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Alicia Garza Is Bringing Black Power From The Streets To The Polls

Alicia Garza is a queer, civil rights activist who has spent much of the last decade battling state-sanctioned racism in the form of police brutality and working to create brighter futures for Black Americans everywhere. At 39, Garza, a longtime organizer who previously advocated for workers’ rights with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, co-founded Black Lives Matter in 2013 in response to the acquittal of former Florida police officer George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin. Now, the hashtag that became a movement has taken center stage in today’s cultural landscape and birthed the expansive Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of over 50 organizations representing thousands of Black people nationally, placing Garza at the front of a turning point for social justice activism.
Months ahead of the presidential election, Garza, who lives and works in Oakland, California, is now focusing on translating the power she helped organize in the streets into Black power at the polls. Her goal is to increase politicians’ understanding of and engagement with real Black issues by educating them on policies that Black voters care about through her organization, Black Futures Lab. The lab has conducted projects, like the Black Census Project, to hear and learn directly from Black Americans across the country, while her initiative Black to the Ballot aims to register 10,000 new Black voters. She spoke with MTV News about her sweeping new vision to empower young, Black voters in time for the November election.
MTV News: How did you make the jump from co-founding Black Lives Matter to working in Black voter engagement?
Alicia Garza: To be honest, 2016 was our last major election cycle and it was a big whirlwind. At the time, I was helping to lead the global Black Lives Matter network. We were going back and forth about whether or not we should endorse a candidate, trying to get candidates to even say “Black lives matter,” pushing back against candidates who were saying things like “all lives matter.” It was a lot, and then at the end of the day, what I came to understand very clearly was that Black voter engagement needed more attention, but not from the perspective that we so often see it.
Often during election cycles, Black communities get lectured a lot about why we should vote without telling the truth about what’s at stake for our communities. It makes sense that this is not a process that we all always feel good about. And frankly, we are also making sure that we’re approaching Black voter engagement not from a symbolic perspective, but from a substantive one.
MTV News: What do you mean by substantive?
Garza: Well, I can’t tell you how many plates of fried chicken I have seen in election cycles ever since I started to vote. I think candidates feel like they have to connect to our communities culturally and they do so in ways that are often really driven by stereotypes. Besides the fact that’s racist, the other problem is, ultimately, that symbolism gets in the way of the substantive conversations that candidates need to be having with our communities.
They come bearing soul food, but they don’t come bearing agendas for what kinds of policies they are willing to advance in order to change the conditions of our lives. And then, frankly, they come demanding concerts and celebrity appearances, but again, they don’t come demanding that substantive change happens for Black communities. So that’s what we’re up to.
MTV News: What are some of the substantive topics and issues that young, Black voters are looking for?
Garza: It ranges. We did the largest survey of Black people in America in 155 years. It’s called the Black Census Project, and you would think that because of the conversations that are happening right now in this country — and also because of the disproportionate way in which Black communities are hyper-criminalized and incarcerated — that the number-one issue that we care about is criminal justice reform. We found that it’s actually not, though it is an issue that we are deeply connected to. The issue that keeps us awake at night is low wages that are not enough to support a family.
