A decade ago, R&B duo the Foreign Exchange released its first album without having actually met in person, after rapper/singer-songwriter Phonte Coleman (of Raleigh hip-hop trio Little Brother) heard Dutch producer Nicolay’s work online and the two began trading tracks.
Nicolay, who moved to Wilmington eight years ago, spoke to The Observer about the group’s upbeat fourth album “Love in Flying Colors,” American dreams, and music as a common language. The duo plays The Chop Shop Thursday with a full band and guest vocalists.
Q. Where is the upbeat tone of “Love in Flying Colors” coming from?