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Bounce
999 YTIVIL
18 Jun 12
Techno
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Bounce - (6:31) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bounce (Pev version) - (6:17) 124 BPM
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Played by: Pro.tone
Review: The cunningly named dnouS ytiviL was established to "release music that is in line with the Livity aesthetic but isn't produced by the trinity behind it". Manchester based Alex Coulton further cements his links with Bristol's ever bustling music scene via a quite excellent Idle Hands 12" by stepping into the breach for the debut release - now available digitally! "Bounce" will advance his claim to be fully accepted as one of the West Country's adopted sons. A ripe slice of broken techno with a sly nod to Skull Disco percussion, you can see why Pev and co elected to found a new label in order to secure it! The Punch Drunk boss turns in a remix which cranks up the pressure markedly.
War Games
899 YTIVIL
10 Jun 13
Techno
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War Games - (5:05) 86 BPM
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Pointe Noire - (6:24) 84 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Founded as an outlet for Livity Sound to "release music that is in line with the Livity aesthetic but isn't produced by the trinity behind it", the Dnuos Ytivil began life as a showcase for the productions of Alex Coulton. Having manned the debut Dnuos Ytivil release in excellent style, the Manchester based producer returns to the imprint here with the equally on point War Games, now available digitally! Whereas Pev contributed a remix to that debut 12", Coulton is granted the freedom of all 24" of wax with the title cut mainlining on the sort of minimalistic polyrhythms that Shackleton pioneered. "Pointe Noire" sees Coulton in brain melting mood, pairing dark DMZ inspired textures with crisp booming drums. One for the proper dancehalls.
Sister
LIVITY 002
18 Sep 11
Techno
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Sister - (6:28) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Too Much Time Has Passed - (6:42) 122 BPM
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Velez
LIVITY 006
24 Jun 13
Techno
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Velez - (5:52) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rendering - (6:48) 127 BPM
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Velez (A Made Up Sound Remixes)
LIVITY 010
02 Feb 15
Techno
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Velez (A Made Up Sound remix 1) - (8:34) 122 BPM
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Velez (A Made Up Sound remix 2) - (5:14) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hallucinator/Sendak
LIVITY 020
07 Oct 16
Techno
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Hallucinator - (7:46) 128 BPM
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Sendak - (7:15) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Asusu is of course a founding member of Livity Sound alongside Pev and Kowton, yet we've not been graced with some material from him on the label for something approaching three years! He's not exactly been silent with Asusu setting up his own Impasse label last year, but we are always going to be happy at the sight of a new Livity's single from the producer. "Hallucinator" is particularly impressive, with Stennet lacing woozy, psychedelic, acid-flecked motifs over a bouncy, electro-influenced techno rhythm. "Sendak" explores similar sonic territory, with droning, Eastern-influenced electronics shuffling across the sound space. This is underpinned by a dense but surprisingly fluid rhythm track, which rolls along impressively whilst emphasizing the producer's weighty kick drums, skittish snares and arms-flailing swing.
Spooked
799 YTIVIL
02 Dec 13
Techno
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Spooked - (5:57) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Clarity (Dismantled) - (6:23) 118 BPM
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Review: Started as an opportunity for Livity Sound to release music from producers outside of the core label trio of Pev, Kowton, and Asusu, the Dnuos Ytivil label welcomes Bath-based producer Batu into the fold. When respected Bristol figureheads like Pev and Pinch come calling, the rest should take note! Batu really steps up to the plate on this Dnuos Ytivil single. "Spooked" sounds almost like it could be an old Skull Disco record played at 33rpm, while "Clarity (Dismantled)" offers something more prickly and paranoid in its heavily syncopated, pattering rhythms.
Bleeper Feed/April These
299 YTIVIL
29 Jan 16
Techno
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Bleeper Feed - (5:16) 128 BPM
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April These - (5:07) 83 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: James Blake, Sensei
Review: Bristol's Batu has done great things ever since his debut on Livity Sound a few years ago, both in terms of his development as a producer, and as a DJ. He returns to Peverelist's label with "Bleeper Feed", a pseudo-techno track with clear UK influences, both in the sounds chosen and broken beat pattern, and the more rolling, rhythmic swings of "April These" - the winner on here in our books. Heavy and recommended.
Just Getting Started
599 YTIVIL
24 Nov 14
Techno
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Just Getting Started - (4:30) 128 BPM
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Tilikum - (5:28) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: UK producer Bruce finds himself following up Hodge's first release on Dnuos Ytivil with more quality, off the beaten track techno. The Livity Sound sub-label provides the emerging talent with his first record and "Just Getting Started" is a frenetic session of looped tribal drums, mechanical atmospheres and full-on rhythms drunk on swing, while a more subdued "Tilikum" is awkwardly syncopated to start, before building into something deep - to then dropping back into a funky Chicago bassline groove.
Dumb Hummer/All The Time
LIVITY 030
11 May 18
Experimental/Electronic
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Dumb Hummer - (7:06) 62 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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All The Time - (5:39) 60 BPM
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Review: By now, Bristol's Livity Sound was the only noted Bristol label that FACTA hadn't released on yet. He's appeared on the ever-impressive Idle Hands, of course, as well as the 'consciously off-kilter' Berceuse Heroique from Athens, so he has plenty of experience with the mass audience of bass-headz worldwide. "Dumb Hummer" is an abstract affair, its uplifting bleeps and clicks merging perfectly with the tune's bitter low-end waves that take it to a more dubwise stance; "All The Time" is certainly more of a 'house' ting, with its broken beats forming a peculiar strain of off-balance 4/4 - rife with that Bristol charisma. We love it.
Apparitions
LIVITY 033
12 Oct 18
Techno
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Cut And Run - (5:58) 154 BPM
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Transmission - (7:18) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Circles - (6:32) 126 BPM
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Vertigo - (6:29) 127 BPM
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Phaze-Shift - (7:01) 120 BPM
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Traveller - (7:08) 84 BPM
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Particles In Motion - (5:25) 98 BPM
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Cannibal - (5:45) 151 BPM
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Review: Following on from two Eps on Livity last year, Forest Drive West drops his debut album. It captures the producer's unique fusion of techno, abstract sounds and jungle, and gets off to a frenetic start with the high-octane, percussive "Cut and Run". At the other end of the Forest Drive West spectrum is "Transmission", a deep, throbbing slice of techno and the mesmerising minimalism of "Circles". Apparitions also sees the UK artist flirt with sound scapes and abstract textures, typified by the dubbed out "Vertigo" and the moody sub-bass tones of "Phaze-Shift". Characterised throughout by Forest Drive West's distinctive sound design, it is one of 2018's finest long players.
Static/Escape
LIVITY 028
03 Nov 17
Techno
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Static - (8:10) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Escape - (6:55) 128 BPM
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Played by: Sensei, Near
Review: Static is Forest Drive West's second release on Livity - he/she also put out an early release on its sub-label - and features the act's most impressive material yet. On "Static", a minimal, steppy rhythm prevails, led by a mysterious synth, flickering percussion and a resonating bass that shifts up and down a few notes. "Escape" is more textured, and resounds to eerie sound scapes and swirling shapes. On this occasion, the beats are tough and dense, the bass plunges with submarine speed and there are even some Sandwell-style bleeps, but even this mysterious-sounding track can't beat the wiry wonder that is "Static".
Jinx/Scanners
LIVITY 022
03 Mar 17
Techno
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Jinx - (6:37) 162 BPM
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Scanners - (7:26) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Forest Drive West has previously appeared on Livity sub-label Dnuos Ytivil, and this EP for the main outlet is just as impressive. "Jinx" resounds to hushed voices and scary animal howls from deep within a haunted forest, while in the background a brittle, dissected rhythm plays away. "Scanners" also draws on abstract sound and textures, with electronic burps and belches summoned up from below ground. However, on this occasion, the groove is straighter and more rolling, and its drum-heavy, percussive approach sounds like a freakish, malignant take on the late 90s West Coast house of labels like Grayhound and Siesta.
