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Music, Hear This Jamie Lidell: Show Preview

Jamie Lidell: Show Preview

With Rick James' trek to the great disco in the sky nearly nine years ago, and Prince's increasingly elusive, unpredictable behavior, someone's gotta be in line to carry on the legacy of slinky R&B/funk/pop/lovemaking music perfected by black dudes in…
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Music, All Shook Down Chilly Gonzales the Musical Genius on Failure, Satire, and Working With Drake

Chilly Gonzales the Musical Genius on Failure, Satire, and Working With Drake

You may know him as Feist's or Peaches' producer. Or perhaps you read about him in the Guinness Book of World Records, in which he holds the title for longest piano solo (27 hours, to be precise). If you're a…
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Music, Odd Bird

Odd Bird

In a Pitchfork interview a few years ago, Jamie Lidell boasted of moving his CDs out of the various store sections where they'd first been filed. But he never did specify the genre to which he thinks he belongs. When…
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Calendar, Night&Day The New Mayer of Soul

The New Mayer of Soul

The past few years have seen a clutch of young male crooners embracing the lost art of blue-eyed soul with no-nonsense prowess. Beyond the reinvention of Warp Records wonderboy Jamie Lidell, Eli “Paperboy” Reed and the lesser-known Jesse Dee have…
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Music, Jamie Lidell sings from the heart, riffs on the absurd

Jamie Lidell sings from the heart, riffs on the absurd

The blackest-singing white man since Rick Astley, Jamie Lidell is as delightfully inscrutable on his albums as he is charmingly unhinged in person. In between sips of a champagne cocktail at a swanky New York hotel, the electronic producer and…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Lukewarm Lidell; Rademacher shows shades of Pavement

Lukewarm Lidell; Rademacher shows shades of Pavement

Although I hitched a ride for the night last week, I couldn't stop fidgeting on the Jamie Lidell bandwagon. Frankly, I just don't get the hype. Sure, the guy displays a certain experimental flair, with a live show that's unusual…
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Music, Reviewed Jamie Lidell

Jamie Lidell

This straightforward homage to Stax/Volt-era soul is a serious departure for Jamie Lidell, a genre-stretching British knob-twiddler whose previous solo work consisted of shadowy, artfully damaged downtempo and who's best known as one-half of the millennial cyberfunk duo Super_Collider. Older…
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Music, Reviewed The Matthew Herbert Big Band

The Matthew Herbert Big Band

If you're a dance music fan, it might be time to dig out those swing get-ups again: Big-band jazz is coming back with a vengeance. From Chicago, the U.S. capital of house music, for instance, artists like Greens Keepers and…
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