Dance, Dance’ and ‘Wilson (Expensive Mistakes)’ Fall Out Boy moved from the main stage to two platforms that suspended them above the crowd, giving those up on the balconies the same personal performance those at the front of the crowd received.

Fall Out Boy took us all on a journey through their discoverography, playing songs from Take This to Your Grave through Infinity on High right up to MANIA. The show was transporting for a long-time fan like myself, giving timeless performances of ‘Hum Hallelujah’ and ‘Where Is Your Boy Tonight’ and hitting hard with the nostalgia through ‘Sugar, We’re Going Down’ and ‘This Ain’t a Scene, It’s An Arms Race.’ Patrick treated the crowd to his Elton John impersonation during ‘Save Rock and Roll’, only missing an ostentatious outfit and oversized glasses to complete the illusion. Pete Wentz even managed to have one of his own wishes granted by receiving a Tesco beanie from a fan in the crowd – something he had expressed a desire for via Twitter – and wore it during a few songs. The influence of the MANIA Tour Project was present through purple lights glowing in the crowd during a piano rendition of ‘Young and Menace’, unifying fans even further. The night was completed with ‘Saturday’, giving one last euphoric rush with Pete snatching a microphone and working those screamo vocals early Fall Out Boy albums would have been incomplete without.

The concert was nothing like I could have expected for a variety of reasons but mainly because Fall Out Boy proved why they have been such a beloved band for so many years. Creating a supportive fanbase who are always willing to help each other when finding a fellow fan in distress.

Links:

Website: https://falloutboy.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/falloutboy
Twitter: https://twitter.com/falloutboy
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe3I9BAVCzf9oACYU1EtrxA
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4UXqAaa6dQYAk18Lv7PEgX
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/FallOutBoy/
Tour dates: https://falloutboy.com/tour

Previous Fall Out Boy posts:

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Review by Skye W. Winwood

Welcome to the sound of Pretty. Odd…10 years on

Yesterday (March 25th) marked the day Panic! At the Disco’s second studio album, Pretty. Odd., reached a decade since it’s release. Whilst it can be argued that the punk rock band’s second album is either one you know all the songs from or three of them, it was a delve into a genre that provided something for everyone who listened. For me, it was the album that first sparked my interest with the band. I remember being in my room and listening to the radio play ‘Nine in the Afternoon’ from our living room and was instantly taken by it. Although I had listened to the band’s most iconic song, ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’, it was the kind of song I liked to listen to but wasn’t really aware of who the artist was. Pretty. Odd. was a weirdly wonderful album that was one of the first that had me more interested in the lyrics than I was in the music.

Pretty. Odd. was almost the album that never happened but only because the band wasn’t aware it existed when they began the process of creating their second album. During the writing process the band became growingly displeased with their current songs and ultimately scraped their previous effort to begin the whole process anew. Taking a new approach to the creation process, Panic! At the Disco had retreated to a cabin and quickly found better success writing what would become Pretty. Odd. Upon its release the album saw quick sales but also a quick decline in those sales when compared to its predecessor, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out. Regardless of mixed reviews, critics still noted the drastic style change from techno-pop punk to more psychedelic-rock.

We’re so Starving 

Pretty. Odd. opens with a short and sweet apology to fans for the band taking the time they did to write the album. From the first guitar chord, it’s obvious Panic at the Disco dropped the exclamation point to reveal the more obscure and romanticised concept of the album.

Nine in the Afternoon

The first single to be released from the album, ‘Nine in the Afternoon’ was written as a song to never make sense. The abstract and impossible lyrics are a jumble of words artistically stitched together to create something fun and timeless. The first song to be written on the album, it reflects the new approach of creating music for music’s sake, something the band would enjoy just as much as their fans. Whilst the song does hold connections to the band’s creative state at the time, the idea of getting back to the enjoyment of music and losing track of time whilst doing this, the song is filled with ludicrous imagery that creates a bright and nostalgic aura.

Northern Downpour 

‘Northern Downpour’ is possibly Panic at the Disco’s biggest step away from the sound of A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, by being something devoid of the noise that sometimes swallowed the words of the songs. The fourth single to be revealed from Pretty. Odd., it is an utterly moving track with lyrics hidden in metaphors that manage to find a connection with anyone who listens. The song is almost the centre piece to Pretty. Odd. containing the unique creativity of ‘Nine in the Afternoon’ but played against a beauty akin to later tracks on the album like ‘When the Day Met the Night.’

When the Day Met the Night

Pretty. Odd. can be described as a rock and roll, fairy tale romance and no song embodies this concept more than ‘When the Day Met the Night.’ Played out almost like a lullaby the song recants a completely romanticised story of the sun and the moon falling in love. The psychedelic sound compliments the lyrics in setting them in another reality.

She Had the World 

The orchestra infused piece of ‘She Had the World’ continues the dream like tone of Pretty. Odd., a song laced with melancholy reflection through use of poetic lyrics. Possibly not one to be picked out from the album by many, there is just something about this song that gives the need to draw attention to it. ‘She Had the World’ is a fanciful song of simple propositions that still holds the same fantastical element present throughout all of Pretty. Odd.

Mad as Rabbits

The closer that brings everything together, ‘Mad as Rabbits’ sends the album out on a hyped up, classic rock fuelled end. Pretty. Odd. was different from A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out for a variety of reasons, but one most notable reason is because Pretty. Odd. had the entire band collectively adding creatively to the album. Not only this but at one point or another, the band all contributed vocals to the album with ‘Mad as Rabbits’ being one of these songs. A duet split between current Panic at the Disco member, Brendon Urie, and ex member, Ryan Ross whilst Spencer Smith and Jon Walker provided backing vocals.

Pretty. Odd. may possibly always remain the marmite among Panic! At the Disco fans but it holds a creative uniqueness and nostalgia to many fans who have followed the band thus far. Throughout the years, Panic! At the Disco has only managed to grow as a band and is still putting out awesome music today but Pretty. Odd. will always remain at the top of my list for favourite Panic albums because it was the one where it all began.

Previous Panic posts:

Say Amen for Panic! At the Disco

Panic! At the Disco has fans in a frenzy with cryptic messages

 

By Skye W. Winwood

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