When: Thu., July 25, 8 p.m. 2013
It's been nearly 10 years since Durham rapper Phonte Coleman and Dutch producer Nicolay Rook released Connected, their pristine futuristic R&B excursion as the transcontinental, file-sharing duo The Foreign Exchange. At that point, you'd have been hard-pressed to find many to think that Coleman's future lay with The Foreign Exchange and not with Little Brother, his major label hip-hop group, let alone that this strange soul circuit would have created an empire. But they have, with a label and production house and a defiantly independent approach to the marketplace.
One of their chief sergeants, Detriot producer Zo!, visits to celebrate his new Manmade, a guest-heavy and bass-blessed collection. Zo!'s productions are exquisite and complicated, stuffing rhythms with kaleidoscopic keyboards and cascading harmonies until they open for audiences like rainbows. Expect a panoply of guests (Phonte and Jeanne Jolly are among those who contributed to Manmade) and the support of instrumental powerhouse The Hot at Nights. —Grayson Currin