Next to that, it’s the lack of access to affordable and quality health care. Next to that, it’s the lack of access to affordable and quality housing. They impact everyone, but there are specific and unique barriers that keep Black communities from being able to access these things, and one of those specific barriers is racism. So when we talk about expanding the middle class, we have to remember that the gap between Black wealth and white wealth is vast.
I can also tell you that people said they had never been asked what they experienced or what they want for their futures, but isn’t that the entire point of running for office? You want to listen to your potential constituency and hear what they’re experiencing every day, and then you also want to know how they want those problems solved so that you can be the best representative for those communities. That gap between what is actually happening in elections and what should be happening in elections is exactly what we’re trying to bridge at the Black Futures Lab and the Black to the Future Action Fund.
MTV News: Tell us about Black to the Ballot. Is that a project of Black Futures Lab?
Garza: It is. It’s our way of helping to support and build the capacity of Black-led grassroots organizations across the country to be powerful in politics. We’ve done two things with the Black to the Ballot: One, we’ve designed a Black agenda that clearly outlines the issues that we heard most often in our Black Census survey; and it provides tangible, actionable solutions to address those challenges.
MTV News: I imagine organizing a movement that had its heart in the streets like Black Lives Matter is different from organizing politically. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve found between those experiences?
Garza: People who are out on the streets are there because they have ideas about what this country should look like and how it should be run. What I think is really fascinating is that people who are protesting are also designing policy. That’s something that we’re up to at the Black to the Future Action Fund. We just launched our Black to the Future Public Policy Institute where, just next week, we will announce 40 fellows who we will train to design, win, and implement policy across the country.
MTV News: Do you think that we can see the same level of young, Black voter engagement that we did back when Obama was running for office?
Garza: It’s going to depend upon a few things, [like] deep investments in Black infrastructure and organizations that are connected to Black, young people. It’s going to depend on making sure that the issues that young people care about are front and center in this election cycle. One thing I do know is that young people in this country, they’re not with the agenda that is dividing us.
I will say, though, that one of the things that’s going to be really, really important is a candidate that will not only listen to young people, but a candidate that will elevate young people’s voices and activate young people on their own behalf to make sure that everybody shows up at the polls.
MTV News: There is a generational divide in Black support for Democratic candidate Joe Biden. A lot of older Black voters prefer Biden whereas a lot of younger Black voters skew progressive like most of our generation. Do you think that’s going to be an issue in November?
Garza: I do. I think that the choice that young people are making right now is not between Trump or Biden. It’s whether to vote or not to vote, and so that is why it’s so important to have a substantive agenda that actually addresses the issues that we care about, but that also advances real solutions to the challenges that we face every day.
MTV News: What’s the number-one thing you would love to see the Democratic party do to reach out to young, Black voters before November?
Garza: I would like them to reach out to young, Black voters! I want them to invest way more resources and build infrastructure in Black communities so that our communities are engaged and empowered to take this country back.
MTV News: What’s it been like for you to see Black Lives Matter expand into every corner of the world over the last couple of years?
Garza: It’s really humbling. Patrisse [Cullors], Opal [Tometi], and I started a hashtag and an organization in 2013 that went global. We helped to also pull together an ecosystem that was much broader than the organization that we founded, and that ecosystem is called the Movement for Black Lives and it is taking the world by storm. So I can say that I feel hopeful and I feel humbled to be the smallest piece of such incredible and enormous change.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity. 

