Some refer to Omar Lye-Fook as the father of British neo soul. Its a fitting title, although when that term was coined in the late 1990´s Omar had already been making records for years.
His first and biggest hit to date is the classic soul ballad “Theres Nothing Like This” from his debut album in 1990. Omar since went on to become one of the leading lights of British soul in the 90s and has consistently been releasing excellent records ever since.
Though he has never tasted any serious mainstream succes he has been influential among many other like minded artists including Erykah Badu, Angie Stone and India Arie who have all named him as an influence. His latest album, The Man, is his first in seven years and contiues his unique way of blending different styles like jazz, soul, RnB, latin and funk.
Several remixers have seized upon the album´s excellent horn driven title track. This one is by Shafiq Husayn, one third of the innovative hip hop group Sa-Ra Creative Partners. His remix doesn’t differ that much from the original version, which is fitting since it didn’t really need improving. It certainly doesn’t take anything away from it either, but adds a bit more of a hip hop bounce to it via the drums making it a little more club friendly.