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The Foreign Exchange - Can't Turn Around (Nicolay's Houstyle Takeover Mix)

by +FE on September 14, 2015 at 7:33 PM · Comments
Remix by Nicolay. The original version of "Can't Turn Around" is available on the album Love In Flying Colors, out now on +FE Music.

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The Foreign Exchange - Asking For A Friend (Stro Elliot's Roller Rink Rework)

by +FE on September 1, 2015 at 4:19 PM · Comments
Remix by Stro Elliot. The original version of "Asking For A Friend" is available on the album Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey, out now on +FE Music.

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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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Nicolay - The Secret

by +FE on June 8, 2015 at 8:08 PM · Comments
Nicolay - The Secret
"The Secret" is the second lead track from Nicolay's new solo album 'City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto', in stores now on +FE Music.

"NICOLAY - THE SECRET" LISTEN

All instruments by Nicolay
Lead and background vocals by Phonte

Produced by Phonte and Nicolay for The Foreign Exchange Music, LLC
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Nicolay - The Brightest Star / Afterglow

by +FE on May 18, 2015 at 9:04 AM ·
Nicolay - The Brightest Star / Afterglow
"The Brightest Star" is the first single taken from Nicolay's upcoming solo album, City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto. The full single bundle is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon and available for streaming on SoundCloud and Spotify now and includes the single edit of "The Brightest Star" as well as non-album B-Side "Afterglow". City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto drops 6/9/15 on +FE Music.

"NICOLAY - THE BRIGHTEST STAR / AFTERGLOW" LISTEN

All instruments by Nicolay

"The Brightest Star" (Phonte Coleman, Nicolay)
Vocals by Carmen Rodgers and Phonte

"Afterglow" (Phonte Coleman, Nicolay)
Vocals by Tamisha Waden and Phonte; Flute by Tim Smith

Produced by Phonte and Nicolay for The Foreign Exchange Music, LLC
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Zo! - We Are On The Move (Black Coffee Remix) / A Choice Of Weapons

by +FE on March 4, 2014 at 8:36 AM · Comments
Zo! - We Are On The Move (Black Coffee Remix) / A Choice Of Weapons
"We Are On The Move (Black Coffee Remix)" b/w "A Choice of Weapons" is the new single in promotion of Zo!'s ManMade album. The single bundle is available for purchase on iTunes now and includes the Black Coffee Remix of "We Are On The Move" feat. Eric Roberson & Phonte as well as non-album B-Side "A Choice of Weapons" feat. Nicholas Ryan Gant & Carmen Rodgers. ManMade is available now on +FE Music.

"ZO! - WE ARE ON THE MOVE (BLACK COFFEE REMIX) / A CHOICE OF WEAPONS" LISTEN

We Are On The Move (Black Coffee Remix):

Lead vocals: Eric Roberson
Background vocals: Gwen Bunn, Phonte & Sy Smith

Remix produced by Black Coffee

A Choice Of Weapons:

Lead vocals: Nicholas Ryan Gant
Background vocals: Carmen Rodgers and Phonte
All instruments: Zo!

Produced by Zo! for Chapter 3hree Verse 5ive Music and Phonte for The Foreign Exchange Music, LLC
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The Foreign Exchange - Right After Midnight feat. Sy Smith

by +FE on September 26, 2013 at 9:42 AM · Comments
Track from The Foreign Exchange's fourth studio album Love In Flying Colors, in stores now on +FE Music.

"THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE - RIGHT AFTER MIDNIGHT feat. SY SMITH" LISTEN

Lead vocals: Phonte
Background vocals: Sy Smith & Phonte
Guitar: Chris Boerner
All other instruments: Nicolay

Produced by Phonte and Nicolay for The Foreign Exchange Music, LLC
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The Foreign Exchange - Call It Home / Pity

by +FE on August 27, 2013 at 12:00 AM · Comments
"Call It Home" is the first single taken from The Foreign Exchange's upcoming fourth album, Love In Flying Colors. The full single bundle is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon now and includes the single mix and instrumental version of "Call It Home" as well as non-album B-Side "Pity".

"THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE - CALL IT HOME / PITY" LISTEN

Lead and background vocals: Phonte
All instruments: Nicolay
Additional background vocals on "Call It Home": Jeanne Jolly

Produced by Phonte and Nicolay for The Foreign Exchange Music, LLC
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Zo! - ManMade Sampler

by +FE on May 3, 2013 at 12:08 AM · Comments
"ZO! - MANMADE SAMPLER" DOWNLOAD

1. ManMade Sampler:
a. ManMade Intro
b. Count To Five feat. Gwen Bunn
c. Making Time feat. Phonte & Choklate
d. Out In The World feat. Choklate & Phonte
e. Tell Me Something New feat. Jeanne Jolly
f. We Are On The Move feat. Eric Roberson
g. ManMade Outro

Produced by Zo & Phonte for Chapter 3hree, Verse 5ive/The Foreign Exchange Music, LLC
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Zo! - The Train feat. Sy Smith

by +FE on April 9, 2013 at 10:04 AM · Comments
"The Train feat. Sy Smith" is taken from Zo!'s upcoming release ManMade, in stores May 21 on +FE Music.

"ZO! - THE TRAIN feat. SY SMITH" DOWNLOAD

All instruments by Zo!
All vocals by Sy Smith

Produced by Zo! for Chapter 3hree Verse 5ive Music, LLC

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The Foreign Exchange - So What If It Is

by +FE on January 28, 2013 at 12:00 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange - So What If It Is
"So What If It Is" is The Foreign Exchange's new single from their "+FE Music: The Reworks" remix compilation. Spanning 2 discs, the specially priced set features remixes from Nicolay, Zo! 4hero, ?uestlove & James Poyser, and serves as a primer for +FE Music's upcoming releases: "ManMade" by Zo! and The Foreign Exchange's long-awaited 4th LP, "Love In Flying Colors."

"THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE - SO WHAT IF IT IS" DOWNLOAD

All instruments by Nicolay
All vocals by Phonte
Additional background vocals by Carlitta Durand and Damaris Fletcher

Produced by Nicolay and Phonte for The Foreign Exchange Music, LLC
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Debórah Bond - Say It (Nicolay Remix)

by +FE on August 7, 2012 at 10:00 AM · Comments
Debórah Bond - Say It (Nicolay Remix)
The name Debórah Bond should definitely ring a bell with fans of The Foreign Exchange. The DC-based singer has been a supporting vocalist on several show dates of their recent Authenticity Tour, and is a frequent +FE Music collaborator. Debórah released her third album, "Madam Palindrome", in 2011, and when she asked Nicolay to remix one of the album's cuts, he was more than happy to oblige. The result is presented here as a FREE download.

You can find the original version of "Say It" on the album "Madam Palindrome" by Debórah Bond

"DEBORAH BOND - SAY IT (NICOLAY REMIX)" LISTEN | DOWNLOAD

All vocals by Debórah Bond
Remix, instrumentation and programming by Nicolay (2012)

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The Hot At Nights - ACSlater (Nicolay Rework)

by +FE on January 23, 2012 at 7:48 PM · Comments
The Hot At Nights - ACSlater (Nicolay Rework)
Nicolay and The Hot At Nights are about to hit the road to perform the music from their recent Shibuya Session EP and more in cities across the US. To celebrate the kick-off of their tour, we are happy to present you with a free exclusive download of Nicolay's lengthy rework of The Hot At Nights' track "ACSlater". Thank you for listening, and we hope to see you out there at one of the shows! For a complete schedule, please visit our events section.

You can find the original version of "ACSlater" on the album "Nice Talk" by The Hot At Nights.

"THE HOT AT NIGHTS - ACSLATER (NICOLAY REWORK)" LISTEN | DOWNLOAD

Original version performed by The Hot At Nights and produced by Chris Boerner
Remix, additional instrumentation and programming by Nicolay (2011/12)

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Nicolay with The Hot At Nights - Shibuya Session EP

by +FE on November 7, 2011 at 10:30 PM · Comments
+FE Music proudly presents the "Shibuya Session EP", a collaboration between Nicolay and the Raleigh-based exploratory jazz trio The Hot At Nights, led by 8-string guitar virtuoso (and The Foreign Exchange guitarist) Chris Boerner with Matt Douglas on sax/woodwinds and Nick Baglio on drums.

The EP was recorded at Sound Pure Studios in Durham NC and features new interpretations and arrangements of eight instrumental compositions from Nicolay's 2009 album "City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya".
"SHIBUYA SESSION EP" LISTEN | DOWNLOAD

Tracklisting:

01. Shibuya Station
02. Rain In Ueno Park
03. Satellite
04. Meiji Shrine
05. The Inner Garden
06. Crossing
07. Bullet Train
08. Departure

Produced by Nicolay and Chris Boerner

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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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DJ Flash presents The Best Of Phonte (Mixtape)

by +FE on September 24, 2011 at 12:00 AM · Comments
DJ Flash presents The Best Of Phonte (Mixtape)
The Phonte mixtape to end all Phonte mixtapes. 70 tracks, 78 minutes, covering the past 10 years of my career all mixed and selected by DJ Flash.

