Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Michael The Lion Mix for Soul Clap

"This mix is made up of tunes that are the musical lineage or the musical forbears of the Michael The Lion persona. Over the years I have produced tons of tracks and edits as DJ Apt One and with my group RCMP - many of which came to ultimately make up the basis of the Michael The Lion sound. These are those tunes, combined with some Michael The Lion songs, including Funk Train."

If you dig the tunes, click through to DL or buy them, depending on their availability.


1. Frank Ocean - Pyramids (DJ Apt One Disco Dub)
2. Diana Ross - Love Hangover (DJ Apt One Edit)
3. Michael The Lion f/ Amy Douglas - Funk Train
4. Michael The Lion f/ Sammy Bananas - 909s and Herb
5. RCMP - Men's Rhythm
6. Michael The Lion & FSQ - Vibe Out
7. DJ Apt One - RC Groove
8. Archie Bell - Any Time Is Right (DJ Apt One Edit)
9. Michael The Lion - Side of Life
10. Nicos Gun f/ Sammy Bananas - Dirty Girl (DJ Apt One Remix)

By the way, I have some upcoming tour dates. I always like seeing DBJ family on the road:

12/19 - Eighteenth St. Lounge (DC)
12/22 - Motown on Mondays (Philly)
1/3 - Donna w/ NY STRIP aka DJ Bruce (NYC)
1/9 - Michael The Lion's Funk Train w/ Cosmo Baker & Amy Douglas @ Good Life (Boston)

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New Jersey Deep

Moulton Music's Homero Espinosa has another DJ friendly edit of a house classic for your crates. This time it's the almighty Black Science Orchestra's New Jersey Deep. Crispy drums, funky bass and a groove that can go for days...

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

December Cave Jams

I have a new chart up on Juno, featuring a bunch of excellent new releases & edits. One of the best Pittsburgh Track Authority releases to date, M/R's debut 12" on Great Circles, new Universal Cave edits, a killer People's Potential Unlimited reissue, a boogie classic from Hawaii, a strong debut from Eclectic Journeys and more. Check out the full chart here!

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Inch By Inch

Joey Negro is generously giving away another one of his previously vinyl only edits. This time around, it's his take on Canadian disco don Junior Byron's very rare, LP only Inch By Inch.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Start The World / You've Got Style

Universal Cave Records 003 pairs another record digging and DJ duo, Philadelphia's D. Lord and Werner Williams. D. Lord's 'Start the World' is stampeding euro funk with chainsawing clav and an unrelenting bass groove. Maximum funk effect achieved with vital precision. Werner Williams' 'You've Got Style' exudes cool. It's one part psychedelic synth groove and one part cockeyed classic rock, soaring harmonies & juju for days - a long lost cousin to Fox's 'The Juggler.'

Limited 7" available now from Juno, Pacific Beach Vinyl and a bunch of other sellers. See the full list on Soundcloud. Vinyl only - no digital. 

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

So Good

Jeffrey Levi Fry feels so good, and he wants you to feel good too, so he's giving you a download of this groover:

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Monday, December 1, 2014

DJ Apt One - Live Italo Mix on WKDU FM

Here's a live mix I threw down on WKDU in Philadelphia during their Electronic Music Marathon in October.  I was the self-nominated "roots of electronic music" presenter.  Lots of italo and classic electro 12 inches alongside my own edits.  Kinda sloppy on the mixing but I make no apologies, I did a 4 hour set and then came over to the radio station and threw down from 2-4 AM while gassed up on Red Bull.

