PREVIEW the new EP, “I Want It To Be” by UK Soul Legend, Omar


Anyone who follows our site knows we LOVE Omar Lye-Fook MBE AKA Omar.  Beginning with his amazing debut There’s Nothing Like This in 1990, this amazing singer with the distinctive baritone literally does it all.  Classically trained on the piano, percussion and trumpet, his style is immediately recognizable and entrancing.

We are pleased to bring you a preview of his latest EP, “I Want To Be,” which was recently released on his soundcloud page.  Enjoy this collection and stay tuned for the full release.

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After a career spanning 32 years, what more can be said about Omar that hasn’t been said before? Undeniably, Omar Lye-Fook’s totally unique, individual style and sound still marks him out as a future thinking and utterly unrivaled artist, who has collaborated with so many legendary names that it would be foolish to deny his worldwide reputation – who would dare contradict the likes of Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Carleen Anderson, Angie Stone, Common and fellow fans and followers like Maxwell and Jarrod Lawson?

Following on from 2013’s album “The Man”, 2016 will see his new long player “Love In Beats” further cement his undeniable reputation – and as a teaser for that, Freestyle Records are proud to present this brand new 4 track EP, “I Want It To Be”. The title track is a vibrant, syncopated groove, with one of Omar’s trademark, devastatingly catchy melodies riding on top.

“Destiny” features guest vocalist Guadelope-born singer Jean-Michele Rotin: “I met Jean Michele on a trip to Guadeloupe and we were singing with musicians from the island and it created such a vibe we went studio and this is the result, a nice piece of Zouk mixed with soul, ‘Zouk n’ B’ if you will!”. Further proof, if any were needed, that Omar’s ears are always open, and more then happy to bring lesser known artists into the spotlight that he creates with everything he does.

“Sissy Pa Sissy” is a brilliant & minimal, leftfield rhythm heavy number, featuring interlocking beats whilst a solo trumpet adds some jazz feel into the mix. And the curious Sissy Pa Sissy title? Omar explains: “It’s just the name ‘Sissy Pa’ from the rhythm singing to that beat!”

To round off this collection – Scratch Professer, Omar’s Grammy winning brother and co-producer delivers one of his trademark retwists on “I Want It To Be” – cut up beats, vocal samples and his utterly unique production skills take this version in a very different direction – and it is also totally exclusive to this single.

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