Something soulful for your playerHere's a nice podcast courtesy of Greg Clifford aka The Son Of Soul. Good looking out on including 'Lose Your Way'!
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Sunday, September 13, 2009 atThe Roxy Theater,
''Lose Your Way'' has been out a little over a day, and already it is all over the place!The first single taken from the forthcoming 'City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya' is getting plenty of love from the music blogs. Here's a quick selection of links for your convenience, with a big shout-out to all of our supporters helping to spread the word:
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Saturday, September 12, 2009 atYoshi's Jazz Club,
See me smiling in the city lights...We proudly present you with the first single taken from the upcoming Nicolay album "City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya", in stores September 15 on +FE Music.
"LOSE YOUR WAY feat. CARLITTA DURAND" LISTEN | DOWNLOAD
All vocals: Carlitta Durand
All instruments: Nicolay
Lyrics and vocal arrangement: Phonte
Produced by Phonte and Nicolay for The Foreign Exchange Music, LLC
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009 atNectar Lounge,
Nicolay breaks down the production and mix of Raw Life by The Foreign Exchange (from Connected).
It should be no secret that the incredible beatwork of the late great J Dilla has been hugely inspirational to me, especially when I was first getting into production. I learned by studying his music, that there is room for musicality and for experimentation, as long as there is a strong and steady foundation going on underneath. Dilla's signature tracks always had that "sweet spot", that chord progression or melody that would tug at your heartstrings, while the drums and the bass would work on your neckmuscles at the same time. As a producer, his drums were eye-opening for me, not only because of his choice of sounds and of ways to process those sounds, but because of his often-imitated "drunken" style of drum programming. Before I got into Dilla's music, I suppose I more or less thought of drum hits as being relatively "fixed". For example, in one bar of four counts, you put a kick hit on the one and the three, a snare hit on the two and four, and hihat hits on every eighth note, with "swing" timing applied (or not, depending on what is called for). Dilla's programming taught me that if you exaggerate this "swing" timing, the drums come alive and feel more "human" and "in the pocket".
Continue reading Inside The Producer's Studio: Making "Raw Life" (1/2)
'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.Today, I am another year older, and what better to commemorate this than with a particularly festive 'Off The Shelf' download, aimed for the dancefloors!
In the previous installment of this series, I broke down the story of how I first met the lovely and talented Moon Baker, many years ago. That story really isn't complete without acknowledging another good friend of mine, the amazingly talented Dutch singer and keyboardist Ugene.
My bandmates and I had seen Ugene perform on a late night television show one night in '95 or '96, and we were all floored. A voice like Ugene's, you just don't hear everyday, especially in The Netherlands. It took us a while to track him down, but we eventually got a hold of him and somehow persuaded him to sing and play with us for a while. Fortunately for us, he ended up playing with us for several years. Most of my favourite memories from those days involve sharing the stage and the rehearsal studio with Ugene and Moon, who formed an incredible vocal tandem together.
To make a long story short: Ugene and I recorded this cover version of the Quincy Jones produced Donna Summer track "Love Is In Control (Finger In The Trigger)" in April of 2005. It was originally intended for a compilation album on an indie label, but they didn't use it and so the track ended up on the shelf.
Ugene is another artist that deserves any and all attention. He's currently working on a new project with a formation that actually includes two other friends of mine from Europe, Krewcial and Gus. Click here to watch one of their recent videos.
Until next time, and as always... thanks for listening,
"LOVE IS IN CONTROL (FINGER ON THE TRIGGER)" DOWNLOAD
Vocals and keyboards by U-Gene | Vocoder, keyboards and all other instruments and programming by Nicolay | April 2005
City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya is the new project from the creative mind of Nicolay, better known as one half of The Foreign Exchange.The group (which includes rapper/singer Phonte) and their sophomore album Leave It All Behind (TFE/Hard Boiled; Oct. 2008), continues to gain momentum as the duo and their extended family of singers and musicians are currently touring the United States and Canada. Nicolay and Phonte's countless performances together have added a new level of sophistication to their musical output, resulting in what they consider to be one of their most ambitious projects yet.
The idea for Shibuya, the second installment in Nicolay's City Lights series, was conceived after Nicolay's first visit to Tokyo in November 2006. The experience proved to be life changing for Nicolay, who has studied Japanese culture for most of his adult life. "This amazing place and all of its sounds and colors immediately filled up my senses," he says. "I felt reinvigorated."
Continue reading Nicolay - City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya
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Saturday, August 15, 2009 atAthenaeum,
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Sunday, August 16, 2009 atGrog Shop,
I don't care where we go, I don't care what we do...
Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson- Drums, Samples
Nicolay- Fender Rhodes, acoustic piano
Zo!- Korg synth, additional rhodes
Phonte and Carlitta Durand- Vocals
This is the first in a series of random goodies that we will be periodically dropping off in your mailboxes. (Who loves ya, baby?)
We recorded this over a month ago specifically for a ?uestlove tribute party dedicated to The Purple One himself. Other than passing it off to a few DJ friends who vowed to keep it on some secret squirrel, "bet you aint up on THIS!" status, no one has ever heard it. In the wake of the incredible loss we suffered on June 25 however, this joint took on somewhat of a deeper meaning.
We decided to share it with our fans not only as a token of appreciation, but also as a way of paying respect to one of our last living musical geniuses.
Let's not wait until tragedy strikes before we show love and gratitude to our heroes, people. Give them their flowers while they live.
This one's for you, Mr. Nelson. You are loved and appreciated.
'Tay and Nic
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Friday, October 23, 2009 atB.B. King's Blues Club,
Source: Rickey Smiley Morning ShowNicolay calls in to the nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show for a quick interview about The Foreign Exchange. We find out that Rickey is a big Foreign Exchange fan, who plays Leave It All Behind every evening and thinks every track on it is a HIT! Listen to the audio below.