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DEVILLE <3 VENEZUELA

I’m honoured to have been asked to play in Venezuela by my good friend Pacheko. We’re releasing two of his tracks (Zarbak/Dorado) in May with remixes from Brackles and Mr Gasparov. I’m writing this from his studio, its definitely hotter than England here but that’s pretty much all I know so far. The drive from the airport through the Barrios was incredible.

The party is Monday, full report and photos after that, but first… The Beach!

Info here:

Here’s what they say:

“ABSTRACTOR is going to be the name off a new blog / event cicle that will be taking of from where WobThis left: http://www.myspace.com/wobblersoundclash

As WobThis! we have been organizing events since late 2007, and so far our parties in Caracas have held dj sets from guests: Mala Mystikz (deep medi, DMZ – UK), Dj/Rupture (Soot, Tigerbeat6 – NYC), and 6 Blocc (LoDubs, Seclusiasis – L.A.), as well as friends & hosts such as Cardopusher (Shockout, Murder Channel, VE), Pocz (Senseless, VE), Emmerson (Disboot, VE) and the band Babylon Motorhome (Pilla, VE), among others.

Abstractor aims to push the sounds & concept behind what we do a little further.

Abstractor 01 will have music moving from dubstep, to funky/house, to kuduro and electronica with Dj DeVille (Senseless, UK) as our main guest.
We will have brand new visuals by Inkclear and Klvo and Live paintings by Monstroise, Flavio and Inkclear…”

Espanol:

ABSTRACTOR es el nombre de un nuevo blog & ciclo de eventos que estaremos haciendo a partir de lo que hicimos con WobThis: http://www.myspace.com/wobblersoundclash

Como WobThis! hemos organizado eventos desde finales del 2007 y algunos de nuestros invitados han sido: Mala Mystikz (deep medi, DMZ – UK), Dj/Rupture (Soot, Tigerbeat6 – NYC), and 6 Blocc (LoDubs, Seclusiasis – L.A.), así como amigos y residentes como Cardopusher (Shockout, Murder Channel, VE), Pocz (Senseless, VE), Emmerson (Disboot, VE) and the band Babylon Motorhome (Pilla, VE), entre otros.

Para Abstractor 01 tendremos como invitado a DeVille desde Londres, a Emmerson de vuelta desde Barcelona, nuevas visuales a cargo de Inkclear & Klvo, y live paintings con Monstroise, Inkclear y Flavio.
La música irá desde el dubstep hasta el funky/house, el kuduro y la electrónica.”

ZOMBIEZZ ATTACK!

Zombiezz have been out in the streets of London like undead Banksys,

And it is is said when the dead write their names in paint a world of bass pain will be unleashed!!!

OMG KILLA P VS GHOSTTOWN

 

OMG, check Roll Deep’s Killa P on a Ghosttown beat. Watch out for this one coming later in the year on the Ghosttown LPeeezy. Hyyyyyyped.

scenexscience / DeVille - Snow Cone Mix For Scenexscience | Mixcloud - Re-think radio

 

New mix from DeVille showcasing a whole load of upcoming Senseless material plus more exclusives. Here’s what they say

“I’m proud to present the first ScenexScience mixtape of 2010 courtesy of Senseless Records label head DeVille (myspace). The ‘Snow Cone Mix’, follow up to his totally tropical ‘Calippo Mix’, showcases forthcoming Senseless material from Max Romeo, Numan, The Phantom, Maga Bo, Pacheko, Mr Gasparov and Sasquatch. Stay tuned for release info. Now listen to this, simply vibes in line with Senseless’ forward thinking (though always with a nod to the past) and open-minded musical philosophy. Enjoy”

 

You Know


We found this on Brick Lane, don’t know how it got there.

Do YOU know?

GHOSTTOWN FT BADNESS & DAJLA 'YOU KNOW'

Out now on vinyl and digital download, thanks to everyone supporting!

