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The Foreign Exchange: Authentic Souls (Part 2) (via The Well Versed)

by +FE on October 30, 2010 at 9:36 AM · Comments
TWV: You said that this album is more catered towards a man than a woman. Can you elaborate on that?

Phonte: Most R&B is pretty much men singing what they think women want to hear. Guys kind of get left out in the cold. There's a misconception that guys don't like R&B. Guys like to hear male singers but it has to be something that speaks to them on some level. No disrespect to Trey Songz, because he has songs that I like but I can't ride with four other dudes listening to Trey Songz. That's just not going to happen because most of his songs are tailored to women. My homeboys can't be singing "My Neighbors Know My Name." I'm sorry.

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SoulCuts reviews Authenticity

by +FE on October 30, 2010 at 9:30 AM · Comments
Authenticity is a tightly crafted collection of atmospheric electro-soul and pop that could well see Nicolay and Phonte surpass their earlier Grammy nomination. It's a brave record, short and to the point, both lyrically and musically. I'm reminded of the writer's maxim: edit, edit and edit again! There's not an ounce of fat on Authenticity, each track is delivered succinctly, right from the heart of the matter. It's a welcome antidote to the usual bloated R&B from across the pond.

The album's overarching soundscape expands on the music Nicolay explored on his Shibuya release, marrying it exquistely to Phonte's songwriting to produce a soul album that defies the critic's usual sophistic genre classifications. For music lovers, that's certainly worth a round of applause.

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Okayplayer reviews Authenticity

by +FE on October 28, 2010 at 10:26 PM · Comments
Is Phonte Coleman depressed or something? It's not an unreasonable question to ask while listening to Authenticity, the third album from the rapper-turned-singer's alternative-R&B/soul group the Foreign Exchange. Picking up where they left off with their Grammy-nominated sophomore effort Leave It All Behind, Coleman and producer Nicolay have crafted an album in the age of the digi-single; a commendable feat that sets them apart from the rest of their "contemporaries" (though let's be honest, this is a group with no peers). As the lonesome leaf that adorns the album's cover might indicate, this is not a cheery affair.

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Get Out Your Hoodie: Songs For Fall (via NPR Music)

by +FE on October 28, 2010 at 10:58 AM · Comments
NPR Music staff has included Laughing At Your Plans by The Foreign Exchange in their Songs For Fall playlist. Under the appropriately cozy title Get Out Your Hoodie, NPR Music staff published their favorite fall music, and this new track from Authenticity featuring Chantae Cann fit the bill perfectly.
The Foreign Exchange is the R&B outfit of Phonte (rapper, singer and songwriter of the now-dismantled North Carolina rap duo Little Brother) and Nicolay, the multi-instrumentalist whose coruscating, typically Moog-driven production illuminates the duo's swooning and lustrous sound. Their latest album, Authenticity, is well-positioned to be the soundtrack of this year's fall season -- not only because of the timing of its release, but for each song's tailor-fitted mood and feel. The jovial and upbeat "Laughing at Your Plans," a duet featuring rising singer-songwriter Chantae Cann, is about as colorful and vibrant as the changing leaves of fall; in both a melodic and literal sense, it optimistically embraces that which is beyond our control. So bundle up in your hoodie and bask in the acoustic ambiance of this song as you bid the warm weather adieu. -- Andre Barnes, NPR Music
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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity release concert in New York

by +FE on October 28, 2010 at 10:25 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity release concert in New York

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Pitchfork reviews Authenticity

by +FE on October 27, 2010 at 9:36 AM · Comments
The narratives surrounding the Foreign Exchange's albums often overshadowed the conversation around the music itself. On their debut, Connected, it was that rapper Phonte and producer Nicolay constructed their tracks through back-and-forth Internet correspondence, having never met by the time their album was released. With their follow-up, Leave It All Behind, it was that the group had committed a total about-face, Phonte having traded rapping for singing. In both cases, the results of such improbable experiments were astonishing. But unlike Connected, which seemed to lose steam with time, Leave It All Behind had a different trajectory. That album grew only richer and more impressive as the years passed, revealing itself to be a remarkably complex, mature R&B record.

