Man Like Me – 'Pillow Talk' album review

The North London duo return with a witty account of life, love and popular culture



Add +

Man Like Me – ‘Pillow Talk’

  • Rated as: 4/5

Roguish north London duo Man Like Me return in reflective mood, with songs about finding love in the back of the defunct freesheet London Lite (‘Lovestruck’) and how you can tell you’re getting older when N-Dubz remind you of East 17 (bouncy Calypso-tinged number ‘Peculiar’). Under the influence of The Streets’ Mike Skinner, Johnny Langer and Pete Duffy have come up with a neat bundle of garage-informed pop, with soulful overtones courtesy of vocalist Ade Omotayo. The drum machines sound beefier and more urgent – as on ‘Wallow’ – and the multiple layers of samples never jar; this record not only runs like a well-oiled machine, but also provides a witty and flippant account of life, love and popular culture.

Watch Man Like Me's 'Sleaze' video

Read more album reviews

Albums of the Week

John Grant, Fetty Wap, Rudimental and Shopping

Albums of the Week

The Libertines, Miley Cyrus, Max Richter and Dam-Funk

Albums of the Week

Beach House, Dr Dre, Yo La Tengo and more

Read more Time Out album reviews

Users say


Listen to Man Like Me's 'Pillow Talk'

Read more music features

Time Out readers' top songs of 2015

We love discovering new music that hits that special spot, so we asked some #takeovertimeout contributors: what’s your top song of 2015 so far?

Arcade Fire on teashops, London and ‘The Reflektor Tapes’

Time Out reader Joe Presley discovers five things you didn’t know about Arcade Fire

Disclosure on Sam Smith’s ring, toilet reading and ‘Caracal’

Guy and Howard Lawrence tell Time Out reader Hannah Ashraf about their new album and becoming more than just a dance band

One to Watch: Wet

Time Out reader Sarah Taylor explains why this Brooklyn trio are ones to watch

See all Time Out music features