Jamiroquai’s ‘Automaton’ first debuted on BBC Radio on Thursday. Now, it’s gone viral among fans. Is this the best track of 2017 (so far)?
Let’s keep this one simple. If you like Jamiroquai, you’ll like this just-released track. It blends the group’s classic 90s style with a some modern touches, and a beat that moves. And, changes right when you need it to.
Actually, most people don’t realize that Jamiroquai has been packing clubs and festivals for decades. This is an artist that first surfaced in the 1990s, but one that never went away.
Check out ‘Automaton’. You won’t be disappointed.
Actually, this is the first release in a long time. The group’s last album, Rock Dust Light Star, came out in 2010. The latest single is the first track from the upcoming album, Automaton, arriving March 31st on Virgin EMI.
Jamiroquai is not just one guy (another popular misconception). The group is fronted by Jay Kay, and backed by a number of different musicians. That includes percussionists Sola Akingbola and Derrick McKenzie, both of whom have been with the group since 1994.
In terms of mainstream popularity, Jamiroquai’s biggest hit remains ‘Virtual Insanity’. That track, released under Epic Records in the 90s, propelled the group to a Grammy (among other accolades).
Then, a big chunk of America moved on, though pockets of intense fandom emerged in places like Eastern Europe. Indeed, this is a group that has performed hundreds of gigs since the 90s. And, just like old school pioneers like Daft Punk, are enjoying a retro resurgence as EDM has exploded.
Upcoming Jamiroquai tour dates:
28th: Paris, France (La Selle Pleyel)
31st: London, England (Roundhouse)
25th: Tokyo, Japan (Tokyo International Forum)
27th-28th: Seoul, South Korea (Seoul Jazz Festival)
June 17th: Athens, Greece (Release Athens Festival)
9th: Rotterdam, Netherlands (North Sea Jazz Festival)
11th: Florence, Italy (Visarno Arena)
14th: Pori, Finland (Pori Jazz)
16th: Aix-Les-Bains, France (Musilac)
18th: Locarno, Switzerland (Moon & Stars)
22nd: Ostrava, Czech Republic (Colours of Ostrava)
5th: Zambujeira do Mar, Portugal (Sudoeste)
12th: Cornwall, England (Boardmasters)