The last time I posted about Omar was just a snippet of his lead single, “The Man” (the same title of his forthcoming album). But I’m back to gush over the British soul singer (or acid jazz, as some describe his music) even more. I got a nice gem in my inbox today–a link to listen to an advance listen of his forthcoming album. The Man is Omar’s first album in seven years and according to the press release I got, he reconnected with Caron Wheeler of Soul II Soul, Stuart Zender of Jamiroquai and Pino Palladino to create the delightful sounds. Seriously, I listened to it earlier today and can’t get enough. The Man is well worth the wait.
Here’s a snippet from the press release:
THE MAN is the latest in my musical journey and I’m happy to say it fits well with all the other stops I’ve made along the way,” Omar says. “If you know and like my style, this will not disappoint! The mixture of funk, Latin, jazz, reggae, soul and classical is all there. I’ve been blessed to work with a whole raft of iconic musicians in my lifetime: Stevie (Wonder), Leon Ware, Lamont Dozier, David Frank, Harvey Mason, Angie Stone, Erykah Badu, and Common, to name a few. This album has been blessed by my bass hero Pino Palladino. My good friend Stuart Zender also blesses us with his skills alongside the wonderful Caron Wheeler and my talented brother Scratch Professor.”
Indeed THE MAN harks back to the blend of elements and groove-oriented aesthetic that marked Omar’s first two albums and his seminal hit “There’s Nothing Like This.”
Omar is planning a U.S. tour in the Summer, an all too rare opportunity for his many
American fans to see him in the flesh.
“My U.S fans have shown loyalty from the start and I find it touching that it shows no sign of diminishing,” Omar enthuses. “From East to West coast, when I have toured, the love is so overwhelming it is literally breathtaking and I can’t wait to get back to American shores to return the love!”
The Man is slated for release on Shanachie Entertainment on June 18, 2013. Without further adieu, press play and let it ride. Enjoy your digital listening session: