The Man – Omar

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If you’ve never heard of Omar, then unfortunately you’d be among one of many that have most likely heard and enjoyed the music that he has inspired but overlooked the creator himself. Well, hopefully now is the time for you all to take note with the release of his first album in 7 years, ‘The Man’.

If you like soul music, or just any sort of R&B and hip-hop for that matter, then you should listen to Omar. Back in 1990 he spear-headed the neo-soul movement with his breakthrough track ‘There’s Nothing Like This’, inspiring artists such as Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, Maxwell and Jill Scott to put pen to paper. Over in the US he’s gained semi-cult status as a godfather of the soul revival, but typically back at home in England he’s remained largely unnoticed since his debut.

Luckily, then, lead single and title track from the new record ‘The Man’, is a perfect example of Omar’s talents, and with the current resurgence of disco and sexy R&B (see Daft Punk and Nile Rodgers and The Weeknd), it couldn’t have come at a better time. The track builds on a laid back vibrating bass line that trots along the hip-hop drums and Omar’s sensitive delivery, showing that there’s no need for thumping house synths or hashtags in soul or R&B (see Will.I.Am and Mariah Carey), just good songwriting and honed talent.

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