Earlier this month, Jamiroquai announced they’d be bringing back the funk with their first new album in seven years, Automaton. Now, the British outfit have revealed more details about the Rock Dust Light Star follow-up, including the premiere of its title track.
Automaton is set for a March 31st release via Virgin EMI. Frontman Jay Kay wrote and self-produced the record alongside keyboardist Matt Johnson. “The inspiration for Automaton is in recognition of the rise of artificial intelligence and technology in our world today,” Kay says in a press release, “and how we as humans 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. ”
Nothing will likely summarize that notion better than the album’s title track. It’s a sci-fi wonderland of vocoders and electronic whirs, all while mainting an air of disco-funk exploration and self-reflection. “I put my faith in a digital world,” sings Kay at one point. “But they’ve given me/ Eyes without a face.” Charlie Lightening (Arcade Fire, Björk) directed the song’s video, which sees Kay showing off his new motile headpiece and, of course, some inimitable dance moves. Check it out below.
Automaton is available for pre-order now, with the title track offered as an insta-grat download. Find the album art and tracklist ahead.
Automaton Album Artwork:
01. Shake It On
03. Cloud 9
05. Hot Property
06. Something About You
07. Summer Girl
08. Nights Out In The Jungle
09. Dr Buzz
10. We Can Do It
A few new stops have also been added to Jamiroquai’s upcoming tour schedule, including an intimate show at London’s The Roundhouse the day Automaton is released. The band’s updated itinerary is below.
Jamiroquai 2017 Tour Dates:
03/28 – Paris, FR @ La Salle Pleyel
03/31 – London, UK @ The Roundhouse
05/25 – Tokyo, JP @ Tokyo International Forum
05/28 – Seoul, KR @ Seoul Jazz Festival
06/17 – Athens, GR @ Release Athens Festival
07/09 – Rotterdam, NL @ North Sea Jazz Festival
07/11 – Florence, IT @ Firenze Summer Festival, Visarno Arena
07/14 – Pori, FI @ Pori Jazz
07/16 – Aix-Les-Bains, FR @ Musilac
07/18 – Locarno, CH @ Moon & Stars
07/22 – Ostrava, CZ @ Colours of Ostrava
08/05 –Zambujeira do Mar, PT @ Sudoeste
08/12 – Cornwall, UK @ Boardmasters