|Birth name||Matthijs Rook|
|Also known as||Nicolay|
|Origin||Wilmington, North Carolina, United States|
|Genres||Soul, electronic, instrumental, hip hop|
|Instruments||keys, guitar, bass, Pro Tools|
|Years active||2000– present|
|Labels||The Foreign Exchange Music|
|Associated acts||The Foreign Exchange, Phonte, Nicolay & Kay|
Nicolay (born Matthijs Rook in 1973) is an electronica, R&B and hip hop record producer from the Netherlands, better known as one half of The Foreign Exchange. Although his sound was once compared to 9th Wonder's, mainly through the association of Phonte and The Justus League, Nicolay tends to use live instruments rather than samples. Due to his work, Nicolay now resides in the United States.
In December 2009, The Foreign Exchange were nominated for a Grammy, for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for the track "Daykeeper", from their second album, Leave It All Behind. Nicolay is the fourth Dutch person to be nominated.
The Foreign Exchange
- Connected (2004, BBE)
- Leave It All Behind (2008, Foreign Exchange Music)
- Authenticity (2010, Foreign Exchange Music)
- Love in Flying Colors (2013, Foreign Exchange Music)
- Tales from the Land of Milk and Honey (2015, Foreign Exchange Music)
Nicolay & Kay
- TIME:LINE (EU Release: February 1, 2008 & US February 12, 2008, NMR)
- City Lights Vol. 1 (2005, BBE)
- Dutch Masters Mixtape V. 1 (2005, HardBoiled)
- City Lights Vol. 1.5 (2005, BBE)
- Here (2006, BBE)
- City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya (2009, The Foreign Exchange Music)
- City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto (2015, The Foreign Exchange Music)
- Remix for Roy Ayers: "Funk in the Hole (Nicolay Mix)" (Roy Ayers Virgin Ubiquity Remixed) (2004), (BBE)
- "I Am the Man" (2006, BBE)
- "I Love the Way You Love" (2006, BBE)
- "Lose Your Way" (2009, The Foreign Exchange Music)
- "The Foreign Exchange - Daykeeper feat. Muhsinah". Theforeignexchangemusic.com. 2008-09-08. Retrieved 2015-07-14.
- "GRAMMY.com | The Official Site of Music's Biggest Night". Grammys.com. Retrieved 2015-07-14.
- "BNN.NL". Statemagazine.nl. Retrieved 2015-07-14.
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