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Omar – The Man (album preview)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2013 by E.N.

Omar - The Man (album) [clips]Omar returns with a brand new album that many say is without doubt the strongest of his entire career.
UK Release:2013-06-24
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Omar – The Man(Album)Freestyle Records July 1st

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 8, 2013 by E.N.

Omar face close up 1Legendary multi talented UK vocalist and newly M.B.E awarded Omar releases his brand new studio album – ‘The Man’ on 1st July on Freestyle Records.

There are precious few, if any contemporary UK artists whose creative credentials and influence extend as far and so consistently wide as Freestyle Records most recent signing Omar. Since first breaking through to worldwide renown all the way back in 1991 with his first releases on Gilles Petersons seminal Talking Loud label, and going onto work with all manner of musical legends including a certain Stevie, Erykah Badu, Angie Stone, Syreeta Wright, Common, and Carleen Anderson. With willing, enthusiastic and supportive collaborators like that, it’s undeniable that Omar maintains his reputation as a soul music Don par excellence.
Fast forward to 2013, and Omar’s reputation for being a thoroughly original artist following his own individual path remains undiminished. After recently picking up an M.B.E for his outstanding contribution to the UK music scene, even the British Establishment has now acknowledged what many already appreciated & understood for many years.
And in a most timely fashion, Omar returns with a brand new album that many say is without doubt the strongest of his entire career. The buzz generated by the single release of the albums title track ‘The Man’ (FSR099) confirmed beyond doubt that Omar is very much at the top of his game, with everyone from 6 Music’s’ Gilles Peterson, Radio 2’s Trevor Nelson and Jamie Cullum giving both major support and high praise for the simply magnificent new high point for Omar’s renowned ability to write devastatingly catchy melodies, coupled with the more live, funkier production exemplified by this brand new, yet already classic song.
Across the rest of this new album, the musical treats just keep coming and are too many to list! Opener ‘Simplify’ sets the template, with its luscious & majestic, string backed introduction raising the curtain on this deep, hard grooving number which gives Omar the chance to display the full range and capacity of his unique voice.

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Getting down and dirty, Omar joins forces with Germany’s Hidden Jazz Quartett on High Heels, growling organ spars with the tough, jagged drum beat on this tough, funk driven collaboration, the story of a man who knows his woman is doing him wrong which is ‘making him crazy’ and is reflected in the contrasting dark & uplifting passages on this killer groove.
Latin textures & rhythms have always been part of Omar’s far reaching musical vocabulary, and within this collection and on Come On Speak To Me and Ordinary Day restless south American beats underpin the crisp and fresh melodies, with the latter track evoking samba fuelled, carnival vibes that simply sizzle with energy, and will wear out discerning dance-floors for years to come for certain.
Soul II Souls’ Caron Wheeler distinctive voice features on the duet Treat You, a tale of troubled love that is mirrored by the delicate, subtle beats and minimal backing which allows these 2 legendary voices unite beautifully.
Completing the circle that began all the way back in the early 1990’s Omar has re recorded his classic love song ‘There’s Nothing Like This’, which this time features bass player to the Gods Pino Palladino.
The touching sentiment remains undiminished, but the addition of soaring strings, soulful, jazzy horns, a vibrant live & acoustic feel, and an extended and new arrangement, Omar has done the impossible; improved upon the un-improvable, that is likely to become the definitive version of an already much adored classic.
This release will surely become known as his most eclectic, confident, mature and soulful album of his career. After all, Stevie Wonder knows, Erykah Badu knows….and now everyone knows, Omar is The Man.
ALBUM: THE MAN
ARTIST: OMAR
RELEASE DATE: MONDAY 1st JULY
LABEL: FREESTYLE RECORDS

ALBUM TRACK LISTINGS:
 
1.    Simplify
2.    The Man
3.    Come On Speak To Me
4.    I Can Listen
5.    Bully ft.The Scratch Professor
6.    Treat You ft Caron Wheeler
7.    Fuck War, Make Love
8.    High Heels ft. Hidden Jazz Orchestra
9.    I Love Being With You
10. There’s Nothing Like This ft. Pino Palladino
11. Eeni Meeni Myni Mo
12. When You Touch We Touch
13.  Ordinary Day
 

Omar – The Man (single) at EMN Chart HERE

FORTHCOMING TOUR DATES:
Thursday 27th June – Official album launch – Jazz Cafe – London
 
Friday 28th June – Official album launch party – Jazz Cafe – London
When I grow up, I wanna be like Omar” Stevie Wonder 
 
“Omar is one of my favourite artists.. ever” Erykah Badu
 
The leading light in British Soul music, he always went a bit different with his productions – properly outernational’ Gilles Peterson, 6 Music

http://www.omarmusic.co.uk/

Omar – The Man [Official Video]

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2013 by E.N.

Taken from forthcoming album of the same name, ‘The Man’, released by Freestyle Records: http://freestylerecords.co.uk

More HERE
 

Omar – The Man w/ Shafiq Husayn & Maddslinky remixes (Freestyle Records)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2013 by E.N.

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Omar on Freestyle Records, coming out 27 May.

