This week’s Song of the Week comes from a name you should all be familiar with: Jamiroquai!
Toby Smith, one of the founding members of the beloved British funk, acid-jazz band, passed away a few days ago at the age of 46. Jamiroquai‘s original keyboard player played with them for ten years, between 1992 and 2002, and performed on some of the band’s biggest singles – including 1994’s “Space Cowboy” and 1996’s “Virtual Insanity,” which brought the group widespread popularity in the U.S.
In tribute to Toby, I’ve decided to feature “Cloud 9” from the Jay Kay-fronted band’s latest album Automaton – their first in over seven years, following Rock Dust Light Star (2010). The 12-track set, which was released last month on March 31, is a joyous and feel-good thrill ride from start to finish. In this day and age where so very few bands keep the spirit of classic disco-funk alive, Automaton is refreshing for the way it celebrates the genre with genuine love and care. It’s a tribute within itself while still infusing a modern flare throughout. AN ALBUM!
If you haven’t already, get acquainted with Jamiroquai now. R.I.P Toby Smith.