Music For The Sole: Jamiroquai 'Automaton'
For the uninitiated, Jamiroquai were the most unusual chart topping group in their 90's heyday. Hits like 'Virtual Insanity', and 'Little L' amongst others propelled the group to an untouchable level of pop funk infammy. Who doesn't love big hats, dance routines and infectious grooves? We certainly can't complain with the formula, and seemingly neither can the band themselves, as Jay Kay and the boys are back with their brand new album, Autmaton.
As a group, Jamiroquai have always been pushing for that futuristic sound and their most recent attempt still follows that pattern with a throw to a dystopian future, with synth-driven sounds echoing throughout the tracklist as well as Tron movie scores and Bond-style strings creating a disco funk blend. It has a Daft-Punk 'Random Access Memories' sound to it which could have been a potential inspiration for both visual and audio cues with the track 'Automaton' featuring Jamiroquai in a futuristic LED headdress.
Fear not though die hard Jamiroquai fans, the funk is well and truly manifesting in the group still, it's just being recreated on multiple, multiple synths. The aforementioned Automaton is a completely digitally recorded track, a depature from the usually heavy instrumental styling, though similar in principle to 2005's Dynamite (mostly stand out album opener ' Feels Just Like It Should').
Tracks like 'We Can Do It' have a relaxed summer groove to it. I can definitely imagine myself driving around with the windows down blasting this out.
It has a Daft-Punk 'Random Access Memories' sound to it which could have been a potential inspiration for both visual and audio cues with the track 'Automaton' featuring Jamiroquai in a futuristic LED headdress, also elements from Foals comes to mind when listening to this album.
If you are a huge fan of Jamiroquai then it's easy to see why he likes to break conventions and introduce new elements into the industry which has seen he has become a huge success over the years with 8 great albums to date.
With 20 years plus in the game, and able to reinvent themselves with each single and album, it's no wonder they're such a heavily respected odd ball name. Like the tried and tested Air Max (Which you can find here) They are coming up with the goods, every release.
Excuse us while we go full Napoleon over Canned Heat.