JamiroquaiJay Kay (vocals, 1992-present), Vanessa Simon (background vocals, 1993), Linda Lewis (background vocals, 1993), Katie Kissoon (background vocals, 1999), Beverley Skeete (background vocals, 1999), Lorraine McIntosh (background vocals, 2002), Dee Lewis (background vocals, ?-present), Valerie Etienne (background vocals, ?-present), Hazel Fernandez (background vocals, ?-present), Beverley Knight (vocals, 2001), Stuart Zender (bass, 1992-1998), Nick Fyffe (bass, 1998-2004), Paul Turner (bass, ?-present), Gavin Dodds (guitar, 1993-1999?), Simon Katz (guitar, 1993-2000), Rob Harris (guitar, 2000-present), Toby Smith (keyboards, 1992-2002), Simon Carter (keyboards, 1999-2002), Matt Johnson (keyboards, 2002-present), Derrick McKenzie (drums, 1992-present), Sola Akingbola (percussion, 1999-present), Kofi Kari Kari (percussion), Wallis Buchanan (yiddaki/didgeridoo, 1992-2001), Gary Barnacie (saxophone, flute), Jim Corry (saxophone), Richard Edwards (trombone), John Thirkell (trumpet, 1993-?), Martin Shaw (trumpet, ?-present), Malcolm Strachan (trumpet and flugelhorn), Simon Hale (strings)
In 1998, Jamiroquai's song "Deeper Underground" was included on the soundtrack to the movie "Godzilla", and when released as a single in July 1998 it reached #1 Pop in the U.K.
Jamiroquai's reworking, with newly-recorded vocals, of Kool and the Gang's funk classic "Hollywood Swingin'" was included on the soundtrack to the 2005 film "Roll Bounce".
They released a funk-pop single titled "Runaway" in the U.K. on October 30, 2006.
The single "Smile" was released on June 9, 2011.
1992: When You Gonna Learn?
1993: Emergency on Planet Earth
1995: Light Years, Space Cowboy
1996: Cosmic Girl, Virtual Insanity
1997: High Times
1998: Deeper Underground
1999: Canned Heat, King for a Day, Supersonic
2001: Little L, Love Foolosophy, Main Vein, You Give Me Something, Corner of the Earth
2005: Feels Just Like It Should, Seven Days in Sunny June, (Don't) Give Hate a Chance
2010: White Knuckle Ride, Blue Skies, Lifeline
"Cosmic Girl" was included in the soundtrack to the 2000 film "Center Stage".
"Consider that the platinum voice of Jamiroquai crooner Jay Kay sounds
like the heartiest of soul sisters, and has all the vocal stylings of a
young Stevie Wonder, and you will instantly recognize the secret behind
the U.K. group's infectious blend of cosmic soul.... Their new songs are
throwbacks to the club-oriented disco age of the late '70s, as on 'Cosmic
- Jazzbo, Rocktropolis (January 14, 1997)
"If it's an uptown blend of soul, funk and disco you're looking for, this
is the right address."
- David Brinn, Jerusalem Post (October 8, 1996)
"...essentially about the metaphysics of having a good time....Jamiroquai
have a thousand musical tricks up their sleeves; edgy horns laced with
jazz intricacies, energetic bass lines and disco rhythms..."
- The Source (February 1997)
"Canned Heat" was included in the soundtrack to the 2000 film "Center Stage", and also on the 2004 film "Napoleon Dynamite". It's also included on the "MusicBOX Disco Funk" compilation from Sony Music Media (September 2003) along with many '70s and '80s disco classics.
"Typically Jamiroquai, the only twist being an unusually heavy disco
influence, this is destined for the familiar ecstatic response from fans.
With all things disco being flavour of the moment, this string-driven tune
can hardly fail."
- Dotmusic.com (May 11, 1999)
"...soaring strings, gyrating congas, hell-bent wah-wah's, and an
undeniably live rhythm section that'll hustle your muscles and make you
freak to the beat..."
- Spin (August 1999)
"A new chapter begins for Jay Kay's Jamiroquai with the first recordings
without the magic touch of Stuart Zender. Worry not bassbrethren, as the
funky bottom end is in the safe hands of Nick Fyffe: cool riffs and pops
are mixed with loops and keys providing a strong foundation. Fine
performances from all makes this a highly polished album.... a good
- Roger Newell, Bassist (Summer 1999)
"Little L" was included in the soundtrack to the 2002 film "The Sweetest Thing".
"Jay Kay, Jamiroquai's strutting R&B guinea fowl, has shrugged off many a
jibe about his devotion to disco-funk.... Now his starship has finally
come in, his fifth album's prime concern is demonstrating that no one does
sci-fi boogie quite as well as he does sci-fi boogie. Single Little L, all
glistening string stabs and elastic bass in the Canned Heat vein, dwells
animatedly on the end of Jay's epochal liason with Ms Van Outen. The mood
of reflection is underlined by the infectious and inventively titled Love
Foolosophy. Meanwhile, Stop Don't Panic and Twenty Zero One are ferocious,
turbo charging proceedings with the aid of sequencer and filthy beats.
Swapping rambling funk jams for computerised aggression will perhaps
broaden Jamiroquai's appeal yet further. But it's the mammoth songwriting
leap - see Corner Of The Earth's sumptuous French Riviera romance or Black
Crow's Sly Stone-esque lament - that certifies A Funk Odyssey as
thoroughbred. This time, there's a bankable chorus or barbed sentiment for
every mirror-ball moment, not just on the singles."
- Dan Gennoe, Q Magazine (August 2001)
"He's just the same, only better.... The album does exactly what it says
on the box: it's cock-full of irresistibly funky songs, like a would-be
modern Stevie Wonder."
"Ten years and five albums on Jamiroquai continue their trademark future
disco sound to complete one hell of a Funk Odyssey. But despite the groovy
feel and catchy quality of this album, there is no new musical territory
covered here. The familiarity of frontman Jason Kay's vocals ring
throughout, matched by the expected polished and watered-down disco
backing. Jamiroquai are certainly not aiming to break any boundaries but
deliver a fun collection of tunes."
- Daniel Stinton, The Western Australian (September 2001)
"Kay is certainly a good citizen of Earth, in that he is a great
representative for recycling. But if he gets annoyed when people make
Stevie Wonder comparisons, then he should stop ripping Wonder off blind
(er, sorry). To be fair, he shakes it up a little this time around with
some bossanova beats and jazzy guitar on 'Black Crow' and 'Picture Of My
Life', but they're outweighed with the familiar funk-lite formula of
loping bass, disco strings, and clappy beats. Like a bartender at the end
of a long, slow night, Kay is starting to water everything down."
- NW Magazine (September 2001)
"Jay Kay and his band take as their starting point music made mainly in
America between 1975 and 1978, just as funk was fading and disco became
dominant. Bass keyboard lines snort like rutting elephants beneath these
tracks, recalling the great P-Funk line-ups dominated by Bootsy Collins
and Bernie Worrell. 'Feel So Good' hints at Heatwave's 'Boogie Nights',
while first single 'Little L' doffs its doubtless outsize headgear in the
direction of the great BT Express, as Philly-styled strings swoosh and
squirm around guitarist Rob Harris's taut, wiry riffs. Kay doesn't do
'sensitive' quite as well as he would like, which means the Latin-ate
'Corner Of The Earth' and the evidently heartfelt closer, 'Picture Of My
Life', are uncomfortable attempts to tackle a more conventional
singer-songwriter template. He's on a surer footing with 'Black Crow',
returning to the eco-warrior subject matter of his earlier records, and
seems more at home with campaigning and protesting than he does with
- Angus Batey, Dotmusic.com
"With his fifth album, A Funk Odyssey, Jay Kay and his minions (old and
new) faithfully recreate 70s disco-funk as if it were cool. Only this
time, with the success of fellow Euro-acts like Daft Punk and Stardust, it
is cool, which makes Odyssey a bit less relevant but fun all the same. The
album's first single, 'Little L,' and 'Love Foolosophy' (which all but
samples 'Music Sounds Better With You' by song's end) are pure nu-disco.
'L' is steeped in retro 'Billie Jean' beats and disco synth-strings,
lamenting a fading, lowercase love: 'You make me love you with a little
L.' 'Feel So Good' and the angsty bass-driven 'Twenty Zero One' shrink the
?ber-analog gap between Jamiroquai and its French counterparts while 'Main
View' departs on a full-steam freight train en route to 1978 New York. The
biggest deviation from the formula, however, is the Latin-flavored 'Corner
of the Earth,' which features dreamy backing vox that purr by like a warm
Caribbean breeze. (Its cinematic arrangement of strings and horns should
start the Hollywood suits a-knockin'.) Like its predecessors, Odyssey
mixes self-samplage with Jamiroquai's now-signature robo-funk, but the
sticatto synths of tracks like 'Main Vein' are more 'The Price is Right'
than Giorgio Moroder; or, maybe, that's just what it sounds like to ears
reared in the digital age."
- Sal Cinquemani, Slant Magazine (2001)
"Cocky bugger Jamiroquai makes stylish pop sound effortless. This [the
single 'Little L'] is Y2K Studio 54, complete with sweeping strings and
- Herald Sun (August 16, 2001)
"In the years since, a series of personal dramas became creative fodder,
resulting in a set of songs that offer a pleasant shift from the
retro-funk dance sound that has been Jamiroquai's calling card for nearly
10 years. Between such turntable-ready dance jams as 'Feel So Good' and
'You Give Me Something' are the confessional 'Picture of My Life' -- with
its delicate acoustic guitar lines -- and the meditative, Latin-brushed
'Corner of the Earth.' First single 'Little L' is No. 10 on Billboard's
Hot Dance Music: Club Play chart this week."
- Billboard Magazine (September 2001)
"Funk, Soul and Space Journeys. This is what Jamiroquai's members like the
most and they intend, once again, to show it... [T]heir disco-funk renewal
continues its way...
[but] it takes electronic manipulation, which was already seen on
'Synkronized', to another level. This doesn't mean Jamiroquai are close
friends with Basement Jaxx, far from that, in fact it's the decent Michael
Jackson from 'Thriller' who is reminded on 'Little L'; in 'Stop, Don't
Panic' it's recognizable the psychadelic funk from Funkadelic and in 'You
Give Me Something' it's the crudity of 'There's a Riot Goin' On' (Sly &
The Family Stone) confronted with silky Rhodes and string sections
interludes.... The item left is space journeys. Preventing a long wait,
Jay Kay starts the album singing 'Feels good, I'm stranded / On a
spaceship hideaway'. Thirty seconds later we're already in Enterprise's
dance floor, hearing a boy with a Stevie Wonder voice and a band that
brings on the funk over a electronic rhythmic base. After a while, when we
get to 'Twenty Zero One', things get definitively 'futuristic'....
[T]here's also times where the electricity is put a side and the acoustic
guitar is brought on. 'Corner of The Earth' gathers Bossa-Nova and a
majestic string arrangement, brings on Barry White's silky ways and, in an
entusiastic crescendo, makes strings and percussions end in Arabian lands.
'Black Crow' remembers the band's ecological concerns in a soul ballad
that confirms without a doubt Stevie Wonder as their main musical
influence... It's a whole lot better than the products that nowadays they
try to sell us as soul, funk and R&B..."
- Mario Lopez, Blitz (September 2001)
"The venerable Brit outfit merges disco and funk on this sublime first
single ['Little L'] from its fifth CD. No '70s groove has sounded so fresh
since, well, the '70s."
- Jeremy Helligar, Teen People (October 2001)
"Dynamite is his sixth album of the same old same old and, while it can
never be as fresh to the ears as his debut, it is in no way inferior as a
collection of finger-popping songs.
Feels Just Like it Should is a good chunky single to lead off with. Its
heavy space funk represents only the slightest tweaking of the Jamiroquai
sound... The heady title track is so authentically retro it sounds like it
was recorded in the mid-1970s, complete with typical disco lyrics about
chemistry on the dance floor/in the bedroom. ... Starchild - a very 1970s
funk title - is another mirror ball moment, souped up with strings. The
lyrics are nonsense but, as with all good disco tracks, it's all about the
feel. ... For a moment, it sounds like Give Hate a Chance may be the first
ever full-on sparkling disco groover about negative energy but - relax, love
and peace divas - they're all singing 'don't give hate a chance'. World
that he Wants, a portrait of domestic tribulation, is the only attempt to
tackle something weightier than cars and girls and even then it's really
just an accurate pastiche of a socially conscious Stevie ballad. ...