For those who need a Phonte crash course, start here.

Thank you for listening. And if you're a long time fan, thank you for re-listening,

Phonte

"DJ FLASH presents THE BEST OF PHONTE" DOWNLOAD

Mixed and selected by DJ Flash

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Phonte feat. Elzhi - Not Here Anymore (Prod. 9th Wonder)

by +FE on August 23, 2011 at 9:10 AM · Comments
Phonte feat. Elzhi - Not Here Anymore (Prod. 9th Wonder)
+FE Music proudly presents "Not Here Anymore", the first single from Phonte's upcoming solo album, Charity Starts At Home. The single features Elzhi and production from 9th Wonder.

Charity Starts At Home will drop 9/27 on +FE Music. Thank you for listening!
"NOT HERE ANYMORE feat. ELZHI" LISTEN | DOWNLOAD

Featuring Elzhi
Produced by 9th Wonder

Cover design by Chris Charles of Creative Silence Photography

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Zo! - ...just visiting three

by +FE on July 12, 2011 at 12:00 AM · Comments
Zo! - ...just visiting three
+FE Music proudly presents the new EP of covers from Zo!, "...just visiting three."

Enclosed in the "...just visiting three" zip file is a digital pdf booklet complete with all the album credits, information on the album's vocalists and contributors, as well as information on the originals.
"...JUST VISITING THREE" LISTEN | DOWNLOAD

Tracklisting:

01. Black Cow feat. Phonte and Sy Smith
02. Let It Go feat. Nicholas Ryan Gant
03. Driving feat. Sy Smith
04. Marzipan feat. Eric Roberson and Phonte
05. Everything She Wants feat. Phonte
06. Same Ole Love feat. Jeanne Jolly
07. Playing Your Game, Baby feat. Anthony David

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

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The Foreign Exchange - All The Kisses (feat. Paris & Amber Strother of KING)

by +FE on June 14, 2011 at 12:00 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange - All The Kisses (feat. Paris & Amber Strother of KING)
+FE Music proudly presents "All The Kisses (featuring Paris & Amber Strother of KING)", a brand new studio track taken from the upcoming live CD/DVD "Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange".

"Dear Friends" drops 6/28 on +FE Music and will be available on iTunes as a specially-priced video bundle.

"ALL THE KISSES feat. PARIS & AMBER STROTHER of KING" LISTEN | DOWNLOAD

Lead vocals: Phonte
Backing vocals: Paris & Amber Strother of KING
All instruments: Nicolay

Produced by Phonte and Nicolay for The Foreign Exchange Music, LLC
All The Kisses feat. Paris & Amber Strother of KING by theforeignexchangemusic
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Zo! & Phonte feat. Tigallo the Tay God - Return Of The Mack

by +FE on April 20, 2011 at 1:53 PM · Comments
Zo! & Phonte feat. Tigallo the Tay God - Return Of The Mack
Good Peoples,

On a breezy Sunday afternoon in North Carolina, me and my brother Zo! took to the studio to clown around and pay homage to one of the greatest late 90's white people club songs ever.

Enjoy!

Peace,
Phonte
"RETURN OF THE MACK" LISTEN | DOWNLOAD

Piano and Guitar: Zo!
All vocals and maracas: Phonte
Snaps: Phonte & Zo!
Additional swagged out vocals: Tigallo the Tay God

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The Foreign Exchange - Maybe She'll Dream Of Me

by +FE on September 1, 2010 at 6:56 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange - Maybe She'll Dream Of Me
+FE Music proudly presents "Maybe She'll Dream Of Me", the first single taken from The Foreign Exchange's upcoming third album, Authenticity.

Authenticity will be available 10/14 on +FE Music. Thank you for listening!

"MAYBE SHE'LL DREAM OF ME" LISTEN | DOWNLOAD

Produced by Nicolay and Phonte for The Foreign Exchange Music, LLC
Vocals by Phonte
All Instruments by Nicolay
Piano by Zo!
Recorded and Mixed by Phonte at The Peanut Gallery and by Nicolay at The Beach House, Wilmington, NC

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Zo! - This Could Be The Night feat. Eric Roberson, Darien Brockington & Rapper Big Pooh

by +FE on June 28, 2010 at 11:55 PM · Comments
Zo! - This Could Be The Night feat. Eric Roberson, Darien Brockington & Rapper Big Pooh
Truly a family affair, the first single from Zo's forthcoming SunStorm LP features Darien Brockington and fellow Grammy-nominee Eric Roberson going back and forth over a bouncy, two-step groove topped off with a cameo from Rapper Big Pooh. Enjoy, spread the word, and as always....thank you for listening!


