Over three albums Lidell's rich, self-assured voice has reigned, reaching a rare type of ownership not often heard in a white British soul singer. His schtick is worth all the anguish and the passion so intrinsic to this rhythm and blues music - he sings like this because he can.»
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jamie lidell, the celebrated singer and electronic musician known for his unique, soulful voice and funky, improvisational live performances, has enlisted an all-star group of collaborators for his latest album 'compass' on warp records. guests on 'compass' include beck, who shares production an songwriting duties on one of the album's tracks; breakthrough canadian singer / songwriter leslie feist and keyboard whiz gonzales, both of whom have performed and recorded with lidell in the past; wilco keyboardist pat sansone; and chris taylor, multi-insturmenatalist, producer and bass player from the lauded indie rock band grizzly bear. producer / keyboardist brian lebarton, singer nikka costa and legendary session drummer james gadsen also appear on the album. as with lidell's previous two albums, 2005's 'multiply' and 2008's 'jim,' the music takes a wide open approach to music, deftly mixing elements of classic funk and soul, aphex twin-style electronic manipulations and lo-fi 80's style analogue synthesizers. the disparate elements are held together by lidell's gifted vocal and songwriting talents that are both a nod to great music of the past and a taste of tomorrow's sounds.
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