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Authenticity T-Shirts available now in the +FE Music Store!

by +FE on October 26, 2010 at 2:14 PM · Comments
As worn by The Foreign Exchange and crew at their Authenticity release concert in New York! This "Authenticity" T-Shirt was designed (by Peche Designs) and manufactured (by Port Merch) exclusively for +FE Music. Women's and Men's T-Shirt available in black or white. Get yours today!

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Prefix reviews Authenticity

by +FE on October 26, 2010 at 12:13 PM · Comments
In 2010, it's not terribly bizarre to learn that a musical act has created its latest track or album by sending tracks through e-mail or an instant-messaging service. But when singer-rapper Phonte Coleman and producer Nicolay joined forces via the infamous OkayPlayer boards in 2004, this method of creating music was basically unheard of. But because of the distance between them - Phonte resides in North Carolina and Nicolay in the Netherlands - these two basically had no other option. As such, they dubbed themselves The Foreign Exchange and crafted their widely heralded debut, Connected, with both names being a clear play on their situation. And on that record, the duo and their guests showcased an organic yet electronic take on soul-infused hip-hop. It was such a natural sound and pairing that Nicolay and Phonte realized they had something special on their hands.

Enter sophomore effort, Leave It All Behind, which dropped in late 2008 and slightly referred to how the producer himself left his life behind and moved to North Carolina. With the two of them living nearby, they could record together in the studio and allow for an even truer interaction. That led to their second album showing a greater feat of songwriting and production, both handled by Nicolay and Phonte. True collaboration might be important in any given recording session, but here it took on a new life because Phonte was ready to show the world his vocal chops. Across the entirety of Leave It All Behind he spit two verses. The rest he crooned with a sincere, honest tone, like an old-school R&B/soul-man with some help from full-time singers Yahzarah, Darien Brockington, and Muhsinah. Together, they made such a mark that even the Grammy's nomination panel took notice and put "Daykeeper" up for Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2009. Sure, those awards might not mean much to some, but considering the Foreign Exchange's opponents - acts like India.Arie (who won) and others - it meant a lot. So much, in fact, that Phonte put recording his solo debut on hold to get back in the studio with Nicolay to create their third album, Authenticity.

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The Foreign Exchange Reign Over The Empire City (via SoulBounce)

by +FE on October 26, 2010 at 9:24 AM · Comments
Phonte, Nicolay and their musically gifted collective known as The Foreign Exchange, including Zo!, Darien Brockington, and guest vocalist Chantae Cann, played BB Kings in New York City Saturday night and, as usual, did not disappoint. The show served as the official album release celebration for their third album, the excellent Authenticity.

As a Certified +FE Stan I looked forward to hearing live versions of their newest tracks, but remained curious in the days leading up to the show as to how the somber underbelly of Authenticity would merge with the happier Leave It All Behind and decidedly more hip-hop Connected material. It was made quickly evident, however, that there would be no palpable delineation between the songs they're most seasoned at performing (i.e. fan favorites "Take Off the Blues," "Come Around" and the GRAMMY-nominated "Daykeeper") and the future classics, which made for an organically cohesive show. The newest additions to their eclectic catalog merge extremely well with the older joints and pretty much solidify The Foreign Exchange "sound"--that achingly soulful, "grown folk relationship soundtrack" sound that resonate so deeply with those of us who've been through some real life shit.

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The Foreign Exchange's 'Authenticity' Is As Real As They Come (via SoulBounce)

by +FE on October 25, 2010 at 9:05 PM · Comments
Let's face it, The Foreign Exchange's Leave It All Behind is a tough act to follow. Released in October 2008, the album overshadowed everything released that year, wound up atop many "Best Of" lists (including being named Album of the Year by this music blog), was home to the GRAMMY-nominated single "Daykeeper" and quite literally caught everyone out there with how unbelievably awesome the whole package was from start to finish. How do you top that? Well, if you're The Foreign Exchange, the goal isn't to repeat what you've already done, which they've made quite clear throughout their career. Everyone thought that they had Nicolay and Phonte pegged after Connected dropped in 2004, but LIAB was a thematic and sonic evolution from their stellar debut. Focused on celebrating the highs and recognizing the lows of relationships, there was less hip hop, more soul and it was all good. So with the release of the group's third album, Authenticity, if there is one thing to be sure of, it's that another surprise is awaiting once you sit down and press play.

