Nicolay - City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto
City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto
Release date
June 9, 2015

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Nicolay - City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto

by +FE on May 18, 2015 at 8:49 AM · Comments
"City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto" is the upcoming solo release by Grammy nominated multi-instrumentalist/producer Nicolay of independent soul duo The Foreign Exchange. "Soweto" is an ode to the South African township and it's neighboring city of Johannesburg, the site of The Foreign Exchange's triumphant South African debut performance in 2014. The 10-song set features contributions by Phonte, Carmen Rodgers and Tamisha Waden. "City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto" drops 6/9/15 on +FE Music.

01. Tomorrow
02. It's In The Way That You Smile
03. Aurora
04. The Chase
05. Sun Rings/Uprising
06. The Brightest Star
07. Daydream
08. Sawubona
09. The Secret
10. There Is A Place For Us
''Nicolay's ability to honor South African musical tradition without just copying its style gives the record as a whole a much appreciated sense of authenticity.'' - The Kommish for SoulBounce [Click here to read the full review]
''Nicolay is a most sophisticated sonic tourist, able to link the foreign to the domestic, the past to the present with a singular style.'' - Brandon Soderberg for IndyWeek [Click here to read the full review]
''As much as we love The Foreign Exchange, it's great to hear Nicolay stepping out on his own once in while, too, especially when the result is something as swoon-worthy as the soul-funk jam The Secret.'' - Ron Schepper for Textura [Click here to read the full review]
''Where Shibuya felt like a scenic stroll through Tokyo’s nightlife, Soweto is lush and vibrant, carried by a persistent thump that picks up steam as the album progresses. This isn't an album of singles; it’s a summery mix of breezy dance tunes, sequenced without pauses for a unified listening experience.'' - Marcus J. Moore for Pitchfork [Click here to read the full review]
''Radiant synthesizer melodies, jutting drums and probing basslines, and certain percussion accents are neatly woven through fusions of jazz-funk, house, broken beat, and downtempo electronic music'' - Andy Kellman for AllMusic [Click here to read the full review]

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