Jamie Lidell is, as he sang on last year's Multiply, a "walking, talking question mark." And on the more recent Multiply Additions, he seems even dottier and loopier. The ten-track album of redos and remixes finds Lidell straddling his most pronounced personas the electronic enthusiast of his 2000 IDM-slanted album, Muddlin Gear, and the blue-eyed, Jamiroquai-on-a-serious-James-Brown-kick soul of Multiply. His work with Christian Vogel as Super_Collider has perhaps struck this balance more excitingly, but Additions is not without charm. Freeform Five reupholsters "When I Come Back Around" in paisley print, simultaneously paying homage to vintage Prince by using his trademark drum sounds and trumping the purple one with a resulting house track that beats any of his attempts. Matthew Herbert, meanwhile, puts a stutter and bump into Lidell's too-smooth trunk, turning the song "Multiply" into a digital hoedown. Additions, however, buckles under the weight of a few stripped-down live tracks that serve only to showcase Lidell's showboating. Let's hope that's not the case when he hits Miami this Saturday.
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Jamie Lidell performs Saturday, June 17, at Poplife's Seven-Year Anniversary Party at the District, 35 NE 40th St., Miami. Doors open at 10 p.m. Tickets cost $15. Visit www.epoplife.com.