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12ftDwende interviews Phonte

by +FE on September 30, 2009 at 1:55 PM · Comments
Phonte Coleman is pretty much what you would get if you crossed Pablo Neruda with Carlos Bulosan, William Faulkner and Etta James: Soulful, uniquely southern, precisely half-past battle weary with open-hearted pourings that could line the Milky Way with sincerity and polish it with hard-bitten wisdom.

Phonte has no trouble reconciling his duties as a member of the fiercely loved Little Brother and the fan-favorite duo The Foreign Exchange, who are currently touring in support of their latest project, the critically lauded and publicly loved Leave It All Behind a melodic tour-de-force offering that can best be described as Post-When Everyone Shut The Fuck Up and Stopped Trying To Categorize Dope Shit.

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Wejetset reviews City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya

by +FE on September 29, 2009 at 10:00 PM · Comments
Inspired by a consciousness-awakening trip to Tokyo, soulful producer Nicolay presents his latest album, City Lights Volume 2 - Shibuya. Similar to City Lights Volume 1 from years ago, this Volume is mostly made up of instrumental compositions. Listening to the project, there is a unique balance of intricate beats woven together to create the sensation of warm vibrations traveling through space and time.

Harmonious vocals from Nicolay's newest prodigy Carlitta Durand, compliment a few of the tracks and give the album a beautiful melodic balance. Even though most fans may be familiar with his soul and hip hop productions (The Foreign Exchange, Dutch Masters, Little Brother, etc.), Nicolay is not afraid to step outside the box and explore new possibilities of sound. City Lights Volume 2 - Shibuya is just that distinct, refreshing and exceptional.
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Postcards From Shibuya #4: Rain In Ueno Park/Satellite

by Nicolay on September 25, 2009 at 10:42 AM · Comments
Postcards From Shibuya #4: Rain In Ueno Park/Satellite
In a series of blogs titled 'Postcards From Shibuya', Nicolay explains what the inspiration was for his new album and how its songs came together.
"Rain In Ueno Park" and "Satellite" are the third and fourth movements of the first 'Shibuya' suite and, similarly to "Shibuya Station" and "Crossing", they are closely related to each other.

Ueno Park, technically not situated in the district of Shibuya, is one of Tokyo's largest and most popular parks, built on the hallowed grounds of a long-gone temple. A steady rain came down for the entire time that we spent visiting the park and its neighbouring areas, under the expert guidance of our friend GG. Even though we were quickly soaked through and through, Ueno did leave a lasting impression, as you can hear in "Rain In Ueno Park".

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SoulBounce: "Nicolay shines on City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya"

by +FE on September 24, 2009 at 12:21 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange is a musical reflection of the global glue adhering our spirits together. What started as two musicians swapping files over the internet, Nicolay and Phonte have transformed their passion for music into an international movement, while bringing other like-minded souls along for the ride.

It began with Connected, their 2004 inaugural offering of Hip Hop lyricism and vibrant beats mixed with soulful crooning. In 2008, the critically-acclaimed Leave it All Behind increased their momentum and crystallized their style into the world of the grown and sexy. With enhancements from Darien Brockington, Muhsinah, Yahzarah, Zo! and the Els, Nic and Tay leaped from the laptop to the stage before appreciative audiences around the world.

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Independent Weekly reviews City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya

by +FE on September 24, 2009 at 8:49 AM · Comments
Three years ago, a German rap artist invited Dutch producer Nicolay Rook to deejay his set in Tokyo. Upon returning to Wilmington, N.C., where Nicolay has lived since 2006, Nicolay immediately began recording music inspired by his five-day stay in the city's Shibuya district. The project was put on hold, though, as LPs with Houston emcee Kay, of the Foundation, and with Durham's Phonte Coleman, Nicolay's partner in the svelte soul jam The Foreign Exchange, were priorities. After the completion of Leave It All Behind, last year's second Foreign Exchange album, Rook put the finishing touches on Shibuya: City Lights, Vol.2, his instrumentals-based project. Coleman came on board to write four songs for Durham darling Carlitta Durand to sing. The 15-track LP showcases a highly finessed producer who continues to grow but never overwhelms.

