11 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It's been quite a journey for Jamie Lidell since 2005's Multiply. We've seen him take center stage as a soulful crooner on Jim, only to almost drop that act entirely while finding new energy in the texturally heavy avant-songwriting journey of 2010's Compass. Here, on his appropriately self-titled fifth album, Lidell turns inward and references his artistic roots. The raw funkiness and wild synth jabs of Parliament's "Flashlight" can be heard on "You Know My Name," while the rolling "Big Love" plays like a driving Bobby Brown single. Fans of Lidell's more experimental work will find something to latch onto in the potent, gritty "What a Shame" and the sultry, post–Tom Waits "Why Ya Why." Jamie Lidell is as funky and as at-home as ever on this record. He's come full circle over the last decade and is all the better for it.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It's been quite a journey for Jamie Lidell since 2005's Multiply. We've seen him take center stage as a soulful crooner on Jim, only to almost drop that act entirely while finding new energy in the texturally heavy avant-songwriting journey of 2010's Compass. Here, on his appropriately self-titled fifth album, Lidell turns inward and references his artistic roots. The raw funkiness and wild synth jabs of Parliament's "Flashlight" can be heard on "You Know My Name," while the rolling "Big Love" plays like a driving Bobby Brown single. Fans of Lidell's more experimental work will find something to latch onto in the potent, gritty "What a Shame" and the sultry, post–Tom Waits "Why Ya Why." Jamie Lidell is as funky and as at-home as ever on this record. He's come full circle over the last decade and is all the better for it.

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About Jamie Lidell

British producer Jamie Lidell became as widely recognized for his effective neo-soul vocals and performances as for his earlier career as a producer of groovy experimental techno. After some EP releases for labels such as Mosquito and an appearance on the Mille Plateaux-released Industrialsamplecoregouchbeat compilation, Lidell collaborated with equally well-known techno producer Cristian Vogel as Super_Collider in 1999. Following this project, most noteworthy for the popular track "Darn (Cold Way o' Lovin')," Lidell recorded a solo album for Warp in 2000, Muddlin Gear. Five years later, still on Warp, he pursued an organic neo-soul direction for Multiply, heavily assisted by fellow instrumentalist and producer Mocky. 2008's Jim was similar in approach and sounded much more natural than its predecessor.

For 2010's Compass, Lidell changed directions once again, employing the likes of Beck, Feist, and members of Grizzly Bear; its lead song, the title track, was a rather spacy folk-blues epic that later appeared in the soundtrack for the Rockstar video game Red Dead Redemption. He also wrote and sang on a track for Simian Mobile Disco's Unpatterns album from 2012, and moved to Nashville. After building his own studio, he used it to record his follow-up album for Warp, the self-titled Jamie Lidell, which saw release in early 2013. His sixth album, Building a Beginning, dropped in 2016 and was the first to be issued on his own Jajulin label. ~ Jason Birchmeier

  • ORIGIN
    Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, Engla
  • GENRE
    Pop
  • BORN
    September 18, 1973

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