The Foreign Exchange - nothing to do with money, everything to do with good music
Sep 24, 2009
The Foreign Exchange is comprised of two phenomenal music talents Nicolay and Phonte (of the rap group Little Brother). Now if you are traditionally not a big rap or R&B fan, this is PERFECT for you , because its not traditional, obnoxious or awful to listen to.
The Foreign Exchange is the kind of music you can listen to on a rainy Sunday afternoon while reading a book. I generally listen to them whenever I just feel pleasant. You can listen to their albums all the way through and they generally come with an instrumental version, which is fantastic for dinner parties. I also play it while I'm working.
The Foreign Exchange is a refreshing new look at Hip-Hop, while it still has many R&B elements to it as far as beats and sound, there are more soul and jazz elements to this music, which makes it really hard to classify. I suggest startin with "Take of the Blues" and you may get a taste of where I'm coming from. This easy listen is something that I think everyone should have in their music library. They were not widely marketed and distributed and are closer to an 'underground' world, but they are more than staying afloat with the success of these great albums.
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Representative of how the Internet can aid in creating music, the Foreign Exchange started when Little Brother rapper Phonte heard a beat on Okayplayer.com by Dutch producer Nicolay and asked if he could lay some vocals over it. Nicolay agreed, and the song "Light It Up" appeared shortly after as the B-side to "Whatever You Say" off Little Brother's 2003 album, The Listening. Relying mainly on Instant Messenger and email, the duo continued to work together, with Nicolay sending beats to Phonte, who would add vocals and send them back until they had enough tracks together to form an album. Not once during the entire process of making their debut, Connected, which came out in 2004, did the members of the Foreign Exchange speak over the phone or in person. Due in part to an increasing production load, Nicolay moved to the States, and Leave It All Behind, the second FE album -- more R&B oriented than the debut -- was recorded. Released in 2008 and featuring a handful of stunning videos, its lead single, "Daykeeper," was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Urban/Alternative Performance. ~ Marisa Brown, All Music Guide