Recent history suggests that any Coleman project comes with at least one of three gifted female vocalists--Yahzarah, Muhsinah or his newest singer-fling, Carlitta Durand. Which vocalist comes along shouldn't be much of a worry for two reasons. First, Coleman--a gifted, gabbing rapper and sentimental soul man--provides mandarin lines aplenty: "Even when the nights are quiet and the moon is rising/ Every face has some glory to sell," Durand sings on the lead single, "Lose Yourself." What's more, Nicolay is often at his strongest without any vocal company. He relies on gradual builds to drag listeners in, pushing their guards down, charging through slow storms of emotion. "The Inner Garden" may not be Vangelis' "Chariots of Fire," but if you follow its pulse close enough, it leads to its own ecstatic nirvana with beautiful chord repetition that whisks the close listener to a plush spiritual escape. "Saturday Night" salutes the house music gods as it works to become the life of the party, while "Meiji Shrine" hides its reference to another deity--the late hip-hop idol Dilla--beneath its ethnic title. And despite only one vocal appearance by Phonte Coleman, the other half of The Foreign Exchange, you're hard-pressed not to hear Shibuya as an extension of Leave it all Behind's often melancholy approach. That is, it doesn't fight back with attitude.

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The Foreign Exchange at The Roxy Theatre, Hollywood CA

by +FE on September 23, 2009 at 6:49 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange at The Roxy Theatre, Hollywood CA

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City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya enters Billboard's Current Electronic Albums at #27 and Top New Artist Albums at #110

by +FE on September 23, 2009 at 11:56 AM · Comments
Nicolay's new album debuts with a bang
After racing up Amazon's MP3 Album charts last week,'City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya' has now officially entered not one but two Billboard charts: the Current Electronic Album chart at #27 and the Top New Artist Albums chart at #110! This is quite a debut for an independent project that is brought to you by the artists themselves. Not to mention the lack of cooperation from iTunes. We appreciate your vote of confidence and would once again like to thank you very much for your support. If you haven't yet picked up your copy of 'Shibuya', why not do so today?
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My Love For Music: "My Thoughts On Nicolay's City Lights Vol. 2"

by +FE on September 21, 2009 at 2:28 PM · Comments
I remember back in 1991 hearing Seal's first LP and how I was so memorized with that sound I couldn't stop playing it and especially the track "Voliet". I didn't know if I could feel that way about another LP...until now. The new LP from Nicolay, "City Lights: Volume 2. Two things I loved what Nicolay does, how he "bleeds" one song into another and how he using different sounds to weave into many of the tracks. I'm truly digging this LP because for me it feels like a new beginning.

The track, "Lose Your Way" gives me the feeling of that when looking out the city at night it gives me that utopia feeling.

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The Foreign Exchange at Nectar Lounge, Seattle WA

by +FE on September 21, 2009 at 12:11 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange at Nectar Lounge, Seattle WA

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Potholes In My Blog reviews City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya

by +FE on September 21, 2009 at 9:16 AM · Comments
I certainly hope you have your bags packed before popping this disc into your stereo or loading it onto your mp3 player. If not, that's fine. I guess. But don't be surprised if playing Nicolay's latest, City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya, has you craving a trip to the Japanese city of the same name. And it's not that his soundscapes are oozing with traditional sounds from the country or anything like that. It's just such an engrossing and gorgeous piece that you will want to experience everything he did for yourself. For you see, the Dutch producer was inspired during his trip to Shibuya a few years ago - you can read about that here. He was so inspired that he wanted to lay down his thoughts for all to hear. And it's safe to say we're thankful he did just that, because even with its imperfections, his second volume in the City Lights series is a fantastic example of artistic growth and expression.

In fact, perhaps the most appealing feature of this record is its clear display of artistic growth. Many of the experimental sounds on here should come as no surprised to seasoned fans of Nicolay's work. Leave It All Behind, his last effort as part of the Foreign Exchange with Phonte, featured plenty of subtle nuances showing off just where Nic was headed. It was not thrust into your eardrums like on here, though, so it's possible those intricacies were missed by some listeners. Although, one could argue that the dubstep-esque "If This Is Love" was a fine foreshadowing of Nic's left-field tendencies. But other than that, they were more interwoven into his production.

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The Foreign Exchange at Black Cat, Washington DC | Oct 25, 2009

by +FE on September 20, 2009 at 11:40 AM · Comments
Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 8:00 PM
Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW Washington DC 20009 | (202) 667-4490

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The Foreign Exchange at The Roxy Theatre, Hollywood CA

by +FE on September 20, 2009 at 10:43 AM · Comments
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The Foreign Exchange on Jodine's Corner Podcast

by +FE on September 18, 2009 at 11:13 AM · Comments
Jodine's Corner is back with a funk-filled podcast featuring the dynamic duo, Phonte and Nicolay aka The Foreign Exchange

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International Relations Never Sounded So Good (via Neon Tommy)

by +FE on September 18, 2009 at 8:49 AM · Comments
The South's one big family. It doesn't matter if you've never met Millie, your fifth-cousin-twice-removed-on-your-daddy's-sister's-husband's-side before. When you see her at the Fourth of July reunion, you know she's fam'ly.

