Sat. Aug. 24, 2019

The Foreign Exchange – Body (Remix)

Tennerz: The Foreign Exchange – Body (DJ Spinna Galactic Soul Remix) (Makin Moves)

Why is this that the corporate media keep on giving exposure to mediocrity when quality is around for those who search? A simple look with the help of nowadays’ tools would greatly suffice though. But no! The whole sh.. keeps on and on one day after another. Therefore bringing new crowds to consider M.O.R. people as their heros… Nothing new though as this situation has lasted for what seems already like an eternity. But you would please excuse me as I can’t resolve myself to say amen to this…

Mind you, The Foreign Exchange have already released 6 albums to date. But did they ever get the support they definitely deserve on the reputedly major radio stations??? Let’s not deny ourselves though the pleasure of enjoying their latest release. As a matter of fact, a remix of ‘Body’, from their 2015 ‘Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey’ album. And what a smoothie, originally in a smooth R&B groovy vein! A track to which DJ Spinna gives his ultra mellow signature. Enhancing its intimacy while givin’ it like a new… Body! And most likely turning it into an essential delight.

Who da hell knows if these vibes won’t be considered as today’s classics in like 5 or 10 years? Just like Disco, although so many said it sucked at the time… As usual, time (only) will tell. Mind you, (quality) music always finds a way to speak either to the body, either to the soul, either to the heart. When not both of them…

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Overview
– Everything and its contrary has been said about Internet. One could say on one side how it has badly damaged the economy as far as music is concerned. But we can’t deny on the other as to how it has been of a help in creating music such as illustrated by The Foreign Exchange.

Hard to believe this duo made of Dutch producer Matthijs L.N. Rook and US Rapper Phonte Coleman never managed to have a single chat over the phone while in the process of recording their first album – ‘Connected – back in 2004!

Since then, the pair have released 5 albums, in a mood blending their Funk, R&B and Soul influences with Latin Jazz and House vibes. No wonder why labels such as Reel People Music and more recently Z Records have snapped some of their pieces of music. With DJ Spinna bringin’ his signature to their ‘Body’ back in 2015. And Shino Blackk delivering a brilliant edit of ‘Can’t Turn Around’.

– A quick look at Spinna‘s biography on Wikipedia unfortunately shows a blatant lack of knowledge by the likes of its writer. The latter rating him as a Hip-Hop producer from Brooklyn. Obviously neglecting by that our brother’s impressive contribution to other genres such as R&B and/or House Music…

Just like Kenny Dope, Spinna has an impressive Hip-Hop background. But he’s first and foremost a New Yorker. Meaning by that that he kept an ear open to everything. And I would tend to think everything as long as it was groovy. This explaining why and how he came to embrace different genres, as a producer but also a remixer. With his impressive legacy pretty much speakin’ for itself as a matter of fact.

The Hip-Hop crowd will most likely remember him for his contribution as a member of The Jigmastas. If not for his remix of ‘Stakes Is High’ for De La Soulby the seond half of the 90’s. Meanwhile those who happen to have both their feet into House Music should have Shaun Escoffery‘s 2001 ‘Days Like This’ first comin’ to their mind while thinkin’ of him.

To be honest, I’ve always found kinda difficult to put a name on Spinna‘s works, unless speakin’ of a classy and updated version of R&B or Soul Music with a groove if not Dance Music edge. Unsurprisingly, he gave an infectious Hip-Hop feel to Cooly’s Hot Box‘s ‘Make Me Happy’ that same year. Then he came to share the bill with Tortured Soul on the classic ‘Fall In Love’ back in 2002.
2003 seeing him givin’ a smooth swingin’ feel to Donnie‘s ‘memorable ‘Cloud 9’, but also reworking ‘You’ for Soulstation on West End Records. With Goapele‘s ‘Closer’, Tamia‘s ‘Still’ and Elements Of Life‘s ‘Better Day’ standing as his 2004’s highlights in addition to Alison Crockett‘s ‘Crossroads’.

Another year on and Spinna would cross the path of Roy Ayers while retouching ‘Holiday’. This before doin’ the same two years later on ‘Electric Vibes’. A masterpiece courtesy of Down To The Bone featuring Roy Ayers. Meanwhile, he would get back with Tortured Soul while remixing ‘Always In Heaven When I’m With You’ back in 2006. Then ‘Why’ in 2007 and ‘Dirty’ in 2013.

Launching his Wonderwax label back in 2003, he shared the bill with Rich Medina on the spoken words led ‘Reality’. Eventually producing the stellar ‘Unconditional Love” for Selan the year after. Then welcoming Gordon Chambers with ‘Never Fall In Love’ in 2007. And he also happened to craft the soothing ‘You Should Be Loving Me’ with Ovasoul7 in 2008. This before producing ‘In My Fantasy’ for Tortured Soul a few months later.

More recently, he infectiously boosted Neal Conway and Dana Weaver‘s ‘Fading Away’. But also ‘You Got This’ for Real Deep with the sultry Jaidene Veda and MdCL. Then we welcomed his rework of Hallex M featuring Darien‘s ‘Feeling’ as our Single Of The Week at the time. This in addition to LeMel Humes‘Ain’t Nobody Like You’ which received the same treatment from us a few weeks later. Not to mention The Foreign Exchange‘s ‘Body’ which got into our Top 10 back then.

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