PLAYS FROM: Mistajam on 1xtra, Review in Mixmag, Skream, Vex’d, Baobinga, Tomb Crew, Octapush, Starkey, Warlock, Kanji Kinetic, Sterotyp, Laurent Garnier.
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12″
Ghosttown ft Badness & Dajla – You Know
Ghosttown – Greezy (Instrumental)
Ghosttown ft Badness & Dajla – Greezy (DZ Remix)

Digi Only
Ghosttown ft Badness & Dajla – Greezy (Numan Remix)
Ghosttown ft Badness & Dajla – Greezy (Murlo Soca Remix)
Ghosttown ft Badness & Dajla – Greezy (Cracks Remix)

Like his spectral namesake Simon Booth aka Ghosttown has spent the last few years obscured, half out of sight as a producer hiring out his futuristic beat-science to a string of heavy hitting MCs including Foreign Beggars and Skrein here in the UK and a clutch of artists across the Atlantic including Guilty Simpson, Oh No, Frank and Dank and Dudley Perkins from the Dilla/Stones Throw axis of the hip hop spectrum.

His debut release started life like most of his productions, on a beat tape with another 80 or so one minute tracks, all vital snapshots charged with the excitement of what might happen with the right MC but there was something special about the original ‘Greezy’. It wires up squelching formant synths to insistent, minimal drums sounding like a 2010 UK-bass update to Ginuwine’s ‘Pony’ but at 145 BPM with speaker damaging sub.

This devastating but unusual collision of sounds needed a versatile MC and Badness was top of the list. Known for his early work with Lava Unit and Terror Danjah as well as last year’s carnival smash ‘Message is Love’ with Jammer and Silverlink Birmingham born Badness’ star is on the rise.‘You Know’ as the track became features his signature double time bashment/grime flow and a killer hook sung by cosmic-soul powerhouse Dajla. The Parisian born singer is a Radio Nova favourite who has collaborated with Wax Tailor, Foreign Beggars and celebrated hip hop poet Anthony Joseph. The resulting track is unmistakably UK but with a bashment flavour, wonky dancehall?

The vinyl remix comes from DZ (Hot Flush/Tru Tiger) who delivers a mix that turbo charges the dancefloor elements of the track to come up with multi coloured low end work out. Digital only mixes come from rising star Numan who has already done a session for Mary Anne Hobbes and flips the original to come up with a menacing slice of ice cold grime. Resident at Brighton’s Square Roots and Angry Dance Party DJ Murlo cranks it up a notch with his debut remix, a soca destoyer that should bring a ray of Caribbean sunshine to the winter months. Last but not least Cracks rework the original in to a grimy bassline/electro crossover monster.

Senseless will release a Ghosttown album in the future featuring vocalists including Frank & Dank, Olivier Daysoul, Badness, YT, Navigator, Killa P and more.
 

CHEASLEAUEN 'OFF THE GLASS EP'



Cheasleauen – Off The Glass EP by Senseless Records

Support from Numan, Vex’d, Octapush, Stereotyp, Bok Bok

Hitting you below the belt and sounding a 2010 cross between Lil Kim, Rye Rye and The Cool Kids, Senseless are very proud to present their first artist from the US of A. Cheasleauen (Shass-Lowen) is Detroit native now living in Las Vegas with all the style, sex and attitude of Sin City present and correct in her sound. It’s hard-hitting rap with a fiery temper mixed up with futuristic electro beats and a good girl gone bad attitude. Add insane remixes from wonky-gloop-step man of the moment Slugabed (Stuff/Ramp/Planet Mu), new boy Murlo (Square Roots) and Senseless’ resident beat scientist Ghosttown and you have yourself a hot little package.
After hearing her music on the Generation Bass blog Senseless reached outcross the Atlantic to sign Cheasleauen up quicker than losing $500 on the roulette tables. The first fruit of the new deal is, ‘Off The Glass’, an ode to doing that thing that people like doing: drinking. The original sits precise rhymes over an insistent minimal electro beat with a chorus so boozy it makes you want to leap through the swinging doors of the nearest saloon immediately and grab yourself a bottle of Dom P.
Let’s ditch the hyperbole, the Slugabed mix is incredible. Taking the original rap and transforming it absolutely and completely into a squelching slice of wonky space acid. Echoes of French electro mixed with all that’s good about the current crop of forward marching UK beat makers, this one if ready for DJs from any genre. Big room, small room or bedroom you will dance when this is played.
Another new Senseless discovery Murlo serves up some cracked-out house music in a carnival-on-mushrooms style. A 4×4 soca rhythm in the UK funky mould takes a left turn with a wild pitched vocal chorus and some psychedelic percussion, dancefloor energy for late, late nights.
Last but not by any means least Ghosttown steps in to provide what can only be described as two certified bangers. Leaping off from the Neptunes school of beat making, his remix of ‘Off The Glass’ is jabbing white noise and percussive synths plus his own take on those drunk horns and a touch of gangsta whine to get your lean on. Finally he remixes a killer vocal from Cheasleauen’s latest mixtape for the bonus track, flipping Fire over a digital Miami Vice sunset. Watch out for another Cheasleaun single coming early 2010 and a full album not far behind.

