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Jamie Lidell is Jim

Why T&S Likes him » British Soul: Part One. Jamie Lidell will be the first to be featured in our British Soul series here on indie.soulful featuring the best of Soul music coming from our brothers & sisters from across the pond.

Is it just us, or is there really some sort of movement of Contemporary Interpretation of Classic American Soul Music going on lately? And which, curiously enough, feels like it’s coming more often from British artists these days. But regardless of where they come from, a long list of contemporary musicians are indeed bringing back that Good Old Soul. And we’re certainly grateful for that. Stay tuned to indie.soulful for more of that Goodness.

We present to you our latest sonic obsession: Jamie Lidell — and let’s get one thing straight here, ladies & gents: he is one crazy mofo.

Combining a classic American Soul sensibility, an electronic music production ethic, and a voice coming from the depths of the universe, Jamie started his official music career producing freaky electronic tracks like this:

But these days he seems to be more content simply servin’ up summa that Good Old Soul:

We here are indie.soulful are certainly grateful for the transition, though we love that one can still here Jamie’s electronic roots in his music — it’s even evident on his latest album, Jim, arguably the most classically soulful one to date. If soul music ever had to get its freakydeaky on, we’re sure it would sound exactly like Jamie Lidell.

The Official Word » “Jim will switch you on in the morning, move you on the dance-floor and take you down in the small hours. It’s a bold, promiscuously diverse album, mixing up gospel grooves, sweetly sung and fiercely passionate soul, delicately moving ballads, thumping early R&B, synthed-up disco, and even a touch of ‘hillbilly funk’. “I haven’t tried to hide the influences,” he says “This is the music I love.” But, listen closely and you can hear Jamie moving in new directions, creating a sound and style that is entirely his own.”

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