However, one palpable plus about this whole album is the immaculate
production work by Kay himself and Mike Spencer, who have clearly served a
bunch of decent but unremarkable songs particularly well."
- Fiona Shepherd, The Scotsman (June 17, 2005)
"He and his Ferraris now generate irritation that won't be quelled by the
release of his sixth album. Yet there's an elegant languor to Dynamite's
Starbucks-soul that shouldn't be dismissed. The vocals, which may well
have been recorded from a chaise longue, mesh beguilingly with sunny
melodies that rank with Jamiroquai staples like Cosmic Girl. When Kay
rouses himself, he can even funk convincingly, as proved by Electric
Mistress... Overlook the hazy underlying politicism - Starchild belatedly
fulminates against TV evangelists - to enjoy a smooth, summery cocktail."
- Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian (June 17, 2005)
"The real sound of the UK dancefloor remains exactly where it was five,
10, 15 years ago - with the well-crafted, easy-on-the-ear retro-funk of
Jamiroquai... There's something comfortingly familiar about the band's
sound, which is as amenable here as it was years ago in the hands of
Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind & Fire, if not quite as brimful of
inspiration. ... Recorded live in the studio, then nipped, tucked and
toughened up by digital tweaking, Dynamite is as smooth and muscular as a
Chippendale's chest, and about as slippery too, the strutting bass and
slick rhythm guitar locking together on tracks like 'Starchild' and
'Electric Mistress' (even the titles have been imported from the
Seventies). Which is not to say Jay Kay & co have been entirely static. In
particular, 'Love Blind' and 'Feels Just Like It Should' have a fatter,
dirtier sound than usual - more rock-funk than funk-rock, almost.
Lyrically, it's much the same mix of sexual intrigue and political
complaint as before, with the sardonic 'Give Hate a Chance' and 'World
That He Wants', a heavily orchestrated piano ballad about George Bush...,
balanced by the more personal regret of 'Talulah'..."
- Andy Gill, The Independent (June 17, 2005)
"...Jay Kay's mastery of his craft is undeniable, with sterling vocal
performances and three or four tunes that could easily find their way onto
The Very Best of Earth, Wind & Fire."
- Rhodri Marsden, The London Line (June 16, 2005)
"Dynamite is a surprisingly good return to form from a band who aren't
just fans of 80s electro, sci-fi disco and bubblegum soul - they
practically wrote the book. First single Feels Just Like it Should feels
just like Cosmic Girl should, and Starchild, the album's most funkadelic
moment, has a wah-wah guitar lick so fat you can almost forgive Kay's
stupid hat collection. ...the solid songwriting carries the album."
- Rebecca Barry, The New Zealand Herald (July 16, 2005)
"...it's a lot of fun to listen to... Kay manages to somehow sound retro
and fresh at the same time. ... It's disco mixed with electronica and with
a dash of horns mixed in. ... There are a few misses as well on this CD,
notably when Kay waxes a tad too political, or tries to rock out a little
bit too earnestly. However, all in all this is a solid effort from a band
that undeservedly flies under the radar after one big single."
- The Brandon Sun (September 25, 2005)
Other songs have funk, house, jazz, and alternative flavors.
The album as a whole reached #7 on the U.K. Albums Chart and #4 on the U.K. Digital Albums Chart and also did well in some other countries like Switzerland, Germany, and France.
Only the Japanese release carries the track "That's Not The Funk I Want". Meanwhile, "Angeline" and "Hang It Over" are only included as bonus tracks on the Deluxe Edition.
"...songs that practically glow with sunny brass and Californian Seventies
funk rock flavours. Amongst impressive elastic basslines and Sly
Stone-style guitar, his ability to nail light, mainstream pop songwriting
shines as brightly as ever."
- Thomas H. Green, Telegraph.co.uk (October 29, 2010)
"It may not be edgy or innovative, but Rock Dust Light Star
showcases vintage Jamiroquai at their catchiest and most confident."
- Huw Jones, Slant Magazine (November 1, 2010)
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