Future funk legends Jamiroquai are back with a new album ‘Automaton’, out via Virgin EMI on March 31st. Written and self-produced by Jay Kay and keyboardist Matt Johnson, its the bands first new music in seven years and the eighth album of a stellar career.
From it the band have released the first single to be taken from the album – Cloud 9, about which Jay Kay comments “Cloud 9 is a song that’s written in the style that I hope people know us for and are familiar with. It’s a song that if anyone that has been jilted and yet found love somewhere else will no doubt relate to. Can’t wait for you to hear it – get in the car stick it on the radio and just drive.”
If you were even remotely worried that Jay Kay and the boys had lost their funk, then rest easy. Cloud 9 is right up there with the best things they’ve done. Pumping bass, with this insistent, interjecting guitar lines, Jay Kay is bang on form, delivering something that’s effortlessly funky, and ridiculously melodic.
Check it out, here
To commemorate the release, the band have announced they’ll be playing a series of headline shows & festival dates, including a hotly anticipated one-off date at London’s iconic Roundhouse on the day of album release, to be preceded by their first live-show in six years at Pleyel in Paris on the 28th of March. With both dates selling out within one minute, the shows are shaping up to be two of the most in-demand and highly-anticipated concerts this year.
JAMIROQUAI HEADLINE SHOWS
Tuesday 28th March La Salle Pleyel, Paris – SOLD OUT
Friday 31st March The Roundhouse, London – SOLD OUT
Thursday 25th May Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan
JAMIROQUAI 2017 FESTIVAL DATES
Sat 27th / Sun 28th May Seoul Jazz Festival, Seoul, South Korea
Saturday 17th June Release Athens 2017, Athens, Greece
Sunday 9th July North Sea Jazz, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Tuesday 11th July Firenze Summer Festival, Visarno Arena, Florence, Italy
Friday 14th July Pori Jazz, Pori, Finland
Sunday 16th July Musilac, Aix-Les-Bains, France
Tuesday 18th July Moon & Stars, Locarno, Switzerland
Saturday 22nd July Colours of Ostrava, Czech Republic
Saturday 5th August Sudoeste, Portugal
Saturday 12th August Boardmasters, UK