Not Y & R related, but…

02 Sep

Usually I don’t deviate from the main topic of this blog, but 1) Nobody reads this anyway I probably have about 2 daily readers anyway and 2) I wanted to take a quick second to put you on to some good music…

The Foreign Exchange is probably my favorite group right now.  Comprised of Phonte Coleman (formerly of the seminal hip hop group Little Brother) and Dutch musician Nicolay Rook, The Foreign Exchange met via the message boards and exchanged vocals and tracks over Instant Messenger.  Their entire first album was made by this method, with Phonte in North Carolina and Nicolay in the Netherlands.  They didn’t actually meet until the first album, Connected, dropped in 2004.   Connected was an eclectic blend of electronica and soul, it was at it’s heart a hip hop album.  +FE came back in 2008 with Leave It All Behind, for my money one of the top 5 albums of the 00’s.  Leave It All Behind saw Phonte primarily as a singer with strong contributions by fellow +FE music contributors such as YahZarah, Muhsinah, and Darien Brockington.  From top to bottom, Leave It All Behind was a lush soundscape of atmospheric soul, with Phonte only dropping 32 bars on the whole album, focused on singing.  Here’s their videos from the album:

And then there’s the live performances…

I’ll put it to you like this, I had been playing their music and my wife didn’t really pay attention.  Last October, when they came to DC, I twisted her arm and convinced her we should go to the show.  She went primarily for me, but absolutely loved the show and became a fan.  Here’s some clips of their live performances, which mix up musicianship, comedy, and a damn near familial connection with the crowd:

+FE’s new album, Authenticity will be released on October 12.  The lead single, Maybe She’ll Dream of Me, was released for free yesterday.  Click on the picture below for a free download.  And also check out +FE’s website, for all their news, free streaming radio of their whole catalog, and lots of free downloads.


 Enjoy…and if they come to your area, go see +FE!

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Posted by on September 2, 2010 in Uncategorized


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