System/Show Them
199 YTIVIL
13 May 16
Techno
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System - (10:48) 124 BPM
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Show Them - (8:18) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Giampi Spinelli
Review: Forest Drive West is a new producer who is putting out his debut on Peverelist and Kowton's label. It must be a daunting task to release on Livity Sound, but it's one that the London-based artist rises to in style. Clocking in at over ten minutes, "System" moves from eerie drones and shadowy vocals into a drawn out, voodoo rhythm, with tribal drums gather intensity before crashing in on the arrangement. On the flip, "Show Them" is more direct, with the producer putting the drums to the fore and allowing a bleak synth tapestry to gradually float to the surface. It's a hugely impressive debut release.
Amor Fati
699 YTIVIL
14 Apr 14
Techno
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Amor Fati - (6:12) 126 BPM
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Renegades - (6:18) 83 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Paul Mac
Review: Livity Sound's offshoot imprint goes digital and sees a first chance to own the binary versions of Jacob 'Hodge' Martin's now classic Amor Fati single, featuring two hi-octane rollers that see him further rough up his sound for the dance. There's an exotic thread at the core of both tracks, with the title track in particular ramping up the tension with an ostentatious breakdown that loops a vocal cry over tumbling percussion before dropping down into a magnificently limber bass led throwdown. "Renegades" has something of a calypso tone to its looping synth line and snagging drums, maximising on a powerful deployment of the soca break when the drop comes but keeping everything shot through with that futuristic Livity malaise.
No Single Thing
LIVITY 025
30 Jun 17
Techno
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No Single Thing - (5:25) 132 BPM
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Light Waves - (6:30) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Joe Likes To Dance - (5:45) 83 BPM
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Played by: Near
Amor Fati (Remixes)
399 YTIVIL
16 Oct 15
Techno
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Hodge - "Amor Fati" (Peverelist remix) - (6:13) 84 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bruce - "Tilikum" (Hodge remix) - (6:14) 128 BPM
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Played by: Jaquo George
Review: Ahead of the release of the Ytivil Dnuos compilation, Peverelist has opted to turn out a 12" that revisits two tracks from the recent past and sheds some fresh light on them. The label boss himself takes "Amor Fati" by Hodge to task, and turns out a delicately poised but satisfyingly weighty version replete with twinkling synth lines and jagged rhythmic incantations. Hodge meanwhile gets to have some fun with Bruce's "Tilikum", and weaves an emotional techno variation out of the component parts that stands amongst his most impassioned works to date, thanks in no small part to the heart-rending sweeps of chord that blanket the peak of the track.
Dolce / Bun So Nude
LIVITY 027
06 Oct 17
Techno
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Dolce - (5:35) 130 BPM
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Bun So Nude - (4:34) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Sensei
Review: The funny thing about Bristol's Livity Sound is that it manages to take on a new life with each and every release that emanates from its star-studded catalogue. Recently, we had Mosca and Hodge dropping some badness, while Peverelist and Kowton have been holding it down for donkey's years thanks to constant fluxes of new, game-changing bass music. This time it's newcomer I III who delivers the goods, coming through with the wonky steps of "Dolce" at first, a bouncy bit of side-step techno with that inimitably loose UK flow at its epicentre. "Bun So Nude" ups the tempo and unleashes a formidable blockade of bleeps that'll have you hypnotised in no time - not to mention that sweet cascade of tribal rhythms too!
More Games
LIVITY 004
14 Apr 12
Techno
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More Games - (5:41) 121 BPM
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Jam01 - (6:25) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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On Repeat
LIVITY 017
25 Sep 15
Techno
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On Repeat - (6:10) 85 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Holding Patterns - (6:33) 127 BPM
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Played by: Resident Advisor
Review: Following on from the rip-roaring impact of Pev & Hodge's 21 Versions single, Kowton returns to the Livity homestead with two new tracks that further expand on the intriguing new pastures the label is moving into. The rasping drums are still present in abundance, but they're laden with an alien melodic cargo that bring a welcome dose of warmth into the surroundings. "On Repeat" in particular builds into a most beautiful of synth-led breakdowns before ripping back into primal, bleep driven bass business. "Holding Patterns" meanwhile whips up a straight-edged techno throwdown of the highest order, peppered with cosmic sound effects from the kosmische school of processing.