Calippo Mix!

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Summer’s here, and some good summer gigs are coming in the next month (Z-Shed, East Village, Secret Garden) so I ate a Calippo and it inspired me to make this mix. Tropical bass for the sunshine mixed up with a few Senseless exclusives and a couple of old tracks I dug up from the recently organized vaults. Track list with bonus commentary:

Instituto Mexicano Del Sonido – Cumbia (Tom Tom Club Remix) w/ Bun B – Pop it 4 Pimp Acapella

Old school legends Tom Tom club make New York electro cumbia monster, couldn’t resist a bit of Bun B over the top, saw him live this year, legend.

Coki & Benga – Night (Sonido Del Principe RMX)

Benga and Coki chopped and screwed by one of Europe’s finest Cumbia producers. Woozy, chugging, great.

Amadou & Mariam – Sabali (Dakunt & Stinj RMX)

This called itself a Kuduro remix but really wasnt, it is a really nice edit of one of my favourite tracks off the LP though.

Basement Jaxx – Raindrops (Joker & Ginz RMX)

The Joker and Ginz EP on Kapsize was one of my records of the year, so when I saw this I was excited. Big squelchy rainbow bass for the sunshine.

Pacheko & Pocz – Zarbak

An exclusive from Venezuela, international funky business with an old school Warp acid vibe
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Shystie – Bad Gal Bass (Ill Blu Funky RMX)

Shystie is back, Ill Blu makes it funky = Win.

Benga – 26 Basslines (Dubble Step RMX)

Never quite bought in to the original but this cheeky re-edit made my day.

Sticky ft Marvin Brown – Jack It Up

You don’t need to tell me Sticky is on fire at the moment, apparently Marvin is from Leeds. Where was he when I lived there?!

Dizzee Rascal – Bonkers (Club Dub)

I have no shame in admitting I love this track, Armand Van Helden is the constant renaissance man.

Buraka Som Sistema – IC19

The highlight for me from a great album, almost understated comapred to some of their other stuff, but a banger none the less.

Maxwell D & Lil Silva – Blackberry Hype

Never thought I’d like a track about phones so much, they should use this on the Blackberry adverts.

DJQ – Shottas (MR V RMX)

Good bassline never gets old. Simple but effective would describe this one.

Stagga – Rockin Down The House

Cheeky re-edit of a classic track, Stagga’s lopsided basslines live up to his name. Who remember’s the Jaxx version?

Lol Boys/Sukh Knight – Diesel Paint Job

Re-edit from America of one of the grimestep tacks of last year. I’m told Ice cream paint job has some fairly dubious potential meanings.

Sasquatch – Kickboxer

Brand new Senseless Records, ‘squatch channels Van Damme 1989.

Swindle – A Different World

I swear Swindle is the grime Stevie Wonder. This is of his CV album, a lot of it is almost toooo funky for the club but this one edges it, amazing.

Toddla T – Shake It (Donaeo RMX)

Donaeo definitely has a sound, but its a good one.

DJ Gregory – Block Party (DJ Spen Dub)

Used to play this years ago, theres a few good mixes of it though. Doesn’t sound a million miles from UK funky now it has to be said, but that could be a good or bad thing.

Untold – Anaconda

I liked his old stuff but never played any of it but this tune is like woooooooah. Will not leave my box this year.

Iron Soul – Pressure Instrumental

Always thought Iron Soul was better than Kromestar. But rumour has it he’s on some new funky which was also fire.

Tempa T – Next Hype (Mosca RMX)

Grime/Baltimore re-edit, almost more of a DJ tool but it works.

Roska – Climate Change

Was blown away by this, and it still packs a punch. Not even sure if he’s bettered it yet.

