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Announcing the vinyl pressing of ''Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey''

December 2, 2015 at 11:33 AM · Comments
The long awaited vinyl pressing of Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey, the fifth studio album by The Foreign Exchange, will hit stores January 15, 2016. However, a copy of this limited edition double colored vinyl LP in gatefold sleeve can be yours today! We have received a small number of advance copies that we are shipping immediately via the +FE Music Store. Once these are all gone, the only way to get your hands on a copy is to wait until January 15th!

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The Foreign Exchange - Body (Official Video)

October 29, 2015 at 3:42 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange - Body (Official Video)
+FE Music proudly presents the official music video for Body, directed by Kenneth Price.


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The Foreign Exchange - Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey

August 3, 2015 at 9:00 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange - Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey
The new album from Grammy Nominated duo The Foreign Exchange is out now on +FE Music.
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Nicolay - City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto

May 18, 2015 at 8:49 AM · Comments
Nicolay - City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto
"City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto" is the upcoming solo release by Grammy nominated multi-instrumentalist/producer Nicolay of independent soul duo The Foreign Exchange. "Soweto" is an ode to the South African township and it's neighboring city of Johannesburg, the site of The Foreign Exchange's triumphant South African debut performance in 2014. The 10-song set features contributions by Phonte, Carmen Rodgers and Tamisha Waden. "City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto" drops 6/9/15 on +FE Music.
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Photos of The Foreign Exchange at Terminal West, Atlanta GA

November 29, 2015 at 12:47 PM · Comments
Photos of The Foreign Exchange at Terminal West, Atlanta GA
Photos of The Foreign Exchange's live concert at Terminal West, Atlanta Ga on November 6, 2015, courtesy of NiaTate Photography.

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On Tour With The Foreign Exchange | Full film

November 23, 2015 at 2:56 PM · Comments
On Tour With The Foreign Exchange | Full film
Nicolay and Phonte met on the message boards of Okayplayer.com in 2002. Before they spoke a word on the phone, they would record their debut album Connected as The Foreign Exchange. Now the Grammy nominated group is touring the world and toting one of the best live shows in soul music. The music documentary series Suite Sessions followed the band during their west coast swing of the Love In Flying Colors tour. We go behind the scenes with music curator DJ88 and local music venue owner hris LaPorte as they bring the soul band to Las Vegas for the first time.

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The Foreign Exchange makes a mighty return to Carrboro (via IndyWeek)

November 11, 2015 at 9:22 AM · Comments
Dance, funk, soul, electronic, house, R&B: However you want to label The Foreign Exchange, they embraced it all during a groove-focused show at Cat's Cradle Saturday night.

Though at its core the act is the duo of frontman Phonte Coleman and producer Nicolay Rook, the group's sound has shifted and grown stronger through collaboration with other, like-minded artists. Vocalists Carmen Rodgers and Tamisha Waden add depth to the vocal attack, while keyboardist Zo!, bassist Darion Alexander and drummer Nick Baglio bring serious chops to the rhythm section.

Those skills were apparent when the group delivered an impressive opening set during a Floetry reunion show at DPAC over the summer, but the weekend's headlining slot (and as a result, extra time) provided extra opportunities to flex. That became clear during several seamless transitions near the beginning of the show as they tied together older tracks, a cover of Keith Sweat's "I Want Her" and several cuts off their sixth and most recent full-length, Tales from the Land of Milk and Honey.

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Indie-soul collective Foreign Exchange plays the Cat's Cradle (via The News & Observer)

November 5, 2015 at 11:07 AM · Comments
Indie-soul collective Foreign Exchange plays the Cat's Cradle (via The News & Observer)
It seems like only yesterday Phonte Coleman was just a North Carolina rapper/singer, one-third of the up-and-coming hip-hop trio Little Brother. Back then, Coleman was also exchanging music files with an Internet help desk employee and aspiring producer in the Netherlands (Matthijs "Nicolay" Rook), hoping the two could make music together.

Cut to today: Coleman, 36, and Rook, 41, are several albums deep as the Grammy-winning, indie-soul collective The Foreign Exchange. And Coleman, who still lives in Raleigh, doesn't have to go very far to contact Rook. He's just a couple of hours away in Wilmington, where he's lived since 2006.

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Phonte and Nicolay remain focused on The Foreign Exchange (via Creative Loafing)

November 4, 2015 at 8:34 AM · Comments
Phonte and Nicolay remain focused on The Foreign Exchange (via Creative Loafing)
With their fifth studio album, Tales From the Land of Milk and Honey, The Foreign Exchange has perfected its sophisticated take on R&B, incorporating not only a range of sticky sweet melodies, but also a smattering of nuanced romantic themes like domesticity and compromise. But whatever you do, don't call it "grown man music."

"I'd never say no shit like that. The connotation of that is you make boring music to fuckin', ya know, goddamn go to sleep to," The Foreign Exchange rapper-cum-singer Phonte Coleman says of the reviewers who fixate on the mature and nuanced themes of his lyrics. "If you say our music is for grown folks, I hear: 'No adventure, no attitude.' That's not what me and Nick do. On every record, we push ourselves to the limit of our creativity."

Phonte is referring to Dutch R&B and electronica producer Nicolay, with whom he cofounded The Foreign Exchange, who will perform at Amos' Southend on Nov. 6. Back then, in the early '00s, Phonte was known as a member of the burgeoning alt-hip-hop trio Little Brother, which was garnering rave reviews for its landmark 2003 debut, The Listening.

