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Rob Bailey Fuzz4Freaks (Brighton) Interview

01. Tell us about the name Fuzz4Freaks and the new event in Brighton this year 2014?

As the Mod weekender in Brighton grew over the last decade the need for a separate venue playing fuzzy sounds become apparent as tickets for the Komedia were snapped up by the Mods. We used to host these sounds in the Studio Bar at Komedia but folks of the paisley persuasion couldn’t get in last year.

02. You have some great young live bands playing?

We have three great young live bands from all over the UK. On Saturday young Psych band from Birmingham, the Exploding Sound Machine are getting a great reputation and have recently played a local festival with legends Donovan and Arthur Brown with glowing reviews. Check out their interview here for a better idea on what to expect from them.

I discovered local Brighton lads the Dials driving home listening to Radio 2 at 3am after Zoo Zoo one evening and heard this song which sounded like the early Floyd. The song finished and the DJ said that is a track from the Dials new album. The next day I got up and googled the band and found out they were from Brighton so it was fate that they should play, I am really excited to see these guys. Check their interview out on here also.

The Hypnotic Eye will add plenty of fuzz to the party proceedings with strong originals and some choice covers. All the bands have products available over the weekend and we recommend you save a few quid and support these acts.

03. What about the Venue?

I planned to use it last year but it never worked out. As soon as I saw it I was sure it would be perfect for this event. It’s a basement venue with low ceiling, wooden dancefloor, stage and well stocked bar at reasonable prices for a club. It’s reminds me very much of a Mousetrap but with a live music set up as well.

04. Can we expect a full on trippy lightshow?

You can expect kaleidoscope visuals and fog in the true psychedelic tradition.

05. What kinds of sounds will we hear? A top 5 perhaps to wet our whistles?

I picked a good cross section of DJ’s who all have their own style, cover a wide variety of underground sounds and will make everyone happy. Expect the party choons alongside new discoveries as well as the current in demand biggies.

Check out some of the other DJ’s profiles on here and our facebook event page will have regular songs posted HERE!

Here are 5 choons you can expect to hear from me over the weekend.

Black Lightening Light – The Shy Guys

Polka Dotted Eyes – The Snaps

High Flying Around – Legay

Now I Know – Met & Zonder

Lucifer Sam – Pink Floyd

06. Where can folks get their tickets from?

We got 200 tickets up for grabs each night and almost half have gone already. You can get your tickets HERE!

07. What is the current ‘Fuzz’ scene like and how has it changed?

There is a great mix of youngsters and scene stalwarts, always a friendly vibe and exciting times. Music is always amazing!

08. What kind of clothes will folks be displaying? Will it be quite ‘Dandy’?

No dress codes as some folks just dig the sounds and not the entire lifestyle but there will no doubt be plenty of dandy’s and dolls strutting their stuff.

09. Why Brighton and why this particular weekend?

It’s a great town easily accessible from all over Europe with great restaurants, a very continental café culture and plenty of accommodation. You can also travel back to nearby London throughout the night by train.

10. Any advice on places to stay?

visitbrighton.com for a range of accommodation to suit your budget. There is a student residence at Sussex University a short bus ride or taxi ride from the centre with a variety of rooms available from £18-£35 per person a night some rooms are also en suite HERE!

11. What about daytime things to do?

We have free daytime events both days from 1-5pm at the Volks with a mix of 60’s sounds, a market and live music on Saturday afternoon. Brighton is also great for shopping check out the various clothes and record shops in the lanes including the fab Jump The Gun. You also have all the tourist attractions like the Pier, Brighton Eye, Miniature railway and copious great restaurants all over town.

12. Will Fuzz4Freaks appear in other places at some point in the future, maybe even a Tour?

Who knows? Watch this space…

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Next Events 2014:

Sat 6 September: MOUSETRAP ALLNIGHTER ‘Fuzz for Freaks’ @ Orleans 259 Seven Sisters Rd, Finsbury Park, London N4 2DD (10pm-6am) Primest Garage/Freakbeat and Psych on the planet! DJ Dr Robert & guests

Sat 11 October: CROSSFIRE Allnighter London, 9pm-6am @ 229 The Venue,
Great Portland St.

