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LA Stereo interviews The Foreign Exchange (Part 1)

by +FE on August 30, 2010 at 9:06 AM · Comments
LA Stereo interviews The Foreign Exchange (Part 1)

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Zo! is Featured Artist on SoulTracks

by +FE on August 24, 2010 at 8:58 AM · Comments
Thanks to Chris and all of our friends at SoulTracks for making Zo! their featured artist this month! Click here to visit Zo!'s page on SoulTracks.
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Garth Trinidad interviews The Foreign Exchange (Part 2)

by +FE on August 19, 2010 at 8:45 AM · Comments
Garth Trinidad interviews The Foreign Exchange (Part 2)
Part 2 of Garth Trinidad's interview with The Foreign Exchange prior to the release of their new album, "Authenticity". Sandrine Orabona - director/editor, Anke Thommen - producer, David Waldman - director of photography.

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The Foreign Exchange at Numbers, Houston TX | Sept 19, 2010

by +FE on August 18, 2010 at 12:13 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange's FIRST show ever in Houston!
The Foreign Exchange with Sy Smith, Darien Brockington, Zo! and live band

Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 7:00 PM
Numbers Night Club, 300 Westheimer Road Houston, TX 77006 | (713) 526-8338

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Garth Trinidad interviews The Foreign Exchange (Part 1)

by +FE on August 17, 2010 at 7:29 AM · Comments
Garth Trinidad interviews The Foreign Exchange (Part 1)
Part 1 of Garth Trinidad's interview with The Foreign Exchange prior to the release of their new album, "Authenticity". Sandrine Orabona - director/editor, Anke Thommen - producer, David Waldman - director of photography.

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Zo!'s SunStorm CD Spectacular in Washington DC

by +FE on August 16, 2010 at 10:23 AM · Comments
Zo!'s SunStorm CD Spectacular in Washington DC

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Where to buy SunStorm [Updated Aug 14]

by +FE on August 14, 2010 at 8:24 PM · Comments
For your convenience, we have put together a comprehensive list of physical and digital music retailers that carry SunStorm. The list is as complete as possible and will be updated frequently. If you have a hard time finding the album in your area, please don't hesisate to leave a comment and/or to contact us via email, so that we can help you find your copy.

As always, thank you very much for your support!

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Washington City Paper reviews SunStorm

by +FE on August 13, 2010 at 1:18 PM · Comments
There's a moment near the end of the martial-arts film The Last Dragon in which the protagonist Bruce Leroy realizes he has "the power," an unmistakable, self-actualizing glow that enables him to conquer obstacles (and catch a bullet in his teeth). Lorenzo Ferguson, a Silver Spring-based producer, is basking in his own Leroy-style aura. Here's a man who has already enjoyed a respectable career as a multifaceted artist with a handful of enjoyable projects to his credit. With SunStorm, however, Zo! successfully marries his aesthetic to The Foreign Exchange's for a project that is as seamless as it is timeless. It might even teach you some moves.

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The Foreign Exchange at B.B. King's Blues Club, New York City NY | Oct 23, 2010

by +FE on August 13, 2010 at 9:07 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange at B.B. King's Blues Club, New York City NY | Oct 23, 2010
CMJ Music Marathon "Authenticity" Release Concert

This will be the ONLY album release event & LAST show of 2010.

The Foreign Exchange with Darien Brockington, Chantae Cann, Zo! and live band. With special guests Jesse Boykins III and more

Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 7:00 PM
B.B. King's Blues Club, 237 West 42 St, New York NY | (212) 997-4144

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Studio Campfire Stories: All Is Well With Love and Make Luv 2 Me (SunStorm Week Day 7)

by Zo! on August 10, 2010 at 8:32 AM · Comments
Studio Campfire Stories: All Is Well With Love and Make Luv 2 Me (SunStorm Week Day 7)
11. All Is Well With Love (feat. Chantae Cann)

Before I even begin this story, just understand that there is always one... No matter what album you work on, there is always one joint that is just a pain in the ass to complete. Welp, ladies and gentlemen... Allow me to introduce you all to one of my most beloved tracks, "All Is Well With Love!"

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The Foreign Exchange at The Door, Dallas TX | Sept 18, 2010

by +FE on August 9, 2010 at 9:14 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange's FIRST show ever in Dallas!
The Foreign Exchange with Sy Smith, Darien Brockington, Zo! and live band

Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 8:00 PM
The Door, 2513 Main St, Dallas TX 75226 | (214) 742-DOOR (3667)

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SoulTracks reviews SunStorm

by +FE on August 7, 2010 at 10:04 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange Music is at it again with the release of producer and multi-instrumentalist Zo!'s Sunstorm. After contributing to a number of Foreign Exchange projects such as Yahzarah's The Ballad Of Purple St. James and Little Brother's curtain call album Leftback, Zo! has delivered a palette of uplifting and passionate soul offerings that are sure to please. Channeling his inner Quincy Jones, Zo! has crafted an impressive album of his own sonic vision with the help of amazing vocalists such as Sy Smith, Lady Alma, Darien Brockington, Yahzarah, Carlitta Durand, Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh, Jesse Boykins III, Chantae Cann, Monica Blaire, and Eric Roberson. Sunstorm is truly the Back On The Block of 2010.

