UK soul vet Omar Lye Fook returns strong with the video for his new single “The Man” ahead of his forthcoming LP of the same name. Though trite, it is absolutely true that Omar kills the track; an expertly produced and utterly seamless series of movements that put lackluster soul music to bed within the first measures. Ever-ahead of the curve, Omar anchors this joint with bass clarinet and peppers the track with pockets of strings and flute. Take note. The bar has officially been raised. Omar is an artist whose talent and attention to detail make it nearly impossible to find a mediocre track with his name on it. In keeping with tradition, this song is a stunner.
The visual is directed by Robin Brunson of Hexstatic. This video – a simple black & white take that moves in and out of color through the myopic angle of a fisheye lens – animates the refreshingly luminescent power of love in vibrant bursts that correspond with Omar’s most heartwarming lyrics. This is a joint about personal evolution that champions the responsibilities and rewards of manhood as they correspond with a life in love. The single drops with three reworks of the title track, including contributions from Shafiq Husayn, Zed Bias aka Maddslinsky and Scratch Professer. The short release also features a re-recorded version of Omar’s 1990s classic “There’s Nothing Like This” featuring Soultronics bass god, Pino Palladino. That’s not all! The Man LP drops June 24th on Freestyle Records and features Caron Wheeler, Stuart Zender and the Hidden Jazz Quartett. From the looks of it, this joint will be a game changer. Check the video for “The Man” below. Scroll down for the single tracklisting.
“The Man” Single Tracklisting:
01. The Man
02. The Man (Shafiq Husayn Remix)
03. The Man (Maddslinky Remix)
04. There’s Nothing Like This feat. Pino Palladino
05. The Man (Scratch Professer Retwist) *on digital version only