2015 has been loaded with a wide-ranging variety of eclectic R&B music. Projects like Tinashe’s Amethyst, Hiatus Kaiyote’s Choose Your Weapon, Kehlani’s You Should Be Here, and Mélat’s It Happens So Fast are just some of the multiple albums out that, in my opinion, are as good – if not better – than its rap contemporaries. With the latest album from The Foreign Exchange on the horizon, that trend will seemingly continue.
What began as just a novelty project between the duo of Phonte and Nicolay over a decade ago, the +FE has since expanded into a Grammy-nominated quintet that now includes vocalists Carmen Rodgers and Tamisha Waden, and fellow producer Zo!. Marking their official return since 2013’s Love in Flying Colors, The Foreign Exchange will drop their fifth album Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey on August 21st. However, thanks to NPR’s First Listen, fans can stream it in its entirety below.
Tales… is a shining definition of “grown-up music;” songs for people whose “turn up” activities have given way to two-stepping, those who crave the warm embrace of a love instead of their amount of social media followers. While a brief affair (the entire album clocks in at less than 40 minutes), the album is designed to take people through the highest of highs (peep Phonte’s fake-British dandy accent on the vogue-esque “Asking For A Friend“) and the warmest of warms. Stream the project in its entirety below, then cop a copy on iTunes.