BEST NEW SONGS: JAMIROQUAI - AUTOMATON
The 90s revival game has been strong over recent months, with everything from Pokémon to choker necklaces to, most recently, Trainspotting returning to bring some much-needed nostalgia to our lives. As the world goes to shit around us, there's something incredibly comforting about retreating into the carefree days of youth, when Donald Trump was little more than a broke beauty pageant owner with a penchant for terrible movie cameos.
So at the start of this terrifying presidency, it seems perfect timing that, seven years after releasing their last album Rock Dust Light Star, acid jazz legends Jamiroquai return from what I can only assume was some kind of faraway intergalactic odyssey armed with a heady dose of 90s escapism in the form of a brand new song, “Automaton.”
JAMIROQUAI - AUTOMATON
The first single to be unveiled from their forthcoming album of the same name, “Automaton” is a retrofuturistic synth gem that basically sounds like what I imagine “Virtual Insanity” or “Cosmic Girl” would've sounded like, had they been produced two decades down the line by a certain Daft Punk. Accompanied by a sci-fi video of frontman Jay Kay exploring an apocalyptic dystopian landscape while sporting an elaborate light-up headpiece (Empire of the Sun have nothing on this dude, evidently), “Automaton” is a more than welcome return from these British icons that's sure to leave you feeling 90s af.
JAMIROQUAI - AUTOMATON
Automaton is out March 31. Speaking about the album, Jay Kay explained: “The inspiration for Automaton is in recognition of the rise of artificial intelligence and technology in our world today and how as humans we are beginning to forget the more pleasant, simple and eloquent things in life and in our environment including our relationship with one another as human beings.”
About Jess Grant
When Jess Grant isn't writing on music, she can be found playing it – on her guitar, on her ukulele, and on her recently acquired mandolin. Playing it hideously, she ought to add. Jess also studies. She studies the English language, to be precise. Jess is currently on her way to a degree in the subject, and enjoys starting and never finishing novels, screenplays, and poetry in her spare time. She also likes dogs. Lots of dogs.