Automaton

Automaton

by Jamiroquai

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Overview

As the title implies, Jamiroquai's eighth studio album, 2017's Automaton, is a dancefloor-friendly production inspired as much by lead singer Jay Kay's famous love of sports cars as Giorgio Moroder's synth and drum machine-heavy productions of the '70s and '80s. More broadly, the album also fits into Kay's fascination with the effect technology has both positively and negatively on our lives and on the planet (i.e., 1993's "Emergency on Planet Earth" and 1996's "Virtual Insanity"). Which is to say, this is pretty much the same album Kay has been making since at least 2001's A Funk Odyssey. Here, we get several catchy club-ready singles ("Automaton" and "Cloud 9") front-loaded with a handful of inventive album tracks designed for Kay to rock the European tour circuit. To those ends, Automaton works quite well, finding Kay in fluid vocal form and living up to his image as a global, time-traveling, playboy magic-man. Helping Kay conjure the funk magic this time is longtime keyboardist Matt Johnson, who co-produced and co-wrote much of the album. While previous outings found Jamiroquai evincing Moroder's slick robo-funk, Automaton is the closest they've come to making an outright Moroder-style album. Which means that the album plays well with the disco end of their output (think "Little L" or "Cosmic Girl"). In that sense, Automaton fits nicely alongside similarly inclined works like Daft Punk's own Moroder homage Random Access Memories and Two Door Cinema Club's Gameshow. With Kay's lithe croon at the center, cuts like the aforementioned "Cloud 9" and the steamy "Something About You'' are black-light dancefloor bangers full of pulsing synths, icicle-crisp guitars, and the occasional goosebump-inducing orchestral string flourish. Also infectious are tracks like the Rick James does '70s Europop number "Hot Property" and the humid disco anthem "Summer Girl," replete with a chorus of female backing singers. There are few bands who play classic disco-funk with as much genuine love for the genre and care in the productions as Kay and Jamiroquai. Ultimately, it's that sense of love and good vibes that drives much of Automaton.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2017
Label: Imports
UPC: 0602557321234
catalogNumber: 3544722
Rank: 9702

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jamiroquai   Primary Artist
Solá Akingbolá   Percussion
Dave Bishop   Saxophone
Kate Musker   Viola
John Thirkell   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jay Kay   Vocals,Background Vocals
Patrick Kiernan   Violin,Background Vocals
Bruce White   Viola
Ian Humphries   Violin,Background Vocals
Derrick McKenzie   Drums
Everton Nelson   Violin,Background Vocals
Emlyn Singleton   Violin,Background Vocals
Warren Zielinski   Violin,Background Vocals
Ian Burdge   Cello
Valerie Etienne   Background Vocals
Chris Worsey   Cello
Richard George   Violin,Background Vocals
Natalia Bonner   Violin,Background Vocals
Reiad Chibah   Viola
Andy Greenwood   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Rob Harris   Guitar
Paul Turner   Bass
Emil Chakalov   Violin,Background Vocals
Tom Pigott-Smith   Violin,Background Vocals
Neil Sidwell   Trombone
Michelle John   Background Vocals
Sean Freeman   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Hazel Fernandes   Background Vocals
Adrian Smith   Viola
Matt Johnson   Keyboards
Oli Langford   Violin,Background Vocals
Lauraine McIntosh   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Simon Hale   String Arrangements
Jay Kay   Composer,Producer
Charlie Lightening   Sleeve Photo
Joshua Blair   Engineer
Matt Johnson   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer

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