At the top of July, Nicolay and The Hot At Nights will embark on their second run of Shibuya Session shows across North America. What better way to commemorate this than to share the complete streaming audio of one of the shows of their January/February tour!
Recorded directly from the soundboard at Scarlet & Grey in Columbus OH on January 30, 2012.
01. Shibuya Station
02. Rain In Ueno Park
04. Meiji Shrine
05. The Inner Garden
08. Bullet Train
09. The Answer
10. Wake Up In Another Life/Introductions
12. Sweeter Than You
13. Eyes To The Sky/All Roads
Nicolay - synthesizers/keyboards/vocoder
Chris Boerner - 8-string guitar
Matt Douglas - saxophone
Nick Baglio - drums/keyboards
Sit back and enjoy the ride!
Catch Nicolay with The Hot At Nights live this July | Download the "Shibuya Session EP" for FREE
Phonte has also stepped out on his own with 2011's "Charity Starts At Home," a critically acclaimed rap release that touched on issues befitting of a man who has literally grown up with Hip-Hop as his backdrop. NewsOne had a chance to chat with Phonte between a break in his heavy tour schedule as he shared how a bassist and vocalist from the Washington, D.C. area has inspired him.
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Laughing At Your Plans from Authenticity performed live at The Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh NC.
Some amazing photos of The Foreign Exchange's homecoming show at The Lincoln Theater in Raleigh, courtesy of Lauren Michelle Photography.
Coleman's good-natured laughter contributed to the house party atmosphere of the Grammy-nominated R&B/hip hop duo's first Boston-area stop at Cambridge's Middle East.
Phonte and producer Nicolay started their musical relationship the new-fashioned way, via the internet. Meeting on the message boards on Okayplayer.com, the duo began crafting their unique sound of electro and hip hop-infused neo soul before ever meeting face to face.
Some great shots from The Foreign Exchange's first ever show in Boston.
Raleigh's resident MC/soul singer extraordinaire (who usually just goes by his first name) - the same man who has been front-and-center for such outfits as the now-defunct hip-hop trio Little Brother and the Grammy-nominated, indie-R&B collaboration known as the Foreign Exchange - has spent most of these past months onstage, mainly by his lonesome.
"Everything I've done up to this point was from Little Brother or Foreign Exchange or whatever," says Coleman, 33, getting comfortable in his Raleigh home after just getting off a plane.
I mean really, with all of its iconic flaws and deep history of regression, it's always been remarkable to me how the best art-literature, music and visual works-are created from progressive minded southerners.
Take for example, The Foreign Exchange. This North Carolina based duo, consisting of one Phonte Coleman, the rapper/singer of Little Brother fame, and Nicolay, a sonic intellectual from the Netherlands, regularly creates some of the most atmospheric, modern soul music currently populating the music blogosphere and digital music players everywhere. You won't hear The Foreign Exchange on commercial radio, but then why would you want to?
Continue reading Stardom Beyond Fame: The Foreign Exchange, tonight @ Shaka's
Beats, Bartering and Brooklyn: The Foreign Exchange Live at Music Hall of Williamsburg (via The Revivalist)
Continue reading Beats, Bartering and Brooklyn: The Foreign Exchange Live at Music Hall of Williamsburg (via The Revivalist)
Listen Up: Phonte Coleman, Nicolay of The Foreign Exchange began an ocean apart (via The Fayetteville Observer)
Phonte Coleman, one half of The Foreign Exchange, lived in Raleigh and was part of hip-hop group Little Brother at the time. He swapped music and ideas with Nicolay, a producer living in the Netherlands, on okayplayer.com, an online hip-hop community.
The idea of making an album together through digital exchange was ahead of its time for 2002, even though Coleman didn't see it that way.
Continue reading Listen Up: Phonte Coleman, Nicolay of The Foreign Exchange began an ocean apart (via The Fayetteville Observer)
Overcoming obstacles of communication has been an overriding theme of The Foreign Exchange. Coleman and Rook completed their 2004 debut Connected by sharing snippets via the Internet. The Raleigh-based Coleman met his complement on the hip-hop message board Okayplayer. Despite the fact that Rook resided in Holland, the two found immediate common ground, Rook's soul-inflected R&B soundscapes pairing perfectly with the pillow-y croons of the then-Little Brother emcee. These days, Rook has moved closer to a coastal home in Wilmington, but the pair still largely create in isolation.
Continue reading Leave It All Behind (via Mountain Xpress)
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Sunday, June 24, 2012 at 8:00 PMJohn Bull Pub, Avenida Cristóvão Colombo, 545 - Floresta Porto Alegre - RS, 90560-003, Brazil | (0xx)51 3018-8732
Because, you know, if Steve Harvey did it, right?
By and large, Coleman originally made his name as the third of the North Carolina rap group Little Brother that balanced rhymer's rhymes crafted for hip-hop purists with stories about dating and courting (there's a difference), breakups, sex, family, parenthood, and the nuts and bolts of everyday life.
But he did it with the kind of wisdom-chased wit that happened to make for convenient pocket-size philosophies for lovers.