DJ Steve Sutherland Has Died

He was a pivotal figure in Black British music…

Robin Murray

10 · 07 · 2020

DJ Steve Sutherland has died, it has been confirmed.
A pivotal figure within the development of Black British music, he combined his reputation as a club DJ with a peerless ability as a broadcaster.
A continual champion for Black British culture at a time when it was broadly marginalised from the mainstream, he created a platform for everything from hip-hop to 2-step via grime and more.
Known for his hugely popular shows with Choice FM and Galaxy FM, DJ Steve Sutherland scooped a MOBO in 2000 for Best Club DJ.
Always at the forefront, he interviewed everyone from Janet Jackson to Alicia Keys, OutKast to Ja Rule, a warm and insightful broadcaster who won over artists with a clear knowledge and love of music.
News of DJ Steve Sutherland’s death broke a few moments ago – MOBO Awards were among the first to salute a true great.

We are deeply saddened to hear the news of DJ Steve Sutherland’s passing. His contribution to the Black British Music scene will never be forgotten #RIP @djstevesutherld
— MOBO (@MOBOAwards) July 10, 2020
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Try To Reach Me: Exploring Sofie’s ‘Cult Survivor’

Sofie (Sofie Fatouretchi) is a master of all trades.
Born to Iranian and Austrian parents in California, she spent many of her formative years as a musician travelling between the US and Vienna.
Between these various environments, she’s covered a lot of creative ground. Not only is she a classically-trained musician, playing the violin and viola since the delicate age of four, she is also self-taught on the piano. As a DJ and fervent record collector, she’s best known for her monthly show SOS Radio on NTS and her eclectic DJ sets. 
And just when you thought that might be enough for anyone, she’s also managed to somehow squeeze in some time to study for a teaching degree in psychology, philosophy and English in Vienna, where she currently lives.
Inspired by the experimental musical concoctions of Gary Wilson, and the soft dreaminess of ‘60s pop, Sofie’s latest creative venture via Stones Throw is her debut album, ‘Cult Survivor’. It’s a deliciously chaotic listen, entirely left of field and unpredictable.
Ahead of its release, we spoke about artistic influences, what motivates us to create art, and how classical music shapes us.
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So this is your debut album. You mentioned in a previous interview that you create music that you need for yourself. What was the motivation, or need, that stemmed from this album?
I didn’t write these songs with the intention of it becoming an album. I would just write down the songs I’d hear in my head, and eventually record them; it was only over an email exchange with Peanut Butter Wolf when he’d mentioned I have more than enough songs for an album that we narrowed down the tracks that would eventually become ‘Cult Survivor’.
You are a big fan of the experimental musician Gary Wilson and even drew a painting of him – ‘Gary Kissed A Mannequin’ – which hangs in your studio. He also features in the video for ‘Truth of the Matter’. What is it about his work that you wanted to capture in your own sound and how has he influenced your creative projects over the years?
I think Gary’s one of those rare, once-in-a-generation talents who’s so unique and uncompromising, there’s just something inherently true to himself, and I think that honesty which comes across in his lyricism and arrangement, as well as being unafraid to conform to a traditional standard has been most influential to me.
You’re classically trained as a musician and cite Serge Gainsbourg as an influence. He similarly had a close relationship to classical music from a young age and you can very clearly see the influence of composers such as Chopin and Brahms in his work. Has this been something you have also encountered in your practice and has it shaped how you approach your music?
I haven’t yet done the classic Gainsbourg re-sampling of chord structures that he does, like if you look at ‘Jane B’ it’s an exact transcription of Chopin’s Op. 28 No. 4 in E Minor, or ‘Baby Alone in Babylon’ is Sympony No. 3 in F Major by Brahms – but I’d like to for sure.
I think perhaps I have the hindrance of having that more traditional approach to music embedded in me, and it used to really annoy me but over the past couple of years I’ve stopped fighting it and have resigned myself to the utter devotion of classical music again.
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You moved back to Vienna after living in Los Angeles. I’ve read that you found this to initially be quite an isolating experience (though one that ultimately led to the songwriting for this album and forged the way for new creativity). How did you rebuild your music community and how did these spaces and experiences differ from those of LA?
I wouldn’t even necessarily say I have a music community in Vienna, I have some friends that are very dear to me.
Some are talented musicians in their own right, like Christian Hummer, who plays in the Austrian band Wanda, has his own band that’s worth checking out (Loewe Loewe), and plays bass in the loose formation that is my band the Cult Survivors, and who is the only other person to have contributed to my album musically, laying down drums, bass, and some guitar on a few tracks.
I’m reticent of having to compare the two cities. I’ve been able to do things here that I wouldn’t have been able to do in the US in general, just out of financial reasons I wouldn’t have been able to attend university, whereas here my education is free.
You are a master of many trades – a DJ, model, artist, musician, philosophy student – and often talk about how your various creative and intellectual projects feed into one another. Were there any particular themes or questions that evolved in the making of this album that you encountered in other projects first?
I think all art I make ends up inevitably being a combat, a sort of praxis, for me to deal with living life, and responding to experiences I have.
You mentioned in an interview once that you don’t tend to pursue a singular creative project, instead, working on multiple at the same time. Yet you also noted that this might be because of a “fear of failure”, or even a fear of yourself. Do you think that this album – which brings together lots of different parts of your creative identity into one finished product – challenges this fear in any way?
I guess you’re right! It’s been a while since that interview and that has definitely changed. Yes, I suppose it definitely does.
You are very open about your struggles with anxiety. How do your creative practices help with expressing or relieving this?
If I wouldn’t do them, I’d go crazy, I have. It’s very hard for me to not do anything. That being said, it’s important to have periods of stagnation, just for introspection’s sake.
What’s next?
Existing, bettering myself, continuing to learn, trying to not feel too disheartened about the world. I’ve been feeling the need to retreat more and more. I’ve been enjoying practicing etudes on the piano – I was classically trained on the violin, but not the piano, where I’m self-taught – I have a whole book of Kreutzer etudes I want to be able to play by the end of the summer.
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‘Cult Survivor’ is out now.
Words: Tess Davidson
Photo Credit: Manuel Haring
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Zara Larsson’s Clubby Call, Essential Listening By Ian Isiah, And More Songs We Love

