A 39-year-old pasty Englishman with production skills and a soulful set of pipes, Jamie Lidell may not look the part of suave potential Prince successor, but he confidently produces the sound. Lidell's self-titled fifth solo album was recorded in his new Nashville home base at a studio he built himself, unsurprisingly resulting in his most dizzyingly layered record yet in a catalog already known for enjoyably overstuffed and frightfully funky recordings. With a sweaty electro-soul sound that manages to feel simultaneously retro and adventurous, Lidell is part Motown magic man, part London space-disco party-starter, and all irresistible. With Empress Of, Ludwig... More >>>