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James Blake (musician)

James Blake Litherland (born 26 September 1988)[1] is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer from London. He first received recognition for a series of 2010 EPs including CMYK and Klavierwerke, and he released his self-titled debut album in 2011 to critical praise.[2] His second album Overgrown was released in 2013 and awarded the Mercury Prize.[3] He released his third album The Colour in Anything in 2016.[4] In 2019 his fourth album Assume Form was released and he won his first Grammy Awards with "King's Dead" as Best Rap Performance.[5]

James Blake
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Blake performing at 2013 Melt! Festival
Background information
Birth nameJames Blake Litherland
Also known as
  • Harmonimix
  • One-Take Blake
Born (1988-09-26) 26 September 1988 (age 31)
London, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • multi-instrumentalist
  • record producer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • synthesizer
Years active2009–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitewww.jamesblakemusic.com

During his career, he has collaborated with artists including Mount Kimbie and Bon Iver, and has contributed production work to artists including Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, Vince Staples, and Frank Ocean.[2] Blake has also released remix work under the alias Harmonimix.[2]

Early lifeEdit

James Blake is the son of musician James Litherland, and showed a strong interest and aptitude in music from a young age.[6] He received classical training in piano as a child,[7] and completed primary education at Grange Park Primary School, Winchmore Hill and secondary education at The Latymer School, Edmonton. Later on, he attended Goldsmiths, University of London, where he received a degree in Popular Music.[8] While at school, Blake and friends hosted a series of "Bass Society" music nights that featured UK artists such as Distance, Skream and Benga.

CareerEdit

2009–10: Early releasesEdit

Blake began his music career by releasing his debut 12" record, entitled "Air & Lack Thereof" in the United Kingdom during July 2009, while being persistent in recording songs in his bedroom. Having been released on the imprint record label, Hemlock, the extended play became a favourite of BBC Radio 1 DJ Gilles Peterson.[9] Soon after the release of the record Blake was invited by Peterson to do a special mix on his international show, including an exclusive Mount Kimbie track.[9] As a second-year composition assignment for his studies at Goldsmiths, he submitted the Klavierwerke EP which was awarded high marks.[10]

 
James Blake performing at Glastonbury Festival June 2011

A third EP, entitled CMYK, was released through R&S Records during 2010.[11] The title track, "CMYK" was selected by BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw as his Record of the Week[12] and also received airplay from other DJs. On 29 September 2010, Zane Lowe selected Blake's cover version of "Limit to Your Love" as his "Hottest Record in the World". The song was written and originally recorded by Feist and appeared on her studio album, The Reminder. The single was released in the United Kingdom on 28 November 2010,[13] where it debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 47.[14]

2011: Self-titled albumEdit

Blake was nominated for the BBC's Sound of 2011, an annual poll that highlights the forthcoming year's likely successful musicians;[15] he was eventually placed second, ahead of fellow shortlisted acts; The Vaccines, Jamie Woon and Clare Maguire. It was also revealed on 15 December 2010 that Blake had been made the runner-up behind singer-songwriter Jessie J at the BRIT Awards' "Critic's Choice".[16] In January 2011, Blake was awarded Single of the Year (2010) for "CMYK" at Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards. Blake's work found itself on numerous 2010 year-end best-of lists, with "CMYK" ranking 24th on Frontier Psychiatrist's top 40 songs of the year,[17] the Bells Sketch/CMYK/Klavierwerke EPs ranking 8th on Pitchfork Media's top 50 albums of 2010, and "I Only Know (What I Know Now)" ranking 8th on Pitchfork's top 100 tracks of 2010.[18]

Blake revealed in late December 2010 that his album would be self-titled, and the 11-track James Blake was released on 7 February 2011.[19] Only days after the original announcement was made, the album was leaked onto the internet.[20] On 9 January 2011, "The Wilhelm Scream" was trailed as the album's second single ("Limit To Your Love" was also included on the album).[21] In February 2011, James Blake first appeared on the cover of the publication The Fader, in its 72nd issue.[22] Blake debuted a collaboration with Bon Iver called "Fall Creek Boys Choir" in August 2011 and during the next month, the BBC released an exclusive mix by Blake, which included 10 of his unreleased songs. These included "Deeds", "Olivia Kept", and "Evening Fell Hard for Us". During the final weeks of 2012, James Blake performed three "intimate" shows where he debuted new songs.[23]

