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Love In Beats / Omar

Omar - Love In Beats

Freestyle

"Love In Beats", album number eight is another brilliant release from Omar. As the title suggests there's plenty of head nodding beats spread across a broad range of rhythms. Part of the formula for the enduring sound is the production between Omar and his brother aka Scratch Professor. If that wasn't enough the array of guests on board lift these tracks to another level. Evidence of that lies in the opening track "Vicky's Tune" where Robert Glasper pushes the rhythm with a burst of piano stylings and Ty adds his customary clever wordplay. "Give My Heart" has an air of seventies classic soul with heart warming strings that features the late Leon Ware. "Deja Vu" has an international vibe due in part to French vocalist Mayre Andrada. While many chase the latest trends Omar has cultivated his own sound and it continues to evolve with each release. When it comes to soul music he is the gift that keeps on giving.

Reg Dancy, 03/17