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Exclaim! reviews 'Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey'

by +FE on August 25, 2015 at 5:31 PM · Comments
Exclaim! reviews 'Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey'
Every Foreign Exchange album is a departure, an abrupt turn from what you've come to expect that takes a minute to grow on you. Tales from the Land of Milk and Honey, the group's fifth album since emerging in 2004, is as delectable as it sounds, and this time around, rather than requiring the usual marination period, this one can cook immediately.

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SoulTracks reviews 'Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey'

by +FE on August 24, 2015 at 7:59 AM · Comments
SoulTracks reviews 'Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey'
After a bated breath wait since the release of 2013's Love in Flying Colors, the sixth full-length album from the Grammy-nominated artist collective known as The Foreign Exchange (+FE) has finally been released to the world to put global fans at ease. Much of the sound palettes used on Tales from the Land of Milk and Honey will be familiar to followers who've been around since 2004's Connected. However, less prominent are the prevailing sense of melancholia and blues contemplation that threaded previous releases like Authenticity and even a good chunk of Love in Flying Colors. Instead, multi-instrumentalist producer and composer, Nicolay, and hip hop impresario cum R&B singer, Phonte Coleman (aka Phonte aka Phontigallo), along with singers Carmen Rodgers, Tamisha Waden, and Shana Tucker all throw open the drapes, roll up the rug, cover the lamps, and pump up the funk 'n' bass in what can be considered their first party album since their vivacious +FE: The Reworks project. A sprinkling of soul pop ballads with a hint of the band's thinking man's soul nicely round out a return that largely satisfies.

Following such recent biting hits as "Better," on Tales from the Land of Milk and Honey the bitterness has healed and the cynicism that characterized some of the band's dark musical humor has yielded to brighter tones, groovier rhythms, and plenty of fun -- though rather than coming from Phonte's pen and impeccable comedic timing, that spiritedness comes more from the music on boogie-woogie disco cuts like "Work It To The Top" and percussive ballroom grooves like "Body." Lyrically, there's more grace present on ballads like "Truce" and the introspection tends to point the finger inward rather than outward on "Face in the Reflection." Even an interlude like the synthy piano ballad of "Sevenths and Ninths" is the sweetest of love letters. These are welcome shadings to the band's catalog, expanding the kaleidoscope of human expressions +FE comments on and explores.

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The Foreign Exchange introduces its own Song of Solomon: 'Tales From the Land of Milk and Honey' (via Washington Post)

by +FE on August 22, 2015 at 8:52 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange introduces its own Song of Solomon: 'Tales From the Land of Milk and Honey' (via Washington Post)
Phonte Coleman, the rapping, singing half of the hip-hop/R&B duo the Foreign Exchange, has a complicated relationship with religion.

When he was growing up, he detested the mandatory trips to his grandmother's baptist church, so he joined the choir just to make the ordeal more palatable. At least from the choir stand there was an added element of entertainment. Stationed behind the preacher, young Phonte could gaze upon the flock and see who was fanning themselves, who was trying not to fall asleep and who was struggling to stay on beat.

"For me it was very much a training ground in some ways," Phonte said. "I honestly wish I would have took it more seriously at that time. A lot of my singing and vocal arrangements, it was really just self-taught in a lot of ways. Had I been paying more attention in choir practice and not just f--ing around ... I'm sure I missed out on a lot of crucial lessons that would have served me better in the end."

Now that he's an adult, Phonte still doesn't care much for church. He'll go -- reluctantly. But he also admits that maybe he's missing something.

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Where to find Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey on CD

by +FE on August 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM ·
Where to find Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey on CD
We have compiled a list of record stores that have the CD version of Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey in stock. This list will be frequently updated as more stores are confirmed and will soon include information on stores outside of the United States also. If your city or state is not included or if you are experiencing problems locating a copy in your area, please leave a comment and we will try to assist you!

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Pitchfork reviews 'Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey'

by +FE on August 20, 2015 at 8:29 AM · Comments
Pitchfork reviews 'Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey'
If you are curious about Phonte and Nicolay's mindset going into their fifth studio album as the Foreign Exchange, just look at their social media accounts. Phonte, the group's affable frontman, feeds his Twitter stream with acerbic real talk and hot-take movie reviews. On Facebook, producer Nicolay posts videos of bobblehead dolls in his studio, and jokes about his paltry royalty checks from streaming services. After 11 years together, and several albums of grown folks' soul, it seems the two aren't taking themselves too seriously. They're having fun and don't mind bringing you into the fold.

