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The Foreign Exchange at Red Bull Soundclash, Raleigh NC

by +FE on November 17, 2009 at 8:54 AM · Comments
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The Foreign Exchange vs. The Love Language at Red Bull Soundclash

by +FE on November 13, 2009 at 10:57 AM · Comments
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Postcards From Shibuya #7: Meiji Shrine/The Inner Garden

by Nicolay on November 9, 2009 at 8:31 AM · Comments
Postcards From Shibuya #7: Meiji Shrine/The Inner Garden
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.
Before I even wrote a single note of music, I knew that one of the centerpieces on City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya would have to be called Meiji Shrine. The place just left that much of an impression on me.

Meiji Shrine, or Meiji Jingu in Japanese, is a large Shinto shrine dedicated to the beloved and influential Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken, and situated in the forest at the end of Omotesando, across the street from the legendary Budokan hall. The people of Tokyo visit the shrine to practice their religion and to pay their respects to the spirits of the emperial couple. Many consider Meiji Shrine and the adjacent forest their spiritual home.

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allmusic reviews City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya

by +FE on November 9, 2009 at 8:12 AM · Comments
The second volume of Nicolay's City Lights series is a travelogue that, through the eyes of an amazed and slightly dazed visitor, reflects the character of Tokyo's Shibuya ward -- getting lost in its nightlife, basking in its spirituality, and several points in-between. In the wake of the producer's work on the Foreign Exchange's Leave It All Behind, a lack of progression would have been excusable, but Nicolay manages (remarkably enough) to expand his range both stylistically and conceptually. Mostly instrumental, Nicolay plays everything with the exception of a couple piano solos (provided by Zo!), while FE partner Phonte wrote and arranged for the four songs with vocals, all of which feature Carlitta Durand's whispery, sweetly uplifting voice. Faultlessly sequenced, just about every track is a set-up for what follows, and though the whole set is bathed in a unifying luster, the shifts in sound are not insignificant. Ranging beyond Nicolay's past output, Shibuya delves deeper into the boundless energy and complexities of late-'70s jazz fusion, steps into lush deep house, and otherwise moves smoothly on mellow downtempo pieces that are too stimulating to be regarded as mere mood music. What puts it over the top is not necessarily its central track or overall highlight but its two biggest surprises: the crisp, sleek, and discreetly dubby "Saturday Night," a four/four-rooted club track that could be a soundclash with the Force Tracks label circa Hypercity, and the beaming and almost frantic "Wake Up in Another Life," a dead ringer for an imagined West London broken beat interpretation of late-'70s George Duke (like "Yeah, We Going" or "Up from the Sea It Arose"). Nicolay's sense of wonderment shines through all of this, another unassuming gem from one of the most creative and increasingly chameleonic producers around.
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Unique74 reviews City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya

by +FE on November 9, 2009 at 7:59 AM · Comments
Ambient tones, soulful echoes and electro sounds are few of the many ingredients created in this audio collage. Nicolay clocks in with a sequel to "City Lights v1″ , in which "City Lights v2″ bears a mature and seasoned sound. The many moods that are captured on this album takes the listener on an audio canvas as a painter searching for a visual climax. "Bullet Train" reigns in a euphoric yet busy atmosphere, while dwelling in a dark and promise future. "Omotesando" has a loose and open feeling while leaning on a heavy Jazz Fusion groove, this is my personal favorite under the "City Lights". "Meiji Shrine" gives a pinch of the Nicolay signature sound found in previous works, while serving as a reminder that the funk is still in control. The "buzz" cut is "Wake Up In Another Life" featuring vocalist Carlitta Durand, this lively piece is another highlight on the album worth checking out. This release sets a fresh and redefinitive approach in additon to exploring new ground, "City Lights v2″ is the sure shot!
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The Foreign Exchange at Red Bull Soundclash, Raleigh NC | Nov 12, 2009

by +FE on November 5, 2009 at 6:29 PM · Comments
Red Bull Soundclash is an unparalleled live musical conversation performance between two bands with diverse sounds, styles and creativity. The ultimate musical battle where two bands will fight for the grace of the public. Which band will be the best to anticipate the other? Which band will have the stamina to keep going? The audience decides who the winner will be.

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The Foreign Exchange at The 8x10, Baltimore MD

by +FE on November 5, 2009 at 8:30 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange at The 8x10, Baltimore MD

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Zo! - ...just visiting too

by +FE on November 3, 2009 at 9:02 AM · Comment
Zo! - ...just visiting too
We are proud to present the new EP of covers from our longtime friend, collaborator, and bandmate Zo!, "...just visiting too."

Working on this record has been a labor of love for everybody involved, and we hope it serves as a teaser for Zo's upcoming full-length SunStorm, dropping next summer on +FE Music.

Enclosed in the "...just visiting too" zip file is a digital pdf booklet complete with all the album credits, information on the album's vocalists and contributors, as well as information on the originals.

Enjoy the music, pass it around to a friend, and as always thank you for the support. We hope this record makes your transition into the holiday season much easier.

Thank you for listening. Team FE marches on!

One Love,
'Te and Nic

"...JUST VISITING TOO" LISTEN | DOWNLOAD

Tracklisting:
1. Perfect Angel feat. Yahzarah
2. Nights Over Egypt feat. Carlitta Durand
3. Crazy You feat. Sy Smith
4. Holding You, Loving You
5. My Flame feat. Phonte
6. Somethin Special feat. Yahzarah
7. The Highways of My Life (Pts. 1&2) feat. Darien Brockington
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Postcards From Shibuya #6: Omotesando

by Nicolay on November 2, 2009 at 8:36 AM · Comments
Postcards From Shibuya #6: Omotesando
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.
Omotesando is the name of one of the main avenues in the Shibuya district. It is best known as an upscale shopping area featuring several international brand boutique stores and outlets. Over 100,000 cars drive down this avenue every day.

As I was going through all of our photographs of Shibuya, searching for album art material, I came across the image of the cars driving down Omotesando, and I knew I had found the front cover.

''Omotesando'', one of the earlier pieces that I recorded for City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya, opens the second suite of instrumentals on the album, and, following the avenue that it is named after, segues into "Meiji Shrine''.

Thanks for listening,

Nicolay

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