A Slick Remix Brings Lidell 'Back Around'

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  • Song: "When I Come Back Around" (Freeform Remix)
  • Artist: Jamie Lidell
  • CD: Multiply Additions
  • Genre: Funk

If the souls of Sly Stone and Prince were united in the form of a white British singer, his name would probably be Jamie Lidell. Though Lidell is likely to perform his funk jams backed by a laptop rather than a live band, he still possesses the full-throated, improvisational vocal talent and showmanship of his predecessors.

Jamie Lidell channels the likes of Sly Stone and Prince.

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A backbeat suspiciously close to Prince's "Raspberry Beret" kicks off one of the most straightforward remixes on Multiply Additions, a collection of live performances and chopped-up versions of the tracks on Lidell's 2005 breakthrough CD, Multiply.

Freeform Reform's take on "When I Come Back Around" opens with the nod to Prince and then builds on it, re-imagining the song as a banging club track. Freeform Five's Anu Pillai complements the cascade of drums and cymbals with a chorus of techno-chirps and pulsating bass. The change is fundamental, but subtle — and, as it turns out, this "addition" only expands on the original by about 20 seconds.

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