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Nicolay with The Hot At Nights live in Columbus (Soundboard recording)

by +FE on June 28, 2012 at 7:47 AM · Comments
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
03. Satellite
04. Meiji Shrine
05. The Inner Garden
06. Happiness
07. Crossing
08. Bullet Train
09. The Answer
10. Wake Up In Another Life/Introductions
11. Departure
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!



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Phonte: 'Meshell Ndegeocello Is A Huge Inspiration To Me' (via NewsOne)

by +FE on June 27, 2012 at 11:52 AM · Comments
North Carolina native Phonte Coleman could easily pull in three lines of revenue based off his natural talent alone. The gifted singer-songwriter and capable rapper is also quite the funnyman, a fact evidenced by his rants on Twitter and the humor he injects often in his songs and live sets. Finding fame as part of the Little Brother trio featuring producer 9Th Wonder and Rapper Big Pooh, the group has since disbanded, leading way to Phonte's current group, "The Foreign Exchange," with Dutch producer Nicolay.

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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Available now: Limited edition red colored vinyl pressing of Charity Starts At Home!

by +FE on June 19, 2012 at 10:47 AM · Comments
Available now: Limited edition red colored vinyl pressing of Charity Starts At Home!
+FE Music and Fat Beats proudly present the limited edition red colored vinyl pressing of Phonte's acclaimed solo debut album "Charity Starts At Home". Only 500 2LP sets were made, and once they are gone, they will be gone forever.

-Limited edition of 500 copies.
-Each copy has been hand-numbered
-Red colored two disc vinyl set.
-Gatefold packaging includes the complete lyrics to all tracks of the album.
-Includes FREE instant MP3 download of the album (+FE Music Webstore exclusive).

Get yours today!

Click here to order your copy now at the +FE Music Store | Also available at select stores

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Laughing At Your Plans live in Raleigh

by +FE on June 18, 2012 at 4:22 PM · Comments
Laughing At Your Plans live in Raleigh
Laughing At Your Plans from Authenticity performed live at The Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh NC.

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The Foreign Exchange in Raleigh

by +FE on June 18, 2012 at 8:16 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange in Raleigh
Some amazing photos of The Foreign Exchange's homecoming show at The Lincoln Theater in Raleigh, courtesy of Lauren Michelle Photography.

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The Foreign Exchange plays its first Boston-area show (via The Bay State Banner)

by +FE on June 14, 2012 at 10:05 AM · Comments
Almost immediately at a Foreign Exchange (FE) show you come to two quick conclusions. If this music thing doesn't work out, lead vocalist Phonte Coleman has a future in comedy. His spot-on Kirk Franklin impression is probably sending us all to hell. And also, this is going to be a good time.

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.

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The Foreign Exchange in Boston

by +FE on June 14, 2012 at 8:53 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange in Boston
Some great shots from The Foreign Exchange's first ever show in Boston.

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More of The Foreign Exchange at Capital Jazz Festival

by +FE on June 12, 2012 at 5:33 PM · Comments
More of The Foreign Exchange at Capital Jazz Festival

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The Foreign Exchange at Capital Jazz Festival

by +FE on June 12, 2012 at 8:31 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange at Capital Jazz Festival

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Phonte Coleman figures out how to be on his own (via News & Observer)

by +FE on June 8, 2012 at 10:36 AM · Comments
It's been quite a year for Phonte Coleman.

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.

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Stardom Beyond Fame: The Foreign Exchange, tonight @ Shaka's

by +FE on June 7, 2012 at 1:21 PM · Comments
There is such artistic beauty that emanates from the South.

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?

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Beats, Bartering and Brooklyn: The Foreign Exchange Live at Music Hall of Williamsburg (via The Revivalist)

by +FE on June 7, 2012 at 11:57 AM · Comments
Phonte "Phontigallo" Coleman and Matthijs "Nicolay" Rook named themselves The Foreign Exchange because they recorded their 2004 debut album, Connected, without ever having met in flesh. This transcontinental changing of hands - forged from their Okayplayer encounters - makes their moniker simple to understand, but there's much more to the name than that. The exchange of alien musical ideals between the two - Coleman's North Carolina hip-hop roots as one third of Little Brother, Nicolay's background as a Dutch electronic music producer - have come to reconcile a form of music that is not easily explained. When they received their first Grammy nomination in 2008 for the song "Daykeeper," they were classified as Urban/Alternative; a curiously damning and contradictory title, as it combines two terms that are limiting and vague, respectively. Appropriate that such an indescribable band chose Brooklyn as a performance stop. The New York City borough is a terminal where countless cultures, sounds and spirits collide and implode. If their performance at the Music Hall of Williamsburg offered any resolution, The Foreign Exchange (+FE) has to be described as a jazz band. Not jazz in its predictable preconceptions, but rather as an abstract ideal, or a means to an end. The end is to create physical and intellectual rejuvenation for its listeners; the means is to use every melodic and lyrical resource that their mental disc-changer can muster.

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Listen Up: Phonte Coleman, Nicolay of The Foreign Exchange began an ocean apart (via The Fayetteville Observer)

by +FE on June 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange's road to becoming a Grammy nominee began humbly enough on an Internet message board in 2002.

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.

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Leave It All Behind (via Mountain Xpress)

by +FE on June 6, 2012 at 11:55 PM · Comments
Hooking up a phone call with Phonte Coleman and Nicolay Rook, the stylistic poles and primary creators of electro-R&B outfit The Foreign Exchange, takes a good deal of coordination. On one particular Tuesday afternoon, Rook is ready and waiting, while Coleman is on a plane and in the middle of another interview. After holding for Coleman to finish and quickly overcoming a few connectivity issues, both men are on the phone. They rarely interact in their responses, content to offer their answers in turn, building on each others' points, reaching cohesive conclusions with isolated input.

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.

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Phonte & 9th Wonder at John Bull Pub, Porto Alegre BR | Jun 24, 2012

by Aimee Flint on June 1, 2012 at 5:50 PM · Comments
Sunday, June 24, 2012 at 8:00 PM
John Bull Pub, Avenida Cristóvão Colombo, 545 - Floresta Porto Alegre - RS, 90560-003, Brazil | (0xx)51 3018-8732

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Phonte and Nicolay make dynamic duo as The Foreign Exchange (via The Boston Globe)

by +FE on June 1, 2012 at 10:12 AM · Comments
There was a point when Phonte Coleman toyed with the idea of penning a relationship guide.

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.

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