OMAR FEATURING. CARON WHEELER - TREAT YOU
Omar continues his magnificent re-emergence to the forefront of contemporary soul on this new single - from his recent new album The Man - with Treat You, as he generously features another legend of similar pedigree in Soul II Soul's Caron Wheeler.
In this story of a somewhat troubled love affair, the infectious groove rolls on whilst Omar and Caron take turns to air their voices; the bitter sweet subject matter is reflected in minor key and mellow synthesiser sounds. How these two legendary voices blend into something quite amazing isn't something that can easily be described in words - but it can be said that this duet between such fine and unique talents is a rare and beautiful thing. Ordinary Day is where the sound heads south of the equator as Omar stamps his trademark voice and production all over this happening salsa rhythm. The uptempo, sun drenched feel is augmented by huge sounding horns, a storm of blistering, latin percussion and one of Omar's best vocal performances ever. Opolopo, renowned remixer and producer is the man who put his stamp on the recent big club version of Gregory Porter's 1960 What? and his exclusive remix of Treat You for this single is utter class, putting the emphasis on the contemporary dance floor tip without losing any of the original's soul or integrity. One of Omar's favourite remixes of his new material, Opolopo shows us why he is the man of the moment when it comes to bringing a fresh perspective to the great voices of modern soul and jazz. Finally, long time Omar collaborator/co-producer Scratch Professer, puts his totally individual and quirky touch on Treat You, rounding off this essential 12 inch single and download.
HARLEIGHBLU - FORGET ME NOT
Tremendous soul from Harleighblu – a young UK singer we bet we'll be hearing plenty from in years to come! Harleighblu really represents the strongest side of the UK soul scene – bursting forth with a mix of classic and contemporary modes that make her way more than just another deep funk vocalist – and instead show a sense of power and poise that really blows us away – an approach that's fresh, but which feels very familiar too – kind of that blend of modern and deep soul we first heard in Amy Winehouse. There's a hell of a lot of personality on the record – more than enough to really send these songs home strongly, even without the great tight production of the rhythms – and titles include "Casanova", "Enough Now", "I Believe", "Play Me", "Who's That Girl", "Love Of My Life", "Sittin' By The Window", and "Love Like This". ~ Dusty Groove
YELLOWTAIL FEATURING LA NOTE - SWEET THING
'Street Thing' is a jazz-tinged roughneck soul number - by Yellowtail featuring La Note (of Electric Conversation). Yellowtail teams up with La Note from Electric Conversation to deliver 'Street Thing,' a jazz-tinged roughneck soul number. Dirty rhodes, bubblin bassline, straight-up hip-hop riddim, combined with La Note's sultry vocals make this a track a headnodder's delight. The release also includes 'Platinum Jackson,' a breezy, jazzy downtempo number and 'Sleazy Like Sunday Morning,' a laid back downbeat joint with a healthy dose of sleaze. Includes: Street Thing [feat. La Note] (Original); Platinum Jackson; Sleazy Like Sunday Morning; and Street Thing (Original Inst.)