Nicolay - Here     
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written by Dale Coachman    
If you are looking for Foreign Exchange on this album you will find it spurts but the fact about that album was Phonte picked all those beats and they went from tHere. On Here you get to hear the Netherland native’s range and direction. I think he was out to let people know he is not strictly about hypnotic beats that you can listen to at the end of a hard 9 to 5 although they are on the album he has more to display.

The first two songs including the intro which features Darien Brockington and Black Spade who is heavily featured on the album are very Foregin Exchange in production but the proceeding cut is where Nicolay ventures off into a new realm. Not sure if I like it yet but if you have listened to Mos Def’s New Danger this is where the joint Give her everything goes. What it used to be which features up and coming artist Wiz Kalifa contains a hint of Primo but definitely shows growth in Nicolay’s arsenal of production and confidence to experiment. Good Days are Gone featuring Spade, the End is Near and Adore are decent but Nicolay may have hit that sophomore jinx.

The music is descent but honestly with a quality album like Foreign Exchange I was expecting more. Here appeared to be an album to give other artists a platform for an open mic night with some basic beats behind them.

The album is good to have in the collection but it’s kind of like one of those movies you can wait until it comes out on DVD. Overall I was left feeling like a kid really excited to get on a rollercoaster only to get off to get on again to see if that was really the ride.

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