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The Foreign Exchange perform Maybe She'll Dream Of Me and Eyes To The Sky Live @ Best Buy

by +FE on October 25, 2010 at 9:42 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange perform Maybe She'll Dream Of Me and Eyes To The Sky Live @ Best Buy
Phonte, Nicolay and Darien Brockington perform their current single and (USA Today Pick Of The Week) Maybe She'll Dream Of Me, live at Best Buy (Union Square, NYC).

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The Foreign Exchange at Best Buy Union Square, New York NY

by +FE on October 24, 2010 at 5:45 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange at Best Buy Union Square, New York NY

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The Foreign Exchange: Authentic Souls (Part 1) (via The Well Versed)

by +FE on October 22, 2010 at 8:55 AM · Comments
TWV: It's been 6 years since Connected was released as two guys who just enjoyed each others music from two different continents. Honestly, did either of you ever think that this is where you would be at in your respective careers? Making this kind of music?

Phonte: I always thought we'd be making music together to some capacity. But in terms of Nic moving stateside and moving at the level we are now, I truly didn't see that coming. I kind of knew from our first record that it would be more than hip hop. We both had aspirations of doing something outside of the realm of hip hop. In terms of it turning into a full blown company and us producing for other people, I damn sure didn't see that happening. We've been blessed.

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Merc80.com interviews Aimee Flint (Part 3)

by +FE on October 21, 2010 at 12:32 PM · Comments
Merc80.com interviews Aimee Flint (Part 3)

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Q&A: The Foreign Exchange's Phonte Coleman On How To Make Grown Up R&B That You Can Listen To With Other Men In the Car (via The Village Voice)

by +FE on October 20, 2010 at 4:41 PM · Comments
When Phonte Coleman, the singing, songwriting half of r&b duo the Foreign Exchange (the other half is producer/multi-instrumentalist Nicolay Rook), talks about the group's new album Authenticity, he's close to apologetic. That's because unlike 2008's Leave It All Behind, the group's Grammy-nominated celebration of love's up-and-down complexities, this new one is an extended, depressive suite about wizened contentment and well, existential dread. Authenticity is purposefully one-note: spare, frosty electronic soul about how much damned work it is to be in a relationship. We met up with Phonte last week in Raleigh, North Carolina, to discuss the record as the Foreign Exchange prepared for their two CMJ shows this Saturday: A free one at the Union Square Best Buy at 2:30 p.m. and then a 7 p.m. performance at BB King's.

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Authenticity enters the BillBoard Album Top 200!

by +FE on October 20, 2010 at 11:25 AM · Comments
An official "first" for The Foreign Exchange as a duo: in its first week of release, their new album Authenticity entered the BillBoard Album Top 200 at number 145! And that is not all. Authenticity also entered the Top New Artist Albums chart at number 3 and the R&B Album chart at number 23. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you that copped the new album, as we are truly and sincerely appreciative of your ongoing support!

Addendum: Authenticity is also number 26 on the Current Independent Albums chart, number 40 on the Current Digital Albums chart and number 3 on the Heatseekers Albums chart!
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Authenticity Listening Party at Teavolve Cafe & Lounge, Baltimore MD | Oct 21, 2010

by +FE on October 19, 2010 at 5:05 PM · Comments
Gypsy Soul presents
The SOUND CHECK SERIES
MORGAN HOMECOMING KICK OFF EDITION

The Sound Check Series is a traditional, laid back listening party where we have some of the best DJ's introducing you to newly released albums by great artists.

The Gypsy Soul team once again brings you a preview of some hot music by great artists.

Teavolve has great food and drink specials.

The music will be spun by DJ LIL MIC mixing the new record with other Foreign Exchange sounds and affiliates!

Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM
Teavolve Cafe & Lounge, 1401 Aliceanna St, Baltimore MD 21231 | (410) 522-1907

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The Foreign Exchange is USA Today's Pick of the Week!

by +FE on October 19, 2010 at 3:05 PM · Comments
"Maybe She'll Dream Of Me", the first single taken from The Foreign Exchange's new album Authenticity, is USA Today's Pick of the Week!
Maybe She'll Dream of Me, a soulful contemplation on a guy's chances with a woman so beautiful that she may have never "heard a no before," is from the new album Authenticity by the Foreign Exchange, the inventive duo of North Carolina rapper/singer/songwriter Phonte and Dutch producer Nicolay. It makes one wonder if the reality could ever live up to the fantasy.