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Studio Campfire Stories: This Could Be The Night and Flight Of The Blackbyrd (SunStorm Week Day 6)

by Zo! on August 7, 2010 at 9:39 AM · Comments
Studio Campfire Stories: This Could Be The Night and Flight Of The Blackbyrd (SunStorm Week Day 6)
9. This Could Be the Night (feat. Eric Roberson, Darien Brockington & Rapper Big Pooh)

The funny thing about making music, or art for that matter is that you never know what you're sitting on. I had been sitting on this drum pattern for about 2 or 3 years not knowing what to do with it... just the bare drums exactly how you hear them in the final song. It was something that I would listen to every quarter or so, mess around with it, get mad with what I recorded and scrap it altogether. I had even done a song where that drum pattern's tempo was cut in HALF... It just still wasn't there yet. FINALLY, one day during the recording of SunStorm, I finally came up with a chord progression that I was happy with and actually kept it! But the joint had been sitting for so long that even when I found the progression that worked, I was still skeptical. Even when I would include it on a CD with the rest of the album formulated around it as just an instrumental, I would think, "It will get life once vocals are recorded on it." I ended up tracking it out and sending it through to Phonte so we could have the usual "who do you think would fit on this joint" talk. We talked about Erro (Eric Roberson) being a part of the album pretty much from the beginning... in fact, when I first met him back in December 2007 in Chicago, we spoke about working together, but it just never came together....

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Studio Campfire Stories: SunStorm and If I Could Tell You No (SunStorm Week Day 5)

by Zo! on August 4, 2010 at 9:09 AM · Comments
Studio Campfire Stories: SunStorm and If I Could Tell You No (SunStorm Week Day 5)
7. SunStorm (feat. YahZarah)

I started teaching back in the summer of 2006 and the first summer that I took off wasn't until 2008. I was so damn excited about having an entire summer to myself that as soon as I got home from the school on the last day, I went to work in the studio. The FIRST joint that I put together wound up being the music for the title track of this album... "SunStorm." Once again, the drums were done first and they resulted from me being in such a happy ass mood, I can't really describe it any other way. The drum pattern made this music what it wound up becoming. The feeling that I got from it was one of 'freedom' and 'fun'. With that being said, I distinctively remember figuring out a synth bassline that was very busy while keeping the fun and free elements in that music. And just like 95% of the music that I make, I played that synth bassline part all the way through the entire song. I think that when you actually play all the way through your piece, you are able to capture MUCH more of a feeling than that of a looped track. I don't think that the bassline should hit the same way in the first 8 bars of the song as it does coming out of the first hook, for example. The second half is what put it over the top... I made sure to send it to Phonte as soon as I was finished. He hit me with a text back, "I'ma MURK this joint!!" He was originally going to keep this one for himself... but ended up sitting on it after writing about 50 different things to it and not feeling satisfied with anything - I understand that pain FULLY (wait 'til you read the "This Could Be the Night" story).

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Studio Campfire Stories: Be Your Man and Free Your Mind (SunStorm Week Day 4)

by Zo! on August 3, 2010 at 8:04 AM · Comments
Studio Campfire Stories: Be Your Man and Free Your Mind (SunStorm Week Day 4)
5. Be Your Man (feat Darien Brockington)

Musically, the instrumental for "Be Your Man" was one of those joints that just kinda came to me. I vividly remember arranging the drum track first because at the time my intention was to lay something slower and also very simple... So I laid a simple 'one-two' or 'march' pattern for the drums at first. But in playing around with the pattern a little more, I ended up bringing the rimshot in simply for the additional nod factor and purposely left the hi-hat out (I actually experimented with an eighth note hi-hat pattern but hated how it sounded, it didn't work at all). The chord progression was something that I worked out through playing around on the keys, it wasn't planned... It was definitely a feeling, and I liked how it moved - pretty, but contrastingly dark. Once the progression was found and practiced, I played the chord stabs and allowed them to act as the eighth-note hi-hat rhythm instead of using an actual hi-hat. The live bass served as the glue for the music and the spacey sounding pad was the additional 'candy' and it was to my liking... still simple and now more mysterious. Once I sent this piece to Phonte and we got on the phone about it, he already had in his head that D. Brock was the man for the job, which completely worked since at that point Brock didn't have a feature on the album yet.

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Nu-Soul Magazine reviews SunStorm

by +FE on August 3, 2010 at 7:15 AM · Comments
If you need further proof that anyone affiliated with The Foreign Exchange is changing the shape of contemporary soul, look no further than the latest release from extended +FE member Zo! Enlisting the aid of fellow touring Foreign Exchange members Yahzarah, Phonte, and Darien Brockington as well as extended Nicolay alumni like Sy Smith and Carlitta Durand and progressive soul standouts like Eric Roberson, Monica Blaire, and Lady Alma, Zo! has crafted a true masterwork of epic proportions with Sunstorm.

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Zo!'s SunStorm shines bright (via SoulBounce)

by +FE on August 3, 2010 at 7:06 AM · Comments
If you're a passionate music lover like I am, then you already know that there's nothing worse than waiting patiently for an album to drop, only to realize that it was nowhere near as good as you'd hoped it'd be. Well, that is so not the case with Zo!'s highly-anticipated album, SunStorm. We've seem glimmers of his greatness on his 12 previous releases, namely 2009's tantalizing just visiting too EP, but on his first full-length project on The Foreign Exchange's homegrown imprint, he proves what we had all hoped: that he's one of the most exciting things to happen to music in a minute.

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The Foreign Exchange performs Daykeeper at Amoeba Music, San Francisco CA

by +FE on August 2, 2010 at 10:17 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange performs Daykeeper at Amoeba Music, San Francisco CA

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