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The search for the ever-elusive “bop” is difficult. Playlists and streaming-service recommendations can only do so much. They often leave a lingering question: Are these songs really good, or are they just new?
Enter Bop Shop, a hand-picked selection of songs from the MTV News team. This weekly collection doesn’t discriminate by genre and can include anything — it’s a snapshot of what’s on our minds and what sounds good. We’ll keep it fresh with the latest music, but expect a few oldies (but goodies) every once in a while, too. Get ready: The Bop Shop is now open for business.

Snoh Aalegra: “Dying 4 Your Love”

“Dying 4 Your Love,” title alone, is a mood. Thankfully, Snoh Aalegra — back with another stormy, sultry cut — loads up her latest with the sonics to support such a disposition. Soft background guitar plinks, gauzy layers of desire, and a voice as deep as the ocean are just some of them. Listen. You’ll hear the rest. —Patrick Hosken

Glass Animals: “Heat Waves”

“Heat Waves” is the latest in a string of solid quarantine bops from Glass Animals. It’s also the sexiest. The English art-pop group reflects on a hot tryst gone cold with a trademark psychedelic flair, bolstered by lyrics that sizzle and scintillate (“Road shimmer wigglin’ the vision / Heat, heat waves, I’m swimmin’ in a mirror”). We’re approaching the second full week of July, yet I’m still thinking about those “late nights in the middle of June.” —Sam Manzella

Zara Larsson: “Love Me Land”

The clubs might be closed, but Zara Larsson is transporting us to the dance floor — if only for a moment — with new single “Love Me Land.” Over a pulsating beat and an orchestral sample that feels like a call to arms, the Swedish pop star finds herself falling back in love against all odds. “Never thought I would love again / Here I am in love me land,” she sings in a sticky chorus penned by pop-lyric royalty Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter. The visual turns the heat up a notch higher, with Larsson leading the charge in a solo dance party. —Carson Mlnarik

Ian Isiah: “Loose Truth”

There is a comforting timbre to Ian Isiah’s sweet falsetto, which chimes over mid-tempo snares and slow-grooving keys on “Loose Truth,” a track off his forthcoming Chromeo-produced EP, Auntie. The truth referred to by the title is the tenacity of Isiah’s community. The song is dedicated to them, and particularly to essential workers; a corresponding music video, released last week, honors both, with visuals of people in and out of scrubs embracing, laughing, dancing, and hanging out on stoops. Community chatter book-ends the lyrics, like a choir to Isiah’s testament: It’s a tender proclamation of the power of family in a pandemic, gospel for a heavy heart. —Coco Romack

Ellis: “Lover” (Taylor Swift cover)

Part of the warmth of Taylor Swift’s “Lover” is how it’s always felt familiar, as cozy as the shared apartment with the yuletide bulbs its lyrics reveal. Ontario singer-songwriter Ellis wisely keeps the interior charm for her own bedroom cover of the song, replacing Swift’s pop-star vocal runs with understated mooniness. She scales back the instrumentation, too, creating an alternate universe where “Lover” remains a notebook entry instead of the stadium standard it’s become. Still, both versions are good for swaying with your partner, or by yourself. —Patrick Hosken

Paco Versailles: “Alive”