DeVille ft Violet – Click (Octapush RMX)

Liboa in the house, was a honour to get two of my favorite new producers to remix one of my tracks.

Metronomy – Radio Ladio (Radioclit RMX)

Epic.

Madeira Limpia – La Lenta (Schlachthofbronx RMX)

I’m still not ever sure I’ve spelt their name right but I like what I’m hearing from these guys. What is it with Germans and Latin music?

Boy Better Know – Too Many Man (Heartless Crew RMX)

A great tune, potentially made even greater. A Grime history lesson.

DeVille – Calippo / w Busy Signal – Step Out Acapella

I like Calippo’s this summer, this will have an official vocal later in the summer.

Ghosttown – Greezy

Another Senseless exclusive, also getting a VERY big vocal and rmx. Release Sept/Oct.

Sonic Router on DeVille and Vocals & Versions

INTERVIEW: DeVille [Senseless Records]

 

Senseless Records is a Leeds based label whose 7 vinyl singles to date have impacted on many a set, show and listening experience. Their most ambitious project to date is a duo of CDs entitled ‘Vocals & Versions’ that will be released a month apart as of May this year. The CDs, like the title so eloquently puts it, are tracks by the label’s roster of producers that have been vocalled by an array of singers and rappers along with a slew of remixes from producers of the caliber of Starkey, MRK 1 and King Cannibal.

Sonic Router grabbed one third of the team behind the label, DeVille, to give us the low down on his style and a bit of information on the upcoming projects.

Can you provide those who may not know you with a bit of background info?

I started DJing really young in the early nineties and going to raves like Helter Skeltah, Dreamscape, Fusion and totally caught the bug. Started promoting little nights round Reading when I was like 15 and played mostly jungle until late nineties, then moved away from that and played 2-step/speed garage for a while, moving in to a wider mix of electro, techno, broken beat and early dubstep when I was living in Leeds. Got much more in to promoting there, first with a crew called Most Wanted doing all kind of stuff (Guests ranging from Derrick May to Photek) then a night called The Fix Up playing bass music from round the world (Guests like Plastician, Virus Syndicate, Oris J, El-B, Chase & Status, Boy Better Know etc) also played on pirate radio a bit. Got really in to grime in like 2004 and then followed that through to new dubstep stuff and where we are today.

Outside of music who are you? What do you do on the daily?

There is no outside of music! I work for a UK independent label doing bookings, events and PR stuff as well as bits and pieces for music journalism, it’s all music 24/7 basically! When I’m not doing that I’m out listening to music or breaking my eyes finding new stuff online… eating also features and recently a bit of Street Fighter IV too.

How did you get into recording music?

For me it was when we got a gig supporting Ratpack in the late 90s, me and my mate wanted to make a bootleg of Champion Sound, the old jungle tune, so we sat down with Cubase and had a go. That was about ten years ago, I’ve been in a couple of bands since then and produced mostly bass music of different kinds on and off.

What’s your production set up like?

I’ve been through various bits of hardware including some stuff I really miss like a 909 and a Space Echo, but now it’s all on a computer running Ableton, Reason and Cubase. Most of the stuff gets done in Ableton, I’ve been using it since version one, and it was the first piece of software I actually paid for.

What are some of your influences on your sound? How would you describe your music? Can you name check 3 artists who influence your production?

Hard to pick just three…

Number one would be jungle and hardcore, to many to list but only really 1993-1996, Ibiza, Congo Natty, Moving Shadow, Suburban Base, Formation, Metalheadz etc.

Number two would be international stuff like Dancehall, Funk Carioca, Kuduro, Soca, I’m trying more and more to incorporate the rhythms from those in to my own tunes, and I was really pleased to work with someone from Lisbon and someone from Sao Paolo on this album.

Original 2-step and 4×4 garage from 98-02 kind of time I still check all the time from Todd Edwards, Catch Records, Tuff Jam and El-B/Groove Chronicles through to cheesier stuff like Monster Boy and even a bit of Wideboys, Sambuca anyone?

I have to just check hip-hop as well for sonic influence and production techniques (Madlib, MFDoom, Dilla, Neptunes, DJ Screw, Outkast, Lil Jon, Darkchild, Timbaland etc)

I know you’ve played in the US a lot. We’ve got a mix and interview coming from Shiva. What’s it like playing on foreign shores rather than in the UK? How do you think the scenes compare?