Pea Soup/Iodine
LIVITY 023
28 Apr 17
Techno
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Pea Soup - (5:50) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Iodine - (5:44) 126 BPM
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Played by: Near
Review: Joe Cowton's only other release this year was his collaboration with Peverelist, so it's good to hear him back with fresh solo material on Livity. "Pea Soup" resounds to jet noises, slippery blips and bleeps and cosmic chimes backed against a steppy rhythm and what sound like a bass sample from Richie Hawtin's classic Bang the Box. By contrast, "Iodine" is more straightforward. It still has that steppy rhythm that comes as standard on pretty much all Livity records, but it is less complex than "Pea Soup" and its churning chords sound influenced by Basic Channel and late 90s records on Force Inc.
Utility
LIVITY 019
15 Apr 16
Techno
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Comments Off - (4:11) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Scido - (4:50) 123 BPM
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Balance - (4:56) 132 BPM
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Sleep Chamber - (5:17) 124 BPM
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Some Cats - (3:09) 109 BPM
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Loops 1 - (4:06) 160 BPM
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Bubbling Under - (5:05) 128 BPM
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A Bluish Shadow - (3:44) 164 BPM
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Shots Fired - (5:42) 126 BPM
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Review: The steady rise of Joe Cowton has been such that Utility, his long-awaited debut album, is arguably one of the most hotly anticipated techno sets of 2016. Happily, it's a fine set, brilliantly showcasing his instinctive way with booming, stripped-back drum patterns, sparse textures, and alien electronics. While there are forays into more house leaning pastures - see the dreamy, metallic shuffle of "Scido" - and cascading ambience ("Some Cats" and "A Bluish Shadow"), it's naturally the album's more bombastic, club-ready stompers that really stand out. These include two subtle reinventions of early British bleep techno ("Balance" and "Shots Fired") that aptly showcase the London-based producer's Northern roots.
More Games
LIVITY 013
02 Feb 15
Techno
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Kowton - "More Games" (MM/KM More Names mix) - (5:21) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Asusu - "Too Much Time Has Passed" (Dresvn remix) - (6:45) 131 BPM
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Don't Take This The Wrong Way/Peyote Stitch
LIVITY 026
28 Jul 17
Bass
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Don't Take This The Wrong Way - (8:09) 87 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Peyote Stitch - (7:42) 115 BPM
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Saltwater
LIVITY 003
12 Feb 12
Techno
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Salt Water - (7:15) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Erosions - (6:53) 129 BPM
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Aztec Chant
LIVITY 005
18 Mar 13
Techno
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Aztec Chant - (6:12) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Livity - (6:09) 129 BPM
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Undulate
LIVITY 018
13 Nov 15
Techno
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Undulate - (6:33) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Grit - (5:54) 84 BPM
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Played by: Pro.tone, Sun People
Review: This is Tom Ford's third release on his Livity imprint this year but his first solo effort, having worked on collaborative efforts with both Hodge and Kowton. With a full EP to express himself, it's no surprise that he gives full vent to his artistic whims. "Undulate" is a complex groove, the percussive splinters falling like ice shards on a snowy melodic bed. There are no such flights of fancy on "Grit"; instead, the UK producer puts the focus firmly on mangled rhythms and noisy percussive glitches to create his own, albeit distinctive tribute to U-ziq and early Rephlex.
Tessellations
LIVITY 024
26 May 17
Techno
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Burning Sea - (3:51) 103 BPM
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Under Clearing Skies - (5:40) 126 BPM
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Still Early - (7:00) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sheer Chance Matters - (5:53) 85 BPM
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Wireframes - (7:15) 84 BPM
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Slice Of Life - (4:58) 130 BPM
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Further Inland - (5:58) 124 BPM
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Brinks & Limits - (5:08) 120 BPM
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Plateau - (2:29) 144 BPM
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Review: Tom Ford aka Peverelist stays close to home for his third studio album. Tessellations appears on the Bristol producer's own Livity Sound label and is an assured, wide-ranging affair. It moves from the white noise of "Burning Sea" and the musical, brittle electro of "Under Clearing Skies", into big room, chord-heavy techno tracks like "Slice of Life". In the face of so many stylistic shifts, Ford still manages to maintain a common narrative, one of hypnotic musicality and intricate, complex rhythms. It is audible on the electro-tinged stepper "Further Inland", which is led by brittle drums and a warm bass, while on "Brinks & Limits", he lays down the kind of evocative synth soundtrack that is tailor made for long, hazy summer days.
