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Zo! - SkyBreak

April 12, 2016 at 11:44 AM · Comments
Zo! - SkyBreak
The third +FE Music release from producer, multi-instrumentalist, and musical director of The Foreign Exchange, Zo!.

The 10 song collection features guest appearances from Eric Roberson, Phonte, Muhsinah, innovative UK soul wonder Dornik, and longtime Dungeon Family affiliate and funk/rock veteran Joi.
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#FEMusic 2016

February 23, 2016 at 1:54 PM · Comments
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AllMusic reviews 'SkyBreak'

June 13, 2016 at 4:02 PM · Comments
AllMusic reviews 'SkyBreak'
SkyBreak followed ManMade by almost exactly three years. During the intervening period, Lorenzo Ferguson assisted in the making of two Foreign Exchange albums, served as that group's musical director, and contributed to releases from the 1978ers, Talib Kweli, Sy Smith, and fellow Detroit natives Jamall Bufford and Collective Peace. As on ManMade and the preceding SunStorm, the multi-instrumentalist works tightly with production and songwriting partner Phonte, who is among nine featured vocalists. Most of them are familiar to FE-related sessions and are also credited as composers, fitting into the album's scheme -- uplifted views of flings, falling in, out, and back in love -- without lending it a muddled mixtape quality. Likewise, Ferguson and company continue to evangelize, with a modern perspective, late-'70s to early-'80s sophisticated funk and soul. Even with its pair of Phonte rap verses, including a slightly lewd smash-and-grab job pulled on "I Don't Mind," the album has much more in common with Rufus & Chaka's Masterjam or an Earth, Wind & Fire satellite project than it does with any given post-1983 commercial R&B recording. A couple voices previously unheard on a Zo! release arrive consecutively during the second, superior half. Undersung veteran Joi Gilliam lures on the frisky "Just Whatcha Like," trailed by "Lifelines," on which U.K. up-and-comer Dornik sings of romantic salvation with a DeBarge-like hushed sweetness. Another detail that separates this from previous Zo! output is the bounty of burbling synthesizers. As prominent as the thick bass guitar lines, they reinforce several songs. They're deployed to most pleasurable effect on the Muhsinah-led "Packing for Chicago," where Ferguson's keyboard makes Stevie Wonder-type low-end streaks that swim through steady percussion reminiscent of Herbie Hancock's similarly expectant "Come Running to Me." Filled out with an instrumental dedication to Ferguson's father, who passed away during the album's creation, SkyBreak is another step forward. Ferguson doesn't allow his expanding knowledge and ability to overshadow his personal touch.
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The Foreign Exchange #360Video - ''Call It Home'' Live at Southland Ballroom

May 6, 2016 at 7:30 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange #360Video - ''Call It Home'' Live at Southland Ballroom

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Zo! - Lifelines feat. Dornik

May 6, 2016 at 7:11 PM · Comments
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The Foreign Exchange #360Video - ''Disappear'' Live at Southland Ballroom

April 14, 2016 at 9:24 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange #360Video - ''Disappear'' Live at Southland Ballroom
The Foreign Exchange perform their track "Disappear" for a packed house at Southland Ballroom in Raleigh, NC. New to #360Video? Click/tap and drag to explore the stage and venue.

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The Roots play ''House Of Cards'' as intro music for Kevin Spacey on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

February 24, 2016 at 9:53 AM · Comments

Watch The Roots play our song "House Of Cards" as intro music for Kevin Spacey on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon!

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Announcing the vinyl pressing of ''Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey''

December 2, 2015 at 11:33 AM · Comments
The long awaited vinyl pressing of Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey, the fifth studio album by The Foreign Exchange, will hit stores January 15, 2016. However, a copy of this limited edition double colored vinyl LP in gatefold sleeve can be yours today! We have received a small number of advance copies that we are shipping immediately via the +FE Music Store. Once these are all gone, the only way to get your hands on a copy is to wait until January 15th!

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Photos of The Foreign Exchange at Terminal West, Atlanta GA

November 29, 2015 at 12:47 PM · Comments
Photos of The Foreign Exchange at Terminal West, Atlanta GA
Photos of The Foreign Exchange's live concert at Terminal West, Atlanta Ga on November 6, 2015, courtesy of NiaTate Photography.