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Live Music Guide reviews Authenticity

by +FE on October 19, 2010 at 1:28 PM · Comments
In 2002, American rapper/singer Phonte Coleman and Dutch producer Nicolay sat at their computers, more than 3,000 miles apart, while producing their first album Connected through the hip-hop and alternative website okayplayer.com. Before meeting face-to-face, the duo released their premier album as The Foreign Exchange, aptly named for their unique but magical musical composing situation.

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The Couch Sessions reviews Authenticity

by +FE on October 19, 2010 at 11:29 AM · Comments
The internet is real dope when you think about it. I actually have no idea what the world would look like without it. I can't imagine a day going by and not checking my email, reading the sports pages of newspapers across the US, tweeting and finding some unreleased music to download.(Don't act like I'm the only one) The internet is also responsible for one of the most innovative groups in music today, the Foreign Exchange.

If you're not up on the Exchange, Phonte (from Little Brother) and Nicolay met on the Root's website Okayplayer and began recording and sending music back and fourth before ever meeting. Something that would've been impossible 15+ years ago, in 2004 became a reality with the group's first album "Connected" and the two doubled down for their sophomore album "Leave It All Behind" which was nominated for a Grammy in 2009. So, how do follow up a Grammy nomination? Easy. Keep making great music. Which is exactly what the group does with their 3rd album "Authenticity".

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Merc80.com interviews Aimee Flint (Part 2)

by +FE on October 19, 2010 at 10:01 AM · Comments
Merc80.com interviews Aimee Flint (Part 2)

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Authenticity Listening Party at Kush Grill + Lounge, Dallas TX | Oct 18, 2010

by +FE on October 14, 2010 at 5:44 PM · Comments
DJ Frances Jaye, Jay Clipp and M Knight are taking Monday's to a new level. On top of the good music, food and hookahs that you're used to enjoying, $5 Door Donations will directly benefit Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink for the Cure ® campaign. They'll host the first Foreign Exchange Authenticity listening party in Dallas, with Authenticity CD give-a-ways and other prizes!

Monday, October 18, 2010 at 7:00 PM
Kush Grill + Lounge, 2100 Greenville Ave, Dallas TX 75206 | (214) 821-8997

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Soulections.com reviews Authenticity

by +FE on October 14, 2010 at 4:04 PM · Comments
By this point, the Internet and iTunes are a buzz with Authenticity, the 3rd full length album from the duo of Phonte and Nicolay. It's hard to follow up a Grammy nominated album as well as going from a relatively small group of fans to a more mainstream and widespread audience. So how does the group do and what do we get? Let's find out...

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Blogcritics Music reviews Authenticity

by +FE on October 14, 2010 at 3:36 PM · Comments
Continuing their R&B experiment, Phonte and Nicolay take their Grammy nominated project The Foreign Exchange to another level with their third release entitled Authenticity. Settling on an amazing sound they crafted on their sophomore album, FE is comfortable continuing their soul journey together.

With Phonte, an accomplished emcee formerly of the group Little Brother and Nicolay, a producer comfortable in the soul or hip hop production circle, FE (Foreign Exchange) has the potential to take a number of directions when they get together. Their debut album Connected exists as a genre smashing blend of hip hop and R&B which to date has kept their fans on their toes in anticipation of what direction new music will take. Filled with features as well as danceable numbers, it remains as a timeless classic that has a fresh take on the blend of hip hop and R&B with Nicolay's signature sound.

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Zo! playing the Talkbox on The Foreign Exchange's Don't Wait

by +FE on October 14, 2010 at 9:00 AM · Comments
Zo! playing the Talkbox on The Foreign Exchange's Don't Wait

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The Well Versed reviews Authenticity

by +FE on October 14, 2010 at 7:38 AM · Comments
A Grammy nomination and an accessible new sound are good and all, but there isn't much that can truly comfort a relationship gone sour. With their third album, Authenticity, Foreign Exchange--the musical duo of vocalist Phonte Coleman and dutch producer Nicolay--lurk in post-breakup purgatory before finding their way out by remembering the good times and staying optimistic for the future.

