OMAR: The Man (2013) + video

Contemporary soul legend Omar is back with the title track off forthcoming album The Man and, if I hear him right, he’s become a man now that he’s not trying to be the man. Apparently he did,” some things that..[he]…should not have done, just trying to be the man.” Glad we’ve got that cleared up. Musically, the tension between who he was before and who he is now is captured by the juxtaposition of an off-kilter bass clarinet motif on the verse and uplifting xylophone and horns combo on the hook on the track and on the accompanying video by alternating black and white verses with colour choruses. But how to explain the unsteady fisheye camera which despite the presence of Omar’s missus and kids looks like it’s being carried by the last stoner on the south coast? Remixes from Shafiq Hussayn, Maddslinky (though neither generates the atmosphere of the original) and bonus track with Pino Pallodino, There’s Nothing Like This.
(Out 27 May on Freestyle Records)


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