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Album Review: Jamiroquai – Automaton

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Most people made their mind up about Jamiroquai back in the early-90s when Jay Kay burst onto the scene, with a didgeridoo and a big fur hat, sounding like Stevie Wonder on Acid Jazz. Either you dismissed him – and his tabloid- friendly, photographer-baiting, speed-camera-luring behavior only added to the strength of your feelings – or you were one of the millions of people who helped him amass a fortune that’s enabled him over the years to buy almost enough cars to stock Beaulieu Motor Museum single-handedly.

But when he returned in February with the title track to his eighth album, something had changed. “Automaton” is, whether you want to admit it or not, a fascinatingly unusual song full of unexpected musical and lyrical quirks. For starters, it breaks into an opening verse that bears almost no relation to its opening 30 seconds. Then there’s the strange buzzing and whirring sounds, worthy of Aphex Twin, that interrupt him; the song’s almost random application of vocoder; a chorus whose Moroder-esque vibe is positively delirious; a breakdown with a Sugarhill Gang-style rap; and references to Billy Idol (“Eyes without a face) and David Bowie (“Feel like a man that fell to earth”). It’s so bizarre that, when it fades out after four-and-a-half minutes, even haters ought to agree it’s too early.

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Nothing else on Automaton quite lives up to this brilliantly bizarre comeback, but it’s still an album that becomes increasingly difficult to resist. Like Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, feel-good disco lies right at its heart: check opener “Shake It On” stabs of Philly strings and Nile Rodgers guitar licks, or the funk bass that drives “Nights Out In The Jungle”.

“Hot Property”, meanwhile, seems to have combined the French duo’s Around The World with a sped-up version of the Bee Gee’s Stayin’ Alive, whose chorus it borrows while adding random spoken Japanese.

Even the blander numbers can be striking: the racy club- pop of “Superfresh”; “Vitamin”, with its strange trumpet interlude; “Summer Girl” well-crafted disco-soul. Fans will be thrilled, and Automaton does what cynics would have thought was impossible: it insists that you re-evaluate Jamiroquai. When you gonna learn?

Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.

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The Most Epic Cover Of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” Sung By Sam Smith

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“I Feel Love”
is one of those timeless Disco hits that never goes out of fashion at the clubs. If Donna Summer were alive today, she would be proud of Sam Smith‘s epic cover. The popular British singer joined forces with Disclosure‘s Guy Lawrence to create a modern version that is as fantastic as the original. Singing in falsetto like the Bee Gees is not an easy task at all. However, Smith shows off his vocal power and versatility with the proper technique. In the past, Madonna also did a good cover of “I Feel Love”, nevertheless, this one literally shines like a mirror Disco ball. Do you agree?…

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Italo Disco Is Back Thanks To Adana Twins’ Newest Hit “My Computer”

You may wonder why “My Computer” by Adana Twins is so fuckin’ addictive. Sure enough, this fantastic hit is inspired by vintage basslines and snappy percussion.

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You may wonder why “My Computer” by Adana Twins is so fuckin’ addictive. Sure enough, this fantastic hit is inspired by vintage basslines and snappy percussion. Perhaps, the duo’s new sonic direction will influence other producers to bring back Italo Disco. Best of all, the use of vocoders is really heavy on this track, which reminds me a bit of Daft Punk and Kraftwerk. With the help of Glowal, these guys make joint efforts to achieve something memorable. Moreover, the clip directed by Selam X will transport you to a pretty odd digital world. Overall, it’s fun to watch. 😁

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67-Year-Old Disco Pioneer Cerrone Warns Us About “The Impact” Of Global Warming

I truly believe in the devastating effects of global warming as does Disco pioneer Cerrone.

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I truly believe in the devastating effects of global warming as does Disco pioneer Cerrone. Interestingly, this month he dropped a music video for his new single “The Impact”. Sure enough, this clip contains a message raising awareness through atmospheric synths sounds + post-apocalyptic scenes. Above all, there’s a kind of magic in his melodies as it produces a whole bunch of tension into your ears, which resonates with the concept of his track.

On the other hand, it features some powerful lines of a speech by Jane Goodall, the famous British anthropologist who is now working for the preservation of the environment with her foundation. In my opinion, you don’t have to be a scientist in order to save the planet. Actually, everyone must assume the mission of protecting our planet to have no regrets in the future.

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New Video Alert: Peggy Gou – Starry Night

Without a doubt, Peggy Gou is the most popular female DJ & Producer from South Korea. The good news here lies in the fact that she released the music video for her #1 hit “Starry Night”.

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Without a doubt, Peggy Gou is the most popular female DJ & Producer from South Korea. The good news here lies in the fact that she released the music video for her #1 hit “Starry Night”. The dreamy visuals shine a light on the enigmatic Asian culture.  Prepare yourself to see some peculiar scenes, which range from martial arts to wonderful landscapes. In addition, there’s a touch of fantasy that makes it visually irresistible for all of us. Certainly, Disco music is her forte and I hope she pursues this style in the future. Directed by Jonas Lindstroem, I would dare to say “Starry Night” is accompanied by one of the best videos of 2019.

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Prepare Yourself For Funkyness! Purple Disco Machine Puts Out “Emotion”

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Tino Piontek is best known for his alias Purple Disco Machine. He came into the spotlight in 2013 with his biggest hit to date, “My House”. Six years have gone by, and this creative Producer is topping again the charts with “Emotion”. So, prepare yourself for real funkyness. Despite the animated visuals below look cheap, the tune is truly AMAZING. The energy of his Disco productions is so high you can reach nirvana at the club or even on any dancefloor. Take a listen right here and tell your friends about this upbeat gem!

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