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Son Of Soul Podcast 66 includes "Lose Your Way"

by +FE on July 31, 2009 at 10:12 AM · Comments
Something soulful for your player
Here's a nice podcast courtesy of Greg Clifford aka The Son Of Soul. Good looking out on including 'Lose Your Way'!


Root Soul - On & On (Feat. Shea Soul)
Oezlem - I Won't Lose You
Camboso feat. Jocelyn Brown - Love Alibi (Soulpersona Remix)
Chanan Hanspal - It's Only Just A Garden (Kay Suzuki Remix Without Intro)
Sygaire & Defcon - The Latest (feat. Capitol A)
Theophilus London - Want U For Myself (feat. Peter Hadar)
MaSiRah - Find A Way
Domu & Yannah Valdevit - City Madness
Yam Who? - Summertime (NSM Summertime '09 Instrumental Mix)
Sa-Ra Creative Partners - I Swear (feat. Noni Limar)
Shafiq Husayn - Dust & Kisses (feat. Noni Limar)
Marc Mac - Radio Heroes (feat. T.R.A.C)
DJ Spinna - Lights Out (feat. John Robinson)
Shafiq Husayn - Cheeba (feat. Bilal)
Quantic and His Combo Barbaro - The Dreaming Mind Part 1
Robert Glasper - All Matter (feat. Bilal)
Nicolay feat. Carlitta Durand - Lose Your Way
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The Foreign Exchange at The Roxy Theatre, Hollywood CA | Sept 13, 2009

by +FE on July 31, 2009 at 9:57 AM · Comments
Sunday, September 13, 2009 at
The Roxy Theater,

in: News

The blogs are losing their way!

by +FE on July 30, 2009 at 2:02 PM · Comments
''Lose Your Way'' has been out a little over a day, and already it is all over the place!
The first single taken from the forthcoming 'City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya' is getting plenty of love from the music blogs. Here's a quick selection of links for your convenience, with a big shout-out to all of our supporters helping to spread the word:

Okayplayer | Nahright | SoulBounce | Suite903 | Trees for Breakfast | The Smoking Section | 2dopeboyz | Kevin Nottingham | GAK City | Potholes In My Blog | HipHopDX | Nodfactor | Wedoitrightmag | Ruby Hornet | Pop Matters
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The Foreign Exchange at Yoshi's Jazz Club, San Francisco CA | Sept 12, 2009

by +FE on July 30, 2009 at 11:38 AM · Comments
Saturday, September 12, 2009 at
Yoshi's Jazz Club,

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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.


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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The Foreign Exchange at Nectar Lounge, Seattle WA | Sept 15, 2009

by +FE on July 24, 2009 at 5:09 PM · Comments
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at
Nectar Lounge,


Inside The Producer's Studio: Making "Raw Life" (1/2)

by +FE on July 24, 2009 at 3:45 PM · Comments
Nicolay breaks down the production and mix of Raw Life by The Foreign Exchange (from Connected).


It should be no secret that the incredible beatwork of the late great J Dilla has been hugely inspirational to me, especially when I was first getting into production. I learned by studying his music, that there is room for musicality and for experimentation, as long as there is a strong and steady foundation going on underneath. Dilla's signature tracks always had that "sweet spot", that chord progression or melody that would tug at your heartstrings, while the drums and the bass would work on your neckmuscles at the same time. As a producer, his drums were eye-opening for me, not only because of his choice of sounds and of ways to process those sounds, but because of his often-imitated "drunken" style of drum programming. Before I got into Dilla's music, I suppose I more or less thought of drum hits as being relatively "fixed". For example, in one bar of four counts, you put a kick hit on the one and the three, a snare hit on the two and four, and hihat hits on every eighth note, with "swing" timing applied (or not, depending on what is called for). Dilla's programming taught me that if you exaggerate this "swing" timing, the drums come alive and feel more "human" and "in the pocket".

Continue reading Inside The Producer's Studio: Making "Raw Life" (1/2)


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,



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

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

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Nicolay - City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya

by +FE on July 20, 2009 at 9:25 PM · Comments
Nicolay - City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya
The second volume of Nicolay's City Lights series is a travelogue that, through the eyes of an amazed and slightly dazed visitor, reflects the character of Tokyo's Shibuya ward -- getting lost in its nightlife, basking in its spirituality, and several points in-between. In the wake of the producer's work on the Foreign Exchange's Leave It All Behind, a lack of progression would have been excusable, but Nicolay manages (remarkably enough) to expand his range both stylistically and conceptually. Mostly instrumental, Nicolay plays everything with the exception of a couple piano solos (provided by Zo!), while FE partner Phonte wrote and arranged for the four songs with vocals, all of which feature Carlitta Durand's whispery, sweetly uplifting voice. Faultlessly sequenced, just about every track is a set-up for what follows, and though the whole set is bathed in a unifying luster, the shifts in sound are not insignificant. Ranging beyond Nicolay's past output, Shibuya delves deeper into the boundless energy and complexities of late-'70s jazz fusion, steps into lush deep house, and otherwise moves smoothly on mellow downtempo pieces that are too stimulating to be regarded as mere mood music. What puts it over the top is not necessarily its central track or overall highlight but its two biggest surprises: the crisp, sleek, and discreetly dubby "Saturday Night," a four/four-rooted club track that could be a soundclash with the Force Tracks label circa Hypercity, and the beaming and almost frantic "Wake Up in Another Life," a dead ringer for an imagined West London broken beat interpretation of late-'70s George Duke (like "Yeah, We Going" or "Up from the Sea It Arose"). Nicolay's sense of wonderment shines through all of this, another unassuming gem from one of the most creative and increasingly chameleonic producers around. (AllMusic review by Andy Kellman)
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The Foreign Exchange at Athenaeum, Indianapolis IN | Aug 15, 2009

by +FE on July 16, 2009 at 8:38 AM · Comments
Saturday, August 15, 2009 at

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The Foreign Exchange at Grog Shop, Cleveland OH | Aug 16, 2009

by +FE on July 16, 2009 at 7:04 AM · Comments
Sunday, August 16, 2009 at
Grog Shop,

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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...

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.


One Love,
'Tay and Nic
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The Foreign Exchange at B.B. King's, New York NY | Oct 23, 2009

by +FE on July 7, 2009 at 9:23 AM · Comments
Friday, October 23, 2009 at
B.B. King's Blues Club,

in: Interviews

Nicolay on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show (97.9 The Beat)

by +FE on July 2, 2009 at 9:44 AM · Comments
Nicolay calls in to the nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show for a quick interview about The Foreign Exchange. We find out that Rickey is a big Foreign Exchange fan, who plays Leave It All Behind every evening and thinks every track on it is a HIT! Listen to the audio below.

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