The scene in the USA is amazing right now shouts to all the people I’ve played for out there, I’ve been out three times and people just love it there’s a lot less cynicism and a little less politics involved, people really know how to party there. Of course we still remember how to do that here from time to time. Travelling to play is what it’s all about for me, we’ve got Senseless gigs coming up in Poland and Italy and we’re hoping to get out to Australia later in the year.

How did Senseless Records begin? What’s been your goal?

The label started in Leeds in 2004 with a self funded white label from Sarantis featuring a Leeds MC called Taurus. It got played on 1xtra and Channel U and those kind of places and it went from there. The three people who run the label are Sarantis, Sasquatch and myself, now spread between Leeds, London and Brighton. The whole thing grew out of soundsystem culture, there’s a lot of it in Leeds from inspirations like Iration to systems like High Pressure who Senseless cut their first tunes for. Things kicked off with the Warrior Queen track which got played all over the place, Skream, Mary Anne Hobbs, Appleblim can’t remember but lots of peeps were on that one and we got distribution on the back of it. Seven vinyl releases later and we’re putting out out first full length albums, onwards and upwards. The idea was always music from other people as well but there’s a lot of music from the three of us to put out too. We’re really focusing on vocals a lot from now on as well, and full length albums.

What’s been the most successful release so far and whats been your favourite and why?

My most successful release commercially was actually a house bootleg of Busta Rhymes in like 2002 that got played by Basement Jaxx, Black Strobe, Freq Nasty, Tom Middleton and loads of people which was very exciting at the time. Recently my first proper dubstep release in 2008 Rumble/Stamina probably, having people all over the world message me about it and some of my heroes like RSD and Warlock play one of my tunes is what I’m in it for!

Can you give us a bit of backstory as to the growth of the ‘Vocals & Versions’ project? What are you hoping to achieve with the release?

It’s a few things really, most of out tracks so far have been instrumental but all three of us work with vocalists all the time live at gigs and recording, so we planned a four track vocal EP and then it became a double 12″ and then we got a few remixes and then a few more and it became a double CD, and then two CDs. Basically we kept finding more people to work with and more producers for remixes. On the remix tip there were a couple of people that we didn’t get in time but it was almost our wishlist of people we love the most so that’s really cool.

I’m very proud of the results and the fact that there’s no filler over 30 tracks, I like to think because thery are vocal led a lot of them could be for the club or the Ipod as well. The albums really colourful and interesting but with a dark edge and that’s what we want to label to be like. I’m also really pleased with all the design and artwork, originally done by a graf guy in Bristol called Song and then designed up by a designer down here in Brighton called Amo, the posters look really nice!

How much of your life/time/sanity has been swallowed by the V&V project? Is there anything else due on the label this year?

It has been a huge effort from us at the label and all the other producers and vocalists involved so much respect to all of them. It’s the most expensive thing we’ve done so obviously money was really tight, now I’m excited to see it go out in to the world. We’ve got lots planned for later in the year and early next year already. Our man Ghosttown who has done a lot of beats for Foreign Beggars and a few other heads is making us an all vocal bashy-future-crunk monster of an LP, with Warrior Queen, Killa P from Roll Deep, Saian Supa Crew, K-Swift and loads of others. We’ve got some dancefloor bangers from Sarantis, a new EP from me on an international tip and a couple of new signings we’re keeping under wraps!

The mix you’ve done up for us, is it a good point of reference for anyone interested in the CD projects?

It is yeah, I mean they are half tracks from there but there are also half totally new dubs, most of which no one has heard which pull it a bit more in to being a club set. It’s definitely a good representation of the sound of the label, which hopefully people will see is pretty varied. I also did it in one take so theres a few little mistakes in there but I don’t mind that in a DJ set, if you’re mixing fast and trying stuff then allow a couple of cheeky drops, there’s no ‘trainers in a tumble dryer’ moments though.

Any dates/things/people you’d like to big up?

I’d like to big up Sonic Router of course… big things have been achieved in a short time!