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The Foreign Exchange - Can't Turn Around (Nicolay's Houstyle Takeover Mix)

September 14, 2015 at 7:33 PM · Comments
Remix by Nicolay. The original version of "Can't Turn Around" is available on the album Love In Flying Colors, out now on +FE Music.

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The Foreign Exchange Evoke Chaucer on 'Tales from the Land of Milk and Honey' (via Exclaim!)

September 2, 2015 at 10:13 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange Evoke Chaucer on 'Tales from the Land of Milk and Honey' (via Exclaim!)
"More than anything else, the biggest crime as an artist is to be boring."

Phonte Coleman, the primary songwriter, vocalist and animated gif half of the Foreign Exchange, has probably never been at the receiving end of such an accusation. Over the course five albums with partner Nicolay, Phonte has equated love to an excuse, displayed affection through lunchtime chicken wing delivery, and made a gorgeously passive-aggressive ode to the better mate. His songwriting is unparalleled in its combined frankness, humour and relevance in our everyday dalliances. "As a writer, you got to believe that even though a sentiment has been expressed a million times, this one time is about to be special," he tells Exclaim!

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The Foreign Exchange - Asking For A Friend (Stro Elliot's Roller Rink Rework)

September 1, 2015 at 4:19 PM · Comments
Remix by Stro Elliot. The original version of "Asking For A Friend" is available on the album Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey, out now on +FE Music.

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Exclaim! reviews 'Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey'

August 25, 2015 at 5:31 PM · Comments
Exclaim! reviews 'Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey'
Every Foreign Exchange album is a departure, an abrupt turn from what you've come to expect that takes a minute to grow on you. Tales from the Land of Milk and Honey, the group's fifth album since emerging in 2004, is as delectable as it sounds, and this time around, rather than requiring the usual marination period, this one can cook immediately.

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SoulTracks reviews 'Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey'

August 24, 2015 at 7:59 AM · Comments
SoulTracks reviews 'Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey'
After a bated breath wait since the release of 2013's Love in Flying Colors, the sixth full-length album from the Grammy-nominated artist collective known as The Foreign Exchange (+FE) has finally been released to the world to put global fans at ease. Much of the sound palettes used on Tales from the Land of Milk and Honey will be familiar to followers who've been around since 2004's Connected. However, less prominent are the prevailing sense of melancholia and blues contemplation that threaded previous releases like Authenticity and even a good chunk of Love in Flying Colors. Instead, multi-instrumentalist producer and composer, Nicolay, and hip hop impresario cum R&B singer, Phonte Coleman (aka Phonte aka Phontigallo), along with singers Carmen Rodgers, Tamisha Waden, and Shana Tucker all throw open the drapes, roll up the rug, cover the lamps, and pump up the funk 'n' bass in what can be considered their first party album since their vivacious +FE: The Reworks project. A sprinkling of soul pop ballads with a hint of the band's thinking man's soul nicely round out a return that largely satisfies.

Following such recent biting hits as "Better," on Tales from the Land of Milk and Honey the bitterness has healed and the cynicism that characterized some of the band's dark musical humor has yielded to brighter tones, groovier rhythms, and plenty of fun -- though rather than coming from Phonte's pen and impeccable comedic timing, that spiritedness comes more from the music on boogie-woogie disco cuts like "Work It To The Top" and percussive ballroom grooves like "Body." Lyrically, there's more grace present on ballads like "Truce" and the introspection tends to point the finger inward rather than outward on "Face in the Reflection." Even an interlude like the synthy piano ballad of "Sevenths and Ninths" is the sweetest of love letters. These are welcome shadings to the band's catalog, expanding the kaleidoscope of human expressions +FE comments on and explores.

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The Foreign Exchange introduces its own Song of Solomon: 'Tales From the Land of Milk and Honey' (via Washington Post)

August 22, 2015 at 8:52 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange introduces its own Song of Solomon: 'Tales From the Land of Milk and Honey' (via Washington Post)
Phonte Coleman, the rapping, singing half of the hip-hop/R&B duo the Foreign Exchange, has a complicated relationship with religion.

When he was growing up, he detested the mandatory trips to his grandmother's baptist church, so he joined the choir just to make the ordeal more palatable. At least from the choir stand there was an added element of entertainment. Stationed behind the preacher, young Phonte could gaze upon the flock and see who was fanning themselves, who was trying not to fall asleep and who was struggling to stay on beat.

"For me it was very much a training ground in some ways," Phonte said. "I honestly wish I would have took it more seriously at that time. A lot of my singing and vocal arrangements, it was really just self-taught in a lot of ways. Had I been paying more attention in choir practice and not just f--ing around ... I'm sure I missed out on a lot of crucial lessons that would have served me better in the end."

Now that he's an adult, Phonte still doesn't care much for church. He'll go -- reluctantly. But he also admits that maybe he's missing something.

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Where to find Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey on CD

August 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM ·
Where to find Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey on CD
We have compiled a list of record stores that have the CD version of Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey in stock. This list will be frequently updated as more stores are confirmed and will soon include information on stores outside of the United States also. If your city or state is not included or if you are experiencing problems locating a copy in your area, please leave a comment and we will try to assist you!

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