"THIS COULD BE THE NIGHT feat. ERIC ROBERSON, DARIEN BROCKINGTON & RAPPER BIG POOH" LISTEN | DOWNLOAD

Produced by Zo! for Chapter 3hree, Verse 5ive Music, LLC
Vocals by Eric Roberson, Darien Brockington, and Rapper Big Pooh
All Instruments by Zo!
Jive talk by Scorpeze of Windimoto
Recorded and mixed by Zo! at East Wing Studios, Silver Spring, MD and Phonte at The Peanut Gallery

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Zo! - Greatest Weapon Of All Time feat. Sy Smith

by +FE on June 15, 2010 at 2:31 PM · Comments
Zo! - Greatest Weapon Of All Time feat. Sy Smith
The official single for Zo's 'SunStorm' album doesn't drop for a few more weeks, but we at +FE Music decided to give a little something to hold you over until then. Here's "Greatest Weapon Of All Time" featuring our good friend Sy Smith, also taken from the 'SunStorm' LP which drops 7/27. Thank you for listening, and enjoy!

"GREATEST WEAPON OF ALL TIME feat. SY SMITH" LISTEN | DOWNLOAD

Produced by Zo! for Chapter 3hree, Verse 5ive Music, LLC
Vocals arranged and produced by Sy Smith
All Instruments by Zo!
Recorded and mixed by Zo! at East Wing Studios, Silver Spring, MD and Grant Nichols at Rumbo Studios, Winnetka, CA

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Zo! - ...just visiting too

by +FE on November 3, 2009 at 9:02 AM · Comment
Zo! - ...just visiting too
We are proud to present the new EP of covers from our longtime friend, collaborator, and bandmate Zo!, "...just visiting too."

Working on this record has been a labor of love for everybody involved, and we hope it serves as a teaser for Zo's upcoming full-length SunStorm, dropping next summer on +FE Music.

Enclosed in the "...just visiting too" zip file is a digital pdf booklet complete with all the album credits, information on the album's vocalists and contributors, as well as information on the originals.

Enjoy the music, pass it around to a friend, and as always thank you for the support. We hope this record makes your transition into the holiday season much easier.

Thank you for listening. Team FE marches on!

One Love,
'Te and Nic

"...JUST VISITING TOO" LISTEN | DOWNLOAD

Tracklisting:
1. Perfect Angel feat. Yahzarah
2. Nights Over Egypt feat. Carlitta Durand
3. Crazy You feat. Sy Smith
4. Holding You, Loving You
5. My Flame feat. Phonte
6. Somethin Special feat. Yahzarah
7. The Highways of My Life (Pts. 1&2) feat. Darien Brockington
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Nicolay - City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya (Sampler)

by +FE on September 2, 2009 at 3:50 PM · Comment
Sample some songs from Nicolay's new album...
nicolay-shibuya_sampler_small.jpgClick the link below to download your copy of the City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya sampler!

If you haven't done so already, you can still download the first single taken from the album, 'Lose Your Way feat. Carlitta Durand', for FREE by clicking here.

"CITY LIGHTS VOL. 2: SHIBUYA (SAMPLER)" DOWNLOAD



The sampler includes snippets of the following tracks::

01 Shibuya Station
02 Crossing
03 Omotesando
04 Meiji Shrine
05 Shadow Dancing
06 Bullet Train
07 Saturday Night feat. Carlitta Durand
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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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Nicolay - Lose Your Way feat. Carlitta Durand

by +FE on July 28, 2009 at 2:11 PM · Comments
Nicolay - Lose Your Way feat. Carlitta Durand
See me smiling in the city lights...
We proudly present you with the first single taken from the upcoming Nicolay album "City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya", in stores September 15 on +FE Music.

"LOSE YOUR WAY feat. CARLITTA DURAND" LISTEN | DOWNLOAD

All vocals: Carlitta Durand
All instruments: Nicolay
Lyrics and vocal arrangement: Phonte

Produced by Phonte and Nicolay for The Foreign Exchange Music, LLC
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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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?uestlove/The Foreign Exchange/Zo!/Carlitta Durand - Purple Flip

by +FE on July 9, 2009 at 8:51 AM · Comments
I don't care where we go, I don't care what we do...
"PURPLE FLIP" DOWNLOAD


Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson- Drums, Samples
Nicolay- Fender Rhodes, acoustic piano
Zo!- Korg synth, additional rhodes
Phonte and Carlitta Durand- Vocals

This is the first in a series of random goodies that we will be periodically dropping off in your mailboxes. (Who loves ya, baby?)