Sat 13 December: MOUSETRAP ALLNIGHTER ‘Fuzz for Freaks’ @ Orleans 259 Seven Sisters Rd, Finsbury Park, London N4 2DD (10pm-6am) Primest Garage/Freakbeat and Psych on the planet! DJ Dr Robert & guests


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July 4, 2014 By : Category : Bands DJs Events Front Page Interviews News Tags:, ,
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NUTs @ Glastonbury June 2013

Back in February I received an email asking if I would like to DJ after the headline band on Saturday night at Glastonbury. I replied. “Hell yeah, count me in!”
A couple of months past and the headline band on Saturday was announced: The Rolling Stones! The day soon arrived with an early start from South London navigating our way through the Morden mayhem arriving early afternoon to take in the sights and sounds of the most famous festival. We headed for the Williams Green Stage where I would be playing later that night, we said our hellos and dumped off the records in the locker, grabbed a beer and headed out to sample the Festival delights.

As a ‘Glastonbury virgin’ the first thing that hits you is the sheer scale of it all.
I wanted to catch the Strypes (who I have championed from the get go) and whose meteoric rise has ruffled a few feathers and delighted in equal measures.
A half hour walk through the massed revellers at the Pyramid Stage following seasoned professional and camera man Doug , we arrived five minutes before the lads hit the stage. A massive crowd had gathered to see just what all the fuss is about. The band were introduced with the comment ‘remember you have seen the Strypes on the John Peel Stage today but they will headline the Pyramid Stage in less than fifty years’, no pressure then. After some early sound issues the engineer got a grip and they ripped through new songs and live set fave raves with no fear and incredible energy and musicianship gaining many more new fans.

We made our way back  slowly taking a different route and caught a new band (to me anyhow) the fabulous ‘Dirty Funk Syndicate’, on a small bandstand grinding out Grant Greens ‘Ain’t it funky now’, We hung around a while to hear some more grooves joined by a rather stoned ‘hippy’ who tried to emmulate a the guy next to us who had all the James Brown moves. By now the groover had not only caught the gathered crowd’s attention but also the band’s.

We met NUTs stalwat Gary Milan and the lovely Laura for dinner and then headed off to watch Primal Scream at the Pyramid StageBobby G in his pink suit looked very smart and was accompanied by Little Barrie on demon guitar. They romped through the back catalogue with aplomb and it was a perfect warm up for the main act.

Back at the Williams Green Stage we caught up with the lovely Jo Wallace for cake and more refreshments, the final pit stop before the Rolling Stones. The buzz of anticipation filled the air. After a small delay the greatest rock and roll band of all time hit the stage with ‘Jumping Jack Flash’ which set the tone for an epic performance. Mick Jagger’s energy and charisma commanded the stage and like a Messiah he led the one hundred thousand strong congregation through the ultimate party. Too many highlights to mention during the two hour set which only scraped the surface of the Stones back catalogue. Having never seen them  before I had no preconception and no idea what songs they would perform so I was stunned at the their execution of  personal favourite ‘Paint it Black’, ‘Sympathy of the Devil’, ‘2000 Light Years’. Wow!

DJ duties meant I missed the grand finale to prepare my tunes for the aftershow party. Once the Stones were finished the venue filled up and I was surprised to see many familiar faces as well as some new ‘Moddie folk’. After warming the crowd up with some classics I was able to slip some Le Beat Bespoké favourites in. Personal highlights included the crowd singing along to ‘Sunshine with my Girl’ and ‘All my Loving’ by Prince Buster and dancing to obscure gems like the Barons and Tito Puente. What a great audience, the two hours flew by as I finished with ‘Dirty Filthy Mud’ before handing over to Motown Jo.