So it was with The Foreign Exchange Monday night at The Roxy. From MC/singer Phonte's jaunty bowtie and feather-adorned fedora to Dutch producer Nicolay's cool-breeze beats, the pair set a tone that this Southern girl immediately recognized as "home." The show moved from languid summer picnic to lively juke joint in transitions as smooth as Phonte's silky croon.

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The Foreign Exchange at Nectar Lounge, Seattle WA | Sept 15, 2009

by +FE on September 17, 2009 at 1:24 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange at Nectar Lounge, Seattle WA | Sept 15, 2009

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Seattle Weekly reviews The Foreign Exchange at Nectar Lounge, Seattle

by +FE on September 17, 2009 at 1:09 PM · Comments
A grown and sophisticated crowd was on hand last night to greet the Foreign Exchange, the R&B outfit headed by producer Nicolay and vocalist Phonte, for their very first Seattle appearance. With two synths and a powerhouse collection of singers, the Foreign Exchange jammed out for over two hours, managing to blend the sensuality of R&B and the liveliness of hip-hop to produce an impressive night of music and a very entertaining platform for the enigmatic, bow-tied Phonte. While Phonte's better known project, rap duo Little Brother, often attracts a younger and more self-consciously underground audience, last night's crowd was mature, attentive, and filled with couples who responded enthusiastically to the Foreign Exchange's smooth and unabashedly soulful sound. "This isn't just music, this is a ministry," said Phonte after one of his many tangents on the art of love, and judging by the hands in the air, he was preaching to the choir.

Opening was local hip-hop group the Physics; performing for the first time with a live band, the live instrumentation brought out the melodic personality and thoughtful, intricate composition exhibited by their latest project, the High Society EP. With producer Justo behind the turntables and sometimes popping out to rap along, MC Thig Natural capably led a collective of two backup vocalists and a very talented trio of musicians, resulting in perhaps the Physics' strongest performance to date. The major disappointment was the absence of Monk Wordsmith, the Physics' second MC who was unable to perform due to an out-of-town work conflict. While Thig valiantly rapped his brother's lines and sustained the energy of the band, Monk's laid-back confidence would only have enriched and enlivened their performance, missed most on songs like "Callin' Out" and "Back Track." The crowd was won over by the playful ditties of "I Just Wanna Beat" and "I Heart Beer," and had a great response to the closing and ridiculously catchy "Ready For We" off their debut FutureTalk. I overheard one audience member, who was hearing the group for the first time, excitedly refer to the Physics as "Outkasty." With a live band, the Physics distinguish themselves even more as a group with consistent and quality musicality as well as lyricism, a standard to which other local hip-hop groups should aspire.

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Postcards From Shibuya #3: Shibuya Station/Crossing

by Nicolay on September 17, 2009 at 9:07 AM · Comments
Postcards From Shibuya #3: Shibuya Station/Crossing
In a series of blogs titled 'Postcards From Shibuya', Nicolay explains what the inspiration was for his new album and how its songs came together.
'City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya' is built around two 'suites', or sets, of four and six instrumental songs respectively. The two suites are book-ended by several vocal songs that feature Carlitta Durand. "Lose Your Way", the album's introduction, segues into the first suite, consisting of "Shibuya Station", "Crossing", "Rain In Ueno Park" and "Satellite".

The demo version of "Shibuya Station" was among those first ideas that I recorded almost immediately after returning from my trip to Tokyo. The uptempo drums and percussion represent the frantic pace of the city's traffic, with a nod to 8-Bit Nintendo music in the intro. With over two million people passing through each workday (!), "Shibuya Station" is one of the world's busiest railway stations, and it seemed like the most appropriate starting point for a walk around Shibuya. A big shout out to my brother Zo! for laying down a smoldering solo on the Rhodes.

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City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya is here!

by +FE on September 15, 2009 at 11:17 AM · Comments
Let's take a walk through the city tonight...
The wait is over! Last week, we already released the digital version of 'City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya', and today marks the release of the CD version of the album. You can purchase your copy through online music retailers such as Amazon and this website, as well as in (select) stores across the United States. Check back for a complete list of stores that carry the album, coming soon. Later this month, 'Shibuya' will be released in Europe, Japan and the rest of the world.

