Pillar of the English label Warp Records (benchmark for the alternative world), Jamie Lidell literally shatters the metaphorical locks of music. Already compared to Otis Redding or Marvin Gaye, this dandy throws open the doors of soul music to the world, using his electronic keys. After a high-voltage visit to Luxembourg in 2008, the Club at the Rockhal will be welcoming the new talent of Soul Music, Jamie Lidell, on Wednesday 3 November.
Born in England in the Seventies, from his days at school the young Jamie Lidell built up his musical trousseau in a parish choir. Very soon he was writing and performing his first songs but, under the pretext that he was playing with the devil, he immediately suffered clerical reprimands. Definitively overcome by the demon of music, Jamie remained determined and grew by surrounding himself with all the instruments he could place his hands on, deciding to move to the capital London and to form his first ephemeral group Subhead.
Henceforth it was via electro tinted with funk that Jamie opened up to express his love of music. Success was immediate in Germany, but England remained rather sceptical. Becoming tougher and more passionate, he set about his debut solo album in 2000, “Muddlin Gear”, but it was in 2005 with “Multiply”, released on the WARP label, that Lidell fully released his unstoppable soul energy, shaded with funk and jazz. With “Jim” in 2008 he had his crowning album. He was having a ball at the microphone, and this could be heard. With disconcerting ease he transformed funk into pop music.
Two complex years followed, marked by a triple change: manager, emotional relationship and place of residence. The Englishman left Berlin for New York. “Compass” was a coarser and louder album than its predecessors, where abrasive soul and funky rock jostled together, between some rather sweeter ballads. “I felt a great many emotions, and extremely strongly. Music should first of all be a vehicle for words.” Without sacrificing to the cliché of the oversensitive poet, Jamie Lidell evoked a sadness trapped until released in his cheerful songs. Wishing to remain master of his work, he nonetheless collaborated with Beck, who had produced Charlotte Gainsbourg, and also recruited Chris Taylor, from the group Grizzly Bear, and the Canadian vocalist Feist. All served the incandescent voice of Jamie Lidell … because for “Compass”, this was his first. The result is what you should expect from this exceptional artist: astounding!
On Wednesday 3 November the Club at the Rockhal will welcome, with his new album, the worthy heir of Black Music and established showman: Jamie Lidell