jamie lidell – compass

On the title track from his new album Compass, soul singer Jamie Lidell sounds worn. His voice is noticeably scratchier than on anything from his two previous solo albums, 2005’s future-funk expo Multiply or 2008’s polished throwback Jim. The rough and raw vibe runs straight through Compass, out May 18. It’s still a R&B record at heart, but it has Lidell stretching himself like never before, going from desert balladry to oddball Tom Waits-ian mouth-box funk to baby-making slow jams. “This is my most full-frontal work lyrically and sonically.” For this album Lidell also worked with several luminaries, including Beck, Feist, Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor, and legendary studio drummer James Gadson, whose work with Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, and other soul legends has made him one of R&B’s unsung heroes.
-pitchfork media

he’ll be playing the music hall of williamsburg on june 10th. tickets are available here.


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