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Claude Fontaine is an American girl with a French name who never felt like she fit in anywhere she happened to call home, and one particular year she was awash in a grey London fog that matched the fog and grey in her own too-recently broken heart. While living right off Portobello Road, she stumbled into the record store down the street. And in a flash of luck—or fate—that particular record store turned out to be Honest Jon’s, a long-lived spot for records collected from the furthest edges of the world. She’d never heard those old Studio One and Trojan and Treasure Isle reggae and rocksteady and dub records before—the same records that got the Clash covering “Police And Thieves,” and the Slits sharing a bill with Steel Pulse.

And because she loved those records so much, she decided to make a record of her own—an album singing her own love songs (with Jane Birkin-style ye-ye elan) that was itself a love song to classic Reggae and a time warp into history.  From recording at Chet Baker's legendary old studio in Hollywood to working with a foundation of musicians that helped define an entire genre;  guitarist Tony Chin (King Tubby, Dennis Brown, Lee Perry, Jackie Mittoo, Max Romeo, King Jammy, Sly & Robbie), bassist Ronnie 'Stepper' McQueen of Steel Pulse and Ziggy Marley drummer Rock Deadrick.

All together, it’s a valentine to this special music that called out to her from the other side of the planet: “I hope this record will transport people,” she says. “I wanted it to feel like those lost records, like it got lost in the dusty bottom bin of some world music store in London because that’s how I felt when I walked in to that record store. I want it to be its own world.”

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