Surge
LIVITY 008
21 Oct 13
Techno
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Surge - (5:52) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Remnants - (6:02) 160 BPM
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Surge
LIVITY 009
02 Feb 15
Techno
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Peverelist & Asusu - "Surge" (MMM remix) - (6:00) 128 BPM
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Peverelist & Kowton - "Vapours" (Pangaea remix) - (7:35) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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21 Versions
LIVITY 016
11 May 15
Techno
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21 Versions - (6:46) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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What Your Heart Knows - (7:30) 85 BPM
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Played by: Piezo, Tube and Berger
Beneath Radar (Peverelist & Kowton Mixes)
LIVITY 001
10 Jun 11
Techno
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Beneath Radar (Kowton mix) - (6:02) 86 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Beneath Radar (Pev mix) - (5:56) 129 BPM
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Played by: Giampi Spinelli
Aztec Chant
LIVITY 014
02 Feb 15
Techno
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Peverelist - "Aztec Chant" (Tessela remix) - (6:35) 126 BPM
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Kowton & Peverelist - "End Point" (Stenny & Andrea remix) - (6:29) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Paul Mac
End Point
LIVITY 007
16 Sep 13
Techno
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End Point - (6:39) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Vapours - (5:53) 160 BPM
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Signal 3
LIVITY 015
16 Mar 15
Techno
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Signal 3 - (6:24) 83 BPM
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Low Strobe - (6:25) 162 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Paul Mac, GAZE ILL
Review: Any new single from the musical hive mind of Tom 'Peverelist' Ford and Joe 'Kowton' Cowton is cause for celebration, but Signal 3 is particularly potent even by their high standards. The title track is particularly more-ish, with twisted, looped bleep melodies and muffled rave electronics reclining over a typically dubbed-out, bass-heavy, dystopian rhythm. As with much of their material, it's formidably out there, but with enough weight to the spaced-out groove to suggest real dancefloor potential. "Low Strobe" feels a little deeper - despite its' picturesque elements - with some quietly attractive synth chords adding a surprise shimmer to an otherwise thrillingly low-slung techno groove.

Livity
LIVITY 011
02 Feb 15
Techno
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Livity (Ghost-202 remix) - (7:02) 120 BPM
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Jam01 (Beneath remix) - (5:48) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Raw Code
LIVITY 012
02 Feb 15
Techno
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Peverelist & Kowton - "Raw Code" (Surgeon remix) - (6:09) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Asusu - "Sister" (Nick Hoppner remix) - (6:10) 126 BPM
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Second Freeze/Simple As
099 YTIVIL
02 Sep 16
Techno
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Second Freeze - (6:00) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Simple As - (5:40) 125 BPM
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Review: Speak to anyone on the Bristol scene, and they'll happily tell you that Jacob Martin AKA Hodge is willing to open his studio doors to almost any like-minded soul. His latest collaborator is the similarly productive Randomer, fresh from inspired outings on Clone Basement Series and Dekmantel UFO Series. There's a real energy about A-side "Second Freeze", which slowly builds on waves of punchy, polyrhythmic percussion and creepy noises, before bringing in a similarly bold and speaker-hugging bassline. The talented duo goes ever further in this African-influenced direction of thrillingly percussive flipside "Simple As", where additional drum hits pepper a dense, polyrhythmic groove. It's one of the best drum records we've heard this year, and that's saying something.
Cellar Door
499 YTIVIL
24 Jul 15
Bass
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Cellar Door - (6:57) 155 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Piste Jaune - (5:45) 164 BPM
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Review: Having previously used their dnuoS ytiviL offshoot to release material from their nearest and dearest (think Batu, Bruce, Hodge and Alex Coulton), Bristol's Livity Sound crew turns to unknown French producer Simo Cell. The two tracks showcased here are a rather fine introduction to this newcomer, with opener "Piste Jaune" offering a clandestine blend of stuttering electro bass, discordant analogue percussion hits and spooky electronics. The mystery man goes for the jugular on "Cellar Door", with pitched-down, bleep style melodies and liquid electronics riding an off-kilter, broken techno groove. Another fine Livity release.
