It’s great to hear that Jamie Lidell is releasing a new LP, Compass, this May. The roster of talent he’s drawn on – Beck, Feist and Gonzales – coupled with his ability to surprise, makes this a record that is well worth looking forward to.
Previous career highlights from the musician, who hails from rural Huntingdon (Cambridgeshire, UK), is capable of putting the soul of the 1960s firmly in the now and looks like a maths teacher, include his work with Matthew Herbert on the decadent Goodbye Swingtime, the perfect slice of urban soul that was Multiply and the instantly accessible Jim long-player. Lidell is also a showman, with his live shows being events that stick in the memory. If you haven’t heard of this guy, check him out.