Here's the tracklist, enjoy:

The Splash Band - The End (Assault on Precinct 13)
Kano - Ikeya-Seki
Baby's Gang - Happy Song
Plastic Mode - Mi Amor
Yaz - Situation (12" dub)
Tom Hooker - Real Men (12" mix)
Mr. Flagio - Take A Chance (DJ Apt One Edit)
International Music System - Run Away
Quadrant Six - Body Mechanic
Information Society - Running
Extra T's - ET Boogie (12" instrumental)
Man Parrish - Boogie Down Bronx
Royal Cash - Radio Activity
Connie - Experience
M&;G - When I Let You Down
Charlie - Spacer Woman
Gary Low - I Want You
Vivien Vee - Remember
Gino Soccio - Dancer
Immortals - Ultimate Warlord
DJ Apt One - Four Four Walk
Munich Machine - Space Warrior (DJ Apt One Edit)
Ken Laszlo - Hey Hey Guy
Sylvester & Patrick Cowley - Menerg
yPaul Parker - Right On Target
Hott City - Feelin' Love

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Let's Get Lost Vol. 14

In celebration of 2 years of releasing ace disco edits, the mysterious Marvin & Guy have decided to give away their debut release, Let's Get Lost Vol. 14. The original versions of Minako's Town and Nancy Martin's Can't Believe are flawless disco diamonds, but these edits may come in handy for housier sets. Get them quick - these downloads are LIMITED!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Let's All Chant (Re-edit)

    Who doesn't love the classic Michael Zager jam "Let's All Chant"? This record frequently finds a way into my disco/funky sets, but I wanted to produce a high energy re-edit so I whipped this up. Thank you Michael Zager for the drop and the phone call! Shout out to one of my favorite Philly groups SuperPrince for mastering the track for me!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Disgo Batch 3

Coolout is back with another batch of club ready Disgo remixes. Hard hitting bass and crisp drums behind George Benson, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Slum Village and Robin Thicke. Don't sleep on these! Grab a few here and head over to Coolout's Soundcloud for more!

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Falling Out Of Love

Sharegroove's DJ Duckcomb touched up a cosmic obscurity, removing some cheese. According to Duckcomb, "Parts of the song sound edited but aren't! Dig the cosmic synths and heavy guitars on here... enjoy!"

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Classic Tracks

Allen Craig (of The Synthetigers) has a new collection of music, featuring unreleased early works and overlooked b-sides from throughout his career. Grab a couple free downloads and listen to some of my favorites below. Pick up the release from Traxsource.

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Monday, November 17, 2014


Elsie's debut EP drops today. Listen below and buy it from iTunes, Amazon MP3 and all of the usual suspect.

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Monday, November 10, 2014


I'm Back at it supporting DBJ with a edit of the song "We Like To Party...Come On" by "Switch". Love this track but it really needed a decent edit so I did some work to it. Hope all my funky disco heads enjoy it! Thanks for listening.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

This Time

DJ Bruce takes his time on this boogie burner...

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Cops, Crooks & Spies

Here's an interesting collaboration between Butta Brothers Marsellus Wallace and Skeme Richards. Marsellus on soundtrack selection duties and Skeme adding dialogue from his VHS collection. The end result is an immersive journey through the seedy side of 70s crime. Stream the mix on Soundcloud or download it from Mediafire.

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Predictable Miracles

Work Drugs have a new album on the way, and Predictable Miracles is the first single. They describe it as a "farewell letter to chillwave." Perhaps we should expect some new sounds from Philadelphia's chillest? Find out at their secret record release show somewhere in the depths of Fishtown. 

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Michael The Lion - Funk Train 12" (Soul Clap)

I'm very happy to finally announce the new single from my funky alter-ego Michael The Lion - a vinyl-only joint on Soul Clap called "Funk Train." This one has been in the works for a while, but it's well worth the wait. Heavy bass-driven funk with the amazing Amy Douglas on vocals and yours truly playing a whole buncha instruments including the guitar he got for his Bar Mitzvah back in 1996. Mixing by the singular mister Sammy Bananas.

When we last checked in with Michael The Lion, he was remixing Todd Edwards and Robert Lux on Young Robots, so the bar was kind of high for the next release. Enter Soul Clap, some of the globe-trottinest, funk-lovinest, beard-havinest dudes. Amy had worked with them before, my sometime collaborators FSQ had worked with them before, so this one comes fully out of their "Crew Love" concept. My tune (and the A-side, a sublime cut by Juice Belushi) were staples on the Crew Love summer tour, and the boys graciously asked me to lend my cut to this 12". Really, really, very truly honored to be a part of the fam.