A three hour drive back to the capitol courtesy of Uncle Jonno arriving home at 6am and I was still buzzin’ I went with an open mind and was charmed by the laid back friendly atmosphere, see you next year! Special thanks to Carolina for photos and Doug for the film and Pip! Pip! for visuals.


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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July 2, 2013 By : Category : DJs Events Front Page Music Reviews Tags:, ,
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Midlands Mod Alldayer- 2013

Sat 4 May  – Birmingham

May Bank Holiday saw NUT’s return to the second city and a fantastic venue next to retro shop Urban Village at the old Custard Factory, Birmingham. All events took place in the fabulous 70-eight club which looks very sixties space age.

Take a look at the video capturing some of the best moments from the alldayer.

The day began with a scooter cruise around the City centre to avoid the Blues last home game of the season and the various road closures, a big thanks to the Birmingham Aces who organised and marshalled the scooter run route. As soon as everyone returned the scooter competition got straight underway.

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to our sponsors Gran Sport and judges Katie Wood and Ian Wilkins

Best Vespa – Nick Shale for his Black and Coffee Vespa 150
registration 539 YUF

Best Lambretta – Dan Hickman for his blues and cream TV175 II
registration HST 628

Best Mod Scooter – Mick Parks for his red and cream TV 175
II registration 719 XUK

Many thanks also to 70-Eight club for hosting us, Pid & Andrea from ‘What Goes On’ for turntables. Top sounds from the Scorcher lads and our guests DJ’s. Special thanks to all the drinkers, dancers and our sponsor Frankie at Urban Village.


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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June 4, 2013 By : Category : Events Front Page Music Reviews UK Tags:, , , , ,
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Jamie Parr – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 15 of 20 in the series Hey! Mr DJ

Jamie Parr is often found getting busy on the dancefloors of the best modernist nightspots or also behind the ‘wheels of soul’ supplying topnotch tunes. NutsMag caught up with him to talk music…

01. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

I guess I have always been into music from a very early age and have been brought up on a great mixture of music, influenced mainly by my Parents such Northern Soul, Blues Rock, Mowtown, Reggae, Glam Rock and In my teens a love of Brit Pop and Indie, which developed into R&B, Latin, Funk and Soul. Artists that have shaped my tastes in the early days are groups such as The Rolling Stones, The Commodores, Free, Sam & Dave, The Temptations, Libertines, Kings of Leon – and my guilty pleasure – Queen.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

My first slot was back in 2008, a great little local night called Mojo Working in my home town Peterborough, run by Julian Roberts (Jelly Roll). I remember it well I already had my set pretty much ready in order only had a few records at the time, but knew I must have had a good ear from the response I got.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

This is a difficult one as there have been many, but I will say Brighton Bank Holiday Weekender 2010.

04. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

When I first started out I was given an early slot at an all-nighter only to arrive and the speakers weren’t even set up, I was swapped to do a graveyard shift, as someone didn’t show up, ended up staying until 4.30am only for the night to end before I was due to spin.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Chris Dale – never fails for me perfect mix of tempo’s style and taste, open minded and a top bloke. Alan Handscombe – Always keeps things exciting, mixes styles well and always up for a party. Billy Kealy – proper R&B DJ. And the young guns: Callum, Scott, Tomas – energy, passion and always try and bring something new to the table.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Discovering the Kent compilations and probably an obvious choice, but the Pow Wow in its prime 2008, 2009… why? The Kent CD’s because of the sheer quality of the music and Pow Wow…  really, do I have to explain? Just captured for me everything the scene should be about. Great new sounds mixed effortlessly with classics, great crowd of like-minded forward-thinking people, dancing from start to finish and attitude.

07. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

Biggest influence, Libertines, captured a moment during my teens, love the attitude, music and energy that they gave off. Favorite Artists – Mick Jagger, James Brown, Little Willie John, Jackie Wilson.

08. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

Simply put no, there are too many records on too many great labels.

09. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Currently most Wednesdays at Joe’s in Chalk Farm, playing across an across the board music policy, within the soul, funk, R&B sphere. Not as strict as scene orientated night. I am hoping to revive Pork & Beans at some point this year too, venue pending so keep your eyes and ears peeled.

10. What is the record you would most like to own?

Jonathan Capree – Gonna Build Me A Mountain

Next Club Spots 
Sunday 25th August 2013 – NUTs Brighton Mod Weekender, Brighton.
Friday 20th, Saturday 21 – Ravenna Mod Weekender, Italy.

Current Top five Tracks:

  1. Nappy Brown – Skiddy Woe (Savoy, 1956)
  2. She’s fine – C/U
  3. James Brown – Why Don’t You Take Your Love Away From Me (King, 1968)
  4. Nichelle Nicholls – Why Don’t You Do Right (Epic, 1967)
  5. Bobby Bloom – Where Are We Going Now (Roulette, 1971)

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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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June 4, 2013 By : Category : Club Soul DJs Front Page Interviews Music RnB UK Tags:, , ,
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Tony Sanchez – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 14 of 20 in the series Hey! Mr DJ

HQ: San Diego, Ca. Tony has graced the USA Scene for many years and put together the Fuzz, Flaykes and Shakes compilations, and also DJs at various clubs in Los Angeles and San Diego, we asked him a few searching questions recently and these were his responses.

01. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

I started playing 45s on my Mattel record player when I was about six years old. My sisters were teenagers in the 1960s, I found their records and I began spinning the Rolling Stones, Beatles and Kinks. My obsession continued well into high school watching local bands like the Crawdaddys. During this time, I listened to a lot of UK punk and power pop as well as the British-invasion groups.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

I did a few guest spots at the Lhasa club in Los Angeles in the 80s but didn’t do a regular DJ slot until Hipsters in San Diego back in the 90’s.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

My favorite DJ spot was at the Wild Weekend parties in the UK. and Spain. These weekenders brought together fans from all over the world and created many new friendships. I consider myself very fortunate to have been part of these festivals.

04. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

I don’t have a worst DJ experience, but the most challenging ones are when you are djing for a crowd of people requesting Madonna and Green Day.

05. Your favorite scene DJ’s and why?

I enjoy DJs that spin 45s that I don’t know but blow my mind on the initial play. European DJs always surprise me and in the States I always dig Jack White’s sets.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I would say seeing live bands but I think as you age, your taste matures. Growing up in San Diego, bands like the Crawdaddys and the Tell Tale Hearts were my biggest influences and directed me towards British R&B, Dutch beat and American garage. As I grew older, I started digging psychedelia and some harder progressive sounds. Currently as long as it has a strong hook and is danceable, I’ll probably dig it. I have started to DJ songs that I never would have considered ten years ago.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

In 1986, during my first trip to London I found a copy of ‘Not to find’ by the Golden Earrings for eight pounds.  This is one of the rarest Dutchbeat 45s and was later valued at about 1,500 pounds. Another great find was in Phoenix, Az. I came across a copy of “Shadows” by the Electric Prunes for six dollars. This track is a one-sided promo that was released for the movie ‘The Female Trap’. I’ve recently been offered £3,281.75 for it but it’s staying in my collection for now.

08. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favorite artist(s)?

I think bands that I went to see and dance to in San Diego such as the Crawdaddys, the Tell-Tale Hearts. As for 60s acts, my favorite groups were Them, the Zombies and Love.

09. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

I went through a phase of trying to find all UK beat 45s that were released as American pressings.  Some top ones include The First Gear ‘Leave my Kitten Alone’ on Mar-Mar Records and Tom Jones ‘Chills and Fever’ on the Tower label. I also will buy any garage 45 from San Diego even if it’s mediocre.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

I was putting on club nights called Mind Machine and Haunted House-Au-go-go in Los Angeles but took some time off for personal reasons and now am back doing guest spots for various clubs in San Diego and L.A. I’ll be back doing another club night in L.A. soon.

