Friday, April 10, 2009

The Train of Thought Lounge: The Foreign Exchange

As the weather is beginning to warm up again here in the District, I've been in a mellow, jazzy type of mood of late. Today's Lounge selection echoes that feeling, with "Take Off The Blues" off of The Foreign Exchange's latest joint, Leave It All Behind.

The duo is comprised of Phonte of Little Brother fame (dope, dope, dope hip-hop!) and Dutch producer Nicolay. Phonte is one of the greatest lyricists of our time; in terms of his cadence and his wordplay, I don't think there's a rapper I enjoy more, apart from Kweli. When he pairs his skills up with Nicolay's smooth, electronic grooves, it is truly a beautiful thang.

Phonte has also showcased his singing chops before, so it comes as no surprise that this cut features his exclusively R&B side. Joining him in this souful endeavor is Darien Brockington, who often sings the hooks on Little Brother songs.

So kick off your shoes, take off the blues and come with me in ushering in this weekend. You know you want to...

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