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Zo! - ManMade

by +FE on March 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM · Comments
Zo! - ManMade
The sophomore release from producer/keyboardist Zo! of The Foreign Exchange's +FE Music family. Includes appearances from Phonte, Eric Roberson, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly, Carmen Rodgers, Anthony David and more.
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AllMusic reviews +FE Music: The Reworks

by +FE on March 25, 2013 at 12:55 PM · Comments
More than a set of remixes, The Reworks is a showcase for Phonte and Nicolay's immediate and extended Foreign Exchange Music family -- the duo's like-named group, the artists supported by the label, and their affiliates and peers. Most releases of this type are stylistically scattered and equally inconsistent in quality. That's not the case with this 21-track compilation, given that the "outside" contributors -- including remixers Tall Black Guy, Pirahnahead, Ahmed Sirour, Pure P, Marc Mac (4hero), and James Poyser and ?uestlove (the Randy Watson Experience), as well as the remixed Vikter Duplaix and Debórah Bond -- could be on the label roster without changing its aesthetic. Nicolay carries out eight of the remixes, typically with his own all-new instrumentation. These include Jeanne Jolly's blissful ballad "Sweet Love," where soul-folk is recast as ambient R&B, and RJD2 featuring Kenna's "Games You Can Win," adjusted to sound like classic singer/songwriter material targeting adult album alternative radio playlists. He also turns "ACSlater," a funky freakout from recording/touring partner Chris Boerner's band the Hot @ Nights, into textured and melodic electronic pop that could be on Ghostly International. Each rework has at least some appeal, but nothing provokes repeat play like Tall Black Guy's spaced-out, smack-and-glide work on Zo!'s "This Could Be the Night," also switched up with a Phonte appearance in place of Big Pooh. Three tracks are new compositions. Phonte's wistful "Love Songs," produced by Focus..., evokes a Gerald Levert/Roger Troutman collaboration with longtime FE associate Sy Smith as Shirley Murdock. Two new songs from the Foreign Exchange themselves are among the group's best. "So What If It Is" is eight minutes of brisk, sunlit house with inspirational realism. "Don't Let It Be So," written and produced with Zo!, relays dejection vividly enough to disturb a content soul and has more to offer in its last minute than most songs.
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Jeanne Jolly at Playhouse 211, Southport NC | Apr 19, 2013

by Aimee Flint on March 19, 2013 at 6:02 PM · Comments
Jeanne Jolly returns with her band to the Playhouse 211 in Southport NC on Friday April 19 2013. Tickets are available for purchase

Friday, April 19, 2013 at 6:30 PM
Playhouse 211, 4320 Southport Supply Rd Suite 1, St James NC 28461 | (910) 200-7785

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Jeanne Jolly at WHQR Gallery (live on air), Wilmington NC | Apr 18, 2013

by Aimee Flint on March 19, 2013 at 2:58 PM · Comments
Experience Jeanne Jolly, joined by her band, live at WHQR Gallery located in Wilmington NC on Thursday April 18, 2013 or listen LIVE on the air by going to http://www.WHQR.org at 7:30pm EST. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 6:30 PM
WHQR Gallery, 254 N. Front Street # 300, Wilmington NC 28401 | (910) 343-1640

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Jeanne Jolly at Local 506, Chapel Hill NC | Apr 13, 2013

by Aimee Flint on March 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM · Comments
Experience Jeanne Jolly, joined by her band, live at Local 506 located in Chapel Hill NC on Saturday April 13, 2013. Tickets are available for purchase.

Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Local 506, 506 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill NC 27516 | (919) 942-5506

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Jeanne Jolly at Burlap & Bean, Newton Square PA | Apr 6, 2013

by Aimee Flint on March 18, 2013 at 1:36 PM · Comments
Experience Jeanne Jolly, joined by Chris Boerner, live at Burlap & Bean located in Newtown Square PA on Saturday April 6, 2013. Tickets are available for purchase.
Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Burlap & Bean, 204 S Newtown Street Rd, Newtown Square PA 19073 | (484) 427-4547

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Jeanne Jolly at The Boiler Room, Hawley PA | Apr 5, 2013

by Aimee Flint on March 18, 2013 at 1:09 PM · Comments
Experience Jeanne Jolly, joined by Chris Boerner, live at The Boiler Room in Hawley Silk Mill located in Hawley PA on Friday April 5, 2013. Tickets are available for purchase.
Friday, April 5, 2013 at 7:30 PM
The Boiler Room, 8 Silk Mill Drive, Hawley PA 18428 | (570) 588-8077

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Jeanne Jolly at Charles & Myrtle's Coffeehouse, Chattanooga TN | Mar 23, 2013

by +FE on March 12, 2013 at 9:57 AM · Comments
Experience Jeanne Jolly live at Charles & Myrtle's Coffeehouse in Chattanooga TN on Saturday March 23, 2013.

Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Charles & Myrtle's Coffeehouse, 105 McBrien Rd., Chattanooga TN 37411

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Jeanne Jolly at Sixth & I, Washington DC | Mar 21, 2013

by Aimee Flint on March 11, 2013 at 7:27 PM · Comments
Jeanne Jolly will be opening up for Pegi Young at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington DC on Thursday March 21, 2013. Tickets available for purchase.
Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I Street NW, Washington DC 20001 | (202) 408-3100

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Jeanne Jolly at Double Door Inn, Charlotte NC | Apr 25, 2013

by +FE on March 11, 2013 at 7:16 PM · Comments
Experience Jeanne Jolly live at Double Door Inn in Charlotte NC on Thursday April 25, 2013. Tickets on sale now!

Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., Charlotte NC

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Jeanne Jolly at McGlohon Theater, Charlotte NC | Mar 16, 2013

by Aimee Flint on March 11, 2013 at 7:13 PM · Comments
Come and experience the sweet sounds of Jeanne Jolly while support a great cause, Shine for Women concert on Saturday March 16, 2013 at the McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square. Tickets are on sale.


Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 4:30 PM
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 345 North College St., Charlotte NC 28202 | (704) 348-5740

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Jeanne Jolly at Emerald Lounge, Asheville NC | Apr 26, 2013

by +FE on March 11, 2013 at 6:58 PM · Comments
Experience Jeanne Jolly live at Emerald Lounge in Asheville NC on Friday April 26, 2013.

Friday, April 26, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Emerald Lounge, 112 N. Lexington Avenue, Asheville NC

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Jeanne Jolly at SXSW | Banger's, Austin, TX | Mar 14, 2013

by Aimee Flint on March 11, 2013 at 6:57 PM · Comments
Jeanne Jolly will be performing at Rachael Ray's Feedback Party, an invitation only event, at Bangers in Austin, TX during SXSW on Thursday March 14, 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM
Banger's, 79 Rainey St, Austin TX 78701 | (512) 386-1656

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Phonte Says He's ''Done Remaking Songs''; Won't Rap ''To Stay Relevant'' (via HipHopDX)

by +FE on March 5, 2013 at 5:06 PM · Comments
Exclusive: The Foreign Exchange reflect on their long working history, a new album of remixes and why Phonte is in no rush to put out a sophomore, solo Rap LP.

Phonte Coleman has come far through endless determination and musical ingenuity in the 10 years since his former group Little Brother dropped their pivotal debut, The Listening. During this time, he formed a partnership with Dutch producer Nicolay. It's a partnership that has since produced three albums and a fully independent business under their own banner.

Just released, The Reworks gives new life to fan favorites from the Foreign Exchange's catalog with productions from the likes of international sensation 4Hero, ?uestlove and James Poyser's Randy Watson Experience and Tall Black Guy (considered by many to be reviving soulful Hip Hop within the underground), as well as and FE's own instrumentalists Zo! and Nicolay. The project offers enough to hold hungry fans over, as the group is hard at work on their next effort, Love In Flying Colors, with Zo's anticipated ManMade slated to drop in the coming months.

The always candid Phonte and his lesser heard partner in crime, Nicolay recently spoke with HipHopDX, reflecting on how far they have come together, relishing their present moment and leaving the future up in the air. Though their music's consistency speaks greater volumes than any words can, this chat offered insight regarding the always-brewing creativity involved in their operation.

Continue reading Phonte Says He's ''Done Remaking Songs''; Won't Rap ''To Stay Relevant'' (via HipHopDX)

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Soul Train reviews +FE Music: The Reworks

by +FE on March 4, 2013 at 2:54 PM · Comments
Expect the unexpected. Take all pre-conceived notions, throw them right out the window, and dive head-first into a world of sound containing no genre, definition, or boundary. This is what fans of Nicolay Rook and Phonte Coleman, together known as The Foreign Exchange, have come to love and respect. Since the Grammy-nominated duo's 2004 cross-continental created debut album Connected, Nicolay and Phonte have continued to surprise and challenge listeners with cross-genre albums of hip-hop, soul, electronica, jazz, and even borderline, stripped down blues and folk.

More so, this anything goes, "throw everything and the kitchen sink" mentality of creation has manifested beyond the group itself into a curated music collective that has housed releases by past and present +FE Music collaborators such as YahZarah, Darien Brockington, Carlitta Durand, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly, The Hot At Nights, Median, and Zo! It is this catalog of collaborations, solo endeavors, and group efforts that make up the source material for the double disk remix album, +FE Music: The Reworks.

Continue reading Soul Train reviews +FE Music: The Reworks

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Potholes In My Blog reviews +FE Music: The Reworks

by +FE on March 4, 2013 at 9:04 AM · Comments
As an artist, putting your work in the proper context makes it both easier to digest and present. So when the Foreign Exchange precluded their latest release, a compilation of (mostly) remixes +FE Music: The Reworks, with a brand-new song, the duo of Phonte and Nicolay doubled-down on making sure the context was perfect. The track, a bouncy deep house number called "So What If It Is", revealed the direction of two completely separate projects: The Reworks and the duo's follow-up to 2010′s phenomenal Authenticity.

Their incredible songwriting and production aside, Phonte and Nicolay's most appealing feature as a duo is their ability to musically shape-shift. Here are two guys who kicked things off with a soul/R&B-tinged rap album, 2004′s Connected, only to gracefully transition toward straight-up R&B. Yet, in doing so, they never completely abandoned rap--Tay still spits, as do guests like Median--and they also haven't remained stagnant. Authenticity, for example, finds them successfully more sounds than ever before, especially on folk-y tear-jerker "Laughing At Your Plans" with Chantae Cann.

Continue reading Potholes In My Blog reviews +FE Music: The Reworks

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