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“If you want my personal opinion (…) the Dutch Master's fire is far from out. Music fans, dust off your CD shelf and make room for your favorite producers favorite producer.” - Freehiphopnow.com


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“(…) either NICOLAY is a musical genius who simply understands the language of classic R&B better than most stateside producers, or a Stax Records jetliner crashed in the Netherlands, spilling thousands of LPs on his thatched abode when he was a toe-tapping toddler. (…) Dutch wunderkind NICOLAY's arrangements drip with pathos and snap with authenticity.” - Pitchforkmedia.com


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"Through ethereal hip-hop soundscapes, Dutch producer NICOLAY boasts remarkably impassioned beatwork. Little Brother's Phonte was among those enamored by his airy melodies and they paired (as Foreign Exchange) for last year's Connected album, which nabbed oodles of international props.” - URB’s Next 100


Discography

• Cesar Comanche – Up & Down 12” (“Jacob’s Ladder”) - ABB Records
• Cesar Comanche – Miss You 12” (“Miss You”) - ABB Records
• Cesar Comanche – Squirrel And The Aces CD/2xLP (“Miss You (Remix)”, “Wrong Ones”) – ABB Records
• Cesar Comanche – Squirrel And The Aces (Japanese Edition) CD (“Jacob’s Ladder”, “Miss You (Remix)”) – P-Vine Records
• The Chapter – Manor Mindstate 12” (“Manor Mindstate (Remix)”) – Awthentix
• The Chapter – Us Vs. Them CD (“Manor Mindstate ( Remix)”, “ Supremacy (Remix)”) – Awthetix
• Collective Efforts – Until My Life is Gone (Remix) – TBA
• Curse – Sinnflut (Japanese Edition) 12”/ EP (“U Know Me”) – Bad New Records
• Curse – Sinnflut (Japanese Edition) CD (“U Know Me”) – Bad New Records
• Darien Brockington – The Feeling EP ("Introduction", "Steppin' Out", "Sacrifice (Feat. Yahzarah)", "Next To You", "Dedication", "This Is Our Life") – Hall of Justus Music Group/Esquire Entertainment
• D’Nell – Lace 12” (“Lace (Nicolay Remix)”, "Lace (Nicolay Instrumental)") – BBE Records
• Eye + Eye - love.life.music Promo CD single (“love.life.music (Nicolay Remix)") - Villagesquare Records
• The Foreign Exchange – Connected EP/CD/2xLP – BBE Records*
• The Foreign Exchange – Connected Instrumentals CD/2xLP – BBE Records*
• The Foreign Exchange - iTunes Exclusive Single Download (“Title Theme Remix", "Club Connected (End Theme Remix)") – BBE Records
• The Foreign Exchange – Leave It All Behind – TBA* (Coming Soon)
• The Foreign Exchange – Sincere 12” – BBE Records*
• Havana – Life: Living In Fearless Emotion (“Life”, “Tangled”, “Shine”, “Shine (Remix)”) – Skoolcraft Music
• Havana – Shine CD Single (“Shine", "Shine (Instrumental)","Tangled", "Tangled (Instrumental)", "Shine (Nic's Cubano House Remix)") – Skoolcraft Music
• Havana – Shin/Tangled 12” (“Tangled", "Tangled (Instrumental)", "Shine", "Shine (Instrumental)") – Skoolcraft Music
• Kay & Nicolay Present … TIME: LINE – TBA – Nicolay Music Records* (Coming Soon)
• Little Brother – Whatever You Say 12” (“Light It Up”, “Light It Up (Instrumental)”) – ABB Records
• Little Brother – The Chittlin Circuit 1 CD (“The Yo-Yo (Remix)” ,“The Way You Do It (Remix)”) – Roy Lee’s Records & Tapes
• Little Brother – The Chittlin Circuit 1.5 (“The Yo-Yo (Remix)” ,“The Way You Do It (Remix)”) – Koch Records
• Little Brother – The Minstrel Show CD (“5th & Fashion”) – ABB/Atlantic Records
• Mark Farina – Mushroom Jazz Vol.5 CD (“Nic’s Groove”) – OM Records
• Moon Baker – ABC of Romance CD/Single – Supertracks Records* RELEASE DATE: MAY 9, 2007
• Moon Baker - Something Sweet CD Single (“Something Sweet ", "Something Sweet (Nicolay's Back To The Old School Remix)") – Challenge
• Nicolay - City Lights Volume 1 CD – BBE Records *
• Nicolay – City Lights 1.5 CD/2xLP – BBE Records*
• Nicolay – The Dutch Masters Vol. 1 12”/CD – Hard Boiled Records*
• Nicolay – The Dutch Masters Vol. 2 – Hard Boiled Records* (Coming Soon)
• Nicolay – Here CD/2xLP – BBE Records*
• Nicolay – Here (Japanese Edition) CD – Ultra Vybe*
• Nicolay – I Am the Man feat. Black Spade 12” – BBE Records*
• Panacea – TBA (“Pop Said (Remix)”) – Rawkus Records
• Preach - Garveyism CD ("Revolucion (Start Button)", "Coolout") - Blusic Music
• Pete Philly & Perquisite – Grateful/Amazed 12” (“Grateful (Remix)”) – Unexpected Records
• Primeridian – Hang On 12” (“Hang On (Remix)”) – All Natural Inc.
• Primeridian – TBA (“Let’s Go (Remix)”) – All Natural Inc.
• The Proov – Battle Mode CD (“She’s Mine”) – The Proov
• Rapper Big Pooh – Sleepers (“Dash’s Interlude”) – 6 Hole Records/Hall Of Justus
• Roy Ayers – Virgin Ubiquity Remixed 2xCD/2xEP (“Funk in the Hole”) – BBE Records
• Science Fiction - Hold On 12" ("Hold On (Nicolay Remix)") - Third Earth Music
• Scion CD Sampler V.13: From Across The Pond CD (Tracks 01 – 12) - The Rebel Organization*
• 6th Sense – Highing Fly CD (“Make Rounds”) – Notherground Music
• Supastition – Chain Letters CD/2xLP(“Rise”, “A Baby Story”, “Yesterday Everyday”) – Soulspazm Records
• Strange Fruit Project - The Healing (Japanese Edition) CD/2xLP (“The Plague”) – Ultra Vybe
• Sy Smith - The Syberspace Social (“Aquarius Rising”)
• Sy Smith - The Syberspace Social (“Aquarius Rising”) – Kajmere Sound
• The Thyrday - The Perfection Xperiment 2 (“Fantastic”) - Hiphopsite
• VA – Coke Feel1Vibe CD (“Let’s Move”) – Supertracks Records
• VA – Fundamentally Sound CD – (“Give Her Everything”, “I Am The Man”, “Recovery”) – Fundamental
• VA – Galactic Soul CD/2XLP (“Nic’s Groove (Nicky Mason's Electric Bounce Rock Skate Remix)") – BBE Records
• VA – Las Salina Sessions 3 2CD (“Indian Summer") - Satelite K
• VA – The Next Spit Vol.3 CD (“Nic's Groove (Back To The Basics Remix)") - Spitkicker
• VA – Real Music For Real People (Compiled & mixed by DJ Language) CD (“Sincere”) – BBE Records
• VA – The Trip2 Navigated by Tom Middleton 2CD (“We Can Fly”) – Family Recordings
• VA – True Notes Vol. 1 (“The Williams”, with Supastition) –