Dust off your castanets and prepare to feel the “Dancemenco” fantasy. That’s the term Paco Versailles coined for their new genre of tropical music. Capital Cities’ Ryan Merchant and guitarist, Vahagni, serve Empire of the Sun meets Poolside perfection as Paco Versailles, who have been consistently releasing “warm blanket bangers” since forming last year. Their latest, “Alive,” continues their sunny, Spanish-inspired streak and will motivate you to spend the rest of the summer brushing up on your flamenco fan choreography.—Chris Rudolph

Boniface: “Keeping Up”

Boniface’s self-titled debut is a stunningly assured indie-pop album: Its best parts question the weight of finding ourselves in relation to those trying to love us, a space rarely this confidently explored through a queer lens. “How can I help you when I’m running from the same damn thing?” they wonder on “Keeping Up,” a bouncing, synth-drenched meditation on the tension between a selfish need to be loved and drowning in order to keep someone happy. —Terron Moore

Kygo ft. Kim Petras: “Broken Glass”

When it comes to scream-worthy summer anthems, Kim Petras and Kygo do not disappoint on their own — from “Malibu” to “It Ain’t Me.” Their collaboration on Kygo’s Golden Hour is no exception, rejecting a fatalistic view of romance and celebrating what was had. “The only thing we had in common with each other / Was destroying everything we touched,” Kim sings before ascending into a triumphant chorus. The video finds Petras perched on a car in Mad Max-esque ruin, fabulously dancing on broken glass as ash rains down and letting out a signature “Woo ah” for good measure. —Carson Mlnarik

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Lucas Nord Duels With Melo On New Single ‘(Can’t Be Myself) Without You’

Multi-talented Scandinavian producer Lucas Nord has shared new single ‘(Can’t Be Myself) Without You’.
Having scooped a Norwegian Grammy in 2019, Lucas entered this year on the crest of a wave, flushed with confidence.
Kicking off fresh projects, he’s now largely based in London, filtering his musical heritage – his father was a jazz musician – through a 2k20 lens.
A full EP is incoming, with Lucas Nord teaming up with Stockholm’s own Melo on a dazzling new single.
‘(Can’t Be Myself) Without You’ leads the way, a bubbling piece of future pop that is rooted in electronic innovation.
Out now on Physical Presents, you can check it out below.

Lucas Nord will release new EP ‘Boy Restless’ on September 18th.
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Spotify Is Down And Musicians Are Making This (Very Astute) Point

Start buying physical copies again, people…

Robin Murray

10 · 07 · 2020

Spotify is currently down for millions of users attempting to access the app on iOS.
It seems that iPhone users are experiencing difficulties right now, with a flaw meaning that a few apps aren’t working correctly.
Spotify won’t currently load, with fans taking to social media to voice their frustrations – currently, #Spotify is trending globally.
Musicians, though, aren’t quite as panicked. In fact, most seem to be making the same point: if fans purchased physical copies, this problem wouldn’t matter.
Sure, it’s not exactly egalitarian, but then neither is the current royalty rate offered by Spotify for music creators…

Very sad to hear Spotify’s down today, and that thousands of fans have no access to the music they love. If anyone’s looking for a quick alternative, I wholly recommend buying music instead of renting it. Works for me!
— Aidan Moffat (@AidanJohnMoffat) July 10, 2020

Spotify is down… just as well most of you support musicians by BUYING RECORDS (or CDs/mp3s, we ain’t fussy) and can keep on rocking along as we approach the weekend, right? Right? While you muse on that, here’s a track via YouTube:
— Wilko Johnson (@wilkojohnson) July 10, 2020

Since #Spotify seems to be down today, can I suggest an alternative of actually buying a CD or record and letting the musicians, and not just the Spotify board of directors, have some money. Given that we can’t gig in the pandemic, it would really help.
— David (@DavidBurnsBusks) July 10, 2020

#Spotify down? BUY PHYSICAL COPIES. It’s that simple.
— Slugg Records (@SluggRecords) July 10, 2020

Me trying Spotify for the 47,000th time and accepting I need to listen to physical copies of music without the need for a hipster Vinyl post…
— Kyle Parry (@kyleparrymusic) July 10, 2020
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Nile Marr Asks ‘Are You Happy Now?’ On Uplifting New Single