Shout to all the Senseless family too. We have two amazing launches lined up: Friday 24th April at DMZ/Exodus with Urban Vox, Bunnington Judah, Honey Brown, Asher Don and Dialect (massive respect to Simon Scott) and Saturday 25th at Urban Nerds Warehouse Party with Warrior Queen, Sick Sense Crew, Bunnington Judah and Dialect (shouts to Urban Nerds Crew).

And finally: www.senselessrecords.co.uk and www.bassraiders.net

‘Vocals & Versions’ Volume 1 is out May 4th, Volume 2 follows on 1st June.


EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOAD:
DJ DeVille – Senseless Showcase Mix – Spring 2009

Tracklist:

1. Sarantis ft Sick Sense Crew – Focus (Vocals and Versions)
2. Sasquatch ft Oova – Indian Rain Man (Vocals and Versions)
3. Sarantis – Going Home (Dub)
4. Sasquatch ft Yt – Hidden Agenda (Vocals and Versions)
5. Sasquatch – Escapist (Dub)
6. Sarantis – Miami Cowboy (Dub)
7. DeVille ft Violet – Click (Vocals and Versions)
8. Octapush – Quebu Sabe [DeVille RMX] (Dub)
9. Sasquatch – Pieces Of Me (Dub)
10. Randomer – Scapegoat (Dub)
11. Sasquatch ft Foreign Beggars – Stay Seated (Vocals and Versions)
12. Sarantis ft Dialact & Asher Don – Nitroglycerin [MRK1 RMX Instrumental] (Vocals and Versions)
13. DeVille – Inj3ct (Dub)
14. Sasquatch – Shallow [Jack Sparrow RMX] (Vocals and Versions)
15. Sarantis ft Honey Brown – Fall in Love (Vocals and Versions)
16. DeVille – Racer (Dub)
17. Sarantis – Noisette (Dub)
18. DeVille & Sarantis – Boom (Vocals and Versions)
19. Sarantis – Whatagwaan (Dub)
20. Sarantis ft Warrior Queen – More Than Money [Starkey RMX] (Vocals and Versions)
21. DeVille – Chase (Dub)
22. DeVille ft Jimmy Luv – Quente Demais [Kanji Kinetic RMX] (Vocals and Versions)
23. Sasquatch – Money (Dub) blend with Lil Wayne – Yes
24. Sarantis – Focus [Instrumental RMX]
25. Sarantis ft Bunnington Judah – Warzone (Vocals and Versions)
26. Sasquatch ft Oova – Funeral (Dub)
27. Sarantis – Double Dragon (Dub)
28. Sarantis ft Urban Vox – Justice Dub (Vocals and Versions)

Links:
www.myspace.com/devilledj
www.senselessrecords.co.uk
www.myspace.com/senselessrecordz

DEVILLE 'RUMBLE/STAMINA'

Boomkat said: Bassbin rocking dubstep progressions from Yorkshire bass fiend Deville for Senseless recs. ‘Rumble’ rules the A-side with an overwhelming display of bass prowess holding up a mean ragga cut dubstep riddim, but it’s ‘Stamina’ on the other side that gets three thumbs up for the party starting soca riddim and pure bass pressure styles that align very nicely with the grimier Funky House rhythms of Skepta or Benga and Coki’s huge ‘Night’. Guaranteed bass pleasures.

 

We Said: This is DeVille’s first release on the label but as well as running The Fix Up in Leeds and hosting a show on SUBFM he’s a fixture at all Senseless raves and has just completed a seven date tour of the USA showcasing the label’s sound mixed up with his own diverse set of influences. Rumble proved to be a big hit stateside and has featured on a XLR8R podcast with regular plays from DJs like Starkey who push the street bass sound that is dubstep’s close neighbour. It hot-wires a jump up soca style beat to old school rave melodies and box busting bass to create a genre defying mix-up that dubstep DJs across the world are switching up their sets with. Regular plays across the board on SUBFM, Dubstep.FM, Reload and more. Stamina continues the bassrave theme with a jungle sample for heads to reminisce over while the rest of the crowd are bouncing up and down like they got glow stick juice in their eye. Raucous 4×4 beats and a driving arpeggiated synth propel a wall of junglist sub bass forward with dub echoes and techno percussion joining the dots. This one’s been tearing down warehouses from Athens to Caracas. Bass rave for president 2008.

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