Wow is all I can say as this was definitely a refreshing find this week. The Foreign Exchange never disappoints as they always find a way to reinvent themselves and share a fresh airy sound of R&B, Electronica, and Atmosphere. On their latest release Asking for a Friend / On a Day Like Today (Re-Edit) – Single, they kick everything off with the song Asking For A Friend, which starts off with a heavy cool Electronica beat thanks to Nicolay and it’s laced with fresh, playful lyrics about working and having a good time. Instantly you’ll find yourself in a trance to dance and in a good mood. This most certainly fits Phonte’s personality as he always finds time to share a joke and or inspire his listeners.
Shortly after that track ends, On A Day Like Today picks up the good vibes by sharing some encouraging words and motivation. It’s always cool to see artists understand the everyday people and in this track it’s definitely evident that Phonte did not lose touch with the common folk. As you listen you’ll hear him say “On a day on a day like today, I’m going to change my point of view. On a day on a day like today gonna try me something new. On a day on a day like today, my gray skies turn to blue.” There’s no way you can tell me that doesn’t get you in a good mood and if it doesn’t maybe you need to play it 10 more times to pick up your spirits to understand how cold this track is.
That in itself has crowned The Foreign Exchange as Stereo Champions. Definitely be sure to follow The Foreign Exchange to keep up on their projects and tour dates.
The Foreign Exchange / Asking For A Friend (Official Music Video)
About The Foreign Exchange
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 down some vocals. Nicolay agreed and the song “Light It Up” appeared shortly after as the B-side to Little Brother’s 2002 single “Whatever You Say.” Relying mainly on instant messaging 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.