Jamie Lidell – Compass

A thing of wonder

‘Compass’ sees one-time bedroom techno geek Lidell complete his transformation into robotic soulman. A curious state of affairs on the surface, this is no empty exercise in muso accomplishment. Lidell’s voice is a thing of wonder, a match for or indeed bettering many of R‘n’B’s mainstream performers.

Thankfully, his roots in such a technologically innovative genre as techno aren’t neglected: the album’s opening track, ‘Completely Exposed’, even starts with a blast of his beatboxing skills. Truly it’s soul music informed by all the developments in music since the genre’s golden age – no mean feat for music, never mind Lidell.


Words by Nick Annan

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