Returning with their eighth album, global funk sensations Jamiroquai give us ‘Automaton’; a twelve track journey delivering solid vibes from start to finish.
Without hesitation, that trademark leading funk embarks from track one, “Shake It On”. Albeit a little darker than normal, it’s still home to the formula that has solidified the outfits impressive back catalogue. Then, Leading into title track “Automaton”, you hear the draping of cutting synths that groove into those tight rhythms, that a littered through the album.
Then on, ‘Superfresh’, you get another successful meld of genre’s, resulting in a delightful and refreshing funk track draped in those glittery synths flowing with energetic sprites. Another stand out for me is “Something About You”, who gives me huge Justice vibes, but with Jay Kay’s signature laid back top line, it’s a match made in heaven.
Also, it would be criminal to not mention the amazing back line performance from start to finish. Jamiroquai always have all star baselines, and ‘Automaton’, is no different. Tie that in with a solid yet simple approach to the drum sampling and playing, with the really tasteful funk guitar, this album is a really enjoyable journey.
‘Automaton’ is a more than worthy pickup as well as a classy continuation of form, for a veteran outfit.
‘Automaton’ is available everywhere now through EMI Records.
author: Hobey Bennet