I’ll make no bones about it, Omar Lye-Fook, simply known as Omar, is one of the most unique talents on the musical landscape. Few if any have been able to fuse jazz, R&B, soul and Caribbean rhythms as effortlessly as the London native. In a career that has spanned three decades and produced seven studio albums, the 47 year-old has proved himself innovative and wholly devoted to his craft. I came alive to the man’s genius when I heard his 2013 album ‘The Man’ and I’ve been a fan ever since. So naturally I can’t wait for album number eight to drop, and it will in the very near future. ‘Love In Beats’ promises to be quite the listen if the teaser he dropped early June is anything to go by. The four-song EP which will be available on iTunes July 8, let the listener know they were in for not only the typically delicious fusion of reggae and jazz, but some yummy new ingredients like the zouk of the French isles and a soulful DJ mix by his brother Scratch Professor.
The song that gave that EP its title also happens to be the first single off Love In Beats. Omar has dropped a video for ‘I Want It To Be’ which features him and his seven-man backing band getting busy in the studio. It gives you an idea as to how much goes into making every Omar cut, and why they sound way richer than a lot of what you hear on radio. The song will become available as a single on the same day as the EP so mark July 8 on your calendar.
Miami Based, Internationally Known