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Soul UK reviews Authenticity

by +FE on October 13, 2010 at 3:05 PM · Comments
October 12th should have been a date marked on every soul music lovers diary, for that was the day that saw the release of Authenticity, the third album for the Grammy nominated duo, The Foreign Exchange. With two albums under their belt, both of which are hailed as modern classics, the group were always going to have a steep hill to climb if they were going to live up to the extreme hype off the back of 2004′s Connected and 2008′s Leave It All Behind. Well folks it looks like we can all breath a sigh of relief as Nicolay and Phonte have released another certified classic that will surely be regarded as one of, if not the, best release of 2010.

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Thank You For Listening | A short film about The Foreign Exchange

by +FE on October 13, 2010 at 12:41 PM · Comments
Thank You For Listening | A short film about The Foreign Exchange
To coincide with the release of our new album Authenticity, we hope you will enjoy the short film Thank You For Listening; shot and directed by Sandrine Orabona (videographer for Michael Jackson's 'This Is It') and Anke Thommen. This short piece sums up the story of +FE, as well as incorporating live show footage, candid interviews and behind the scenes footage of Phonte, Nicolay, YahZarah, and the rest of the +FE Music family. For anyone wanting to get hip to the music and story of The Foreign Exchange, this video is the perfect entry point.

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Rawemag reviews Authenticity

by +FE on October 13, 2010 at 7:55 AM · Comments
Their 2008 release, "Leave It All Behind," got them a Grammy nomination for the song "Daykeeper." Despite not winning (they should've won) , The Foreign Exchange is back with a vengeance in the form of "Authenticity."

Typically, when one thinks of The Foreign Exchange--thoughts run to humor, and hip-hop, however, these elements are not necessarily shown as much with this album. What "Authenticity" lacks from predecessors "Connected" (2004) and "Leave It All Behind" (2008) it gains with it's contemplative and dark honesty. This album features just four collaborations, two from longtime Foreign Exchange collaborators Yahzarah, and Darrien Brockington, as well as collaborations from Chantae Cann and Jesse Boykins III. The album is different from other Foreign Exchange music, however it's still a great album.

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Washington City Paper reviews Authenticity

by +FE on October 13, 2010 at 7:49 AM · Comments
Gentlemen, raise your hands if you've been here: You meet "the one," that woman who you just know is the best thing you've ever encountered. Then, you embark on what promises to be an astonishing love affair of deep infatuation and refreshing spontaneity.

But soon you analyze the relationship and aren't thrilled with what's there, and you're forced to sever the bond. Or, maybe she's the one who leaves, pulling out the rug from under your feet. Then you stomp around with your favorite liquor and swear off love forever.

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Where to buy Authenticity [Updated 10/28]

by +FE on October 12, 2010 at 12:00 AM · Comments
For your convenience, we have put together a comprehensive list of physical and digital music retailers that carry Authenticity. 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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LA Weekly reviews Authenticity

by +FE on October 11, 2010 at 5:11 PM · Comments
Being in love is like being underwater. All outside noise is dulled; all light is ethereal. But, when isolated, your lover's dulcet voice can be deceptive, and that shimmering light can be marred by pockets of shadows.

The Foreign Exchange's latest album, Authenticity, is a love letter, but one told in reverse, and one that sees no point in sparing feelings. That's no surprise. Phonte Coleman, one half of The Foreign Exchange and one third of the now-dissolved North Carolinian hip-hop group Little Brother, has always been about truth in verses. After all, his raps told of a broke college grad with a record deal who can only afford to take his date to Applebee's, not some typical (and typically untrue) blunts-n-broads braggadocio.

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Authenticity Twitter Set

by +FE on October 11, 2010 at 1:22 PM · Comments
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ThisIsRealMusic reviews Authenticity

by +FE on October 11, 2010 at 11:06 AM · Comments
After a two year waiting period, those of us who appreciate good music, no longer have to twiddle our thumbs or subject ourselves to random that is being put out today. The Foreign Exchange is back, and has done it yet again with another gem for the masses. Authenticity is nothing short of its title: pure, beautiful, authentic, with a touch of real, and a hint of (dare I say it)...dark? This album is different, yet consistent with what FE is known for: good music.

