Published Feb 03, 2020It's an absolute travesty that Omar Lye-Fook does not have the same name recognition as some of his UK soul contemporaries. There's a reason why he can keep up with luminaries like Erykah Badu and Stevie Wonder. His oeuvre, developed over almost four decades, is characterized by smooth vocals, shimmering production and constant innovation and commitment to craft.
If you aren't yet familiar, The Anthology showcases every element of the man's talents. It's a trip through the past, demonstrating that the man is as comfortable creating club classics like 2006's "It's So" as he is relaxing into the summery strains of 1985's "There's Nothing Like This."
But it isn't just Omar's past on display — his future is here too, thanks to a couple of new tracks thrown in for good measure: the funk workout "Long Time Coming" and danceable "Pass It On," featuring the equally wonderful Terri Walker. (Freestyle)