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

I get asked this a lot but to be honest there are hundreds to list and most I don’t even recall until it lands in my hands at a record fair.

12. Please give us a top 10 all-time favorites and a current top 5 spins?

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

  1. The Allman Joys – Spoonful (Dial)
  2. The Legends – High Towers (Railway Records)
  3. William Penn Fyve – Swami (Thunderbird)
  4. The Backgrounds – Day breaks at dawn (Cenco)
  5. The Trolls – Walkin’ Shoes (Peatlore)
  6. The Dream – Can I ask you one more question (Havoc)
  7. Washington Merry-Go-Round – Got-ta Got-ta (Piccadilly)
  8. The Coachmen – Grapes of Wrath (Sea-ell)
  9. The Allusions – G ypsy Woman (Parlophone)
  10. Raven – Calamity Jane (Rust)

Current Top five DJ Tracks:

  1. The Backgrounds – Day breaks at dawn (Cenco)
  2. Washington Merry-Go-Round – Got-ta Got-ta (Piccadilly)
  3. Sunlight – Colors of Love (Windi Records)
  4. The Chants – Hypnotized (B-ware)
  5. Indiscrimination – Wishful thinking (Decca)

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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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June 3, 2013 By : Category : Articles DJs Front Page Interviews Psych USA Tags:, , , , , ,
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Pid – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 13 of 20 in the series Hey! Mr DJ

Pid is one of Birmingham and the UK Scenes’ most respected and longest serving DJs, who has appeared at nearly every Modernist Type Event there is on offer over many years. We asked him a few questions recently and here is his replies.

01. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

As a kid I used to get dragged along to watch bands at various working men’s clubs by my Parents, mostly Jazz stuff, then in the late 70’s my mate played me The Jam LP, All Mod Cons and that got me into the mod thing.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

I think it was upstairs at the Upper Grounds Pub (nick name The Rat Pan) in Witton, Birmingham.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

The Isle of Wight rallies, probably when the Action played.

04. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

Ronnie Scotts in Brum a few years back, it was the August Bank Holiday Monday after one of the rallies – I was knackered. They’d asked me to DJ at a soul all-dayer in between these soul bands that were doing all this Blues Brothers stuff, they were shit. It finished about 2.30am, they didn’t give me a cent and I had to be up for work at 5am.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Any DJ who can keep folk on the dance floor.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

The variety of sounds, anything from early R&B to 60s beat and psych.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

It was an over the phone auction and I won a track called Love is in the Air by The Liberation Street Singers.

08. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

Biggest influence was definitely all the early Jam songs,  I haven’t any favourite artists in particular.

09. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

The Moseley Arms, Digbeth, Birmingham and some of the NUTS rallies/events.

10. Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

Blimey, tough one, will probably be completely different tomorrow.

All time top Ten:

  1. Howlin’ Wolf – Smokestack Lightning
  2. Danny Owens – You’re a little too late
  3. Biily Hawks – Oh baby, I believe I’m losing you
  4. The Contours – First you look at the purse
  5. Jackie Wilson – Soul Galore
  6. The Action – Lonely Room
  7. Tintern Abbey – Vacuum Cleaner
  8. Tito Puente – Hit the Bongo
  9. Jimmy Smith – The Cat
  10. Mose Allison – Baby Please Don’t Go

Current Top 5 Tracks:

  1. Evil Eve – Tommy Youngblood.
  2. Jolly Jax – Preciate’ it.
  3. Silas Hogan – I’m in love with you baby.
  4. Lloyd Nolan – I don’t know about you.
  5. Liberation street singers – Love is in the air.

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drrobert

I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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June 3, 2013 By : Category : Club Soul DJs Front Page Interviews ModJazz Music RnB UK Tags:, , ,
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