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Zo! presents ManMade Album Release Show in Washington DC | May 29, 2013

by Aimee Flint on April 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM · Comments
Join Zo! for a rare DC performance and celebration of the ManMade release show which will feature live performances by Deborah Bond & AB on Wednesday, May 29 2013 in Washington DC. Doors open 8pm, event is 21+. Tickets are available for purchase

Pre and Post show sets by: DJ Stylus & Jahsonic

$10 Advance Purchase / $15 At The Door | 21+

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Liv Nightclub, 2001 11th St. NW, Washington DC | (202) 505-4548

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Zo! feat Deborah Bond at DROM, New York NY | Sun Jun 9, 2013

by +FE on April 24, 2013 at 10:24 AM · Comments
"Date Night" with Zo! featuring Deborah Bond. Special Guest DJ: Rich Medina

Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 8:00 PM
DROM, 85 Avenue A (b/w 5th & 6th St.), New York, NY | (212) 777-1157

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ManMade Listening Event with Zo! at Frank's Lounge, Brooklyn NY | May 21, 2013

by +FE on April 22, 2013 at 3:21 PM · Comments
In preparation for Zo!'s June 9th show in NYC... Nu-Soul Tuesday celebrates his new album, ManMade, with a listening party/meet & greet event on the day of its release. Hosted by Jodine Dorce.

*Note: This is not a performance*

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 8:30 PM
Frank's Lounge, 660 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY 11217 | (718) 625-9339

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Zo! & Choklate at Bootleg Bar, Los Angeles CA | Jun 21, 2013

by Aimee Flint on April 9, 2013 at 3:36 PM · Comments
Coming to Los Angeles CA on Friday June 1 2013, Zo! & Choklate. See them performing live at The Bootleg Bar along with DJs Destroyer + Seano. Door open 8:00pm, 21+. Tickets are available for this event.

Friday, June 21, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Bootleg Bar, 2200 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA | (520) 742-6000

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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.


All instruments by Zo!
All vocals by Sy Smith

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

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ManMade Listening Event with Zo! at C'est Le Vin, Richmond VA | Jun 7 2013

by Aimee Flint on April 8, 2013 at 11:32 AM · Comments
Come to Wine Down for a meet and greet with Zo! in celebration of his newest release ManMade on Friday June 7 2013 at C'est Le Vin in Richmond VA. Joining Zo! will be DJ Prolific and hosted by ACE. This is a 21+ event and there will be *NO live performance* by Zo!
Friday, June 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM
C’est Le Vin, 15 N 17th St., Richmond VA 23219 | (804) 649-9463

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Zo! feat. Deborah Bond at The Shrine, Chicago IL | Jun 1, 2013

by Aimee Flint on April 8, 2013 at 9:41 AM · Comments
See Zo! and Deborah Bond June 1 2013 at The Shrine in Chicago IL. Also preforming on this bill will be Jesse Boykins III. Tickets are on sale for this event, doors open at 8:00 pm.

Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 8:00 PM
The Shrine, 2109 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60616 | (312) 753-5700

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Ten questions with Nicolay (via Textura)

by +FE on April 3, 2013 at 5:17 PM · Comments
Lots of changes have occurred since Nicolay last graced textura's pages in an article form; in fact, it's been five years since his top ten selection of '70s albums appeared. But a great deal more has changed in the life of Matthijs L. Nicolay Rook, both musically and professionally. Today, he's a key player in The Foreign Exchange musical outfit as well as a central part of The Foreign Exchange organization, which has not only released material by The Foreign Exchange but also full-lengths by FE member Phonte, Median, Zo!, and Jeanne Jolly. Any listener seeking an entry point might start with +FE Music: The Reworks, the latest release from the label, which provides a tantalizing overview of the FE universe in featuring tracks by roster artists as well as remix contributions from 4hero, Tall Black Guy, Pure P, and others. To coincide with its release, Nicolay generously agreed to update us on the latest goings-on in the FE camp as well as the status of future albums and projects with which he's associated.

1. I hear a dramatic evolution in style from your solo release Here in 2006 to your recent work in The Foreign Exchange, with the more pronounced hip-hop feel of the earlier release evolving into a broader style that, while not excluding hip-hop from the mix, embraces as deeply soul, funk, and r'n'b, and jazz, too. How do you see the stylistic evolution of your music?

The fact that the first couple of projects I released (starting with Connected) were primarily hip-hop oriented was indicative of what and who I was primarily influenced by at that particular time in my life, and not necessarily indicative of the totality of my interests and abilities. During the early '90s I started eating, sleeping, and dreaming hip-hop as a fan, but I had always looked at myself as a musician on the one hand, playing bass and keyboards in funk and soul bands, and as a scholar on the other, studying music at the university level, and since I didn't DJ, there was no place for me in hip-hop as a contributor in my mind. That all changed when I heard J Dilla. There was a musicality in his music that was unlike anything else that I had heard and that made me believe that there was a place for me. So I totally immersed myself into the hip-hop music production esthetic, and it helped me find my own voice. The music was something that I could do on my own, without the help of others. I really got into sampling and more so even the combination of sampling with my own live instrument playing. Over time I started to depend on my own playing and composing and arranging more and more until there was a point where I felt I didn't really need the samples anymore because they were just a restriction to me; I think that you could say that hip-hop as a whole started to feel like a restriction to me. Hip-hop fans might not like reading that, but I really don't mean it in a bad way. I just wanted to start incorporating other styles and flavors that I loved equally, like jazz and R&B and dance/electronica. I was keeping a lot of that behind closed doors because it wouldn't have fit within a hip-hop context, and once I let go of that, it all just started to come together-- "Daykeeper," "House Of Cards," "Sweeter Than You," "Shibuya Station," "Saturday Night," etc., etc.

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Textura reviews +FE Music: The Reworks

by +FE on April 3, 2013 at 5:06 PM · Comments
The title is key: +FE Music: The Reworks features remixes, yes, but they're remixes of tracks by the label's artists, not just The Foreign Exchange. In that regard, songs by Zo!, Deborah Bond, Vikter Duplaix, Phonte, RJD2, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly, and The Hot At Nights appear alongside material by The Foreign Exchange, even if the latter does dominate (to be precise, nine of the twenty-one songs are credited to the group). Regardless, this wonderful collection shows just how far the communal spirit of The Foreign Exchange extends, and it's not all remixes, either, as the release also includes new studio tracks to offer a foretaste of The Foreign Exchange's next full-length release. The new "So What If It Is," for example, shows just how sophisticated its music has grown. The group's trademark soul and swing are firmly in place, naturally, but more striking is the ambitious arrangement, which embellishes the band's funky flow with strings and horns.

The influences are wide-ranging, with tracks echoing artists from Prince and Stevie Wonder to Todd Rundgren (RJD2's "Games You Can Win," whose piano-based arrangement oozes a rather Something/Anything flavour) and Fleetwood Mac, the latter coyly referenced in the "If This Is Love (Nicky Buckingham's Fleetwood Remix)" title (the track itself seems to sneak parts of Mick Fleetwood's "Dreams" drum track into its arrangement). Phonte's "Gonna Be A Beautiful Night" also directly references the live Prince jam from Sign 'O' the Times.

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