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BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL

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;From behind a wall of electro-geek recording gear, with a microphone close enough to cover his face, the U.K.'s Jamie Lidell busies himself so as not to seem too interested in the anxious crowd before him, but it's not working. Sitting on a stool and shaking his leg nervously, his eyes darting through sweat from the scorching California desert heat that's omnipresent at the Coachella festival, Lidell cannot hide his desire to break out.

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;He forgoes further small talk and just sings, performing as if he has just discovered his own talent and can't wait to show the first person whose shoulder he can grab. In mere moments, this cramped tent will turn into the party of the day.

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;"I am proud to be the first to ever present Cubist soul for the year 2006," exclaims Lidell. The manic-eyed soul singer could not have picked a more appropriate or an odder analogy. An anonymous Warp Records techno experimentalist for nearly a decade, Lidell set his massive programming computers on autopilot on last year's stunning Multiply and showed the world he was a bona fide, all-dancing, all-singing hipster idol.

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;"I've been doing my thing for many years, so I guess it's only when that magic spotlight landed on me, right?" says Lidell. "I kept on keeping on!"

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;On tracks like the hypnotically strutting "A Little Bit More" and the swaggering title cut, the self-proclaimed Picasso smashed neo-soul into little pieces and refashioned it into celebration music.

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;The record was well-received, and Lidell has released a remix version, Multiply Additions, with some of his old avant friends giving his silky, Jeff Buckley-with-some-boom-bap voice a once-over, notably post-rock remix hero Four Tet.

;;"I chose to feature people I've met and worked with, so it features a lot of my friends," he says. "It's a measure of the talent out there and how effortlessly the songs on Multiply withstand — nay, positively thrive — once put through the wringer!"

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;It wasn't until he graced the stage at the massive music festival Coachella that his barely contained excitement infected the cynical indie-fest crowd. Lidell was a blur of activity, dancing spastically, programming his beats as he went and profusely thanking the kids for watching him do what he does. It was a star-making turn, and one he hopes to carry into his suddenly anticipated follow-up.

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Considering the turns he's taken to get where he is, some doubt lingers as to whether he will stay in a straight, or even comprehensible, line. "I can't give away my master plan!" says Lidell. "Mum's the word and all that, [but] you can't stop a good song. That's the one thing I've learned and I guess I'll be trying to pin that motto on me for my next outing."

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JAMIE LIDELL

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9 p.m. Friday

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The Social, (407) 246-1419

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