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JAMIE LIDELL

Compass

2010-05-10

Having teamed with Mocky to produce his three previous albums, Jamie Lidell developed a new fan in Beck after opening for him on tour. After the tour, and at Beck's suggestion, they worked together at Beck's home studio in L.A. to produce Compass, Jamie's fourth album. Other notables had their fingers in this too, including Feist, Nikka Costa, Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear, and Pat Sansone of Wilco. Mixing Motown vocals with electronic beats, Jamie Lidell has created an interesting combination. Often the songs here involve attention-provoking percussion (Completely Exposed, The Ring). There is even a song that is reminiscent of The Jackson Five (Enough's Enough). I like this release and have to wonder why I've never heard of this guy until now. Perhaps now that he's moved to New York (by way of Brighton, UK and Berlin), we'll be hearing more of him here in the States. Rebecca Ruth

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