Electro-soul experimenter Jamie Lidell is gearing up to release his fifth studio disc this spring, and judging from the list of collaborators he got to appear on the album, it might more appropriately titled Jamie Lidell And Friends.
Instead, the album is titled Compass and will be released on May 18 through Warp. Lidell split the recording of the follow-up to 2008′s Jim between Los Angeles with Beck and in New York City.
"I wrote every song in a month," Lidell told NME.com. "It’s been an emotional couple of years, so I tapped into what I wanted to say and started writing. There was a lot to draw on."
Expect the album to be stylistically diverse, since Lidell managed to acquire an all-star roster of musicians to guest, including Beck, Feist, Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor, Wilco’s Pat Sansone, legendary R&B drummer James Gadson, Nikka Costa, and producer/songwriter Gonzales.
No tracklisting for Compass has been released yet, but fans can also expect a tour sometime in 2010 in support of the album.
Of course, those collaborations with Gonzales, Feist, Wilco and Beck are kinda expected. Lidell has frequently worked with Feist and Gonzales in the past.
He also helped Beck record his most recent installment in his Record Club series, a track-by-track cover
of Skip Spence’s Oar, which was caught on video. Wilco and Feist were also involved in that project. You can see a video of the results here.
In the meantime, you can see Lidell (who may just have his head stuck in a television set) at the Perth International Arts Festival in Perth, Australia on Friday (Feb. 12) and at the Mad Racket Show in Sydney, Australia the next day.