Sunday, 28 April 2013

Omar - The Man (Freestyle Records)

Ever since his early releases on Talkin' Loud, Omar has become something of nu soul royalty. Indeed, to quote Stevie Wonder, 'When I grow up I want to be like Omar'. Praise indeed.

As one of my favourite funk/soul labels, I'm hugely excited to hear that Omar has now signed to Craig Charles fave Freestyle with a new single on 'The Man', the first release from his forthcoming album of the same name.

The title track is driven by a gargantuan bass clarinet rhythm, Omar's comforting melancholic vocals gliding over a crisp, percussive instrumental. Delicate chimes and a soft woodwind section bring structure to the melody, creating a gorgeous slice of nu skool soul.

The remix package takes an already massive track into the stratosphere, with both Shafiq Husayn and Maddslinky bringing their trademark styles to the party. Essential listening for any fan of nu soul and R&B.

'The Man' is out on 6th May via Freestyle Records. |
DJ Equipment - Serato Scratch Live SL-1

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