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Boogie is back big time. From Paris discos to LA film sets the history of classic, pre-techno dance music has been rolled out as the new hip thing. Meanwhile Jamiroquai have moved on, ahead of the game, taking their funky fusion to the next level of evolution. The hints of a turbo re-vamp to their organic groove were there on 'Synkronized'. Now comes 'A funk odyssey', overhauling the engine on the Jamiroquai funk machine to bring it in line with the sharpest technological dance. As club music has matured, whatever boundaries were there separating Jamiroquai from a Daft Punk or a Basement Jaxx have become permeable - and Jay was there before them all.

With most of the world dancing to Jamiroquai's beat, America was next in line for the band's third effort, 1996's Traveling Without Moving. The album spawned the worldwide hit "Virtual Insanity," for which an award-winning video was filmed and helped the album achieve platinum status in the States by the year's end (as well as a highlighted performance at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards). Despite achieving breakthrough success, bassist Zender opted to leave the group during sessions for its follow-up, which resulted in Kay scraping almost an entire album's worth of new tracks in order to start from scratch with a new bassist (the slot would eventually go to newcomer Nick Fyffe). During the downtime, Jamiroquai contributed a brand-new track, "Deeper Underground," to the soundtrack for the 1998 movie Godzilla.

But the long wait between albums seemed to kill Jamiroquai's momentum in the U.S., where a fourth release overall, 1999's Synkronized, was largely ignored (yet back home and across the globe, it was another major commercial success). Subsequently, it appeared as though the majority of Jamiroquai's U.S. media attention focused on non-music related events, such as the band turning down a million-dollar offer to play at a concert on New Year's Eve 1999, and when Kay was accused of assaulting a tabloid photographer (with the charges later being dropped). It didn't take Jamiroquai as long the next time around to issue another album, with A Funk Odyssey hitting the racks two years later in 2001. Kay also helmed a volume in the mix-album series Late Night Tales.

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Jamiroquai's ten year odyssey through the galaxy of funk has generated some spectacular statistics. The four albums released since Jay Kay's 1992 emergence from London's acid jazz underworld have sold 16 million copies. The last two albums alone, 1996's 'Traveling Without Moving' and 1999's 'Synkronized', shifted over 11 million between them. If front man Jay Kay was a little less self aware, he'd be over the moon about all those skyscraping figures:

"Success is when I see all those people standing out there in front of me having a good time, and knowing that you've got a great album on your hands that you enjoy as much as they do," says Jay. "What's important about selling 16 million albums is its right across the world. It's not just the UK, there's a whole world of people out there."

On the eve of a fifth album, 'A funk odyssey', Jay has good cause to feel proud of the democratic reach of his music. There was no master plan when he inveigled his way into a studio to record the song that rocketed him and his buffalo hat into orbit. The first single for Acid Jazz, 1992's 'When You Gonna Learn?' was the instinctive expression of a London kid high on funk, soul, R'n'B, jazz and disco. Nearly a decade later however, it'd be reasonable if Kay felt vindicated. The one time 'skinny white skate kid' from west London has taken a lot of flak for getting on down his way, yet as trends have disintegrated and prejudices faded, contemporary music has come to 'synkronize' with Jamiroquai's groove more than ever before.
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