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6177“Shibuya” is the new project from the creative minds of Nicolay and Phonte Coleman, better known as The Foreign Exchange, whose sophomore album, the independent r&b/soul smash “Leave It All Behind” (TFE/Hard Boiled; Oct. 2008), continues to gain momentum as the duo and their extended family of singers and musicians currently tour the United States and Canada with their critically acclaimed live show. The countless performances together have added a new level of sophistication to the musical output of Nicolay and Phonte, resulting in what they themselves consider to be one of their most ambitious projects yet.

The idea for “Shibuya”, which is the second installment in Nicolay’s “City Lights” series of albums, was first conceived after his first visit to Tokyo, Japan. Once back home, he wrote and recorded with a new-found sense of freedom, laying the groundwork for the albums “Time:Line” and “Leave It All Behind” as well a third album, a deeply personal homage to the Tokyo district of Shibuya that illustrates both the grandeur of Japan’s age-old heritage (“Meiji Shrine”, “Rain In Ueno Park”, “The Inner Garden”) as well as the hectic city life of one of the world’s busiest metropolitan areas (“Crossing”, “Satellite”, “Bullet Train”) through two suites of richly multi-layered instrumental pieces.

Where “City Lights Volume 1” was primarily instrumental, on “Shibuya”, the instrumental pieces are book-ended by several vocal songs written by Phonte, who keeps showing remarkable growth as a songwriter and vocal arranger, for up and coming fellow North Carolina vocalist Carlitta Durand, who previously collaborated with Phonte on Little Brother’s “Get Back” album (ABB 2007) and many other projects. Also appearing is Foreign Exchange liveband-mate ZO!, who adds his virtuoso keyboard solos to two songs.


01. Lose Your Way (Theme from “Shibuya”) feat. Carlitta Durand
Shibuya Suite #1:
02. a. Shibuya Station
03. b. Crossing
04. c. Rain in Ueno Park
05. d. Satellite
06. Saturday Night (Parts 1 & 2) feat. Carlita Durand
07. A Ride Under The Neon Moon
Shibuya Suite #2:
08. a. Omotesando
09. b. Meiji Shrine
10. c. Shadow Dancing
11. d. The Inner Garden
12. e. Bullet Train
13. Wake Up In Another Life feat. Carlitta Durand & Phonte
14. The Long Journey Home
15. Shibuya Epilogue feat. Carlitta Durand

The album Nicolay (Foreign Exchange)Shibuya City Lights Vol.2” (Hard Boiled) is going to be released October 16, 2009.

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