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Studio Campfire Stories: Say How You Feel and For Leslie (SunStorm Week Day 3)

by Zo! on July 30, 2010 at 5:36 PM · Comments
Studio Campfire Stories: Say How You Feel and For Leslie (SunStorm Week Day 3)
3. Say How You Feel (feat. Phonte & Carlitta Durand)

In April of 2009, Phonte and Carlitta were both in town for a video shoot with my brovah and good friend, DJ Roddy Rod. If I remember correctly, the shoot was on a Saturday and I was mad that I couldn't make it to the group video shoot at night because I had a two shows with The ELs scheduled on the same day. But when Sunday came around, the two of them made sure to stop by the house to hang out for a little while. The day was interesting because being that I lived in a 17-story building, the apartments didn't have thermostats that controlled 'heat' and 'air conditioning'. So therefore, the entire building would have to be 'switched over' to heat when the weather typically got cold (around Oct/Nov) and would switch to a/c when the weather typically warmed up, which was normally around April. Well... the air conditioning had not yet switched over to a/c and the day that Phonte and Carlitta decided to come over, the temperature was in the upper-90's... and I lived on the 15th floor. So the heat in the apartment that day was damn near unbearable, the humidity was up, and it was just plain uncomfortable. Realizing this, I stopped up at Target in order to get a fan big enough to accommodate kats... The problem was, OTHER folks in the area had the same idea that I did, which equated to a "late arrival" (about 1pm). When I got to Target, the big floor fans were GONE and the only fans they had left were a couple of small joints that were gonna do NO good in the heat we were gonna be smothered in. But, I bought one of them anyway and took it back home. By the time I got there, Phonte and Carlitta were already in the spot and sitting in the living room. We plugged in the fan, sat very still and checked out a couple of movies... aaaaand as expected, that little ass fan was moving NO air around in the apartment.

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allmusic reviews SunStorm

by +FE on July 30, 2010 at 9:49 AM · Comments
SunStorm is Lorenzo Ferguson's follow-up to 2009's Overdue Process -- a full-length collaboration with MC Asylum 7 -- and payback from several sessions beside the Foreign Exchange and its affiliates. It's also the natural extension of the Just Visiting EPs, in which the multi-instrumentalist/producer and a rotating array of vocalists reinterpreted soft soul of the mid-'70s through the early '90s -- hits and cult classics like Minnie Riperton's "Perfect Angel," the Jones Girls' "Nights Over Egypt," and Mary J. Blige's "Love No Limit." Ferguson's keyboards and beats have always been flexible enough to accommodate vocalists and MCs with equal ease. Here, they are especially geared toward the former, though Phonte pulls double duty on the uplifting tone setter "Greater Than the Sun" and Rapper Big Pooh briefly drops in on the loose-collared "This Could Be the Night." True to its title, SunStorm emits a constant flow of radiant, positive energy, even when the love songs convey turbulence. Ferguson gracefully switches between lively pianos and darting synthesizers over beats that gently bounce and flutter, and drafts in some occasional woodwinds and brass. This places the album as much in line with the most musical strain of broken beat (à la 4hero, Mark de Clive-Lowe, and Kaidi Tatham) as adult contemporary R&B. If the wide-scoped progressive jazz and R&B station WJZZ -- a fixture in Ferguson's native Detroit -- still existed, it would no doubt wear this album out. Given the number of featured vocalists, the station would not run the risk of losing any ears in doing so.
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The SunStorm CD-Release Spectacular at U St Music Hall, Washington DC | Aug 15 2010

by +FE on July 29, 2010 at 4:20 PM · Comments
Come celebrate and experience the release of SunStorm with Zo!, Phonte, Nicolay, Rapper Big Pooh, Eric Roberson, and Darien Brockington
Zo! & The Foreign Exchange Sound+System feat. Rapper Big Pooh, Eric Roberson, and Darien Brockington

Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 8:00 PM
U St Music Hall , 1115A U Street NW, Washington DC 20009 | (202) 588-1880

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Studio Campfire Stories: Greater Than The Sun and Greatest Weapon Of All Time (SunStorm Week Day 2)

by Zo! on July 28, 2010 at 9:28 AM · Comments
Studio Campfire Stories: Greater Than The Sun and Greatest Weapon Of All Time (SunStorm Week Day 2)
Zo! breaks down the makings of all of the tracks on his new album, SunStorm.
1. Greater Than the Sun (feat. Phonte)

For those of you who have listened to Little Brother's Getback album, the closing track "When Everything Is New" was initially supposed to be the intro joint for THIS album. After hearing the recorded hook sung by Phonte, Big Pooh requested that he call me and ask that I let the song go to them for their album... I remember answering that "no-brainer-question-of-the-year" before Phonte had even finished what he was gonna say.

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SunStorm wallpapers

by +FE on July 27, 2010 at 3:20 PM · Comments
SunStorm wallpapers
Two sleek SunStorm wallpaper designs by Kompleks Creative.

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Soul UK reviews SunStorm

by +FE on July 27, 2010 at 11:06 AM · Comments
Well folks the wait is over. It is now July 27th and you can all get your hands on one of the most anticipated albums of the year, Zo!'s Sunstorm.

