Remember the face Phonte made in The Foreign Exchange’s lead visual for Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey in “Asking For A Friend”? We made the exact same face when we realized that Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey had landed on NPR via their First Listen program.

Odd to think that Connected, their bouncy 2004 debut is more than eleven years old after Nicolay and Phonte forged a fan favorite through the strength of the Internet but here we are. Phonte for all intents and purposes has put a halt on his rapping since 2012’s stellar Charity Starts At Home and has swung in favor of crafting the sort of music that he grew up on, that he jammed during his days at North Carolina Central and the sounds of now. Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey combines the synth like party vibes and simple pleas for love and affection of the ’80s with the believed to be more complex than not ’90s. The result? A contemporary album that even freaked out Nicolay & Phonte while they were making it. Yes, Phonte is growing to be one of the world’s foremost owners of love songs and lyrics, from the upbeat “Body” to “Work It To The Top”. He’s also one of the few absolute realists we have in music today, using the rather introspective and despondent “Face In The Reflection” to discuss the disconnect between who you are and who you want to be. The shit hits home far too damn hard.

Know what? Go Euro with “Asking For A Friend” and then navigate your way to the very end. You’ll feel satisfied for it. Stream Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey from The Foreign Exchange below.