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Music is the universal language that comes in different forms and for centuries has brought people together from all walks of life. The producer’s role is crucial in the creation of the music process, with the responsibilities of building the foundation and direction of any masterpiece. In this era of the producer rising to the forefront, Nicolay is making serious international headway.

Born and raised in The Netherlands, Europe, Nicolay's passion for music has dominated his life for as long as he can remember. He was brought up with equal parts of Stevie Wonder and Neil Young, and as a youth, most of his days were spent listening to whatever music he could get his hands on. Nicolay’s early love for classical music drove him to seek a formal music education. A true multi-instrumentalist, Nicolay is proficient in playing piano and keyboards, guitar, bass and drums. Nicolay’s diverse understanding of music led him to play in several Hip-Hop and R&B bands, opening up for artists such as K-Ci & JoJo, Boyz II Men, MC Lyte and many others.

After being a live musician and bandleader for nearly a decade, Nicolay started producing in 2000, and shortly thereafter, came across Phonte Coleman of Little Brother through the Okayplayer message boards. The two soon began trading tracks and rhymes back and forth over instant messenger, which in turn created the b-side single for Little Brother's critically acclaimed 2003 album The Listening, titled 'Light It Up'. At the time, neither of them suspected that they were actually laying the foundation for what would become one of the most cohesive and innovative albums of 2004. Together they called themselves The Foreign Exchange, and appropriately titled the project 'Connected'.

In 2006, Nicolay has found himself busier than ever. Facing forward and preparing to leave his homeland, Nicolay presents his long anticipated debut album, 'Here'(Summer 2006) which creates a harmonious blend of goodbye and hello. Gearing up for his future move to the States, Nicolay takes this album on a musical journey; while traveling through St. Louis alongside Black Spade, to Pittsburgh via Wiz Khalifa, a stop in North Carolina, with Darien Brockington & YahZarah from the Foreign Exchange, right on down to Texas with Kay of The Foundation, and straight on through to L.A. with Sy Smith. Already destined to be a future classic, 'Here' is overflowing in great artistry and musicianship, songs and production. When looking for the music that creates a familiar place, or maybe even just a song that harmonizes your life in one single solitary chorus, you can make your final stop here, with Nicolay.