Tales from the Land of Milk and Honey is a delightful collection of sophisticated R&B and electronic dance, tied directly to the era of Morris Day funk grooves and Teddy Riley's New Jack Swing. As it plays, Phonte, Nicolay, keyboardist Zo!, and vocalists Carmen Rodgers and Tamisha Waden recall the storied Minneapolis funk sound while staying true to their own established blend of Eurocentric electro-soul. In a way, Milk and Honey feels like a concept record: The press photos resemble a parody of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and the title track evokes Sergio Mendes' brand of airy Brazilian jazz. The lyrics pull from Stevie Wonder's songbook of imagined utopias and peaceful horizons. Then suddenly, on "Work It to the Top", Phonte sings in a nasal tone that channels groups like Ready for the World and Cameo over a vintage, computerized-R&B stomp.

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AllMusic reviews 'Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey'

by +FE on August 17, 2015 at 7:15 PM · Comments
AllMusic reviews 'Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey'
Only two months after Nicolay issued his collaborative City Lights, Vol. 3: Soweto, the producer and instrumentalist, along with singing, songwriting, and arranging partner Phonte, returned with the most varied Foreign Exchange album. It's also the one that most emphasizes the duo's extended family of collaborators. The cover of this, their fifth proper full-length, displays Carmen Rodgers and Tamisha Waden -- two of their co-lead and background vocalists -- as well as Lorenzo "Zo!" Ferguson. The FE nucleus and Zo! go way back and take it to another level here, with Zo! -- similar to Nicolay, a studio wiz who typically works in isolation -- a co-songwriter and co-producer of every song. Perhaps proximity and a history as performing partners partly explain why so much of this sounds like a party, as free and easy as the group's shows. FE previously went house with "So What If It Is," a deep and cleansing track, but when they return to the form here, it's with the humorous and rhythmically tougher early-'90s throwback "Asking for a Friend," where Phonte affects a distinguished Englishman accent akin to that of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's Geoffrey Butler. On first listen, the song sounds merely like an amusing novelty until the stellar Waden-led chorus enters and takes it somewhere else. (No R&B group before them has maintained such a strong balance between female and male voices.) A different stunt is pulled with "Work It to the Top," bumping boogie that touches on 1979-1981 Slave -- just a little bit -- down to Phonte's spirited Steve Arrington mannerisms. Beyond those two songs and the pair of delighted Brazilian fusion-styled title tracks that begin and end the album, what remains largely refines the sweet and blissful grooves of Love in Flying Colors. That's not a bad thing, not when the writing is as sharp, with rich harmonies laced through rhythms that bound and wind with unforced finesse and warmth. Even with a disarming ballad on each side, Tales from the Land of Milk and Honey is one of the funnest R&B albums in some time.
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The Foreign Exchange - Asking For A Friend / On A Day Like Today (Re-Edit)

by +FE on August 3, 2015 at 9:44 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange - Asking For A Friend / On A Day Like Today (Re-Edit)
"Asking For A Friend" is the first single taken from The Foreign Exchange's upcoming album, Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey. The full single bundle is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon and available for streaming on SoundCloud and Spotify now and includes "Asking For A Friend" as well as non-album B-Side "On A Day Like Today (Re-Edit)". Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey drops 8/21/15 on +FE Music and is available for pre-order now.

"THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE - ASKING FOR A FRIEND / ON A DAY LIKE TODAY (RE-EDIT)" LISTEN

"Asking For A Friend" (P. Coleman, M. Rook, L. Ferguson, C. Rodgers)

Lead vocals: Phonte
Background vocals: Tamisha Waden, Carmen Rodgers, Phonte, Pirahnahead, and Diviniti
All instruments: Nicolay and Zo!

Produced by Phonte and Nicolay for The Foreign Exchange Music, LLC and Zo! for Chapter 3hree, Verse 5ive Music, LLC

"On A Day Like Today (Re-Edit)" (P. Coleman, M. Rook)

Lead vocals: Phonte
Background vocals: Phonte and Shana Tucker
All instruments: Nicolay

Produced by Phonte and Nicolay for The Foreign Exchange Music, LLC
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The Foreign Exchange - Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey

by +FE on August 3, 2015 at 9:00 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange - Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey
The new album from Grammy Nominated duo The Foreign Exchange is out now on +FE Music.
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The Foreign Exchange - Asking For A Friend (Official Video)

by +FE on August 2, 2015 at 12:14 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange - Asking For A Friend (Official Video)
+FE Music proudly presents the official music video for Asking For A Friend, directed by Kenneth Price.

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