Released On: Apr 29, 2008
Released By: Warp Records
While the influences that infused Jamie's sophomore stunner, Multiply, are still present and correct on Jim - it's a bolder, more promiscuously diverse album, with Jamie restlessly shifting across gospel, disco and even folk, and that chunk of 'hillbilly funk' thrown in for good measure. "I prefer to think of it as timeless material," Jamie says, "I haven't tried to hide the influences. This is the music I love."
Bird-song and an up-beat gospel groove kick things off on "Another Day," the most gloriously wise and positive song ever to be written whilst ripped on Laphroaig whisky. "Little Bit Of Feel Good" (the first single), a funked-up writing collaboration with Andre Vida, is a "dedication of a love with a sensory backdrop." Unusual instruments flesh things out, including a talk-box and a Moroccan coconut flute, an example of some of the humorous touches that percolate through Jim - "I wanted to add lot more Sesame Street this time." The deep synth-and-percussion driven disco-funk of "Figured Me Out" is elaborated out of a 'sound-shape' which Jamie was obsessed with; the lyrics were part-inspired by a literary detective novel by Ryu Murakami; and legendary percussionist Alex Acuña was enlisted to enhance the groove - "Justin (Stanley) has a massive phone book and he knows exactly the right people to call."
Jamie Lidell's taking his live performance to North America this Fall. Jim requires a very new approach to his show, and Jamie's been experimenting with different musical combinations, looking for a band that can reflect the vibrancy and richness of the album, whilst allowing the songs to breathe differently each night. It's clear that the live Jim experience will be something very special indeed.
Little Bit of Feel Good
Little Bit of Feel Good (LA Garage Mix)
Jamie Lidell's North American Tour begins Sept. 26. and features dates with Janelle Monáe!
Sep 26 - The Parish, Austin, Texas - Tickets*
Sep 29 - Avalon, Los Angeles, California - Tickets*
Sep 30 - Fillmore, San Francisco, California - Tickets*
Oct 1 - Wonder Ballroom, Portland, Oregon - Tickets*
Oct 3 - Showbox, Seattle, Washington - Tickets*
Oct 4 - Plaza, Vancouver - Tickets
Oct 7 - Varsity, Minneapolis, Minnesota - Tickets*
Oct 8 - Metro, Chicago, Illinois - Tickets*
Oct 9 - Muzik, Toronto - Tickets
Oct 10 - Olympia de Montreal, Montreal - Tickets
Oct 11 - Hamilton College, Clinton, New York
Oct 12 - Paradise, Boston, Massachusetts - Tickets*
Oct 14 - Highline, New York, New York - Tickets
Oct 15 - Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York - Tickets
*Denotes tour dates with Janelle Monáe.