Jamie Lidell freaked out a lot of techno heads with his last album, Multiply, when he ditched the blips and bloops for an earthy, classic soul sound that showcased his surprisingly strong voice over Motown-inspired rhythms. For this edition, he goes even further, eliminating pretty much all the electronic and experimental embellishments in favour of a straightforward love letter to soul music.
In the post-Winehouse era, he’s likely smart to continue with his exploration of 60s R&B. Unlike her, he also has an interest in more overtly funk-based material, which fleshes out the album even if it occasionally comes uncomfortably close to Jamiroquai territory. Thankfully, this is more about Otis, Marvin and Stevie, which Lidell does amazingly well for a British experimental techno brat.