Since 2005, I’ve been a fan of The Foreign Exchange and after their Grammy nominated album Leave It All Behind was one of my favorite albums during a turbulent 2008 for me. Glad to see Phonte, Nicolay and the gang get back in the studio to create more goodness for the masses with Authenticity due October 12th. While their first album was jazzy and almost felt like an extension to a Little Brother album, Te took out his bowtie and gator loafers and sung up a tune. The lead single “Maybe She’ll Dream Of Me” evokes memories of Connected with a (get this) rapping Tigallo. Says Tay:

“I think every band reaches that point when they come into their own and find a sound that is distinctively theirs,” says Phonte in reference to the album’s title. “The title refers to me and Nic’s journey to find our own unique space within this vast musical landscape. The biggest challenge as a musician is to find that ‘thing’ that makes you who you are. But I think we’re getting there, and we’re finding our way more and more with each record.”

Tracklist down bottom.

01. The Last Fall
02. Authenticity
03. Eyes To The Sky
04. All Roads
05. Fight For Love
06. Maybe She’ll Dream Of Me
07. Don’t Wait (f. Darien Brockington)
08. Make Me A Fool (f. Jesse Boykins III & Median)
09. Everything Must Go
10. Laughing At Your Plans (f. Chantae Cann)
11. This City Ain’t The Same Without You (f. YahZarah)