Most Wanted! Jamiroquai – Emergency On Planet Earth (London Rican Mix) (Sony Soho Square)
The title track their 1993 (debut) album of the likes. ‘Emergency On Planet Earth’ is one of the most in yer face messages by the likes Jay Kay and cohorts. And so sadly still so up to date nowadays, more than 20 years after its delivery. With an incredible power added to it back then by Masters At Work on their reconstruction.
This groove to me still provides the same effect whenever coming to listen to it. Jamiroquai have hardly done any better than this.
‘Emergency On Planet Earth’… on so many aspects unfortunately! From the Japanese who keep on defying the moratorium on hunting whales in Antarctic. (With big ups to the Sea Shepherds for their action against this!). To the countless of those denying the current global warming, beginning with U.S. President Donald J. Trump!
Jamiroquai stands as the contraction of “Jam” (from jam session) and “iroquai” from “Iroquois” which is the name of a Native American tribe. The group saw the light in London back in 1992, from the reunion of Jay Kay (vocals), Toby Smith (keyboard) and Stuart Zender (bass). But also Nick Van Gelder (drums), Wallis Buchanan (didgeridoo) and Alec Moran (pipeau). Together, they would give birth to one of the most famous ventures in the then boiling Acid Jazz movement. And this, along with Incognito, Brand New Heavies and James Taylor Quartet.
The band came straight to fame with ‘When You Gonna Learn’. With thanks to Eddie Piller who released it on his Acid Jazz label. They then signed a multi-album deal with Sony and released ‘Emergency On Planet Earth’ in 1993. An album which featured ‘When You Gonna Learn’, ‘Too Young To Die’ and its title track which received the remixing treatment of Danny Tenaglia and Masters At Work among others.
‘The Return Of The Space Cowboy’ followed the year after. It would span the classic ‘Space Cowboy’. Meanwhile, their 1996 ‘Travelling Without Moving’ album brought them to the attention of the U.S. audience with gems such as ‘Virtual Insanity’ and ‘Cosmic Day’.
By 1999 and the release of the ‘Synkronized’ album, one could feel a growing interest of lead singer Jay Kay in Disco vibes, as illustrated on the memorable ‘Supersonic’. An impression which he confirmed 2 years after on ‘A Funk Odyssey’ with tracks such as ‘Love Foolosophy’ and ‘Feels So Good’. Not to mention ‘Little L’, their biggest Dance hit, with remixes by the likes of Bob Sinclar and Brian Tappert. The 2005 ‘Dynamite’ marking the end of their contract with Sony, featuring extra gems such as ‘Seven Days In Sunny June’ and Tallulah’. The latter receiving the remixing treatment of Quentin Harris and Timmy Regisford in an unoffical release the year after.
By 2010 Jamiroquai released their 7th studio album, ‘Rock Dust Light Star’ which engendered relatively poor sales. Then, no more news from the band until the end of 2016 with rumors then teasers about an extra album due for release by the beginning of 2017. The latter – ‘Automaton’ – seeing the light on March 31, 2017. As preceeded by its title track and soon after ‘Cloud 9’.