Album: Jamie Lidell, Jamie Lidell (Warp)

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The Independent Culture

If appearing on the soundtrack of Grey's Anatomy leads more people to investigate Jamie Lidell's music, they ought to enjoy what they find.

The fifth studio album by the Huntingdon-born soul singer and sometime beatboxer is packed with coruscating electro-funk reminiscent of Cameo and Zapp. Squelchy synths, down-and-dirty basslines, and vocodered vocals stay just the right side of Jamiroquai. Even if, sometimes, it's only just.