Jamie Lidell's single-handedly bringing back the funk and soul of the '60s and '70s. All without making it sound dated and all while being a white guy from Cambridge, England. His five-year hiatus since his first full-length Muddlin Gear was rewarded with one of the best (and the grooviest) albums of 2005, Multiply.
I saw him perform at The Social in Orlando in June. Wearing a Hefner-esque silk robe to complete the laid back image, he let out an incredible performance. He would record beats and melodies and loop them as he sung the lyrics. The crowd couldn't help but sway back and forth, groove up and down, and let the soul-funk seep into their brain.
The second half of his performance got really annoying as he went into hardcore techno mode. Maybe I'm not enough of an electronica guy, but the beats were loud, improv and awful. I had to walk out of the club it was so bad. I usually don't do this, but I'd have to give the first part of his performance (the good half, where he sung songs off of Multiply) 4 stars, while the second techno-beat half gets only 1 star.
Check out some of his awesomely creative music videos and be sure to catch his Bumbershoot performance. I'd just leave when he starts the thump, thump, thump.
Bumbershoot Performance: 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. at the Bumbrella Stage on Saturday, September 2nd.