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Phonte - Eternally (Official Video)

by +FE on July 23, 2012 at 11:23 AM · Comments
Phonte - Eternally (Official Video)
+FE Music proudly presents the official music video for Eternally, directed by Kenneth Price

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Official Nicolay T-Shirts available now!

by +FE on July 22, 2012 at 3:55 PM · Comments
Official Nicolay T-Shirts available now!
Represent the producer of The Foreign Exchange with the official Nicolay T-Shirt, available now exclusively through +FE Music. "Nicolay" on the front, "+FE Music" logo on the back. Men's and women's sizes available. Get yours today!

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Nicolay with The Hot At Nights in Kansas City

by +FE on July 19, 2012 at 9:43 AM · Comments
Nicolay with The Hot At Nights in Kansas City
Some great shots from Nicolay with The Hot At Nights live at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, courtesy of Diallo French.

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Nicolay with The Hot At Nights in Toronto

by +FE on July 18, 2012 at 4:29 PM · Comments
Nicolay with The Hot At Nights in Toronto
Some photos of the recent Toronto performance by Nicolay with The Hot At Nights, courtesy of our friends at Bad Perm.

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Nicolay and the Hot at Nights cook up jazzy experiments at Lola (via KDHX.org)

by +FE on July 15, 2012 at 4:12 PM · Comments
In the world of music, often producers and songwriters get overlooked in the shadows of the performers they support, but that's hardly the case with Nicolay.

The crowd at Lola made sure he knew how much St. Louis loves his work and his passion. Every table in the downtown club was reserved well in advance, and the bar was full long before the music started as the staff tried to accommodate the quickly growing crowd, buzzing with stories and expectations for the night's show.

Nicolay, born Matthijs Rook, started his life and much of his musical career in the Netherlands, playing with a variety of relatively-unknown bands starting in his youth. As his delight for music blossomed, he developed as a multi-instrumentalist and started composing and producing his own work. In a testament to the global community created by the Internet, an online forum brought him together with Phonte Cole, a talented emcee with the hip-hop act, Little Brother (with 9th Wonder and Big Pooh), and the Foreign Exchange was born.

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Nicolay & The Hot At Nights Razed The Blue Room in KC (via Demencha Magazine)

by +FE on July 15, 2012 at 4:00 PM · Comments
The crowd at The Blue Room on Thursday night was not easily impressed, a right they duly reserve. During Kansas City's jazz heyday in the 1930's and 1940's, upwards of 140 or so jazz clubs sprawled across the KC metro, with the real epicenter scalding at the 18th & Vine neighborhood which included approximately 40 jazz clubs on a single strip. The Blue Room is just one of them. Based off speaking to one of the American Jazz Museum's more integral figures on Thursday night, he painted a picture for me that I could only describe as a Westport on steroids while we did our best to compare the current Westport dance crowds with the jazz scene in the 30's and 40's. Though that era has passed, Kansas City's old jazz explosion has shrapnel still flying today in 2012.

Dutch producer, Nicolay, probably most loved for his work as part of The Foreign Exchange alongside North Carolina rapper, Phonte, has built a reputation as a real favorite for the hip hop and jazz aficionados kicking it amongst us. As usual when I attend a show there, the host at Thursday's show asked the audience how many of them had never been to the Blue Room before. I could guess that it's at shows like this in which a scheduled performer mixes hip hop into their jazz set or is known for hip hop work, where the Blue Room tends to see a lot of unfamiliar faces under their roof at the corner of 18th & Vine. I can specifically remember Reach, Izmore and Diverse's live hip hop tribute shows at The Blue Room wherein what seemed like nearly half of the crowd raised their hands to note their first time to the venue. Nicolay's clout for warm, relaxed beats injected the Blue Room in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, MO on Thursday with a shot of new faces. And unfortunately, a lot of Kansas City music heads probably missed out on this event. I went to the show after hearing about it for the first time on the day of.

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Nicolay and The Hot At Nights deliver a memorable performance in Toronto (via Bad Perm)

by +FE on July 11, 2012 at 10:44 AM · Comments
It's very rare that I go to a concert and leave speechless. The recent Nicolay (one half of Foreign Exchange) and The Hot At Nights session left a very lasting impression. I can hardly describe just how good the music they performed felt. I was nodding my head, dancing in my seat and smiling hard throughout their performance. This night was all about the music, the good vibes; a night purely for music lovers.

