KING will play their much anticipated New York City debut at our SummerStage party this Saturday, June 25th, joining the line up to replace previously announced Andreya Triana. In case you haven’t heard of this group yet, get ready to be excited. A sublime blend of 3 female voices delivering original soul material that will take you out of the ordinary. With only one release under their belt, The Story EP, these ladies are making what they do seem easy and garnering fans like Prince and Erykah Badu for whom they already have opened. Make sure you stop by the park on Saturday and bring some friends with you because Giant Step is taking over the city this weekend.
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In February of this year, The Foreign Exchange invited 40 friends and supporters for a private acoustic show in Durham. Capturing the evening on both audio and video, the duo is releasing the material as a CD/DVD digipak on June 28th entitled Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange. Above, you’ll find a video of the jazzy “Laughing at Your Plans” laced with nothing but the finest from Phonte’s clever songwriting. And there’s more. A few months back on Twitter, Phonte was exclaiming his adoration for KING, the soulful female trio now under the wing of Prince (yes, that Prince). Now, The Foreign Exchange has a track out with them! Below you can stream and download “All the Kisses” featuring Paris and Amber of KING on supporting vocals. Win.
The Foreign Exchange – “All the Kisses” ft. Paris and Amber Strother of KING [MP3]
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Successful blending of the retro and progressive is not easy. More than a handful of projects trying to accomplish this feat circulate the internet everyday, but only a few do it well. King’s The Story is one these few. The debut three-track EP highlights harmony of three ladies over an amalgam of light guitars, keys, and synths, big drums, tambourines, and pulsating bass without beating us over the head with either the accompaniments or any particular voice. In other words, the group’s wall of sound is more of an entrance than a barrier. I suppose we could all use a bit more supernatural love, and these three tracks played in sequence are a great place to start. Listen on Soundcloud, like them on Facebook, and purchase the EP on iTunes or Amazon. There’s also a cute cut-and-paste video (above) if you like that sort of thing.
-L.E is a lower east side native, dedicated to engaging in and contributing to the advancement of culture from an objective NewYorkerCentric perspective. Follow L.E at twitter.com/discjockeyle, and listen to L.E’s Urban Sprawl Radio every tuesday from 5-6pm EST on WHCS.