It looks like 2016 will be a great year for music, and we're here for it. At the beginning of the year, SoulBounce put our foot down to 16 artists who need to release albums this year. Yeah, we all know we were blowing smoke, but in some cases, it worked. We have new album releases confirmed from Anthony Hamilton, Corinne Bailey Rae, Musiq Soulchild and even Maxwell. Now, our fam from The Foreign Exchange are surprising us with even more goodies. While we’ve been flying high from last year’s Tales From the Land of Milk And Honey, this year they might actually launch us into orbit with an impressive slate of projects coming from Zo!, Eric Roberson and Phonte on +FE Music.
First up will be Zo! with his new album, SkyBreak, coming May 20th. The musician and producer extraordinaire who had a larger role in the making of The Foreign Exchange's last release, is back in the studio and crafting another round of classics on his first album since 2013’s ManMade.
Next in line is the long-awaited project from Eric Roberson and Phonte scheduled for release on July 22nd. First announced via Instagram (before everyone else was doing it) way back in December 2013, this collaborative album has been a long time in the making. We aren’t sure if the soon-to-be dynamic duo will record under a new moniker, use their initials a la LSG or TGT or possibly create a portmanteau and become Erronte. Of course, they could record their album under the name Pineapples or SwaggerPuss for all we care. We just want the album yesterday to get more jams like "Been In Love" or "Picture Perfect" on our playlists.
Speaking of interesting names, last but definitely not least is Phonte, aka Tigallo, aka Percy Miracles, aka Phontigga, aka the Rap Rolly Forbes, aka Imam Ali, who will release his new rap album, No News Is Good News, on September 30th. While Phonte has remained busy with albums from The Foreign Exchange amongst other projects, this will be his first solo release since 2011’s Charity Starts At Home.
While we await the first singles from these respective projects, we don't have to wait too long to see these acts live on stage. Be sure to catch The Foreign Exchange (with Phonte on the mic and Zo! on keys) on Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey Tour starting in May, and check out Eric Roberson’s live dates on his website.