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Off The Shelf #8: Collective Efforts - "Until My Life's Gone (Nicolay Remix)"

by Nicolay on October 20, 2011 at 9:47 AM · Comments
'Off The Shelf' is the name of a recurring series on +FE Music. For each episode, Nicolay digs into his archives to present you with a gem that has never been released, or that has otherwise been forgotten about.
Time flies.

That's the short version of the reason why the follow-up to "The Dutch Masters Vol. 1" (2005) never came to be. I started working on it in 2007 for a planned 2008 release, but the re-emergence of The Foreign Exchange and all that came with it soon took all of my time and attention, not to mention the fact that my musical direction was shifting. And so the material that I had intended to use for The Dutch Masters Vol. 2 ended up on the shelf.

Until now! In the upcoming episodes of my Off The Shelf series, I am going to set this material free one track at a time. This episode: "Until My Life's Gone (Nicolay Remix)" by Collective Efforts

nicolay_cover_f1.jpg Original cover art by Sean Kernick, 2007/08.

When I first arrived in the States, in the Spring of 2006, I did an extensive tour of DJ-sets across the country to "introduce myself" and to promote the album I was about to release, Here (BBE; 2006). One of those shows was in Atlanta, where I opened up for my fam J*Davey. Also performing was a local group called Collective Efforts. They sounded good and, equally important, were some genuinely good people. After that I would run into them each time that I visited Atlanta, and we stayed in touch.

I did this remix for them in early 2007, and it has always been a personal favorite of mine. I honestly don't remember if it ever came out around that time. Either way, I was going to include this on DM2 as the first track. So here it is, with a shout out to Collective Efforts. Enjoy, and please spread the word if you like what you hear. And check back in two weeks for the second track from DM2.

Thank you for listening,
Nicolay

Visit Collective Efforts on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Collective-Efforts/7493495361

"UNTIL MY LIFE'S GONE (NICOLAY REMIX)" DOWNLOAD

Vocals by Ben Hameen, J Mil and Bambu
Cuts by DJ Creashun
Remix produced by Nicolay
2007

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Off The Shelf #7: Little Brother/The Foreign Exchange BBC Radio 1 LIVE Session (2005)

by Nicolay on August 25, 2009 at 4:30 PM · Comments
Off The Shelf #7: Little Brother/The Foreign Exchange BBC Radio 1 LIVE Session (2005)
'Off The Shelf' is the name of a recurring series on +FE Music. For each episode, Nicolay digs into his archives to present you with a gem that has never been released, or that has otherwise been forgotten about.
In celebration of the 5th anniversary of the release of The Foreign Exchange's debut album 'Connected', we have a very special 'Off The Shelf' installment for you today!

At the end of January 2005, on the heels of a sold-out performance at London's Jazz Cafe, Little Brother/The Foreign Exchange (consisting of Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh, Nicolay, Yahzarah, Darien Brockington and DJ Flash) recorded a live-in-studio session for Gilles Peterson's Worldwide show on BBC Radio 1 (United Kingdom). Originally, the BBC Radio 1 only aired the two Foreign Exchange tracks, 'Come Around' and 'Sincere', but we are now presenting this session in its entirety. Enjoy!

Thanks for listening,

Nicolay

"LITTLE BROTHER/THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE BBC RADIO 1 SESSION" DOWNLOAD

Vocals by Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh, Yahzarah and Darien Brockington | Keyboards by Nicolay | DJ Flash on the decks | January 2005



Tracklisting:

01 Speed (Little Brother)
02 The Way You Do It (Little Brother)
03 Come Around (The Foreign Exchange)
04 Sincere (The Foreign Exchange)

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Off The Shelf #6: Ilwil feat. Jameze - "So Far" [Prod. Nicolay]

by Nicolay on August 4, 2009 at 10:05 AM · Comments
Off The Shelf #6: Ilwil feat. Jameze - "So Far" [Prod. Nicolay]
We've come so far...
This week's 'Off The Shelf' installment was actually requested through Twitter. You may know the song "So Far" in the instrumental version that is included on City Lights Vol. 1.5, or in the remix version that is included on The Dutch Masters Vol. 1, but the original vocal version is a little less known. The song, performed by Ilwil (Donwill and Ilyas) featuring Jameeze, was recorded around 2002, during what you could call our Okayplayer days. I'm sure that we posted it up on The Lesson, and Ilwil included the original version on their 'Beat Thieves Vol. 1 Mixtape', that is no longer in print.

