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Nicolay - City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto

by +FE on May 18, 2015 at 8:49 AM · Comments
Nicolay - City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto
"City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto" is the upcoming solo release by Grammy nominated multi-instrumentalist/producer Nicolay of independent soul duo The Foreign Exchange. "Soweto" is an ode to the South African township and it's neighboring city of Johannesburg, the site of The Foreign Exchange's triumphant South African debut performance in 2014. The 10-song set features contributions by Phonte, Carmen Rodgers and Tamisha Waden. "City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto" drops 6/9/15 on +FE Music.
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Zo! feat Carmen Rodgers at Kranzberg Arts Center, St. Louis MO | Aug 8, 2015

by Aimee Flint on July 6, 2015 at 2:08 PM · Comments
Saturday, August 8, 2015 | Doors: 7:00 PM
Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103 | (314) 533-0367

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We Be Spirits interviews Nicolay

by +FE on July 4, 2015 at 5:54 PM · Comments
Nicolay is one of the most eclectic and innovative music producers around, full stop. His first notable achievement as producer came in 2004 after Connected was released - the debut album of The Foreign Exchange, of which he is half. The album was famously recorded with the "exchange" of electronic files across the Atlantic; the artists meeting only after it had been finished. He has since gone on to cover new and exciting musical ground releasing albums as a solo artist, as well as part of TFE.

Just as comfortable in a studio setting as in live performance, this gifted Dutch musician, who now resides in North Carolina, recently spoke openly to me about topics such as how both Prince and Thundercat inspire him, the special working relationship he shares with Phonte (his partner in The Foreign Exchange), his opinion on the current wave of African electronic music, and how he views spirituality in terms of his creativity. Read on and be enlightened.

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Textura reviews 'City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto'

by +FE on June 29, 2015 at 8:37 AM · Comments
Nicolay has traveled a long way, both literally and figuratively, since the days he went by the name Matthijs Rook in his Utrecht, Netherlands homeland. Not all that many years ago, he was issuing hip-hop jams on a release such as Here (BBE, 2006), but over time his music has undergone a substantial metamorphosis, as exemplified by the albums he's released with Phonte under The Foreign Exchange name and perhaps even more dramatically the Nujazz-styled albums he's issued in the City Lights series. Six years ago, the second installment, City Lights, Vol. 2: Shibuya, distilled into musical form the visceral thrill associated with a visit to Tokyo, and now this latest volume does much the same whilst displacing the geographical focus to South Africa.

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Anthony David + Zo! + Carmen Rodgers at Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore MD | Aug 22, 2015

by Aimee Flint on June 24, 2015 at 11:07 AM · Comments
Saturday, August 22, 2015 | Doors: 7:00 PM
Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Pl, Baltimore, MD 21202 | (410) 244-0057

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Anthony David + Zo! + Carmen Rodgers at The Carlyle Club, Alexandria VA | Aug 21, 2015

by Aimee Flint on June 23, 2015 at 5:51 PM · Comments
Two shows: 7:30pm & 10:30pm

Friday, August 21, 2015 | Doors: 6:30 PM
The Carlyle Club, 2050 Ballenger Ave, Alexandria, VA 22314 | (703) 548-8899

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Zo! feat Carmen Rodgers at Brinsons, Memphis TN | Aug 6, 2015

by Aimee Flint on June 23, 2015 at 5:23 PM · Comments
Thursday, August 6, 2015 | Doors: 7:00 PM
Brinsons, 341 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38103 | (901) 524-0104

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Zo! feat Carmen Rodgers at Blue Note Jazz Club, New York NY | Jul 6, 2015

by Aimee Flint on June 22, 2015 at 11:03 PM · Comments
Two shows: 8:00pm & 10:30pm

Monday, July 6, 2015 | Doors: 7:00 PM
Blue Note Jazz Club, 131 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012 | (212) 475-8592

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Songs We Love: Nicolay, 'The Brightest Star' (via NPR)

by +FE on June 15, 2015 at 7:20 AM · Comments
Nicolay Rook, half of the progressive-soul duo The Foreign Exchange, has once again stepped out and produced a solo album. Earlier this week, he released the third installment in his City Lights series, City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto. Conceived after The Foreign Exchange's first trip and tour to South Africa last year, the album is a breezy, atmospheric romp through that country's sounds, with lush and vibrant melodies set off by airy textures.

This aesthetic is on full display in "The Brightest Star," which finds Rook showcasing the vocals of his Foreign Exchange cohort Phonte Coleman and frequent collaborator Carmen Rodgers, both of whom sound assured and distinctive. Geared toward a summertime vibe, the groovy rhythms and robust melodies prove that it's a soundtrack for all seasons.

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Nicolay Shares A Track-By-Track Breakdown Of His New Album 'City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto'

by +FE on June 10, 2015 at 5:35 PM · Comments
Nicolay Shares A Track-By-Track Breakdown Of His New Album 'City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto'
The Dutch producer explains each song on the new installment in his City Lights series.
On Tuesday, Nicolay released his new solo album, 'City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto'. 'Soweto' is an ode to the South African township and it's neighboring city of Johannesburg, the site of The Foreign Exchange's triumphant South African debut performance in 2014. In this track-by-track breakdown, Nicolay shares the background behind each of its 10 tracks.

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Nicolay wraps his experiences abroad into a jazzy album (via Star-News)

by +FE on June 10, 2015 at 7:55 AM · Comments
It was around 3 a.m. one morning in May of last year when the Wilmington-based musician Nicolay and his neo-soul band, The Foreign Exchange, crossed Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg, South Africa.

They were dead tired from being on tour, and only hours earlier had played a sold-out show for fans they didn't know existed.

"We'd never seen that kind of pandemonium, before or after," he said. "It was wild, Beatles-esque in that we couldn't hear (for) the entire two hours. The reception was as warm you could imagine ... These people knew all of our music and we had no idea."

The image of the multi-colored bridge remained in Nicolay's mind when he was recording "City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto," his third solo album, scheduled for release on June 9.

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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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Pitchfork reviews 'City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto'

by +FE on June 8, 2015 at 9:25 AM · Comments
You know the story if you've followed the Foreign Exchange: North Carolina rapper Phonte Coleman met Netherlands producer Matthijs Nicolay Rook on the message boards of Okayplayer, a Web community founded by ?uestlove. They traded audio files and compiled an album--2004's Connected--before they'd ever seen each other. The LP marked a creative shift for Phonte who, at the time, was known only as an MC with rap group Little Brother.

For Nicolay, Connected was a coming out of sorts; its success brought more attention to his atmospheric blend of soul and electronica. Years before Rhye gained attention for their airy Quiet Storm-inflected R&B, Nic created the same sorts of Eurocentric grooves. Here, his 2006 LP, tinkered with hip-hop soul and featured Wiz Khalifa long before he became "The Stoner Guy." By 2008's Leave It All Behind, Phonte ditched rap to mostly sing full time; Nicolay's melodies grew bigger and brighter, an evolution that continued on 2009's City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya, which was inspired by his first visit to Tokyo.

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