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On Tour With The Foreign Exchange | Full film

November 23, 2015 at 2:56 PM · Comments
On Tour With The Foreign Exchange | Full film
Nicolay and Phonte met on the message boards of Okayplayer.com in 2002. Before they spoke a word on the phone, they would record their debut album Connected as The Foreign Exchange. Now the Grammy nominated group is touring the world and toting one of the best live shows in soul music. The music documentary series Suite Sessions followed the band during their west coast swing of the Love In Flying Colors tour. We go behind the scenes with music curator DJ88 and local music venue owner hris LaPorte as they bring the soul band to Las Vegas for the first time.

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The Foreign Exchange makes a mighty return to Carrboro (via IndyWeek)

November 11, 2015 at 9:22 AM · Comments
Dance, funk, soul, electronic, house, R&B: However you want to label The Foreign Exchange, they embraced it all during a groove-focused show at Cat's Cradle Saturday night.

Though at its core the act is the duo of frontman Phonte Coleman and producer Nicolay Rook, the group's sound has shifted and grown stronger through collaboration with other, like-minded artists. Vocalists Carmen Rodgers and Tamisha Waden add depth to the vocal attack, while keyboardist Zo!, bassist Darion Alexander and drummer Nick Baglio bring serious chops to the rhythm section.

Those skills were apparent when the group delivered an impressive opening set during a Floetry reunion show at DPAC over the summer, but the weekend's headlining slot (and as a result, extra time) provided extra opportunities to flex. That became clear during several seamless transitions near the beginning of the show as they tied together older tracks, a cover of Keith Sweat's "I Want Her" and several cuts off their sixth and most recent full-length, Tales from the Land of Milk and Honey.

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Indie-soul collective Foreign Exchange plays the Cat's Cradle (via The News & Observer)

November 5, 2015 at 11:07 AM · Comments
Indie-soul collective Foreign Exchange plays the Cat's Cradle (via The News & Observer)
It seems like only yesterday Phonte Coleman was just a North Carolina rapper/singer, one-third of the up-and-coming hip-hop trio Little Brother. Back then, Coleman was also exchanging music files with an Internet help desk employee and aspiring producer in the Netherlands (Matthijs "Nicolay" Rook), hoping the two could make music together.

Cut to today: Coleman, 36, and Rook, 41, are several albums deep as the Grammy-winning, indie-soul collective The Foreign Exchange. And Coleman, who still lives in Raleigh, doesn't have to go very far to contact Rook. He's just a couple of hours away in Wilmington, where he's lived since 2006.

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Phonte and Nicolay remain focused on The Foreign Exchange (via Creative Loafing)

November 4, 2015 at 8:34 AM · Comments
Phonte and Nicolay remain focused on The Foreign Exchange (via Creative Loafing)
With their fifth studio album, Tales From the Land of Milk and Honey, The Foreign Exchange has perfected its sophisticated take on R&B, incorporating not only a range of sticky sweet melodies, but also a smattering of nuanced romantic themes like domesticity and compromise. But whatever you do, don't call it "grown man music."

"I'd never say no shit like that. The connotation of that is you make boring music to fuckin', ya know, goddamn go to sleep to," The Foreign Exchange rapper-cum-singer Phonte Coleman says of the reviewers who fixate on the mature and nuanced themes of his lyrics. "If you say our music is for grown folks, I hear: 'No adventure, no attitude.' That's not what me and Nick do. On every record, we push ourselves to the limit of our creativity."

Phonte is referring to Dutch R&B and electronica producer Nicolay, with whom he cofounded The Foreign Exchange, who will perform at Amos' Southend on Nov. 6. Back then, in the early '00s, Phonte was known as a member of the burgeoning alt-hip-hop trio Little Brother, which was garnering rave reviews for its landmark 2003 debut, The Listening.

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The Foreign Exchange - Body (Official Video)

October 29, 2015 at 3:42 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange - Body (Official Video)
+FE Music proudly presents the official music video for Body, directed by Kenneth Price.

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