Later that year, Blake released both the Enough Thunder and Love What Happened Here EPs in 2011. These EPs, noticeably more structured than his previous releases, featured R&B-tinged work as opposed to the experimental electronic style found on CMYK. Some reviewers expressed doubt about Blake's stylistic movement, with Pitchfork's Larry Fitzmaurice saying that "[his] reliance on piano-based singer/songwriter electro-soul perhaps played it a bit too safe, prompting comparisons to the once-outré, now-gear spinning career of fellow avant-crooner Jamie Lidell".[24]

2012–13: OvergrownEdit

 
Blake performing in 2013

Early in 2012, Blake spent time with American rapper Kanye West (who named Blake as his favourite artist)[25] and singer Justin Vernon. Later that year, Blake announced a new collaborative non-single release under the moniker Harmonimix with British rapper Trim; the single "Confidence Boost/Saying" was released on 24 September 2012. Also in 2012, Blake and friends (including Foat, Nick Sigsworth, and touring musicians Rob McAndrews and Ben Assiter) secured a residency at the club Plastic People as the collective 1-800 Dinosaur, hosting a series of impromptu dance nights.[26] In summer 2013, the collective launched a label of the same name, on which Blake and other artists released material.[26]

His second album, Overgrown, was released on 5 April 2013.[27] The first single from the album, "Retrograde", was debuted the same day on BBC Radio 1, and was released on 11 February. On 25 February, the track listing and album art were revealed.[28] It was selected as Variance Magazine's Album of the Year as of December 2013.[29] The album features guest appearances from noted electronic music producer Brian Eno and rapper RZA of Wu-Tang Clan.[30] The release received critical acclaim and was awarded the 2013 Mercury Prize. Blake revealed to Hot Press that falling in love had influence the warm nu-soul sound on the album, as opposed to the experimentalism found on his self-titled effort.[31] A remix featuring Chance the Rapper, of a track from Overgrow, "Life Round Here", was released on 11 October alongside a music video directed by Nabil Elderkin.[32][33]

2014–2017: The Colour in AnythingEdit

In an interview with Spotify, Blake revealed that a day prior to the release of Drake's single "0 to 100 / The Catch Up", he received an email asking whether a beat from one of his older tracks could be used on the single; he refused and asked Drake's label to remove the sample. Blake's publisher later approached him and asked him about his decision. Blake in return asked how much money he had lost by turning down the offer and reportedly spat out his drink when he found out.[34]

In December 2014, during his BBC Radio 1 Residency, Blake announced that his third studio album would be titled Radio Silence and would be released in the first half of 2015.[35][36] He later confirmed that the album would feature Bon Iver and Kanye West, as well as feature guitar work from Connan Mockasin.[37] Blake received a Grammy Award nomination in 2014 for Best New Artist.[38]

On 11 February 2016, Blake premiered a new song entitled "Modern Soul" during his BBC Radio 1 residency.[39] On 14 April 2016, Blake revealed during a surprise hosting spot on BBC Radio 1 that he'd finished the album, and that it was 18 tracks in length. He stated that it includes one track that stretches to 20 minutes in length. Later in the broadcast he premiered a new song titled 'Timeless', though did not say whether it would be included on the album.[40] In a May 2016 interview with BBC Radio 1, Blake stated that he began work on the album in England, and after "running out of steam" went to the United States to complete the recording at Shangri La Studios with producer Rick Rubin.[41]

Blake produced and was featured on the song "Forward" from Beyoncé's 2016 album Lemonade. He also co-wrote the album's opening track, "Pray You Catch Me". On 28 April, social media posts by Blake and his label, 1-800 Dinosaur, reposted photos of a mural by children's novel illustrator Sir Quentin Blake (best known for his work with writer Roald Dahl) that hinted at the new album title The Colour in Anything;[42] this was confirmed as the title of his new album several days later.[43] The album was released on 6 May 2016.[44]