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Gordon Gartrell Radio Episode 19

by +FE on October 11, 2010 at 10:01 AM · Comments
Gordon Gartrell Radio Episode 19
In this special 10/10/10 episode, Phonte discusses the Bishop Eddie Long scandal, the failures of the Black church, and why every kid needs an occasional ass whippin'.
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allmusic reviews Authenticity

by +FE on October 11, 2010 at 9:16 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange family's third 2010 release, following YahZarah's The Ballad of Purple St. James and Zo!'s SunStorm, Authenticity is the third proper album from the flagship act helmed by Nicolay and Phonte. It's somehow more lush and downcast than 2008's Leave It All Behind, frequently dipping into an alluring type of despondent heartache that is improbably soothing. Opening with an eerie intro similar to that of the Grammy-nominated "Daykeeper," Authenticity promptly gets to the black heart of the matter: "Loved you good, and you wrote our heartbreak in the sky." Phonte, whose singing voice is equally resigned and penetrating, lets loose a torrent of Hear, My Dear-worthy bombs, like "Love is at worst an excuse/At best it's a truce/So what is the use?" The song's tremulous, synthesizer-laced production would have fit on Nicolay's City Lights, Vol. 2: Shibuya, had Nicolay experienced a crippling loss during the trip that inspired that album. The following slow-motion title track, rhythmically resembling warped Purple Rain-era Prince, furthers the album's theme of pouring everything into a relationship despite being aware of the futility. Here, Phonte is in full soul-baring confession mode: "She's all that I could dream, but she tears me apart." A couple significant songs detour from bad-lover territory, though they could be re-sequenced to seem more like chronological scenes from a relationship in gradual decay. "Maybe She'll Dream of Me," sweet and percolating, is a light song in the best sense, but in the context of all the heartache, one gets the overriding notion that it's more about pursuing something that could only be too good to be true. "Make Me a Fool," as in "I'm not asking you to be an angel/Just don't ever make me a fool," seems to sense the inevitable in spite of its guard dropping. More moody, modern R&B that sounds like nothing else and reveals remarkable depth (there's even a little well-placed twang and some violin), Authenticity is neither an everyday nor an every-day album, unless playing it is necessary for the sake of convalescence.

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SoulTracks reviews Authenticity

by +FE on October 11, 2010 at 6:43 AM · Comments
The very first review of The Foreign Exchange's new album, Authenticity!
Wistful, contemplative, and darkly honest, what Authenticity loses in the humor and haunting refrains of its predecessor it gains in...well...authenticity! Leave It All Behind, one of the best albums of any generation, was always going to be a tough act for the North Carolina meets The Netherlands collective to follow. The good news is that The Foreign Exchange production quality, feel, and signature sound of LIAB bleeds over into Authenticity with enough residue that ensures the two are undeniably in relationship with one another, if not always peers. Nonetheless, Authenticity has an attractive DNA all its own, one greatly benefiting from the evolving and constantly surprising talents of its frontman, Phonte. No longer obviously couched by the proven vocal talents of vets Yahzarah, Musinah, and Darien Brockington, Phonte's more assured vocals fly solo through this project's misty skies considerably more than on previous FE offerings. His songwriting also bears greater distinction. Lyrically bare and just shy of the blues, Phonte's philosophical pen goes to the heart of men, pulling the covers off male bravado to reveal a cavernous sensitivity and their often masked insecurities. Authenticity's uniquely autumn atmosphere, matter-of-fact vocals, and august, love weary lyricism invites travellers into yet another magical world orbiting in FE's ever-expanding electro-soul universe.

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The Foreign Exchange - All Roads

by +FE on October 10, 2010 at 6:32 PM · Comments
The hazy days of life's parade
Were keeping me from seeing all that I'd done
No way to leave
Nowhere to breathe

The frantic pace all but erased
The memories of just how far I had come
No other way
No more to say

(Chorus) There's not a bridge to burn
There's nothing left to learn
Don't matter where you turn
Cause all roads lead to you
To you...