Nile Marr is building towards something.
Formerly frontman with highly rated indie types Man Made, he then went solo, working for a spell in Hans Zimmer’s live set up.
Honing his thoughts, recent EP ‘Still Hearts’ demonstrated his individuality, taking Nile in a fresh direction.
Currently focussed on completing his debut solo album, Nile Marr is ready to share his delicious, summer-fresh single ‘Are You Happy Now?’.
A sheer delight, it’s an exuberant return, with its gentle, uplifting atmosphere recalling the tropical edge of the Talking Heads catalogue.
Manchester may well boast higher-than-average rainfall, but Nile Marr is basking in sunshine on his beatific new single.
We’ve got first play of the songwriter’s new video – check it out now.

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Gentleman’s Dub Club Salute Bill Withers With This Take On ‘Use Me’

Gentleman’s Dub Club are a force to be reckoned with.
Festival favourites, the all-star reggae crew are a dynamite live act, and they’ve been able to take that energy into the studio.
Recent album ‘Lost In Space’ offers superb outernational grooves, matching reggae riddims to some soulful flourishes.
Working with a tight-knit array of guests, the studio treats keep on coming, with Gentleman’s Dub Club handing a fantastic Bill Withers tribute to Clash.
Re-working the late soul hero’s ‘Use Me’ in their own distinctive style, it’s a tropical vibration with a rich vein of emotion.
Kiko Bun guests, and the vocalist is clearly in sync with the ensemble, with their twin directions uniting as one.
The band explain:
“When we were writing ‘Lost In Space’ in Wales we had a routine of playing covers in the morning to give us inspiration for our afternoon’s writing. ‘Use Me’ is one of our all-time favorite songs and has that timeless riff that translates so well into reggae. We recorded it along with a few other covers with a view to releasing them along the way in between albums.”
The video takes you into the studio, with Kiko Bun’s silky delivery wrapped around the sheer swagger of Gentleman’s Dub Club.
Tune in now.

Photo Credit: Lewis Hart from Spin City Visuals
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grouptherapy. Share Superb New Single ‘raise it up!’

It’s a moment of unity from the LA crew…

Robin Murray

10 · 07 · 2020

LA crew grouptherapy. have shared their superb new single ‘raise it up!’ – listen to it now.
The four-piece are a self-supporting unit, with each helping the other in their solo pursuits. Jadagrace, TJW KOI and RHEA opened the year in singular terms, but join together on a bold, group-led new release.
Out now, ‘raise it up!’ is a superb, sparkling, pop-edged piece of songwriting that blends their divine hooks with elements of 90s R&B.
A song about knowing your own worth, ‘raise it up!’ is – explains Jadagrace – “a not so subtle reminder to know your worth and require your coin! We’re leaving undervaluing yourself in the last decade. You’re that bitch and you deserve more. Raise it up!”
grouptherapy. also take care of the animated video, which harks back to the 16Bit era, channelling the force of Mega Man or Street Fighter.
Tune in now.

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Massive Attack Share Audio-Visual EP ‘Eutopia’

Massive Attack have shared their new EP ‘Eutopia’.
The Bristol legends completed some phenomenal live shows last year, utilising specially commissioned visuals from Adam Curtis.
New EP ‘Eutopia’ was completed during lockdown, with musicians contributing from three different cities.
The group’s first EP since 2016 release ‘The Spoils’, the new project features collaborations with Young Fathers, Saul Williams and Algiers.
A full audio-visual release, the visuals were steered by 3D alongside Mark Donne and feature references to climate change, universal basic income, and wealth redistribution.
Massive Attack comment:
“Lockdown exposed the best aspects and worst flaws of humanity. That period of uncertainty and anxiety forced us to meditate on the obvious need to change the damaging systems we live by.  By working with three experts, we’ve created a sonic and visual dialogue around these global, structural issues; taking the form of climate emergency, tax haven extraction and Universal Basic Income.”
Tune in now.

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