Jamiroquai – Automaton (Single) Review

27 Jan

Howdy ladies and gents, how’s it going? Normally I would be here to give you a film review, however that is not the case today as the first single from Jamiroquai’s upcoming 8th album has been released and I just have to talk about it!


Let me just start by saying if you didn’t know already I am a MASSIVE Jamiroquai fan, have loved them since childhood and just behind the Red Hot Chili Peppers they are my all-time favourite band. It was also a life goal to see them live and I got to live that dream in summer 2013. And so their last album Rock Dust Light Star came out in 2010 and I have been waiting for what feels like an eternity for some new material, following every tiny bit of information about the band, their studio time and what not, and I knew something would be going down this year, but I had no clue the info would drop so soon. In the last week we got info on the name of the album, track listing, tour dates and locations, a teaser for the music video of the first single, and when the first single would get its first play.

Yesterday I saw on Twitter that the song would drop on Jo Whiley’s show on BBC Radio 2 so I downloaded the app just to hear it and unfortunately I didn’t catch the whole thing because I got lost in a game demo, but I caught the last half of it and what I heard, I liked. 🙂 Then I found out the song, “Automaton” would be officially released today and now that I’ve heard the song in full and seen the video I’m ready to give my thoughts on it.

Here’s the song:

Firstly let me talk about the song itself, wow, what a jam, it sounds so good. The cool thing is, it is different and familiar and I’m really feeling the style of music. The best way to describe the song is that it feels primarily electronic with disco mixed in. I felt shades of A Funk Odyssey and Rock Dust Light Star but with a Daft Punk edge from the Tron: Legacy soundtrack. During the first verse the difference in sound did take a little adjusting, but once that chorus kicks in with Jay Kay’s gorgeous vocals, everything slots into place. But then towards the latter side of the song there’s a lovely breakdown where the song taps into the more familiar Jamiroquai sound with the funky disco sounds and it feels so nice! I feel like this song is an evolution of the sound from “White Knuckle Ride” but on another level. This sound is bold, in your face and just oozing with flair and personality.

As for the music video, I really liked it. I watched it around an hour ago so I may miss some details, but I thought it was very sci-fi/otherworldly with Jay Kay playing some kind of man who was either: 1) A cyborg. 2) A human with robotic tendencies. Or 3) An alien. Either way it was an interesting video to watch this character move through the underground train stations, abandoned trains, out in the fields and in the room with that other guy watching all those monitors among other places. And that ending when he found the hat (which I believe is the same one from the cover of the High Times compilation album from 2006) I got so giddy, but then UFO’s showed up with a spotlight on him and that was a crazy, the way I interpreted the video was that this character was an alien sent to earth to learn and somehow contact his people to get picked up. I liked the colour scheme of the video, from the outdoor locations, to the glowing robot hat to the cool mirror room Jay was moving around in, plus this was the first video in ages to see Jay Kay dancing again and it was hella fun to see him busting some moves on the underground.

So that’s my quick thoughts on “Automaton“, I think it’s a really cool song which will grow on me and I will bleed the hell out of for weeks to come. And while I can see old school fans of the acid jazz days of the first 3 albums not being too captivated by this material, I think that this is a sign of good things to come. Anyway, for you Jamiroquai fans what did you think of this new song? Drop me your thoughts in the comments below so I’ll see ya on the next blog post, laters! 😀


Posted by on January 27, 2017 in Media, Music, Reviews


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7 responses to “Jamiroquai – Automaton (Single) Review

  1. julian vargas

    January 27, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    the song is fire. Jamiroquai is about evolution and he has done that again and again. keep rocking man!

  2. jamirofan2000

    January 31, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Great single review, be sure to stop on by the JAMIROQUAI Subreddit on Reddit I moderate, I’m sure you love it when you visit…cheers!

    • Hypersonic55

      January 31, 2017 at 6:38 pm

      Thanks for commenting yo and I’m glad that you’re feeling it too. And sure I’ll check out your Subreddit asap!

  3. phabulous Pharoah

    January 31, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Hate it. Not a fan of the synth stuff at all. Kinda sad about it too.

    • Hypersonic55

      January 31, 2017 at 6:40 pm

      Not surprised, this song is a pretty big leap into a different sound than what’s come before and Iassumed a lot of fans of the older sound would write this song off. I will admit it was a bit of a shock with those verses, but it was the curious and the mini disco breakdown that grabbed me on the first listen. And now I’m all over this song.

  4. Kingsley

    February 12, 2017 at 7:02 am

    I like only 50% of it. I don’t like the off-harmony after the intro and before the chorus. Everyone would naturally like the part that has the beat, that’s when the song flows. It’s a difficult song to fully enjoy because its asking the listeners ear to go from rhythm to no rhythm. I understand what he was trying to artistically do with the theme of the album, but this type of song will not reach people outside his fan base because he only has only about 30 seconds to capture their attention. As a deep fan, I’m a little frustrated with a song like. It jumps around to much. You can catch some things that make you see this is true core Jamiroquai stuff. Unfortunately,its a bit of a mess. Jay Kay has got to start including a market-testing session before songs like this are released. He should have also done that with Rock Dust Light. I’m sad about this too. 7 years and then this.

    • Tom

      February 20, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      Geez. I´m speechless. But I guess just like pople are different, the taste in music varies. I believe though that you are a 100% different human than I as this song to me personally is of the best pieces of music that I´ve ever heard. As a matter of fact, being born in the 70s, this song sounds like something that I´ve been waiting to hear my whole life!


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