Donwill and Ilyas are better known as two thirds of the group Tanya Morgan, the third third being another one of my Okayplayer homies, mc/producer Von "First Date" Pea. Their latest album, Brooklynati, is in stores right now and is a must-have if you like your hip hop fresh. Don't sleep!

Thanks for listening,

Nicolay

"SO FAR feat. JAMEZE" DOWNLOAD

Verses by Donwill and Ilyas | Hooks by Jameeze | All instruments and programming by Nicolay | 2002

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Off The Shelf #5: Nicolay & Ugene - "Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger)"

by Nicolay on July 21, 2009 at 8:03 AM · Comments
Off The Shelf #5: Nicolay & Ugene - "Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger)"
'Off The Shelf' is the name of a recurring series on +FE Music. For each episode, Nicolay digs into his archives to present you with a gem that has never been released, or that has otherwise been forgotten about.
Today, I am another year older, and what better to commemorate this than with a particularly festive 'Off The Shelf' download, aimed for the dancefloors!

In the previous installment of this series, I broke down the story of how I first met the lovely and talented Moon Baker, many years ago. That story really isn't complete without acknowledging another good friend of mine, the amazingly talented Dutch singer and keyboardist Ugene.

My bandmates and I had seen Ugene perform on a late night television show one night in '95 or '96, and we were all floored. A voice like Ugene's, you just don't hear everyday, especially in The Netherlands. It took us a while to track him down, but we eventually got a hold of him and somehow persuaded him to sing and play with us for a while. Fortunately for us, he ended up playing with us for several years. Most of my favourite memories from those days involve sharing the stage and the rehearsal studio with Ugene and Moon, who formed an incredible vocal tandem together.

To make a long story short: Ugene and I recorded this cover version of the Quincy Jones produced Donna Summer track "Love Is In Control (Finger In The Trigger)" in April of 2005. It was originally intended for a compilation album on an indie label, but they didn't use it and so the track ended up on the shelf.

Ugene is another artist that deserves any and all attention. He's currently working on a new project with a formation that actually includes two other friends of mine from Europe, Krewcial and Gus. Click here to watch one of their recent videos.

Until next time, and as always... thanks for listening,

Nicolay

"LOVE IS IN CONTROL (FINGER ON THE TRIGGER)" DOWNLOAD

Vocals and keyboards by U-Gene | Vocoder, keyboards and all other instruments and programming by Nicolay | April 2005

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Off The Shelf #4: Moon Baker - "Stay" (prod. Nicolay) and more!

by Nicolay on June 23, 2009 at 4:30 PM · Comments
Off The Shelf #4: Moon Baker - "Stay" (prod. Nicolay) and more!
'Off The Shelf' is the name of a recurring series on +FE Music. For each episode, Nicolay digs into his archives to present you with a gem that has never been released, or that has otherwise been forgotten about.
Around 1995, I was playing bass in a Dutch P-Funk outfit called Groovin' Pict. It would be an understatement to say that I could write a book about the many adventures of this group and its various formations, but that is a different story altogether. Back then, one of our rival bands had a new female singer called Moon Baker, who was both gorgeous and incredibly talented, and after hearing and seeing her in action, we all knew that we had to get her to join our ranks. To our delight, we were eventually able to persuade her to come sing with us, and Moon and I ended up playing music together in different configurations of the group until around the year 2000.

Fast forward to 2004. Moon called me up one day and told me she was at long last going to start working on her solo debut, and she wanted me to be the album's main producer. Over the course of two years, we worked on and off on writing, arranging and recording her album, titled "ABC Of Romance". It was released in 2007 by Supertracks Records, and knowing that, the term 'Off The Shelf' should not be taken literally in this particular context. However, I think that the release was limited to The Netherlands, Germany and Japan, so I don't think you'll mind if I drop one of my favourite songs that we did together, "Stay". If you like this track, you can find the full Moon Baker album "ABC Of Romance" on iTunes, Amazon and CD Universe.