Pour Le Club! EP
LIVITY 029
01 Dec 17
Techno
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Stop The Killing - (5:39) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Stop The Killing (Intello mix) - (8:04) 136 BPM
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How Do U Turn This On - (7:03) 129 BPM
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Feel Di Kouala Vybz - (6:42) 53 BPM
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Played by: Sun People
Review: Simon Aussel aka Simo Cell has been releasing on Livity and its offshoot label since he first appeared on the radar two years ago. Clearly, he has found a natural home in Peverelist's operation, and the complex rhythm and powerful, pounding sub-bass on "Stop the Killing" is exactly the kind of track that Pev would play. Aussel explores this approach further on the Intello version of the same track, where he teams up with Timothee Rousse to provide more complex drum programming. While "How Do You Turn This On" sees him strip back the drums to deliver a humming bass-heavy workout, there is no doubting his ability to create complex but funky dance music as the mysterious, clipped drums of "Feel Di Kouala Vybz" demonstrate.

Gliding EP
LIVITY 021
04 Nov 16
Experimental/Electronic
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Gliding - (5:46) 61 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Obi 1 - (5:40) 103 BPM
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Away From Keyboard - (7:08) 64 BPM
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As Long As We Have Those Things - (5:29) 62 BPM
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Played by: Laksa , Otik, Sensei, Near
Sharp Tool In The Shed/Land Of The Insane
LIVITY 032
07 Sep 18
Techno
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Sharp Tool In The Shed - (5:46) 92 BPM
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Land Of The Insane - (4:53) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Kami is the creative brains behind the Man Band label, which acts as a platform for other emerging artists like Elise and Twoman. Now Kami's own profile is sure to rise thanks to this debut EP on Livity. It's not the most immediate release on the label, but it shows that this emerging producer has no shortage of innovative spirit. "Sharp Tool In The Shed" resounds to rolling, percussive drums and the kind of crackling synth line that one might expect to hear on a Specter record. "Land Of The Insane" is even more obtuse, with Kami laying down a dubbed out, stop-start groove that resounds to abstract, jazzy keys.
Reverse Vol 1
LIVITYCD 003
23 Oct 15
Techno
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Hodge - "Amor Fati" - (6:12) 126 BPM
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Alex Coulton - "Bounce" - (6:31) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Simo Cell - "Cellar Door" - (6:57) 155 BPM
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Batu - "Spooked" - (5:57) 120 BPM
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Bruce - "Tilikum" - (5:28) 123 BPM
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Alex Coulton - "Pointe Noire" - (6:24) 84 BPM
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Hodge - "Renegades" - (6:18) 83 BPM
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Bruce - "Just Getting Started" - (4:30) 128 BPM
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Batu - "Clarity" (Dismantled) - (6:23) 118 BPM
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Alex Coulton - "War Games" - (5:05) 86 BPM
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Simo Cell - "Piste Jaune" - (5:45) 164 BPM
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Alex Coulton - "Bounce" (Peverelist remix) - (6:17) 124 BPM
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Played by: Vern & Milla, Unkey, Majora, Wolf
Review: After Livity Sound established itself as a self-contained affair originally centred around Pev, Kowton and Asusu, it was intriguing to see the net widen with the introduction of the Ytivil Dnuos sublabel as a place for likeminded, fresh talent to reside. After the previous Livity Sound original and remix compilations, now the 'reverse' label has its own collection, bringing focus on a host of producers who are now reaching notoriety in their own right. From the recent thrill of Simo Cell to Hodge's first outing on the imprint, via Bruce, Batu and Alex Coulton, this is as strong a statement of cutting edge UK soundsystem electronics as you could wish for.
