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Nicolay shares Grammy glitter with holiday gift remix of Vikter Duplaix's Electric Love

by +FE on December 24, 2009 at 9:53 AM · Comments
Grammy® nominated producer Nicolay, fresh on the heels of his nomination in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category celebrates the Holidays with Vikter Duplaix with a remix of Duplaix's new single Electric Love.
The Netherlands raised / North Carolina based Nicolay, one-half of the artistic collective known as The Foreign Exchange, was nominated this year by The Recording Academy in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category. The Los Angeles based Duplaix, who hails from Philadelphia, is known in international circles as a Producer/Artist and DJ who earned Grammy® recognition in the same category in 2008.

As a celebration of the holidays, Vikter Duplaix and Nicolay are teaming up to offer the remix for free beginning Christmas day exclusively at VikterDuplaix.com.

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Vote for The Foreign Exchange in Blind I For The Kids' 2009 End Of The Year Awards

by +FE on December 24, 2009 at 8:51 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange is up for four Blind I For The Kids 2009 End Of The Year Awards!
The Foreign Exchange is nominated for Album Of The Year (Leave It All Behind), Best Collaboration and Song Of The Year (the Grammy nominated single ''Daykeeper'' with Muhsinah), and Best Video (''I Wanna Know'', directed by Matt Koza) in Blind I For The Kids' 2009 End Of The Year Awards. The polls close New Years Eve, and you can vote as many times as you like. The results will be published on New Years Day.

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allmusic's Favorite Electronic Albums of 2009 includes City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya!

by +FE on December 24, 2009 at 5:36 AM · Comments
A big thanks to allmusic for including City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya among their Favorite Electronic Albums of 2009! To check out their entire selection, click here.
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The Foreign Exchange: Leaving The Old Behind (via Okayplayer)

by +FE on December 24, 2009 at 5:24 AM · Comments
Call me crazy but I used to think artists sat around awaiting Grammy nomination announcements the way NCAA teams gather to await March Madness Tourney selections. I had concocted this preposterous mental scenario that included the artist and their closest family and friends huddled in the living room or studio awaiting the announcement. Although it's a major deal that some artist pursue throughout their entire career to no avail, Phonte Coleman found the peace of mind to sleep when most of the world was anxiously awaiting the 2010 selections.

Nominated for "Daykeeper" off their latest project Leave It All Behind, The Foreign Exchange, comprised of Nicolay and Phonte (Little Brother) feels the love. The group that came to existence via the Okayplayer message boards has received warm reception from domestic and international crowds. The overall success of this album in and outside of their "traditional" fan base has been somewhat surreal. Compared to Connected, Leave It All Behind is a more soulful R&B inspired album. Criticized by some for being too R&B, Foreign Exchange remains unaffected by these negative observations and continue to make music they can trust and believe in.

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Nicolay: Never Losing His Way (via The Indiestry Magazine)

by +FE on December 22, 2009 at 6:53 AM · Comments
Nicolay (born Matthijs Rook) has always been behind the scenes when it comes to his production. Unlike other well-known music producers who shout out their names on records like Swizz Beatz (SWIZZY!), DJ Khaled (WE THE BEST!), or Lil' Jon (YEEEAH!), Nicolay remains relatively quiet and let's his music do the talking for him.

Born and raised in Holland, Nicolay was trained to learn how to use classical instruments and has worked to become a music producer since his youthful days.

"My motivation is based on making music and music-related things," Nicolay said. "I've always been the type of person to mess with instruments and recording devices for hours on end."

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Two Port City musicians hoping for Grammy awards (via WWAY NewsChannel 3)

by +FE on December 21, 2009 at 4:20 PM · Comments
Two Port City musicians hoping for Grammy awards (via WWAY NewsChannel 3)

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Connecting with The Foreign Exchange (via SOBO Magazine)

by +FE on December 16, 2009 at 11:26 AM · Comments
The world of technology is amazing. The world we live in can now make almost anything possible with the click of a mouse and some computer skills. What's more impressive is technology has afforded many musicians and artists the luxury that would have been unheard of decades ago. For Phonte Coleman and Nicolay, it was the click of a mouse that brought these two talented individuals together to make one of the most unique duos in music history, The Foreign Exchange.

Meeting each other through the popular website forum Okayplayer.com, the two would exchange music and lyrics through e-mails and make their dynamic debut album, Connected (2004), before meeting each other face to face. Phonte, a member of the group Little Brother, and Nicolay, producer extraordinaire from the Netherlands, have blessed the masses with some amazing work, so much that at press time the duo was nominated for a Best Urban/Alternative Performance Grammy for the single "Daydreamer" from their second release, Leave It All Behind (2008).