Not only is she a phenomenal singer, but Moon is an amazingly humble, down-to-earth and sweet person. In my opinion, she hasn't yet gotten the full recognition that she deserves. I'll continue to do whatever I can do on my end to change that. If you dig the music, make sure that you spread the word! As always, thank you for listening,

Nicolay

"STAY" DOWNLOAD

Vocals by Moon Baker | All instruments and programming by Nicolay, 2005/06


BONUS:

"ABC OF ROMANCE (NICOLAY REMIX feat. KAY)" DOWNLOAD

Vocals by Moon Baker | Rhyme by Kay | Saxophone by Candy Dulfer | All other instruments and programming by Nicolay, 2007

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Off The Shelf #3: United Soul feat. Yahzarah & Phonte "Soulclap" (Nicolay Remix)

by Nicolay on June 9, 2009 at 3:49 PM · Comments
Off The Shelf #3: United Soul feat. Yahzarah & Phonte "Soulclap" (Nicolay Remix)
'Off The Shelf' is the name of a recurring series on +FE Music. For each episode, Nicolay digs into his archives to present you with a gem that has never been released, or that has otherwise been forgotten about.
I am pretty sure that the fellas of United Soul (an R&B duo from Philadelphia that since changed their name to U.City) didn't end up using this remix, but I know they liked it, and so does my wife Aimee, who suggested it for the next installment of Off The Shelf. Just a smooth joint to cuddle up with your significant other to, done sometime in '05. Shoutouts to U.City, Yahzarah and Phonte. Enjoy, and thanks for listening!

Nicolay

"SOULCLAP (NICOLAY REMIX)" DOWNLOAD

Vocals by United Soul, Yahzarah and Phonte | All instruments and programming by Nicolay, 2005

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Off The Shelf #2: The Last Poets feat. Keith Murray "Dakari (Nicolay Remix)"

by Nicolay on May 26, 2009 at 3:20 PM · Comments
Off The Shelf #2: The Last Poets feat. Keith Murray "Dakari (Nicolay Remix)"
'Off The Shelf' is the name of a recurring series on +FE Music. For each episode, Nicolay digs into his archives to present you with a gem that has never been released, or that has otherwise been forgotten about.
Things don't always work out as you would hope, and the reasons why usually have little to do with music, and all the more with the people "behind the scenes", as the following example illustrates. Of course, not everyone in the music industry is a shark, but it certainly is my personal experience that the good people are exceptions that prove the rule.

At the end of 2004, I was contacted by a fairly well-known indie hip-hop label's A&R (Artist & Repertoire) director (who shall remain anonymous). The guy was working on a new project with legendary group The Last Poets, and he wanted to see if I could remix a song called "Dakari" track that also featured Keith Murray. The remix was intended for a 12" single to promote the album, and would potentially even be included on the album as they were not too thrilled about the beat that was used for the original track. Eager to expand both my range and my resume, I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to reach a new audience, and we came to an agreement that worked for all parties involved. I finished the remix in January of 2005.

To make a long story short, the A&R guy never held up his end of the agreement, and never made good on the agreed compensation, using every excuse known to man before falling off the map and abandoning the entire project. And so the remix never came out. Until today! Big up to The Last Poets (Umar Bin Hassan + Abiodun Oyewole) and Keith Murray.

Enjoy, and thanks for listening,

Nicolay

"DAKARI (NICOLAY REMIX)" DOWNLOAD

Vocals by Umar Bin Hassan, Abiodun Oyewole and Keith Murray. (Unfortunately, I was never told who the young lady on the hook is) | Remixed by Nicolay, January 2005

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Off The Shelf #1: Nicolay - "Nautilus" (A tribute to Bob James)

by Nicolay on May 12, 2009 at 10:17 AM · Comments
Off The Shelf #1: Nicolay - "Nautilus" (A tribute to Bob James)
'Off The Shelf' is the name of a recurring series on +FE Music. For each episode, Nicolay digs into his archives to present you with a gem that has never been released, or that has otherwise been forgotten about.
In July of 2006, I was approached by people representing world renowned jazz keyboardist Bob James. They were working on putting together a project, to be called 'Sampling Bob James: The Nautilus Project', on which several DJ's and producers would present their take on one of the most sampled tracks in hip-hop history, 'Nautilus', from Bob James' 1974 album 'One'. To my delight, I was invited to be one of the contributors, but instead of sampling the original, I chose to 'cover' it and re-create the track from scratch.

They really liked my version of 'Nautilus', but the project has remained unreleased. My version did end up online, by way of a viral video. Ever since, people have been asking me for a high quality version, so... here it is! Enjoy, and please... spread the word. You are more than welcome to share the link or the file itself.

Thank you for listening,

Nicolay

"NAUTILUS" DOWNLOAD

Written by Bob James | Arrangement, instruments and programming by Nicolay, December 2006

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