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VIBE.com: 60 Rappers In 60 Days: Phonte

by +FE on June 29, 2009 at 11:29 AM · Comments
Phonte was singing before your favorite rapper sang!
It's a cliché to say, but in the case of Phonte, the North Carolina MC may just be your favorite rapper's favorite rapper. In a recent interview, Drake, the current "it" boy of hip hop, mentioned Phonte, as one of his favorite MCs. Period.

For those who've followed Phonte Coleman since he burst onto the scene in 2003 with his partner-in-rhyme Big Pooh, and producer 9th Wonder, collectively forming Little Brother, Drizzy's pick came as no surprise. MC and critics alike have given props to Phonte's witty wordplay and Southern-tinged flow since Little Brother's debut, The Listening (ABB). But in 2004, Phonte switched things up and began to amass a new set of fans with The Foreign Exchange, a collaboration with producer Nicolay. Together the two released Connected (BBE, 2004) to critical acclaim. In 2008, they released their sophomore effort, Leave It All Behind (Hall of Justus/ Nicolay), which Phonte is currently promoting on a nationwide tour.

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The Foreign Exchange at The Roxy Theatre, Hollywood CA

by +FE on June 26, 2009 at 11:56 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange at The Roxy Theatre, Hollywood CA

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The Foreign Exchange at The Roxy Theatre, Hollywood CA

by +FE on June 26, 2009 at 11:39 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange at The Roxy Theatre, Hollywood CA

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The Foreign Exchange instore at Amoeba Music, Hollywood CA

by +FE on June 25, 2009 at 12:00 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange instore at Amoeba Music, Hollywood CA

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The Foreign Exchange Brings A Feel-Good Review To The Roxy (via The Sunset Strip)

by +FE on June 24, 2009 at 12:34 PM · Comments
I first heard of The Foreign Exchange from Garth Trinidad's show on KCRW. He was playing a track from a Mushroom Jazz CD called "Nic's Groove." I was drawn to the groovy blend of hip-hop, R&B, with a touch of house, and wanted to hear more. So I picked up not one but two copies of their debut album Connected -- the original CD and the equally impressive instrumental-only version -- and became a fan.

These discs and the band's recent follow-up, Leave It All Behind, deftly blend so many sounds that I had no idea what their live show would look or feel like.

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The Foreign Exchange at Revival Bar, Toronto (Canada)

by +FE on June 24, 2009 at 12:21 PM · Comments
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Off The Shelf #4: Moon Baker - "Stay" (prod. Nicolay) and more!

by Nicolay on June 23, 2009 at 4:30 PM · Comments
Off The Shelf #4: Moon Baker - "Stay" (prod. Nicolay) and more!
'Off The Shelf' is the name of a recurring series on +FE Music. For each episode, Nicolay digs into his archives to present you with a gem that has never been released, or that has otherwise been forgotten about.
Around 1995, I was playing bass in a Dutch P-Funk outfit called Groovin' Pict. It would be an understatement to say that I could write a book about the many adventures of this group and its various formations, but that is a different story altogether. Back then, one of our rival bands had a new female singer called Moon Baker, who was both gorgeous and incredibly talented, and after hearing and seeing her in action, we all knew that we had to get her to join our ranks. To our delight, we were eventually able to persuade her to come sing with us, and Moon and I ended up playing music together in different configurations of the group until around the year 2000.

Fast forward to 2004. Moon called me up one day and told me she was at long last going to start working on her solo debut, and she wanted me to be the album's main producer. Over the course of two years, we worked on and off on writing, arranging and recording her album, titled "ABC Of Romance". It was released in 2007 by Supertracks Records, and knowing that, the term 'Off The Shelf' should not be taken literally in this particular context. However, I think that the release was limited to The Netherlands, Germany and Japan, so I don't think you'll mind if I drop one of my favourite songs that we did together, "Stay". If you like this track, you can find the full Moon Baker album "ABC Of Romance" on iTunes, Amazon and CD Universe.