“When I grow up, I wanna be like Omar” – Stevie Wonder

There are precious few, if any contemporary UK artists whose creative credentials and influence extend as far and so consistently wide as Freestyle Records’ most recent signing Omar. Since first breaking through to worldwide renown all the way back in 1991 with his first releases on Gilles Peterson‘s seminal Talking Loud label, and going on to work with all manner of musical legends including a certain Stevie Wonder,Erykah BaduAngie StoneSyreeta WrightCommon, and Carleen Anderson.

Fast forward to 2013, and Omar’s reputation for being a thoroughly original artist following his own individual path remains undiminished. After recently picking up an M.B.E. for his outstanding contribution to the UK music scene, even the British Establishment has now acknowledged what many already appreciated and understood for many years.

There cannot have been many times a bass clarinet b-line was destined to become one of the most memorable and catchiest moments in contemporary soul, but on the new single, The Man, that’s precisely what happens. Add to that a stunning vocal performance, the slinkiest of beautiful key changes, and an uplifting vibe that simply emanates class and style, and you will understand why those who were privileged to hear The Man early on, all without exception, flipped, slipped and fell totally in love with its soul, its groove and irrepressible spirit.

This release sees three reworkings of the title track; US mainstay of conscious hip hop and electronica, Shafiq Husayn, literally leapt at the chance to remix The Man and gives it a minor mood feel, with spacey synthesiser lines added to emphasise this most memorable of melodies, Maddslinky (aka Zed Bias), came with a remix from a pumping, contemporary club direction including a driving beat coupled with spacy breakdowns and his trademark production skills, and Scratch Professer puts his unique stamp on his retwist of The Man like no one else could!

Completing the circle that began all the way back in the early 1990s, Omar has completely re-recorded his classic love song There’s Nothing Like This, which this time features bass player to the Gods Pino Palladino. The touching sentiment remains undiminished, but with the addition of soaring strings, soulful, jazzy horns, an all round live and acoustic feel, plus an extended and new arrangement, Omar has done the impossible; improved upon the un-improvable, that is likely to become the definitive version of an already much adored classic.

Release (digital):2013-05-06
Genre: Soul/R&B
Label: Freestyle Records
Format(s):DIGI
Cat #: FSR099D

Tracklist

The Man
The Man (Shafiq Husayn Remix)
The Man (Maddslinky Remix)
There’s Nothing Like This (feat. Pino Palladino)
The Man (Scratch Professer Retwist)

BBE Pres. J-Dilla -Think Twice / E – MC2

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2012 by E.N.

Released: 2012-04-17
One of the most important musicians of our time. When we think of John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye, J Dilla will be going down along that history line of greatness.” – Common (from XXL)

He inspired me so much. One of the best days of my life was when he handed me a record with drums on it. I was so honored.” – Kanye West (from XXL)

Jay Dee’s “Welcome to Detroit” was the album that kicked off BBE’s Beat Generation series. This seminal album (it even has its own Wikipedia entry) cemented Dilla’s reputation as a virtuoso beat maker with a remarkable range of talents. For the first time, (from that album) “Think Twice” appears on a very limited 7” single. It is a cover of Donald Byrd’s seminal classic featuring Dwele on vocals… it shows Dilla’s supreme versatility behind the boards (and on the mic — it’s not the featured Dwele that sings the h! ook).

And from his posthumously relealeased album “The Shinining” :

Common, meanwhile, does the Common thing, which is to ride the beat dumbly (but appropriately) on standout robofunker “E=MC2,” Despite Kanye boosting his sales numbers, it was Jay Dee who consistently brought out the best emcee in Common, his former roommate, and he proves it again here on “E=MC2.”

J-Dilla Changed My Life (London)

The Doctor’s Orders presents

J-DILLA CHANGED MY LIFE
A night in tribute to the life & work of a true Hip-Hop genius.

7pm-Midnight Sunday 5th February 2012
@ Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9NL

Minimum donation £6 in advance or on the door.
£30 VIP Tickets grant exclusive access to VIP bar and balcony & include an exclusive J-Dilla T-Shirt & CD.

Advance tickets from
http://www.ticketweb.co.uk

All proceeds from the night are donated to the J-Dilla Foundation & Lupus UK

Special guest appearance by…
Maureen ‘Ma Dukes’ Yancey (J-Dilla’s Mum)
Hosted By…
Phat Kat (Welcome to Detroit)

And DJs performing for free on the night in loving memory are…
Mr Thing (BBE / Extended Players)
Spin Doctor (The Doctor’s Orders)
Harry Love (Extended Players)
Morgan Spacek
Kidkanevil
Kutmah
DJ LoK (Dilla breaks set)
& very special surprise guests

Room 2 hosted by
Main Squeeze & Classic Material

Common – “The Believer” ft. John Legend(stream)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on December 6, 2011 by E.N.


The Dreamer/The Believer – In Stores 12/20!
Pre-Order on iTunes: http://bit.ly/BlueSkyiTunes

Omar & Zed Bias – Dancing (Video)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2011 by E.N.

This collaboration with Zed Bias is Omar’s first solo material since 2006. It is available on Tru Thoughts Records as part of a limited run of vinyl on 9th May, and then digitally from 27th June 2011.

Tru Thoughts are also re-releasing his classic album ‘Sing (If You Want It)’ – which features Stevie Wonder, Angie Stone, Common and Estelle — in the summer of 2011, with ‘Dancing’ as bonus material.

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