Jamie Lidell’s transformation on laptop friendly Warp Records from glitchy producer turned classic R&B crooner is complete. It started on 2005’s Multiply, but on Jim he abandons the electronic mutations completely in favor of a déja vu, doo wop soul sound. Singing as if he were a D.J., he samples Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, Wilson Pickett or Sly Stone in this 10-song romp through 60s and 70s Motown sound. Lidell’s firmly planted above the underground these days, contributing to recent recordings by Beck and Feist and opening for Elton John’s arena tour. J.L.’s live performances are becoming the stuff of legend as he orchestrates his band, looping live audio and video, dancing like he’s on the Ed Sullivan Show, and somehow never missing a vocal note.
Michelle Gutierrez is an empowered woman and freelance writer.