James Blake collaborated with Jay-Z on his album 4:44, handling the production on two of the three bonus tracks off the album and was also featured on the bonus track "MaNyfaCedGod".[45][46] He also handled production on Kendrick Lamar's song "Element" as the original version of the track sounded "a little too jazzy".[47] On 2 September 2016, Blake released a remix of "Timeless" featuring Vince Staples which had already been leaked on the internet earlier.[48] In December 2017, Blake released a cover of the song "Vincent" by Don McLean alongside a performance video shot in the studio.[49]

2018–present: Assume FormEdit

On 11 January 2018, Blake co-wrote and was performed alongside Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar and Future on the single "King's Dead" from the albums Redemption and Black Panther: The Album.[50][51] The song was commercially successful, reaching number 21 in the United States and number 50 in the United Kingdom.[52][53] Blake also appeared on another track from the Black Panther soundtrack album, "Bloody Waters", which Blake co-wrote alongside Lamar, Mark Spears, Robin Braun and Ab-Soul.[50]

On 26 January 2018, Blake released a new single, "If the Car Beside You Moves Ahead", alongside its music video, having premiered at his BBC Radio 1 residency.[54] Blake's second solo single of that year, "Don't Miss It", was shared on 24 May alongside a lyric video and was released the next month.[55][56] Despite receiving acclaim from music critics, a less positive review by Kevin Lozano of Pitchfork described the track as "sad boy music" prompted a response from Blake, who said "I can't help but notice, as I do whenever I talk about my feelings in a song, that the words 'sad boy' are used to describe it. I've always found that expression to be unhealthy and problematic when used to describe men just openly talking about their feelings."[57][58]

Blake mixed and worked on additional production on the ninth album by American electronic musician Oneohtrix Point Never, titled Age Of, which was released in June 2018.[59] He also co-wrote and was featured on the track "Stop Trying to Be God" from Travis Scott's third studio album, Astroworld, and made an appearance in the song's music video.[60]

In December 2018, Blake announced that he would be embarking on a tour of North America in February/March 2019.[61] People who had purchased tickets for the North America tour also received a copy of his forthcoming album.[62] Later that month Blake teased new material with André 3000 during a show in Brooklyn, his second collaboration with the artist after "Look Ma No Hands" on which Blake provided the piano part, which was released earlier that year.[63][64] In early January 2019, Amazon.fr accidentally leaked details of Blake's fourth album, Assume Form, including its track listing and a list of features including collaborations with André 3000, Travis Scott and Metro Boomin.[65][66][67] Soon after, LED billboards appeared in London and New York promoting the album.[68] The album's release date was later confirmed to be on 18 January 2019 due to advertising in the London Underground.[69] The day prior to the album's release, Blake released the tracks "Mile High" featuring Travis Scott and Metro Boomin[70][71] and "Lullaby for My Insomniac", respectively.[72][73] Following the album's release, the tracks "Barefoot in the Park" and "Mulholland", the latter of which is only included on the vinyl version of Assume Form, were released as singles on 4 and 26 April respectively, the former accompanied by a music video.[74][75][76][77]

Personal lifeEdit

Blake was previously in a relationship with American musician Theresa Wayman from the indie rock band Warpaint.[78] Since 2015, Blake has been in a relationship with British actress Jameela Jamil.[79]

Musical styleEdit

Blake's early releases are fragmented electronic works[80] influenced by UK dance and bass styles (such as 2-step and the stark dubstep of Burial and Digital Mystikz), as well as '90s trip hop and American R&B artists such as Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, and D'Angelo.[81][82][83] On his acclaimed trio of 2010 EPs (The Bells Sketch, CMYK and Klavierwerke), Blake's own voice is obscured or processed in favor of vocal samples from '90s R&B, prominent sub-bass frequencies, and minimal, jittery rhythms.[81][84][85] During this period, Blake's work was tagged by journalists as "post-dubstep", alluding to his movement beyond the style's characteristics.[86][87] By the time of his 2011 debut album, Blake's vocals and piano had become more prominent while traditional song structures became increasingly apparent, reflecting the influence of gospel, soul and ambient music.[84][88] His second album Overgrown (2013) continued this trend, integrating an electronic approach with balladry and Blake's soul-inflected vocals, and featuring contributions from hip hop artist RZA and electronic musician Brian Eno.[80][81]

