Album review - Jamie Lidell - 'Compass' (Warp)
Navigating an emotional plane on a voyage of funk
6 / 10
Britain’s foremost whiteboy funkateer has learned enough since his 2005 major label debut ‘Multiply’
to pull off a neat trick. With his heart as his guide (opener ‘Completely Exposed’
and the title track show that some serious heartbreak and soul-searching’s been going on), Lidell gives us a tour of soul through his geographically-removed ears. Bill Withers’ drummer James Gadson propels the sunshine-funk shuffle of ‘Enough’s Enough’
, America’s foremost whiteboy funkateer Beck brings the junkyard groove, while Lidell drops his paisley pants for some of Prince’s purplest moments on the extended metaphor of ‘I Wanna Be Your Telephone’
. Makes you think of touch-tone in a whole new way.
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