We recorded this over a month ago specifically for a ?uestlove tribute party dedicated to The Purple One himself. Other than passing it off to a few DJ friends who vowed to keep it on some secret squirrel, "bet you aint up on THIS!" status, no one has ever heard it. In the wake of the incredible loss we suffered on June 25 however, this joint took on somewhat of a deeper meaning.

We decided to share it with our fans not only as a token of appreciation, but also as a way of paying respect to one of our last living musical geniuses.

Let's not wait until tragedy strikes before we show love and gratitude to our heroes, people. Give them their flowers while they live.

This one's for you, Mr. Nelson. You are loved and appreciated.

Enjoy!

One Love,
'Tay and Nic
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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


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"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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The Foreign Exchange Live in Session at Sirius/XM Radio | FREE Download

by +FE on March 29, 2009 at 4:44 PM · Comments
On Saturday March 7, 2009, The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with Yahzarah, Darien Brockington, Zo! & The ELs played an intimate live session for Sirius/XM Radio in front of only a handful of lucky fans. Subsoniq (Sirius XM Radio) will air a live performance from The Foreign Exchange (Nicolay and Phonte) that was recorded at the Sirius XM studios in Washington DC on March 7th. The live show will air this Sunday March 22nd at 10pm. Tune in to hear this truly impressive show that mixes progressive soul and hip hop flawlessly. Throughout FE is backed by a full band, within an intimate atmosphere, which is perfect for Phonte's stage stories which we guarantee will have the Subsoniq listeners laughing their asses off! A show not to be missed this week on Subsoniq! Non-Sirius XM subscribers can get a free online trial by visiting www.listen.xmradio.com. If you missed the airing of The Foreign Exchange's Sirius XM Radio live session last week, here's your chance to listen to it in its entirety as our friends of Subsoniq have put the complete session up for download through their website. Big up to K-Murdock, KB and Monica and everyone else that made the performance possible.

Click here to download part 1
Click here to download part 2
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The Foreign Exchange - Leave It All Behind (Sampler)

by +FE on September 16, 2008 at 10:10 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange - Leave It All Behind (Sampler)
"LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND (SAMPLER)" DOWNLOAD

1. Foreign Exchange Leave It All Behind Sampler
a. Take Off The Blues
b. All or Nothing
c. Something To Behold
d. If This Is Love
e. If She Breaks Your Heart

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The Foreign Exchange - Daykeeper feat. Muhsinah

by +FE on September 8, 2008 at 8:05 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange - Daykeeper feat. Muhsinah
"DAYKEEPER feat. MUHSINAH" LISTEN | DOWNLOAD

Produced by Nicolay for The Foreign Exchange Music, LLC
Vocals by Phonte and Muhsinah
All Instruments by Nicolay
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Zo! And Tigallo Love The '80s

by +FE on July 15, 2008 at 12:18 PM · Comments
Zo! And Tigallo Love The '80s
Detroit-area born, DC-area based musician Zo! and rapper/singer Phonte of the group Little Brother join together for Zo! and Tigallo Love the 80's, a collection of 80's cover songs. The duo started collaborating back in 2006, starting with their take on Joe Jackson's classic "Steppin Out." Afterwards, they recorded and released covers of Toto's "Africa" and a-ha's "Take On Me" to both critical acclaim and fan approval.

"We started out doing this project just for fun," states Phonte. "But although we did it for fun, this is not a 'joke' record by any means. Me and Zo take our work very seriously, and have the utmost respect for all the artists that we covered."

With nine solo projects to his credit, Zo! has also worked with a number of artists including: Slum Village, Asheru, Kev Brown, Platinum Pied Pipers, and Little Brother. He describes working on Zo! and Tigallo Love the 80's as 'a very detailed process,' and explains just how tedious the recording sessions for the project were.

"Me and Phonte are music fanatics," he says. "We both had a friendly competition and a mutual respect for each other while working on this record, and neither of us wanted to look bad in front of the other one. We really pushed each other to work harder, and in the end it made us both better musicians."

In addition to Zo's production, the duo also reached out to Bay Area producer Trackademicks and Foreign Exchange boardsmith Nicolay for additional remixes of their covers.

"Adding Track and Nicolay to the project really added another dimension," says Phonte. "Their remixes are like brand new songs in themselves and put a totally different twist on our original versions. They're both incredible at what they do."
"ZO! AND TIGALLO LOVE THE 80's" LISTEN | DOWNLOAD
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The Foreign Exchange - Connected (Sampler)

by +FE on May 13, 2004 at 9:19 AM · Comments
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