On behalf of the entire Foreign Exchange Music crew, we thank you very much for your continued support!

You can still download the first single taken from 'City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya', ''Lose Your Way feat. Carlitta Durand", as well as the album sampler, free of charge through this website.
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Redlightdistrict reviews City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya

by +FE on September 15, 2009 at 7:31 AM · Comments
City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya is the newest venture between Little Brother's, Tiggalo (Phonte) and Dutch producer, Nicolay; collectively known as The Foreign Exchange. Though it [City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya] does not contain any lyrics as in rapping or crooning from Phonte, it does however feature vocals he wrote. The album's title comes from one of Tokyo's twenty-three wards, Shibuya. While Shibuya is a hub for young people (trendy fashion outlets and nightlife), the city also includes monuments or historic areas that are suggestive of Japan's storied past. After visiting Japan, Nicolay rejuvenated by the sights and sounds of this busy metropolis, aimed to capture this feeling through his music; the outcome is nothing short of exquisite. Nicolay is successful at juxtaposing if you will sounds that are reflective of the moods garnered from different settings; take for example the somber sounds of Meiji Shrine versus the hectic bustle of Shibuya Station. Similarly the Carlitta Durand assisted (one of the newest additions to The Foreign Exchange Music imprint) house influenced Saturday Night is sure to gear listeners for the club....Cést Noir anyone? Not only is City Lights Vol. 2 loaded with winning instrumentals, it is also a well conceptualized project for mature ears that is indicative of Phonte's song-writing prowess as well as Nicolay's dexterity on the boards.
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Tha Feedback reviews The Foreign Exchange at Someday Lounge, Portland

by +FE on September 14, 2009 at 6:22 PM · Comments
Let me tell you, from jump this show was ROCKING. They started off with "Lose Your Way" then proceeded to run the gamut of hits from their first album, Connected, all the way to their latest album Leave It All Behind.

What really made the show pop was the addition of the soulful voices of sultry soul singer with the powerful vox out this world, Yahzahrah; power tenor & underrated singer & often-featured FE vocalist Darien Brockington; and the lovely, big voiced yet sweet toned Carlitta Durand. These three + Phonte' holding the vocals down gave the show LIFE. Made it more than a hip-hop show actually -- it became a musical journey ranging from hip-hop freestyles, church chat, chords and interludes, to outright jams from Nicolay and the heat that was the band.

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The Foreign Exchange at Yoshi's Jazz Club, San Francisco CA | Sept 12, 2009

by +FE on September 14, 2009 at 2:15 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange at Yoshi's Jazz Club, San Francisco CA | Sept 12, 2009

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The Foreign Exchange at Yoshi's Jazz Club, San Francisco CA

by +FE on September 13, 2009 at 12:10 PM · Comments
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The Foreign Exchange preview several 'Shibuya' tracks on Friday FaveCast

by +FE on September 11, 2009 at 11:29 AM · Comments
Some good music for your player...
Phonte and Nicolay aka The Foreign Exchange join Fave as special guests for the newest edition of his Friday FaveCast. They discuss Nicolay's new album, 'City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya', the formation of their Foreign Exchange Music imprint, and much more.

Click here to download the MP3 or here to listen via the Friday FaveCast site. Playlist after the jump.

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Postcards From Shibuya #2: Lose Your Way

by Nicolay on September 11, 2009 at 9:16 AM · Comments
Postcards From Shibuya #2: Lose Your Way
In a series of blogs titled 'Postcards From Shibuya', Nicolay explains what the inspiration was for his new album and how its songs came together.
I recorded an instrumental demo, titled "Universe", towards the end of the sessions for 'Leave It All Behind', as I was getting ready to put together the 'Shibuya' album. Much like most ideas that I put down, I sent it to Phonte for some feedback. Over the years, this practice has become somewhat of a litmus test for me. Fortunately, he took to the track. I personally hadn't necessarily considered "Universe" for inclusion on 'Shibuya', but a few months later, when Phonte sent me the song he wrote to it, titled "Lose Your Way", everything literally fell into place. We had been brainstorming on conceptual ideas for the album, and the song brought all of the different elements together, inviting the listener to take a trip to the city, with the voice of Carlitta Durand as a guide.