In a strange twist - this record actually came out in early October ... and SOLD OUT on presales alone, so we shelved the advertising push until we had a record to sell. So I'd suggest that you cop this record ASAP, because if it sold out once with no advertising, who knows about the second time around!

Many thanks for all the support as always from DBJ family.  I got to test drive some of this (and other forthcoming) Michael The Lion material in front of many of you in San Francisco, Toronto, Paris and elsewhere this past year, and I'm very grateful for the opportunity.

Soul Clap's Summer Jamz 
Michael The Lion f/ Amy Douglas "Funk Train" 
Juice Belushi f/ Nephrok "Paradise" 
BUY: Juno / Crew Love Store

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Endless Race

Tangerine Dream's Peter Baumann on production duties, which explains the deep space synths. Originally released in 1978.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Crash Boom / Dream Dance

Universal Cave returns with a second helping of dancefloor delight, uniting Charleston's finest disco duo back to back on wax. Coming from two regulars behind the decks, prolific crate diggers, collectors and editors, you'd expect good things, and you'd be right! Side A offers a hard-hitting vocoder disco bomb from the ever forward, deep and free disco minister JAZ. I haven't got the foggiest what the original is I'm afraid, although the slavic vibe of the vocals suggests it has eastern European roots. Party Dad cools things down to pool party perfection with his "Dream Dance" edit on the flip. Pastoral, proggy and horizontal, this is one far out dude. It's all chiller, no filler on this soothing 7", packing plenty of autumnal balearic vibes.

Limited 7" available now from Juno and a bunch of other sellers. See the full list on Soundcloud. Vinyl only - no digital. 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

I Get Lifted

Stay lifted with another version of I Get Lifted for your crates.

Sweet Life - I Get Lifted (That Mix)
MediafireZippyshare • 1983

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Teenage Iceage

Here's a new one from Superprince, with extra chilly vocals from Ghost Sounds. It's a cover of Suzy Andrews, who was covering the almighty Grauzone. Dream a Schuylkill dream and grab a free download!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Take A Risk

This groove is a safe bet. You can always count on Prelude.

Empress - Take A Risk (Instrumental)
MediafireZippyshare • 1982

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Monday, October 13, 2014

The Party Side Of Town

Ace synth work all over this one! Great title too.

Essence III - The Party Side Of Town (Instrumental)
Zippyshare • Mediafire • 1983

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Let's Move

Raw Chicago house from 86. Bust this!

Civi - Let's Move (Remix)
ZippyshareMediafire • 1986

Civi - Let's Move (Radio)
ZippyshareMediafie • 1986

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

October Cave Jams

People all over the world are making great original music & remixes, and pressing it up on vinyl. There are also some with a knack for unearthing raer & unknown recordings, who then make them available for vinyl lovers everywhere. Props to all of these producers, labels & archivists! Here's a chart with some of my recent favorites!

Featuring music from lovebirds on Razor-N-Tape, DJ Apt One on Soul Clap, H-Track, Moton Records Inc, 124 Recordings, Marvin & Guy, Soft Rocks, Mukatsuku Records & my very own Universal Cave 7"!

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The homies Selvagem recently recorded a mix for the legendary Wax Poetics. It's choc full of funk, soul, psych, new wave and balearic gems from Brazil. Be sure to check the Wax Poetics post for a full track list and plenty of background info on each selection.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

High Steppin

Another very strong edit from the Pied Piper.  This is one of my favorite hard hitting productions from Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra.  Same nasty groove that made LUO a favorite for early 90's rap producers like the Beatminerz and Pharoahe Monch.  PP is one of the more prolific editors out there, so get familiar.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Straight From The Froz Box

The man behind the legendary Septunes blog, Joshua Kwedar aka Froz 1, recently contributed to the Straight From The Play Box mix series. Get your weekend started with 10 heavy Philly funk & soul sides. FROZ KNOWS.