Livity Sound Remixes
LIVITYCD 002
03 Nov 14
Techno
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Kowton - "More Games" (MM/KM More Names mix) - (5:21) 120 BPM
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Asusu - "Velez" (A Made Up Sound remix 2) - (5:14) 125 BPM
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Peverelist & Kowton - "Raw Code" (Surgeon remix) - (6:09) 128 BPM
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Peverelist & Kowton - "Vapours" (Pangaea remix) - (7:35) 134 BPM
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Peverelist & Asusu - "Surge" (MMM remix) - (6:00) 128 BPM
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Peverelist & Kowton - "End Point" (Stenny & Andrea remix) - (6:29) 130 BPM
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Asusu - "Velez" (A Made Up Sound remix 1) - (8:34) 122 BPM
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Asusu - "Sister" (Nick Hoppner remix) - (6:10) 126 BPM
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Peverelist - "Livity" (Ghost-202 remix) - (7:02) 120 BPM
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Kowton - "Jam01" (Beneath remix) - (5:48) 124 BPM
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Peverelist - "Aztec Chant" (Tessela remix) - (6:35) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Asusu - "Too Much Time Has Passed" (Dresvn remix) - (6:45) 131 BPM
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Played by: Paul Mac, Alkalino, Aquarian
Review: This year has been a productive one for the Livity Sound label, if not the trio of producers behind the acclaimed outfit. While new collaborative material from Peverelist, Kowton and Asusu has been thin on the ground, the Livity Sound Remixes series - in which friends from the techno and bass scenes remodel their work - has spawned six essential 12" singles. Here, that material makes it to digital for the first time. It's packed with inspired, floor-friendly interpretations, from the contemporary bleep-and-bass techno of Kassem Mosse and Mix Mup's rework of Kowton's "More Games", to the distorted throb and intense loops of Ghost 202's faintly foreboding version of Peverlist's "Livity".
Livity Sound
LIVITYCD 001
21 Oct 13
Techno
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Peverelist & Kowton - "Beneath Radar" (Kowton mix) - (6:02) 86 BPM
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Peverelist & Kowton - "Raw Code" - (5:56) 159 BPM
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Kowton - "More Games" - (5:41) 121 BPM
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Peverelist - "Aztec Chant" - (6:12) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Peverelist & Asusu - "Remnants" - (6:02) 160 BPM
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Asusu - "Sister" - (6:28) 128 BPM
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Peverelist - "Erosions" - (6:53) 129 BPM
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Asusu - "Rendering" - (6:48) 127 BPM
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Peverelist - "Livity" - (6:09) 129 BPM
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Peverelist & Asusu - "Surge" - (5:52) 120 BPM
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Kowton - "Jam01" - (6:25) 117 BPM
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Peverelist & Kowton - "Vapours" - (5:53) 160 BPM
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Asusu - "Velez" - (5:52) 122 BPM
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Peverelist & Kowton - "Junked" - (6:09) 150 BPM
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Peverelist - "Salt Water" - (7:15) 129 BPM
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Peverelist & Kowton - "End Point" - (6:39) 125 BPM
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Asusu - "Too Much Time Has Passed" - (6:42) 163 BPM
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Peverelist & Kowton - "Beneath Radar" (Pev mix) - (5:56) 129 BPM
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Glow Wall/CU2
LIVITY 031
22 Jun 18
Techno
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Glow Wall - (5:41) 128 BPM
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CU2 - (5:38) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Ennio Styles
Review: Glow Wall is a first outing for Via Maris on Livity Sound, having started his relationship with the seminal Bristol label in 2017 with an EP on its sister imprint, dnuoS ytiviL. This two-tracker is an understated affair: "Glow Wall" resounds to warbling, esoteric melodies and an intricate, stepping rhythm. However, it never reaches a point where it will have an impact on a peak time dance floor. "CU2" is more stripped back and centres on spiky beats and hoarse percussive ticks, but here too Via Maris retains an ethereal sensibility that is all too rare in underground electronic music,
Swarm/Tempora
989 YTIVIL
27 Jan 17
Experimental/Electronic
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Swarm - (5:06) 86 BPM
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Tempora - (5:10) 65 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Cabasa
Review: Munich-based label Gan-Shin might have its head in Bavaria, but its soul is very much on the island of Japan, just on the other side of the world. These guys specialise in Japanese music off all shapes and sizes, focussing heavily on rock, but certainly not excluding the plethora of genres that have become highly-specialized niches in cities like Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. Japan Anima(Tor)'s exhibition is part of a wider series of BGM material, and this particular release is a glorious assortment of neo-classical rhythms, and material that could easily feature on a soundtrack. Moving, diverse, pensive, and a rare gem to find these days.
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