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San Francisco Bay Guardian Online interviews The Foreign Exchange

by +FE on September 9, 2009 at 6:37 PM · Comments
"I love singin', but I think I'mma call my solo album, 'Fuck That, Coretta ... These Niggas Thaink I'm Soft,'" tweeted Phonte Coleman. "Thoughts?"

The message appeared on the Southern rapper's Twitter page a day after our interview, when I asked him, "All your projects seem to have a smooth, soulful, almost smooth jazz kind of sound. What is it about that sound that appeals to you?"

While I don't know if my question prompted Phonte's subsequent post, it's clear that Leave It All Behind (Foreign Exchange Music), his 2008 album with Nicolay as the Foreign Exchange, charts new depths of mellowness. In person, Phonte is a hilarious, extremely un-PC wisecracker, as subscribers to his Twitter account (and, back in the Stone Age, his MySpace page) will confirm. However, Phonte's turn as sincere loverman simply explores a side of his personality already revealed in his work as one-third of Little Brother, the hip-hop group for which he remains best known.

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Leisure Lab reviews City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya

by +FE on September 9, 2009 at 3:50 PM · Comments
Nicolay's City Lights Volume 2 has arrived, and the record is truly something to behold. Much like the preceding City Lights, this volume is primarily instrumental; however Shibuya includes vocal pieces written by Phonte and performed by Carlitta Durand. The album also features guest appearances by keyboard virtuoso and Foreign Exchange live band-mate, Zo!.

Shibuya takes its inspiration from the Tokyo neighborhood that Nicolay visited in 2006. Nic says, "When I came back to the States, I immediately locked myself up in the studio and came out with several new tracks that all felt different, but fresh. At that point, it really hit me. If I wanted to begin unlocking my true potential, I had to open myself up completely to whatever ideas would present themselves to me."

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The Anti-Pop Blog interviews Nicolay

by +FE on September 9, 2009 at 2:03 PM · Comments
When used correctly, the Internet proves to be an amazing place. It is, after all, the birthplace of musical gem The Foreign Exchange, a hip-hop/R&B group comprised of American rapper/singer Phontè (of Little Brother) and Dutch-imported producer Nicolay. In an interview with Nicolay last Friday, I got some insight on who this mastermind really is - what inspires his music, what's next for The Foreign Exchange, and, more immediately, what to expect from his latest project, City Lights Vol 2: Shibuya. The self-proclaimed "regular dude", whose stage name is actually the third of 3 first names (charge that to being European), is excited about the September 15th physical release (the digital version is already available) of Shibuya, a collection of 15 tracks inspired by a brief but fruitful trip to Japan.

"I had a very lucky opportunity to visit Japan, specifically an area in Tokyo called Shibuya, which, it's kind of like Manhattan in New York - it's the busiest, trendiest neighborhood in Tokyo and it's like always moving...I was there for about 5 days - I was there for a show - but we just really tried to take everything in and see as much as we could in those 5 days." His biggest takeaway was the reminder to remain true to himself as a musician. "That whole trip really just opened my eyes in a lot of ways to just be more open-minded...I kind of really started thinking that, you know, for myself, I sometimes had been too preoccupied with what the listener would sometimes think of what I do that I sometimes forget about, you know, just letting whatever kind of idea through me, just letting whatever kind of music comes - just letting that out instead of trying to censor yourself, or thinking like "well a fan of The Foreign exchange will most likely listen to this, and this and that." So really if anything it just really inspired me, or kind of really helped me to open up my mind a little bit more about, you know, other options, other possibilities, other forms of music. It was really good that that sort of came out."

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Shibuya takes Amazon MP3 Album charts by storm!

by +FE on September 9, 2009 at 8:30 AM · Comments
Digital version of City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya released!
The digital version of 'City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya' was released yesterday, exactly one week before the CD version drops on September 15. After an unusual but compelling request from Phonte and Nicolay not to purchase the digital album through iTunes (see: 'City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya' and why NOT to buy it from iTunes', fans collectively took to Amazon.com, pushing 'Shibuya' into the site's MP3 Album Top 100 chart almost immediately. And it didn't stop there. At the time of writing, 'Shibuya' is the #1 album in Dance, and the #16 album overall! Not a small feat for an album released independently by the artists themselves, without any marketing budgets or other financial backing.

A heartfelt thank you to all of our supporters, past, present, and future. You are much appreciated!