1. Leroy Hawkes – If Your Mule Won't Move (You Got To Kick It) – Bretlan
2. The Final Act – The Feeling Is Right – Match
3. Frankie Beverly's Raw Soul – Color Blind – Gregar
4. The “Raw Soul” With Frankie Beverly – Open Up, Your Heart – Eldorado
5. 1984 – There's A Wrinkle In Our Time – Round
6. Brothers Of The Ghetto – Rockin' Chair – Ghetto
7. Cody Black – Love Like I Never Had – Ram-Brock
8. Bobby Franklin's Insanity – Bring It On Down To Me – Thomas
9. Del Jones' Positive Vibes – Big Feet (Philly Raggae) – Nia
10. Soulistics – Jones 'N - Liberation

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Dancing In The Moonlight

Sharegroove just touched up B.B. Seaton's Dancing In The Moonlight with love. Disco reggae at it's finest! I'm surprised this one flew so low under the radar. Kudos to Sharegroove for unearthing it! Does anyone recognize the melody on this?

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

DJ Apt One on The P Show, Live from Paris

This past summer I played the almighty P Show with my man DJ Soulist in Paris. Shoutouts to Le Mellotron radio for having me - their studio is in the pilot's house of a river boat moored on the Seine. Really awesome place to hang out and play some tunes. The recording was just posted. Have a listen. Lots of unreleased goodies and tunes by our DBJ friends.

Anna Adamis & Gabor Presser - Ringsad El Magad No.2
Amerie - One Thing [Organ] Edit by Mr K]
Mary J Sly - Everyday People (DJ Apt One Edit)
Stetsasonic - dbc let the music play instrumental
Kool & The Gang - Take The Weight (Nick Bike Edit)
Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band - What Can You Bring Me?
Quantic vs. Sunshine Anderson - Heard It All Before (Platurn Edit)
Eddie Kendricks - He's A Friend (Dimitri from Paris Super Disco Blend)
AM-FM - You are the one
Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra feat. Bosq - Only Now (Bosq Remix)
Isaac Hayes - Run Fay Run
China Burton - You Don't Care (About Our Love) 12"
Coke Escovedo - I Wouldn't Change A Thing
The Spinners - I'll Be Around (DJ Apt One Edit)
Rufus Thomas - Sophisticated Sissy (DJ Apt One Edit)
Jungle Fire - CHALUPA
The Sol Power All-Stars - Afrika Afrika
Michael The Lion feat. Amy Douglas - Funk Train
Bohannon - Let's Start The Dance (Deep Sang Edit)

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Philadelphia's Richter just dropped his debut EP, Familiar, on France's White Colours. The two originals and the grip of remixes feature a variety of styles, from the darkest depths of the basement to the highest highs of the peak time. Be sure to check out Jeffrey Levi Fry's super tough heavy duty rave mix! Listen to Jeffrey's mix, the original & the whole release below. The entire release can be yours for the low, low price of FREE from Soundcloud or Bandcamp.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Can't Hold Back

Yam Who have a super tough extended edit of Kano's classic "Can't Hold Back (Your Loving)" for your boogie & Italo crates.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

I Just Can't Help Myself

Karim Chehab extended this groove like a champ. Definitely going to give this some play!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Don't Give It Away

Superprince remixed Les Professionnels' new single, Don't Give It Away, alongside Dead Rose Music Company and Aimes! We're really excited about this one - it's been going over really well in sets! Be sure to check the original too - excellent production and original vocals! Listen below and pick up a copy of the release from Juno Download or Beatport.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Sine Qua Non Edits

Two new edits courtesy of Rio's Tee Cardaci, whose Tim Maia edit is alway on constant rotation here in sunny Philadelphia.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Move Me

The Synthetigers and Tobirus Mozelle teamed up for another soulful anthem on Moulton. Over the years, the Tigers have continually outdone themselves and taken their production to another level. They've done it again with Move Me, which sees them exploring deeper territory. Check out the original and the Phaze Dee versions below and head over to Traxsource to hear the remix by BBC Radio's Aaron Ross.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Save Their Souls

Here's an excellent extended edit of one of Bohannon's best - a low slung soul masterpiece with crispy drums throughout! Platurn always delivers.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Feels Good

The instrumental flip of one of my favorite songs.

