Following on from 2013's The Man, British soul pioneer Omar Lyefook's first for London based independent label Freestyle Records, 2017 sees his new long player Love In Beats further cement his enviable reputation, as did receiving his MBE for services to music at Buckingham Place, and featuring in Javon Princes' comedy series on BBC2 television.
Love In Beats is Omar's eighth studio album and may just be his most eclectic and varied to date. Somewhat more electronic in its conception and sound than its predecessor, Love In Beats incorporates soul, Caribbean rhythms, an undercurrent of funk, with touches of zouk, a jazzy waltz, spoken word and also features collaborations with US soul legend Leon Ware, Blue Note pianist Robert Glasper, rapper Ty, Guadeloupe born singer Jean-Michele Rotin, and U.K. soultress Natasha Watts, The Floacist and Mayra Andrade, the Cape Verdean born singer who lives and records in Paris.
Mainly recorded at Omar's own Backayard Studio in South London - his unique voice, multi-instrumental and production skills together with the talents of Grammy winning producer, remixer, DJ and younger brother Scratch - have yielded a new collection that may just be the most beautifully formed and career defining album of them all.
"When I grow up, I wanna be like Omar." - Stevie Wonder
"Still ...one of the best voices I've ever heard." - Erykah Badu