Discussing his stylistic development, critic Mark Fisher wrote that "listening back to Blake's records in chronological sequence is like hearing a ghost gradually assume material form; or it's like hearing the song form (re)coalescing out of digital ether."[81] Author Madison Moore noted the prominent use of minimalism, sparseness, and silence in Blake's work, a quality also noted by Eno in 2013: "he takes a lot of stuff out and ends up with very skeletal pieces."[89]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[90]
AUS
[91]
BEL
(FL)

[92]
DEN
[93]
IRE
[94]
NL
[95]
NZ
[96]
SWI
[97]
US
[98]
US Dance
[99]
James Blake 9 32 1 2 11 6 38 9 123 4
Overgrown
  • Released: 8 April 2013[103]
  • Label: Polydor, Republic
  • Formats: CD, digital download, vinyl
8 5 12 2 24 32 27 16 32 1
The Colour in Anything
  • Released: 6 May 2016
  • Label: Polydor, Republic
  • Formats: CD, digital download, vinyl
13 16 18 21 16 20 26 19 36 1
Assume Form
  • Released: 18 January 2019
  • Label: Polydor, Republic
  • Formats: CD, streaming, digital download, cassette, vinyl
6 22 4 7
[104]
18
[105]
17 21 9 21 1
"—" denotes album that did not chart or was not released.

Extended playsEdit

Title Details
The Bells Sketch
  • Released: 8 March 2010[106]
  • Label: Hessle Audio
  • Formats: Vinyl, digital download
CMYK
  • Released: 31 May 2010
  • Label: R&S Records
  • Formats: Vinyl, digital download
Klavierwerke
  • Released: 27 September 2010
  • Label: R&S Records
  • Formats: Vinyl, digital download
Enough Thunder[107]
  • Released: 7 October 2011
  • Label: ATLAS, Polydor
  • Formats: Vinyl, CD, digital download
Love What Happened Here
  • Released: 6 December 2011
  • Label: R&S Records
  • Formats: Vinyl, digital download
200 Press
  • Released: 8 December 2014
  • Label: 1-800 Dinosaur
  • Formats: Vinyl, digital download

SinglesEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[108]
AUS
[109]
BEL
(FL)

[92]
CAN
[110]
DEN
[93]
JPN
[111]
NL
[95]
SCO
[112]
US
[113]
US
Dance

[114]
"Air & Lack Thereof" 2009 non-album single
"Limit to Your Love" 2010 39 63 5 3 7 62 James Blake
"The Wilhelm Scream" 2011 136 [A] [B]
"Lindisfarne / Unluck"
"Order / Pan" non-album single
"Fall Creek Boys Choir"
(with Bon Iver)
Enough Thunder
"A Case of You" [C]
"Retrograde" 2013 87 [D] [E] 10 99 [F] Overgrown
"Overgrown"
"Life Round Here" (Remix)
(featuring Chance the Rapper)
non-album single
"Modern Soul" 2016 The Colour in Anything
"Timeless"
"Radio Silence"
"My Willing Heart"
"I Need a Forest Fire"
(featuring Bon Iver)
195 [G]
"Timeless" (Remix)
(featuring Vince Staples)
non-album singles
"Vincent" 2017
"King's Dead"
(with Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar and Future)
2018 50 58 23 [H] 21 Black Panther: The Album and Redemption
"If the Car Beside You Moves Ahead" non-album single
"Don't Miss It" 39 Assume Form
"Mile High"
(featuring Travis Scott and Metro Boomin)
2019 47 [I] [J] 10
"Lullaby for My Insomniac" 46
"Barefoot in the Park"
(featuring Rosalía)
[K] 27
"Mulholland"
"You're Too Precious"[122] non-album single