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The Foreign Exchange - Eyes To The Sky

by +FE on October 10, 2010 at 6:13 PM · Comments
I was in bed
Eyes to the sky
Tears on my face and I thought about
Everything, everything, everything, everything

Grey skies ahead
God knows I've tried
To look away and forget about
Everything, everything, everything, everything

And the light of the moon seems to darken
And the rays of the sun aren't as bright
I need a sign
That I've not lost my mind again

How did I lose my way?
What have I become?
Am I running to you or just running from everything?

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The Foreign Exchange - Maybe She'll Dream Of Me

by +FE on October 10, 2010 at 5:21 PM · Comments
Wondering if
A face that wears a smile like yours
Has ever heard a 'no' before
Such a beauty and a blessing
And if no one else'll tell it
I will, I will

Wondering if
A man like me could swallow his pride
Would you stay with me and stand by my side?
And let nothing come between it
Girl you know I really mean it
For real, for real, for real

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The Foreign Exchange - Fight For Love

by +FE on October 10, 2010 at 5:16 PM · Comments
All this time I had it wrong
But now I truly see
The road you're choosing
See the writing that's on the wall
Tells me I'm losing you
And there's nothing for me to do
Cause our greatest fears came true
I finally got a clearer view

(Chorus)
I don't wanna be your soldier anymore
Because the war never ends
And no one ever wins
I don't understand why we should fight for love
Either it ain't or it is
It either ain't or it is

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The Foreign Exchange - Authenticity

by +FE on October 10, 2010 at 11:45 AM · Comments
I could confess that you're not enough
And that with others you must share
But when I reach for you at night
I know you wouldn't be there

I could reveal all my faults to you
The darkest corners of my heart
But would you praise me for my honesty
Or would you depart?

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The Foreign Exchange - The Last Fall

by +FE on October 10, 2010 at 9:30 AM · Comments
Loved you good
And you wrote our heartbreak in the sky
Never could walk away
She's too easy on the eyes
And I feel like a fool
For missing something that was never there
Wanna scream wanna curse wanna cry
But I'm too numb to care

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The Foreign Exchange - This City Ain't The Same Without You

by +FE on October 10, 2010 at 8:19 AM · Comments
It was cold outside
So I thought I'd get away
To the one place
Where I'd be warm
Spent my last few dollars on a ticket to fly
Oh, I'mma take a jet plane
To carry me straight to your arms

And when the wheels touched down
I called for you
Said, 'Baby I'm here all for you"
And you let me know
That you were with her
It made me wonder, baby are we still in love
And then I thought to myself
Maybe we never were

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The Foreign Exchange - Make Me A Fool

by +FE on October 10, 2010 at 8:04 AM · Comments
Just as a sunray marks the feeling
And revealing of a new summer's day
Just as a single tear can blind us
Or remind us all will be washed away
Just as a flower is no sweeter
Even if it's called by another name
My love for you grows even deeper
And for me I hope that you feel the same

You got me feeling so unreal
And now I'm losing my cool
You make me wanna lose myself in you
And break all the rules
If I ever lost this feeling
Heaven knows what I'd do
And I'm not asking you to be an angel
Just don't ever make me a fool

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The Foreign Exchange - Laughing At Your Plans

by +FE on October 10, 2010 at 7:59 AM · Comments
Lay down baby
Please don't say a word
Dry your tears, I guess by now you've heard
That I'm leaving again
One more day and I'll be in the sky
So far away from the life of you and I
The place I can pretend
To forget about the times that you said

That if you never take the time to
Breathe in and look inside you
If you're lost I'll try to find you and remind you of the way
That you'll feel when this all ends someday

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The Foreign Exchange - Everything Must Go

by +FE on October 10, 2010 at 7:31 AM · Comments
Take a ride on the moon
Take a drive down the beach
Take a flight overseas
And I do...

Take a stroll through the park
In the day or the dark
Take a ride through the stars
As the beat of your heart
Counts down every day
Anytime anyplace
Say I do...

