Musical salute to one of the greatest artists of his generation, and to the man who was honoured by Queen Elizabeth II, for his contributions to the arts and his stellar nu soul music catalogue and production work - the remarkable Omar Lye-Fook - MBE.
Here's a baker's dozen of my favourite Omar songs and productions as fans in Toronto eagerly await his anticipated return to our city for his gig April 22 at the Capitol Event Theatre.
The west London lad continues to reinvent himself, and the man with the golden voice is equally at home singing jazz, soul, Brazilian or house grooves. Magnificent.
Welcome to Toronto (again) - Sir Omar.
0. Happylicious Groovy Negroes shoutout
1. Golden Flower - Galliano feat. Omar
2. Do what I do (Soulpersona Rare Groove mix)
3. The Man
5. Painful Truths - Max Beesley feat. Omar
7. Golden Brown
8. There's nothing like this feat. Pino Palladino
9. Be thankful (for what you got) feat. Angie Stone
10. I'm still standing
12. Deserve - Ivanna Santilli feat. Omar
13. Don't let the sun go down on me (4hero Main Mix) - Sean Khan feat. Omar
I trust that everyone is well, in good spirits and health and that your loved ones are the same.
Here's my annual 'Best of' compilation, that features my favourite songs of the year. For this collection I've circled the globe (musically) to bring you the best grooves to soothe, inspire and celebrate.
Enjoy this music and God bless you all and your friends & families.
1. Keep it working - Soulpersona feat Princess Freesia
2. I gotta get to you (Zepherin Saint edit) - Ledisi
3. Favourite Game (Mang Dynasty edit) - Rae & Christian feat. Jake Emlyn
4. Stop the world (Club mix) - Tarantulaz
5. The right time (M+M 80s mix) - Tuxedo
6. Everlasting Rose - Aaron Tesser & New Jazz Affair
7. Alright - Jordan Rakei
8. She loved me - Flamingosis
9. Red Baron - Soul Jazz Unit
10. Where I'm from (Tom Misch remix) - Kiko Bun
11. Brazilian Love/Mirandolina (Tom Misch remix) - Burnier & Cartier
12. I can't wait (MCA JazzHop edit) - Nu Shooz
13. Laughter in the rain - Mondo Grosso
14. These walls - Kendrick Lamar feat Bilal & Anna Wise
15. Who needs love (LBB Emerald mix) - Ed Motta & Incognito
16. Come back lover (Beaten Space Probe edit) - Fresh Band