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Charting the Music: Jamie Lidell, 'Jamie Lidell'

Charting the Music: Jamie Lidell, 'Jamie Lidell'
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On his latest, eponymous album, Jamie Lidell negotiates a peaceful reconciliation between electronica and soul.

"Jamie Lidell" was written and recorded in Nashville, and that southern influence brings a Motown vibe to Lidell's futuristic production. This album finds Lidell continuing to push forward through the ever-evolving neo-soul genre.

88.1 KDHX chart position: #2 Electronic and #20 CMJ for March 19, 2013.

Record label, release date and producer: "Jamie Lidell" was released on Warp Records on February 19, 2013 and was produced by Jamie Lidell and Justin Stanley.

Can be heard on: Rocket 88 with Darren Snow, Beep Beep Boop Boop with Kate, and Coin-Operated Radio with Ryan

RIYL: The "crown prince of the quiet revolution." Also, Prince.

Hometown: Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, UK

Standout tracks: Both "What a Shame" and "In Your Mind" sound immediately warm and familiar to any fan of contemporary R&B, and yet express a distinctly Lidell-esque character.

About the artist: Before Jamie Lidell broke into the mainstream with his 2005 album "Multiply," he was already receiving acclaim for his solo live performances, which matched beatboxing and vocals for a catchy, rhythmic sound. Lidell has frequently collaborated with many musicians on their work, including Beck, Feist and Grizzly Bear.

This producer: The album was co-produced by Lidell and Australian producer Justin Stanley, who played guitar on Beck's 2006 album "The Information."

This label: Warp Records has proved invaluable in the continuing development of electronic music, discovering many of the genre's most innovative bands. Artists signed to Warp include !!!, Boards of Canada, and Aphex Twin.

Play it while: Pulling an all-nighter to finish coding that final lab for your least favorite graduate level computer science class.

Did you know?: The first time Lidell and his idol Prince met, Prince dissed Lidell's outfit.

Awards and accolades: Pitchfork Media included Jamie Lidell's album "Multiply" in their list of the Top 200 Albums of the 2000s.

What the critics say: "He's made an album that sounds exactly like the synthetic pop-soul of the 1980's - think Prince, The Time, The Power Station, The System. This is a record mixed on the same gear as Paula Abdul's 1989 hit 'Opposites Attract' - a fact that Lidell actually boasts about. The reason that such a potentially pointless enterprise in trash retro works lies entirely in Lidell's extraordinary talents as musician and producer." Gary Mulholland, BBC

KDHX coverage: Jamie Lidell performed live in the KDHX studios on September 9, 2010.

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