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SoulTracks picks Leave It All Behind among their Best CDs of 2009!

by +FE on December 16, 2009 at 9:50 AM · Comments
Even though The Foreign Exchange's sophomore album Leave It All Behind officially came out in 2008, it is still getting lots of love, even as 2009 closes out. First there was the Grammy nomination for "Daykeeper"; now popular soul-music site SoulTracks has selected the album among their Best CDs of 2009:
The Foreign Exchange: Leave It All Behind -- Arguably one of the best albums of the decade; not since Sweetback's debut has electronic music sounded this soulful and seductive (L. Michael Gipson)
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The Foreign Exchange on their Grammy nomination

by +FE on December 14, 2009 at 11:26 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange on their Grammy nomination
Friends and Family,

Last week, me and Nic's lives were forever changed as The Foreign Exchange's "Daykeeper" (feat. Muhsinah) was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category.

We haven't come forward with a personal press release or statement of any kind because truthfully, the past week has been a whirlwind of events and its taken us awhile to really wrap our heads around all that's happened.

Needless to say, we are both filled with feelings of shock, wonder, amazement, nervousness, humility, and extreme gratitude.

We have prepared a short video (with the help of our frequent collaborator Matt Koza), that describes the FE story and gives an overview of our journey from random obscurity to fully independent Grammy nominated artists. Consider this our pre-Grammy acceptance speech...lol. We encourage all of you to pass this along and spread the word, as we feel our story is a big inspiration to artists everywhere. Every once in a blue moon, the good guys do win.

We thank all of you for our continued support, and wish you a safe and blessed holiday season.

Peace,

'Te and Nic

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Wilmington producer Nicolay relishes Grammy nomination (via Star News)

by +FE on December 9, 2009 at 3:51 PM · Comments
Wilmington producer Nicolay relishes Grammy nomination (via Star News)
A modest home in a neighborhood near where College Road turns into Interstate 40 isn't where you might expect a Grammy nominee to live.

But that's exactly where Nicolay - the independent Dutch producer and musician who helps create the sound for R&B/hip-hop group The Foreign Exchange - received the news last week that he and vocalist Phonte, of Raleigh, had been nominated for a Best Urban/Alternative Performance Grammy for their song "Daykeeper."

"We've just been going nuts for the last week, man," Nicolay said, sitting in his living room with his wife, Aimee Flint, who serves as The Foreign Exchange's "director of operations," handling business dealings, promotion and a million other things.

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SoulTracks reviews City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya

by +FE on December 9, 2009 at 3:40 PM · Comments
Relaxed, contemplative, and cucumber cool in its approach to nouveau -80s electronica, Nicolay's Shibuya demonstrates why the Great Dutch is in demand as an indie soul and hip hop producer, but not necessarily why the multi-instrumentalist is a compelling enough solo talent. Gratefully, the music here is not aggressive or obnoxious enough to be considered commercial synth pop, but nor is it languid or atmospheric enough to fully earn chillout or lounge cred. On his genre-free instrumentals, Nicolay only intermittently creates a soundscape that stands up without a vocal or instrumental solo riding over his electro-soul beats. When it does rise above a hot track for someone else's spotlight, as on elaborate thought pieces like "Meji Shrine" or the compellingly rhythmic "Crossing" and "Shibuya Station," Shibuya delivers the addictive dopamine of Nicolay's previous two City Lights offerings. Flashes of unique composition and arrangement are heard scattered on various bars within songs, as on "Rain in Ueno Park ," but the Shibuya standouts are those that include vocals from his rapidly expanding Foreign Exchange camp. On the musical perfection, "Saturday Night," and on the stunningly kaleidoscopic "Wake Up In Another Life," artists like the feather-voiced Carlitta Durand and an uncredited Phonte bring a frivolity and attractive brightness to nocturnal Nicolay's Neptunes-lite compositions. Rather than bringing undue attention to themselves on these tracks, the singers actually draw you into appreciating Nicolay's quietly cerebral musicianship. Like jazz pianist Billy Strayhorn before him, Nicolay's best work seems to be that done for others to shine, in turn giving this understated artist his most blinding moments.
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The Foreign Exchange earns Grammy nomination for ''Daykeeper''!

by +FE on December 3, 2009 at 8:33 AM · Comments
We are proud and humbled to announce that "Daykeeper", the first single taken from The Foreign Exchange's sophomore album, Leave It All Behind, has been nominated for a Grammy award! "Daykeeper" (feat. Muhsinah) is nominated in the category "Best Urban/Alternative Performance". The Grammy winners will be announced on January 31st, 2010. For more information and to see who we are up against, visit www.grammy.com.

We'd like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone that has supported The Foreign Exchange family, and we hope that this serves as proof that you CAN succeed on your own terms. God bless.
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