Other charted songsEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Sales

[123]
US
Dance

[114]
"The Bells Sketch" 2010 14 [L] The Bells Sketch EP
"Assume Form" 2019 31 Assume Form
"Tell Them"
(featuring Metro Boomin and Moses Sumney)
23
"Into the Red" 29
"Can't Believe the Way We Flow" 33
"Are You in Love?" 37
"Where's the Catch?"
(featuring André 3000)
36
"I'll Come Too" 30
"Power On" 32

Guest appearancesEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[108]
CAN
[110]
SCO
[112]
US
[113]
"Forward"
(Beyoncé featuring James Blake)
2016 85 91 63 Lemonade
"(At Your Best) You Are Love"
(Frank Ocean featuring The London Contemporary Orchestra, Johnny Greenwood and James Blake)
Endless
"The Ends"
(Travis Scott featuring André 3000 and James Blake)
birds in the trap sing mcknight
"MaNyfaCedGod"
(JAY-Z featuring James Blake)
2017 4:44
"We Go Home Together"
(Mount Kimbie featuring James Blake)
Love What Survives
"How We Got By"
(Mount Kimbie featuring James Blake)
"Look Ma No Hands"
(André 3000 featuring James Blake)
2018 Look Ma No Hands EP
"We'll Take It"
(Oneohtrix Point Never featuring Anohni and James Blake)
Age Of
"Still Stuff That Doesn't Happen"
(Oneohtrix Point Never featuring Anohni and James Blake)
"Bloody Waters"
(Ab-Soul, Anderson .Paak and James Blake)
[M] Black Panther: The Album
"STOP TRYING TO BE GOD"
(Travis Scott featuring Philip Bailey, Kid Cudi, James Blake and Stevie Wonder)
70 19 27 ASTROWORLD

as Harmonimix

  • 2012: "Confidence Boost" – Harmonimix and Trimbal

RemixesEdit

Year Artist Song Title
2009 Untold "Stop What You're Doing" James Blake Remix
2010 Mount Kimbie "Maybes"
Destiny's Child "Bills, Bills, Bills"
2013 Mala "Changes" Harmonimix Remix
Drake "Come Thru" James Blake Remix
2014 Beyoncé "Drunk in Love" Harmonimix Remix
2018 Moses Sumney "Make Out in My Car" James Blake Remix

Production creditsEdit

Year Song Artist Album
2012 "Confidence Boost" Untold Sweat / Dante
"Saying"
2016 "Forward" (featuring James Blake) Beyoncé Lemonade
"Pray You Catch Me"
"The Ends" (featuring André 3000) Travis Scott birds in the trap sing mcknight
"War Ready" Vince Staples Prima Donna
"Big Time"
"Solo" Frank Ocean blonde
"Solo (Reprise)" (featuring André 3000)
"Godspeed" (featuring Kim Burrell and Yung Lean)
2017 "ELEMENT" Kendrick Lamar DAMN.
"Adnis" JAY-Z 4:44
"ManyFacedGod" (featuring James Blake)
2019 "iMi" Bon Iver i,i

Notes

  1. ^ "The Wilhelm Scream" did not enter the Flemish Ultratop chart, but peaked at number 14 on the Ultratip chart.[92]
  2. ^ "The Wilhelm Scream" did not enter the Dance/Electronic Songs chart, but peaked at number 36 on the Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart.[115]
  3. ^ "A Case of You" did not enter the Flemish Ultratop chart, but peaked at number 28 on the Ultratip chart.[92]
  4. ^ "Retrograde" did not enter the Australian Singles chart, but peaked at number 1 on the Australia Hitseekers chart.[116]
  5. ^ "Retrograde" did not enter the Flemish Ultratop chart, but peaked at number 38 on the Ultratip chart.[92]
  6. ^ "Retrograde" did not enter the Dance/Electronic Songs chart, but peaked at number 20 on the Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart.[115]
  7. ^ "I Need a Forest Fire" did not enter the Dance/Electronic Songs chart, but peaked at number 18 on the Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart.[115]
  8. ^ "King's Dead" did not enter the Netherlands' Single Top 100 but peaked on the Netherlands' Single Tip Chart at number 6.[118]
  9. ^ "Mile High" did not enter the Flemish Ultratop chart, but peaked at number 36 on the Ultratip chart.[92]
  10. ^ "Mile High" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 22 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[121]
  11. ^ "Barefoot in the Park" did not enter the Flemish Ultratop chart, but peaked at number 11 on the Ultratip chart.[92]
  12. ^ "The Bells Sketch" did not enter the Dance/Electronic Songs chart, but peaked at number 36 on the Dance Singles Sales chart.[124]
  13. ^ "Bloody Waters" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 16 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[121]