The Detroit producer / multi-instrumentalist has been honing his craft for years releasing EP's along the way, however it was hooking up with Phonte (and the rest of the Foreign Exchange crew) that really saw the tables turn and saw Zo! gain some much deserved attention. After working with FE on their Grammy nominated Leave It All Behind album, and releasing the free EP ...just visiting too, all was on course for him to become a member of the +FE Music label and release his full-length debut.

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SunStorm Week!

by Zo! on July 26, 2010 at 1:33 PM · Comments
SunStorm Week!
This is NOT the way I had the release of the biggest album of my career planned out in my head. The reason? Well, the D.C. area was hit with about 15-20 minutes of a ridiculous storm Sunday afternoon around 3pm... It is currently 11:25am Monday morning and electric current decided to show itself only about 30 minutes ago after deserting the place for 19-20 hours. I went out driving on a couple of different occasions to look for food (sounds like I shoulda been on Oregon Trail or som'n) yesterday while the power was out, and here are the statistics in regards to what I witnessed: 5 car accidents, 4 working traffic lights, and 0 Pepco trucks out working on anything. So here I lay on the floor of my house typing out a blog entry that I would have loved to have posted 11 1/2 hours ago to kick "SunStorm Week" off properly... but I'm sure you all understand. The power is back on and I can smile again...

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

by +FE on July 26, 2010 at 10:42 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange at Yoshi's Jazz Club, San Francisco CA
More great photographs courtesy of JJ Casas and the MotionScope Studies crew, this time of The Foreign Exchange's second show at Yoshi's Jazz Club in San Francisco last friday.

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The Foreign Exchange at Amoeba Music, San Francisco CA

by +FE on July 26, 2010 at 9:08 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange at Amoeba Music, San Francisco CA
The Foreign Exchange visited San Francisco's Amoeba Music last week for an instore mini-performance. Photographer JJ Casas of MotionScope Studies and his crew were there to document the goings on. Enjoy!

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The Foreign Exchange at The Roxy Theater, Hollywood CA

by +FE on July 25, 2010 at 3:25 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange at The Roxy Theater, Hollywood CA

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+FE Music artist portraits by JJ Casas of MotionScope Studies

by +FE on July 24, 2010 at 9:08 AM · Comments
+FE Music artist portraits by JJ Casas of MotionScope Studies

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This Could Be The Night by Zo! available now on iTunes!

by +FE on July 13, 2010 at 8:23 AM · Comments
The first single taken from Zo!'s upcoming SunStorm album, This Could Be The Night, is now available on iTunes! The iTunes single contains the following tracks:

01. This Could Be The Night feat. Eric Roberson, Darien Brockington & Rapper Big Pooh (Album Mix)
02. This Could Be The Night feat. Eric Roberson, Darien Brockington & Rapper Big Pooh (Video Mix)
03. This Could Be The Night (Instrumental)

Click here to purchase the single on iTunes

You can listen to This Could Be The Night now, download your FREE copy of the song, or watch the video.

SunStorm is available for pre-order in the +FE Music Webstore.
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Behind the scenes at Zo!'s videoshoot

by +FE on July 8, 2010 at 10:02 AM · Comments
Behind the scenes at Zo!'s videoshoot
Behind-the-scenes access to Zo!'s videoshoot for This Could Be The Night, in the form of some great photos courtesy of SoulBounce (wassup, Butta!) and Gravity508 of Sneakshot.

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Zo! - This Could Be The Night (Official Video)

by +FE on July 6, 2010 at 12:00 PM · Comments
Zo! - This Could Be The Night (Official Video)
The official music video for the first single taken from Zo!'s upcoming album SunStorm, in stores July 27th on +FE Music. Directed by Matt Koza and featuring Zo!, Eric Roberson, Darien Brockington and Rapper Big Pooh.

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The Foreign Exchange makes Atlanta connection; new album in the works (via Atlanta Hip-Hop Music Examiner)

by +FE on July 6, 2010 at 11:21 AM · Comments
Atlanta was ready for The Foreign Exchange. On a warm Friday night in late May, their show at Midtown's Masquerade was filled with the grown and sexy people of what the music industry calls "urban alternative." The mostly coupled-up coterie was formed by women in colorful dresses and sandals and men in button-downs and jeans or graphic T-shirts bearing images of rock and hip-hop icons. If you didn't get close to the front, you could bob and weave your way to a better view through the afroed and loc-ed up folks that made of up the majority of the standing room only area. And the numbers didn't lie; the capacity crowd of the venue showed that a performance from the North Carolina via the Netherlands collective was well worth the wait.

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Instore & Mini-Performance with The Foreign Exchange at Amoeba Music, San Francisco CA | Jul 23, 2010

by +FE on July 6, 2010 at 10:42 AM · Comments
Come see The Foreign Exchange with YahZarah and Darien Brockington for a special LIVE in-store performance at Amoeba Music SF + FREE + All Ages
The Foreign Exchange with YahZarah and Darien Brockington

Friday, July 23, 2010 at 6:00 PM
Amoeba Music, 1855 Haight Street, San Francisco CA 94117 | (510) 549-1125

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