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AllMusic reviews 'Tigallerro'

July 29, 2016 at 10:42 AM · Comments
This duo's association goes back to 2007, when neither artist could refer to himself as Grammy-nominated. Phonte, then "Phonte of Little Brother," added a verse to Roberson's "Been in Love..." Phontigallo and Erro reunified a few times after that, heard on tracks like Phonte's "Who Loves You More," Roberson's "Picture Perfect," and Zo!'s "We Are on the Move." Almost a decade after their first collaboration, the two completed Tigallerro, an album they began plotting in 2013 but were unable to complete -- due to work and life conflicts -- until 2016. Outfitted with references to Run-D.M.C.'s King of Rock and Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite, it's an album that should be filed in the genre of the latter, though Phonte, at Roberson's behest, raps a few verses. Roberson also rhymes a couple times and does so without overextending himself, offhandedly boasting in the opening "It's So Easy" about fatherhood and creative independence, two states that also apply to his partner, a fellow major-label survivor. Seemingly created without fuss, Tigallerro is made of relaxed yet moving grooves, supplied by a cast of over of a dozen, that often evoke sunny and carefree Saturday afternoons. The two occasionally play around with some commercial trends, but they remain themselves, as grown men who descriptively sing about everyday romantic highs and lows, whether they're recalling contentment or regretting transgressions. Some of the cuts flow with such ease that the depth is easy to miss. On the surface, "Never the Same Smile" unfolds blissfully as Phonte and Shana Tucker trade lines, but then the wistful quality of its Foreign Exchange production cuts through as the song's heart, unrecoverable perfection, becomes apparent. On the closing "Something," over a Daniel Crawford production that is somehow fluid and chunky at once, Phonte and Roberson modestly attest their faith in serenely uplifted fashion. Tigallerro is also a testament to Phonte's growth as a songwriter, arranger, and singer. Roberson is the one with the deeper R&B background, he has no trouble acknowledging the development. He merely accents the Sheldon Williams collaboration "3:45," an early-morning slow jam -- one with a slight lilt recalling Zapp's "Be Alright" -- that contains an exceptionally sweet and open-hearted Phonte lead. Who in the aughts could have imagined WJLR putting such a thing on rotation?
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Phonte and Eric Roberson - It's So Easy

July 8, 2016 at 7:52 AM · Comments
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Phonte and Eric Roberson - Tigallerro

July 8, 2016 at 7:39 AM · Comments
Phonte and Eric Roberson - Tigallerro
The debut collaborative project between hip-hop/R&B veteran Phonte Coleman and the King of Independent Soul, Eric Roberson. The 10-song collection includes production by S1, Zo!, and DJ Harrison.
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AllMusic reviews 'SkyBreak'

June 13, 2016 at 4:02 PM · Comments
AllMusic reviews 'SkyBreak'
SkyBreak followed ManMade by almost exactly three years. During the intervening period, Lorenzo Ferguson assisted in the making of two Foreign Exchange albums, served as that group's musical director, and contributed to releases from the 1978ers, Talib Kweli, Sy Smith, and fellow Detroit natives Jamall Bufford and Collective Peace. As on ManMade and the preceding SunStorm, the multi-instrumentalist works tightly with production and songwriting partner Phonte, who is among nine featured vocalists. Most of them are familiar to FE-related sessions and are also credited as composers, fitting into the album's scheme -- uplifted views of flings, falling in, out, and back in love -- without lending it a muddled mixtape quality. Likewise, Ferguson and company continue to evangelize, with a modern perspective, late-'70s to early-'80s sophisticated funk and soul. Even with its pair of Phonte rap verses, including a slightly lewd smash-and-grab job pulled on "I Don't Mind," the album has much more in common with Rufus & Chaka's Masterjam or an Earth, Wind & Fire satellite project than it does with any given post-1983 commercial R&B recording. A couple voices previously unheard on a Zo! release arrive consecutively during the second, superior half. Undersung veteran Joi Gilliam lures on the frisky "Just Whatcha Like," trailed by "Lifelines," on which U.K. up-and-comer Dornik sings of romantic salvation with a DeBarge-like hushed sweetness. Another detail that separates this from previous Zo! output is the bounty of burbling synthesizers. As prominent as the thick bass guitar lines, they reinforce several songs. They're deployed to most pleasurable effect on the Muhsinah-led "Packing for Chicago," where Ferguson's keyboard makes Stevie Wonder-type low-end streaks that swim through steady percussion reminiscent of Herbie Hancock's similarly expectant "Come Running to Me." Filled out with an instrumental dedication to Ferguson's father, who passed away during the album's creation, SkyBreak is another step forward. Ferguson doesn't allow his expanding knowledge and ability to overshadow his personal touch.
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The Foreign Exchange #360Video - ''Call It Home'' Live at Southland Ballroom

May 6, 2016 at 7:30 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange #360Video - ''Call It Home'' Live at Southland Ballroom

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Zo! - Lifelines feat. Dornik

May 6, 2016 at 7:11 PM · Comments
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The Foreign Exchange #360Video - ''Disappear'' Live at Southland Ballroom

April 14, 2016 at 9:24 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange #360Video - ''Disappear'' Live at Southland Ballroom
The Foreign Exchange perform their track "Disappear" for a packed house at Southland Ballroom in Raleigh, NC. New to #360Video? Click/tap and drag to explore the stage and venue.

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Zo! - SkyBreak

April 12, 2016 at 11:44 AM · Comments
Zo! - SkyBreak
The third +FE Music release from producer, multi-instrumentalist, and musical director of The Foreign Exchange, Zo!.

The 10 song collection features guest appearances from Eric Roberson, Phonte, Muhsinah, innovative UK soul wonder Dornik, and longtime Dungeon Family affiliate and funk/rock veteran Joi.
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The Roots play ''House Of Cards'' as intro music for Kevin Spacey on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

February 24, 2016 at 9:53 AM · Comments

Watch The Roots play our song "House Of Cards" as intro music for Kevin Spacey on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon!

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#FEMusic 2016

February 23, 2016 at 1:54 PM · Comments
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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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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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