Album review – Jamie Lidell – ‘Compass’ (Warp)

Navigating an emotional plane on a voyage of funk

Britain’s foremost whiteboy funkateer has learned enough since his 2005 major label debut ‘Multiply’ for ‘Compass’ 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.

Jason Draper

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