Not only is she a phenomenal singer, but Moon is an amazingly humble, down-to-earth and sweet person. In my opinion, she hasn't yet gotten the full recognition that she deserves. I'll continue to do whatever I can do on my end to change that. If you dig the music, make sure that you spread the word! As always, thank you for listening,

Nicolay

"STAY" DOWNLOAD

Vocals by Moon Baker | All instruments and programming by Nicolay, 2005/06


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"ABC OF ROMANCE (NICOLAY REMIX feat. KAY)" DOWNLOAD

Vocals by Moon Baker | Rhyme by Kay | Saxophone by Candy Dulfer | All other instruments and programming by Nicolay, 2007

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The Napster blog reviews The Foreign Exchange live at The Roxy Theatre

by +FE on June 16, 2009 at 1:24 PM · Comments
The line at the world famous Roxy Theater on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood went down two blocks the night of Sunday, June 14th. I've been to at least ten shows at the Roxy in the past and only once for a John Legend show has the line extended down similar to what I saw on Sunday. To be honest, initially, I was annoyed. Maybe I'm just a snob, but I hate waiting in lines and while I knew that the Foreign Exchange would bring in an audience, I didn't think it would be like this. Nevermind the fact that this would mark FE's first performance in LA. Nevermind that their latest album Leave It All Behind was one of my favorite albums last year and was my candidate for Album of the Year when it came out. I hate waiting in line. HATE it. To my surprise the line moved quickly enough and by the time I got in, the room was almost full. And you could feel the energy and anticipation.

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Instore & Mini-Performance with The Foreign Exchange at Amoeba Music, Hollywood CA | Jun 14, 2009

by +FE on June 10, 2009 at 4:29 PM · Comments
Sunday, June 14, 2009 at
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Off The Shelf #3: United Soul feat. Yahzarah & Phonte "Soulclap" (Nicolay Remix)

by Nicolay on June 9, 2009 at 3:49 PM · Comments
Off The Shelf #3: United Soul feat. Yahzarah & Phonte "Soulclap" (Nicolay Remix)
'Off The Shelf' is the name of a recurring series on +FE Music. For each episode, Nicolay digs into his archives to present you with a gem that has never been released, or that has otherwise been forgotten about.
I am pretty sure that the fellas of United Soul (an R&B duo from Philadelphia that since changed their name to U.City) didn't end up using this remix, but I know they liked it, and so does my wife Aimee, who suggested it for the next installment of Off The Shelf. Just a smooth joint to cuddle up with your significant other to, done sometime in '05. Shoutouts to U.City, Yahzarah and Phonte. Enjoy, and thanks for listening!

Nicolay

"SOULCLAP (NICOLAY REMIX)" DOWNLOAD

Vocals by United Soul, Yahzarah and Phonte | All instruments and programming by Nicolay, 2005

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The Foreign Exchange at Revival Bar, Toronto (Canada)

by +FE on June 5, 2009 at 2:31 PM · Comments
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The Foreign Exchange at Charles H. Wright Museum, Detroit MI

by +FE on June 5, 2009 at 8:30 AM · Comments
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Nicolay's cover of Nautilus chosen as 'Click hear' on Exclaim.ca

by +FE on June 1, 2009 at 9:39 PM · Comments
More props for Nicolay's version of the Bob James classic!
Along with James Brown's "Funky Drummer," Melvin Blisss's "Synthetic Substitution" and the Honeydrippers' "Impeach the President," "Nautilus" by Bob James qualifies as one of the most important and most sampled records in hip-hop history. James may be best known for "Angela," which became the theme song for the TV show Taxi, but many of his tracks have been cribbed for hip-hop tracks, with "Nautilus" turning up on Run DMC's "Beats to the Rhyme" and Ghostface Killah's "Daytona 500" among countless others.

Remaking "Nautilus" isn't a task that one would take on lightly, but Nicolay, the producer comprising one-half of eclectic soul outfit Foreign Exchange has just decided to let his version out of the vault for free downloading. Apparently, back in 2006, the Dutch-born producer was approached to work on a project called "Sampling Bob James: The Nautilus Project" and he delivered a total re-working of the track from scratch sans samples, for a project that has yet to see the light of day.

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