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The Foreign Exchange - Don't Wait

by +FE on October 10, 2010 at 7:25 AM · Comments
(Phonte)
She's the light of my world
And I try to keep it cool but she knows it
Yeah, she knows it
And if I ever had the chance to be yours
I'd give my all to you and be the keeper of your flame
It's your day, hey

If someone loves you back
Don't get in the way don't hold it back
Don't wait
Ooh, don't wait
Ooh, don't wait (x2)

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Authenticity Listening Party at Hapa Sushi, Denver CO | Oct 17, 2010

by +FE on October 8, 2010 at 10:19 AM · Comments
Official listening party for Authenticity

Sound by: DJ Low Key

Music | TFE themed rolls | Drinks all night | FREE

Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 8:30 PM
Hapa Sushi, 2780 East 2nd Avenue, Denver CO 80206 | (303) 322-9554

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Merc80.com interviews Aimee Flint (Part 1)

by +FE on October 8, 2010 at 8:52 AM · Comments
Merc80.com interviews Aimee Flint (Part 1)

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YahZarah, Zo!, Darien Brockington and Nicolay are all nominated for one or more 2010 SoulTracks Awards!

by +FE on October 6, 2010 at 4:06 PM · Comments
Congratulations to +FE Music artists YahZarah, Darien Brockington, Zo!, Nicolay and Phonte as well as extended family Sy Smith and Carlita Durand, as they are all nominated for one or more 2010 SoulTracks Awards! Listed below are the +FE Music nominees:

Independent Album of The Year
Yahzarah - The Ballad Of Purple Saint James
Zo! - Sunstorm

Song of the Year
Greatest Weapon of All Time - Zo! feat. Sy Smith (from SunStorm)
Wake Up In Another Life - Nicolay feat Carlitta Durand & Phonte (from City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya)
Why Dontcha Call Me No More - Yahzarah (from: The Ballad Of Purple Saint James

Male Vocalist of the Year
Darien Brockington

Female Vocalist of the Year
YahZarah

For more information on the 2010 SoulTracks Awards, visit SoulTracks.
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Authenticity Listening Party at The Hobgoblin, London UK | Oct 15, 2010

by +FE on October 5, 2010 at 6:50 PM · Comments
Neo Soul 3rd Friday presents

The official listening party for Authenticity

Sounds by: Groove Lineage

Note: this is a listening party for the album, no performance will take place

Friday, October 15, 2010 at 9:00 PM
The Hobgoblin, 73 White Lion St, London, N1 9PF

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Authenticity Radio Premier | Oct 8, 2010

by +FE on October 5, 2010 at 12:44 PM · Comments
Listen live this Friday at 7:30pm EST to WKDU 91.7's Eavesdrop Radio with DJ's Junior & Lil' Dave as they present The Foreign Exchange's new album Authenticity. Phonte + Nicolay will be in the studio live to discuss and preview the album

Tune in to win the new album & tickets to the Authenticity Release Concert on October 23 in NYC

Friday, October 8, 2010 at 7:30 PM
WKDU, Eavesdrop Radio w DJ's Junior & Lil'Dave

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Authenticity Listening Party at The Darkroom, Chicago IL | Oct 18, 2010

by +FE on October 3, 2010 at 11:28 AM · Comments
I Remember ... Mondays presents

Official listening party for Authenticity

Sounds Selectas: DJ Jay Too + Tone B Nimble + Duane Powell

Hosted by: Howard Bailey

+FE Music | Giveaways | Food ... and all for FREE

Note: this is a listening party for the album, no performance will take place

Monday, October 18, 2010 at 9:00 PM
The Darkroom , 2210 W Chicago Ave, Chicago IL 60622 | (773) 276-1411

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The Foreign Exchange at Best Buy, New York NY | Oct 23 2010

by +FE on October 3, 2010 at 10:22 AM · Comments
See The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) for an in-store & live performance for the Live at Best Buy series | Union Square, New York City.

This is a FREE event + Two pairs of tickets for giveaway to the BB King show that night

Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 2:30 PM
Best Buy (Union Square), 52 East 14th St, New York NY 10003 | (212) 466-4789

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Zo!'s SunStorm CD Spectacular in Atlanta (Part 2) (via Grown Folks Music)

by +FE on October 2, 2010 at 4:52 PM · Comments
Zo!'s SunStorm CD Spectacular in Atlanta (Part 2) (via Grown Folks Music)

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Zo!'s SunStorm CD Spectacular in Atlanta (Part 1) (via Grown Folks Music)

by +FE on October 2, 2010 at 2:51 PM · Comments
Zo!'s SunStorm CD Spectacular in Atlanta (Part 1) (via Grown Folks Music)

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