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A message from Phonte and Nicolay

by +FE on September 7, 2009 at 11:00 PM · Comments
Straight from the source...
Friends and Family,

Nic and I are proud to announce the digital release of 'City Lights 2: Shibuya', available right NOW.

The good news is that the full 'Shibuya' album is available for download on Amazon, eMusic, Rhapsody and other digital music retailers.

The bad news is that iTunes has decided to list 'Shibuya', as well as 'Leave It All Behind' (?!?!??!?!!) as "partial." Essentially, what this means is that you (the consumer) will be charged more money for buying the full album from iTunes, and that me and Nic won't receive credit for the album sales on SoundScan.

We are asking all of you who plan to purchase the full digital album to please do so via Amazon or any other music retailer, and not via iTunes. Not only will you get it for a cheaper price, but me and Nic will also get credit for the sale. In the very near future, Nic and I will be launching our own digital store via www.theforeignexchangemusic.com to ensure that we're not beholden to any more corporate bullshit that keeps our fans from getting great music at a fair price. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

For those of you who still buy your music the old-fashioned way, 'Shibuya' will be in stores nationwide on Sept. 15, and we will have CD's for sale during our upcoming west coast shows.

Thank you for listening, and we hope you enjoy the record!

Peace,
'Te and Nic
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12ftDwende interviews Nicolay

by +FE on September 6, 2009 at 2:32 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange story has been well documented: two musicians, one in North Carolina, the other in the Netherlands, met on an internet message board and created an album by sending files back and forth through e-mail and instant messaging, hence the name Foreign Exchange. In short, 2004's Connected was the product of two brothers connected by their love of music. Emcee Phonte had already made a name for himself as 1/3 of Little Brother, but the album introduced the world to Nicolay, whose lush soundscapes provided the perfect soundtrack to "renew your love affair with hip hop".

Five short years later, Nicolay stands out as one of the most innovative and inspiring producers in hip hop. The Dutch producer expertly harnesses the "organic and emotive qualities of classic soul" with each release. His third solo album, the highly anticipated City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya, will be released later this month

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NBC Bay Area: "Yoshi's Foreign Exchange Goes Live at Midnight"

by +FE on September 5, 2009 at 10:34 AM · Comments
Holland meets North Carolina to make The Foreign Exchange, a soulful hip-hop duo consisting of Dutch producer Nicolay and southern singer slash emcee slash part-time comedian slash whatever he wanna be, Phonte.

They play Yoshi's San Francisco with a full band at midnight on Saturday, Sept. 12. Wait, what? Yeah - midnight, y'all - for a special "Beyond Jazz Music Series." You can get tickets for $25 at the Yoshi's website.

Why the eff do you care?

One: you're nosey. The guys sat down with me for about half an hour to answer some of my favorite questions. Phonte talks about how he wishes he was Theo from "The Cosby Show," why he is the boss of himself, and spying on his kids. Nicolay shares college dropout fantasies, stories of his mama's records, and more. More on that in un momento.

Two: story time!

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Postcards From Shibuya #1: The story behind Shibuya

by Nicolay on September 4, 2009 at 9:54 AM · Comments
Postcards From Shibuya #1: The story behind Shibuya
In a new series of blogs titled 'Postcards From Shibuya', Nicolay explains what the inspiration was for his new album and how its songs came together.
Ever since I first released the original 'City Lights' album, I have been planning a sequel, hence the 'Vol. 1', and later 'Vol. 1.5', in the title. I knew that I wanted it to be another collection of instrumentals, and I knew that I didn't want to simply repeat the formula, and so I wasn't quite sure in what direction to take the sequel. This all changed when I got the chance to visit Tokyo (Japan), in November of 2006.

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Nicolay - City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya (Sampler)

by +FE on September 2, 2009 at 3:50 PM · Comment
Sample some songs from Nicolay's new album...
nicolay-shibuya_sampler_small.jpgClick the link below to download your copy of the City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya sampler!

If you haven't done so already, you can still download the first single taken from the album, 'Lose Your Way feat. Carlitta Durand', for FREE by clicking here.

"CITY LIGHTS VOL. 2: SHIBUYA (SAMPLER)" DOWNLOAD



The sampler includes snippets of the following tracks::

01 Shibuya Station
02 Crossing
03 Omotesando
04 Meiji Shrine
05 Shadow Dancing
06 Bullet Train
07 Saturday Night feat. Carlitta Durand
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A first look at the City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya CD

by +FE on September 1, 2009 at 7:06 PM · Comments
Fresh off the press... and we couldn't resist sharing a sneak peek

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