Electra - Feels Good (Carrots & Beats) (Instrumental) 
Mediafire Zippyshare • 1982

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Another top shelf rework from Toronto's DLux! Ace drums and hypnotic vocals!

I found this via the Dollar Bin Jams Soundcloud group! Keep those contributions coming & check the group for lots of great music.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Good To See You

I've been all over the world, trying to find my fortune & fame. Here it is.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

69 Cancer Sign

One of those interesting artifacts from the dawn of hip-hop - futurist sci-fi electro disco with a healthy dose of vocoder. Quality vibes through and through.

Verycheri - 69 Cancer Sign (Instrumental)
MediafireZippyshare • 1983

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Wilde & Wolsey

Relentless, heavy drums with the occasional disco stab. Is there a room that's big enough for this? A warehouse that's dark enough?? A festival that's adventurous enough???

Wild & Wolsey - 1st
MediafireZippyshare • 1999

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Feeling Love

Take a quick cruise to space with this awesome Moroder inspired synth odyssey.

L.E.B. Harmony - Feeling Love
MediafireZippyshare • 1978

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Welcome To New Oreleans

DJ Personify has a new mix of New Orleans funk!
Welcome to New Orleans: A tribute to New Orleans Funk and Soul is the work of New Orleans native, DJ Personify. Raised in the Crescent City, the die-hard Hip-Hop fan learned early on that many of the samples he discovered originated in New Orleans. He soon became infatuated with the Funk and Soul music recorded there and has spent the better part of the last twenty years immersed in the culture of those records. Personify’s passion for New Orleans' music and culture extends to the present day and is manifested in this DJ mix masterpiece. Lovingly compiled, all of the artists featured on the mix are native to New Orleans with the exception of Hugo Montenegro who plays alongside Al Hirt (a New Orleans native) and The Headhunters, who are included here because of their work with Bill Summers (a life-long New Orleanian.) All songs and samples used on this mix were recorded from vinyl sources.
We hope you enjoy!
The track list is up at!

For more of the story and history of New Orleans funk, be sure to check out Personify & Froz1's Cavecast:

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Friday, August 1, 2014

R&B Love

Just in time for the weekend, here's a great take on Janet's anthem with some Champagne sprinkled in from Homero Espinosa.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

So Good

The Synthetigers are back with another dose of quality filtered disco house on Moulton. So Good is so good, plus they have a remix from the legendary Mike Delgado! The b side, Your Love, is a super tough peak hour chugger. Check the previews below and grab the release from Traxsource!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pure Love (Endless Love)

Philadelphia's Les Professionnels have a new single out on the iconic Nurvous Records! It features a remix by Washington DC's Mysteries Of The Mind, whose recent 12" - Aracari - has been getting lots of play in my sets! Get the whole release at Beatport.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

UC001 Out Now!

Around the Bend is soft rock for hard times brought to you by Universal Cave. Bongos high in the mix, a breezy beginning builds towards guitar glistening over a mega kind groove. A tune fit for hang gliders, rock climbers, and summer Sundays. Sunsets and sailboats. Slow grooves for mellow moods. Side B's Riding is flipside meets ripside, no nonsense shredding over a driving drum beat. Long haired beardo disco rock that never quits.


More retailers soon!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Too Much

Smooth grooves for smooth moves...

Byron - Too Much (Instrumental)
MediafireZippyshare • 1985

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