- the IDM nerd turned whiteboyfunksuperfreak - is back. His 2005 jaw-dropper 'Multiply' found fans on dance floors, head phones, cafes, Grey's Anatomy and in Target commercials.
Berlin based Lidell is an everyman whose cheery Motown soul is simultaneously uplifting and cerebral and his sophomore effort 'Jim' is a cracker of an album.
Opener 'Another Day' bursts out of the speakers with bird songs and all the hope and joy of a summer dawn. It's the kind of track that will have neighbours knocking down your door to join the party every time you play it.
Backed by gospel choirs and vaulting keys, Lidell's croon makes you realise how good Michael Buble could be if only he sounded this good.
The album's first single 'Little Bit Of Feel Good' is as funky as 'Jim' gets.
It's an unmissable plea to the feet-draggers and cynics.
'Jim' is ten tracks of gorgeous pop and soul. It's a summer record. But regardless of the season you'll be playing it endlessly and feeling all the better for it. By Nick Christie