Boomkat Product Review:
Key Detroit player, Omar S sticks to his guns - an Uzi, plus a Linn Drum machine and Roland MC 500 by the looks of the inner sleeve image - with the rugged soul punch of The Best! for his home-brewed FXHE stronghold.
On his 5th album, arriving just over ten years since his debut Just Ask The Lonely, it’s safe to say that Alex “Omar” Smith owns this particular corner of 313 real estate, drawing out the best vocals and collaborations from a close knit circle of pals and producers.
Straight-up hitting a timeless vibe, this record could arguably have been made any point between 1989 and now, and we’d hardly know the difference. The vocals from Amp Fiddler, John F.M., Divinity and Big Strick are attuned to the deepest seam of Detroit soul, will a roll call of instrumental hands-on-deck likewise share so much in common with your man that no-one outshines anyone; it’s all part of the same body.
Initial highlights come from the burning, swinging sensations of Heard’Chew Single with its militant snare rolls and mesmerising keys sparked off by John F.M., or the barrely hinged acid clatter of Bitch,,,, I’ll Buy Another One!!! for more rugged, technoid thrills, and we’re pretty smitten with that daring fusion of dub house and distant flutes (?) in Chama Piru’s. But, y’know, it’s all good.