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Jamie Lidell

With Snax and Mark Strauss. Monday, November 13, at the Grog Shop.


Sporting a sparkling tailcoat, Jamie Lidell sings soulfully in the upper register, then whips that vocal into a tornado of live-sampled beats that climb ever higher. Smoothly delivering tracks from 2005's Multiply and cutting up the techno-funk from his days as one half of Super_Collider, Lidell slices his oohs and ahs into rich, layered dance beats. But Lidell is more than just a monster producer; he's also a showman, flashing mischievous sidelong glances at the close of each long mix of preprogrammed grooves and looping melodies. His body soaked in sweat, he twitches, beatboxes, and belts out blue-eyed Motown while building songs from behind racks and racks of gear.

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