Some Saturday Soul

September 16th, 2010

Jamie Lidell grew up in England but now lives in Manhattan. He got started as an electronica producer and, in the late ’90s, teamed up with another producer with a similar background, Christian Vogel, in (the oddly spelled) Super_Collider. The duo put out two experimental-techno albums and had a club hit in “Darn (Cold Way of Lovin’).” Lidell (above, doing “Multiply” in Belgium on De Laatste Show) probably could’ve had a terrific career crafting nothing but instrumental music, instead he kept moving forward and next took on perhaps the best job title in the world: soul singer. He’s released four well-received albums of interesting layered music, including this year’s Compass, which features guests like Beck, Feist and members of Grizzly Bear. Lidell is an energetic live performer (he’s even known to beatbox), which you can see for yourself on Saturday night at Webster Hall.