Music videosEdit

Year Title Director
2010 "Limit to Your Love" Martin de Thurah[125]
2011 "The Wilhelm Scream" Alexander Brown[126]
"Lindisfarne" Martin de Thurah[127]
"A Case of You" Seb Edwards[128]
2013 "Retrograde" Martin de Thurah[129]
"Overgrown" Nabil[130]
"Voyeur" Tobias Revell and Ferry Gouw[131]
"Life Round Here" (featuring Chance The Rapper) Nabil[132]
2016 "I Need a Forest Fire" Matt Clark
2017 "My Willing Heart" Anna Rose Holmer
"Vincent (Don Mclean cover) Andrew Douglas
2018 "If the Car Besides You Moves Ahead" Alexander Brown[133]
2019 "Barefoot In The Park (feat. Rosalía)" Diana Kunst

as Harmonimix

Year Title Director
2012 "Confidence Boost (Harmonimix & Trim)" Rollo Jackson[134]

Awards and nominationsEdit

On 19 July 2011, Blake was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize 2011 for his self-titled debut album;[3] the award was won by PJ Harvey. However, in 2013, he was nominated again for Overgrown, and subsequently won the award, the result being announced on 30 October. The judges at the event described his album as "...late-night music for the digital age. An inventive, poignant and poetic record of great beauty."[135][136] He was also nominated for Best New Artist at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

Year Organisation Nominated work Award Result
2010 Worldwide Winners Awards "CMYK" Single of the Year Won
2011 BBC Sound of 2011 James Blake Sound of 2011 Second place
2011 BRIT Awards James Blake Critic's Choice Nominated
2011 Mercury Prize James Blake Mercury Prize Nominated
Q Awards James Blake Breakthrough Artist Nominated
2012 Ivor Novello Awards "The Wilhelm Scream" Best Contemporary Song Nominated
2012 BRIT Awards James Blake British Male Solo Artist Nominated
2012 MTV Video Music Awards Japan "Limit to Your Love" Best New Artist Nominated
Best Dance Video Nominated
2013 2013 Mercury Prize Overgrown Mercury Prize Won
2013 UK Music Video Awards "Overgrown" Best Alternative Video Nominated
"Retrograde" Best Colour Grade In a Video Nominated
2014 56th Grammy Awards James Blake Best New Artist Nominated
2014 BRIT Awards James Blake British Male Solo Artist Nominated
mtvU Woodie Awards "Life Round Here" Best Collaboration Woodie (shared with Chance the Rapper) Nominated
Music Producers Guild Awards Overgrown UK Album of the Year (sponsored by Universal Audio) Nominated
2014 World Music Awards James Blake World's Best Male Artist Nominated
World's Best Live Act Nominated
World's Best Entertainer Nominated
Ivor Novello Awards "Retrograde" Best Contemporary Song Won
2017 59th Grammy Awards Lemonade (as featured artist and producer) Album of the Year Nominated
2018 Berlin Music Video Awards "If the Car Beside You Moves Ahead" Best Experimental Nominated
2019 61st Grammy Awards "King's Dead" Best Rap Song Nominated
Best Rap Performance Won
UK Music Video Awards "Can't Believe the Way We Flow" Best Alternative Video - UK Pending
Best Editing in a Video Pending
James Blake Best Artist Pending
2020 62nd Grammy Awards Assume Form Best Alternative Music Album Pending

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2011
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