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Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange): Shibuya: City Lights Vol. 2

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    Shibuya is the new project from the creative mind of NICOLAY, better known as one half of THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE. The group (which includes rapper/singer Phonte) and their sophomore album "Leave It All Behind," continues to gain momentum as the duo and their extended family of singers and musicians are currently touring the United States and Canada. Nicolay and Phonte's countless performances together have added a new level of sophistication to their musical output, resulting in what they consider to be one of their most ambitious projects yet.

    The idea for Shibuya, the second installment in Nicolay's City Lights series, was conceived after Nicolay's first visit to Tokyo in November 2006. The experience proved to be life changing for Nicolay, who has studied Japanese culture for most of his adult life. "This amazing place and all of its sounds and colors immediately filled up my senses," he says. "I felt reinvigorated."

    Once back home, he started to write and record music 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"). Where "City Lights Volume 1" was primarily instrumental, on Shibuya the instrumental pieces are book-ended by several vocal songs written by Phonte and performed by Durham, North Carolina vocalist CARLITTA DURAND, who previously collaborated with Phonte on LITTLE BROTHER's "Getback" album. Also appearing is Foreign Exchange liveband-mate ZO!, who adds his virtuoso keyboard solos to two songs.

    "It truly is like stepping into a different world", says Nicolay about his trip to the city. "What fascinated me most about Shibuya was the co-existence of 'old' and 'new' in seemingly perfect harmony. The most advanced technologies and innovations exist next to traditions that are rooted in thousands of years of civilization." The album's musical foundation mirrors this hybrid of different ages, combining influences from '70s jazz, rock and fusion with broken beat, downtempo and electronica to form the lush, genre-bending sound that has become Nicolay's trademark.

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    1. Lose Your Way
    featuring Carlitta Durand
    Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange)
     
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    2. Shibuya Station
    Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange)
     
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    3. Crossing
    Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange)
     
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    4. Rain In Ueno Park
    Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange)
     
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    5. Satellite
    Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange)
     
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    6. Saturday Night
    featuring Carlitta Durand
    Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange)
     
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    7. A Ride Under The Neon Moon
    Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange)
     
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    8. Omotesando
    Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange)
     
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    9. Meiji Shrine
    Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange)
     
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    10. Shadow Dancing
    Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange)
     
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    11. The Inner Garden
    Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange)
     
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    12. Bullet Train
    Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange)
     
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    13. Wake Up In Another Life
    featuring Carlitta Durand
    Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange)
     
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    14. Departure
    Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange)
     
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    15. Shibuya Epilogue
    featuring Carlitta Durand
    Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange)
     
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    16. Lose Your Way (Theme From Shibuya) (Bonus)
    Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange)
    instrumental 
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    17. Saturday Night (Bonus)
    Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange)
    instrumental 
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    18. Wake Up In Another Life (Bonus)
    Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange)
    instrumental 
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    Total Comments: 3
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 1/22/2010 5:36:00 AM; Partial IP: .23.50.163)
    Location: South Africa
    Comment: Best album of 2009. Meiji Shrine, nuff said
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 9/11/2009 10:37:00 PM; Partial IP: .113.15.78)
    Location: earth ny
    Comment: solid album. a continuation of " leave it all behind"
    Name: (Posted: 7/24/2009 5:42:00 PM; Partial IP: 4.9.65.194)
    Location: earth ny
    Comment: sounds very experimental.i cant wait to check it out.
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