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Jamie Lidell

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Visionary Warp producer and singer Jamie Lidell provided another essential collection on this self-titled full length, which followed on from 2010’s ‘Compass’. Over eleven tight and muscular cuts, Lidell further explores the highly charged soul-pop sound that he’s made his own, with mechanical and human elements working in perfect synergy. 

You Naked bottles up a funky lust with real slickness, with a taut slap bass and ticking cowbells framing a full-bodied vocal to overpowering effect, while You Know My Name opens with a huge rave breakdown which relaxes into a Prince-esque strut.

There are more introverted slow burners too, with Don’t You Love Me nailing a crooning soul ballad and adding unexpected bursts of dissonant brass and glockenspiel, and why_ya_why constructing more of a sonic assault on top of a downtempo groove and sultry jazz trumpet. 

Production prowess aside, it is still Lidell’s strident vocal delivery throughout which gives the work its substantial bite. On What A Shame Lidell’s tone is sharp enough to cut through a fog of noise, glittering space-age synths and huge dubstep beats, while he channels Michael Jackson on In Your Mind with a physical delivery backed by a vocoded choir of his own samples

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