REVIEW: Jamiroquai – Automaton

During the mid 90s, it’s fair to say Jay Kay and co could do no wrong with the release of 90s electro space cakes Virtual Insanity and Cosmic Girl, no to mention the huge dance hit Space Cowboy. Now after a seven year wait Jamiroquai are back with Automaton, the band’s eighth studio album. That’s probably six more than you thought they had.

In 2017 it would seem like the table’s set for their unique blend of acid jazz and funk to make a return. Since their last outing, the latter’s made quite the resurgence with Daft Punk, Pharrell and Nile Rodgers filling the charts and taking us back to 1978 again.

The record opens strongly with Shake It On, a Kraftwerk-eque track until those vocals come in and properly let you know you are listening to a Jamiroquai album. The next two – Cloud 9 and the title track – have been doing the rounds for the last few weeks, the latter illustrating a new overtly electronic Jamiroquai with its polished space-age production.

Elsewhere, Bruno Mars and DNCE collide in Something About You. But it’s Vitamin that’s the absolute star of the project along – it brings together the elements that make Jamiroquai unique, signalling the return any 90s kid has been waiting for.

Susan Roth

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