Song of the Day: Jamie Lidell – Little Bit of Feel Good

photo by Shannon Sauter

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen in anticipation of Memorial Day Weekend’s Sasquatch! Music Festival, is Little Bit of Feel Good by Jamie Lidell from the 2008 album Jim on Warp.

Jamie Lidell – Little Bit of Feel Good (MP3)

It seems that all Jamie Lidell has to worry about these days is handling his success. After starting his career in the electronic realm paired with Cristain Vogel as Super Collider, Lidell went out on his own, discovered R&B and released 2005’s knockout electro-soul experiment, Multiply. Three years later, Lidell is back with Jim, an album that sheds the electronic label and fills in the gap with more soul than was believed possible. While Multiply reached vast audiences via Grey’s Anatomy and Target ads, Jim will likely do so on its own merits. Of all the revivalists of late — few, if any, have conjured the past with such a steady eye on the future. Furthermore, soul music — at least the era influencing Lidell — cannot be faked, particularly its vocal qualities. Here, the artist has captured soul music at its emotional core. Helping him reach this final product were co-producer Mocky, aka Dominic Salole, who also worked on Multiply, and pianist Gonzales, aka Jason Beck. Both men had a hand in Feist’s The Reminder, highlighting an affinity for jazzy sophistication, something that appears time and time again on Jim. If you’re deciding between certain days of this year’s Sasquatch Festival, I hope Lidell weighs heavily on your mind. Those outside the Northwest can look forward to a proper US tour following the Memorial Day Weekend extravaganza. Before any of that happens, however, let Jamie Lidell open up to you:

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