Now there was no elaborate set, pyrotechnics or even any singers, there were four extremely talented musicians. That's correct it was a performance of instrumentals! Nicolay (synth/keyboards), Matt Douglas (saxophone/woodwinds), Chris Boerner (8-string guitar) and Nick Baglio (drums), walked on stage, as if they were invited up at an open mic. They sat down at their particular instrument, Nicolay did a brief intro and they dived straight into the music. I should have asked for a set list, but the second track they performed was BANANAS! I honestly think I got whiplash from nodding my head so profusely! The instrumentation on that track was incredible and flawless. It was definitely that feel good music, the type that makes you close your eyes and meditate on the vibes. I was once again in a zone, enjoying every musical note and eager for more. The next track was off of the collaborative album between Nicolay and Raleigh, North Carolina-based jazz trio The Hot At Nights, The Shibuya Session EP, "The Inner Garden", which just further engaged the audience. At this time, Nicolay decided to treat us to a revised version of Foreign Exchange's "Happiness" off their 2004 album Connected. What a beautiful revision to an already classic track, most enjoyable. The track "Bullet Train" was quick, literally the speed of a bullet, nonetheless one of the most appealing tracks they performed.

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Nicolay Shows Off His Jazzy Side on North American Tour, Talks New Foreign Exchange Album (via Exclaim.ca)

by +FE on July 5, 2012 at 9:18 AM · Comments
As noted hip-hop/soul producer Nicolay kicks off a 13-stop North American tour with exploratory jazz trio the Hot at Nights this week, the Grammy-nominated Dutch performer tells Exclaim! that he's in a good place right now.

The tour, which makes its lone Canadian stop in Toronto on Thursday (July 5), is something that's been a long time coming, the Foreign Exchange member notes. The show will see Nicolay and the Hot at Nights perform jazzy interpretations and arrangements of his instrumental compositions from his City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya project.

"Toronto has always been great. When we were doing the tour and I knew we were going up north, I really wanted to include Toronto in the plans," the North Carolina-based Nicolay says. "I feel like Toronto is a very open-minded city and people are definitely ready for something that is a little bit off the beaten path."

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Hip-Hop Producer Nicolay Showcases Jazzy Interpretations in Detroit With The Hot At Nights (via Huffington Post Detroit)

by +FE on July 2, 2012 at 1:31 PM · Comments
Throughout the years, hip-hop/soul music producer Nicolay has matured his limitless sound that seamlessly enters realms of hip-hop, soul, jazz, and electronic music. As a founder of The Foreign Exchange with ex-Little Brother member Phonte Coleman, they have been able to invest in themselves and create a loyal fan base that has allowed them to release various solo and side projects of their own. "That's what has been making all this stuff possible," explains Nicolay in a recent phone conversation. "It's us, literally putting our own money down on the table, and build up something that could facilitate all the stuff that we wanted to do because quite frankly no one else was trying to f--k with us in terms of labels or anything. It started as a curse but became a gift in a sense. We don't owe anything to anyone at this point and we can really do whatever we like as long as we feel its good."

One said side project would be Shibuya Session, a collaborative effort between Nicolay and a fellow Raleigh, North Carolina-based jazz trio The Hot At Nights, led by eight-string guitar virtuoso Chris Boerner, along with Matt Douglas on saxaphone/woodwinds and Nick Baglio on the drums.

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A Conversation with Nicolay (via Planet Ill)

by +FE on July 1, 2012 at 12:53 PM · Comments
The journey traveled by Nicolay to pursue his career as a producer and musician has to be something like a dream. The Netherlands native who was found on the Okayplayer message board by fellow Foreign Exchange member Phonte almost a decade ago, is off running and touring with The Hot at Nights in support of his latest effort, The Shibuya EP.

We spoke with Nic about the fast and furious recording process he endured to complete The Shibuya EP, his love for Harold's Chicken, feuding with iTunes, and when the next Foreign Exchange album is coming out.

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