It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact moment Jamiroquai went from silly bloke in a hat to a cherished musical icon, but a sea change has happened. Yesterday (January 17), the Jay Kay-led outfit teased what looks like their first album in seven years, coupled with new tour dates and — most importantly — the grand unveiling of a new hat.
The group’s last album was 2010’s ‘Rock Dust Light Star’, and yesterday’s teaser suggests they’ve updated their funk strut for Stranger Things-style synths and a nod to the TRON soundtrack.
“Coming to a planet near you,” they declared, which some took to be great news, while others deemed it an ominous warning of the year ahead. Make no mistake, Jamiroquai are still a divisive act, and Jay Kay will always be the bloke who was headbutted by a pap. But some people are getting seriously excited for this year’s revival.
Katy Perry is getting in on the act
Watch out Pharrell, Jay Kay has a new biggest fan
My body is ready. https://t.co/OGaSN4wbKK
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) January 18, 2017
Others are professing their love for all things funk
The world’s gone mad. It’s (virtual) insanity.
I definitely need to see Jammy-rock-why (Jamiroquai) when he tours this year. pic.twitter.com/6s1iS8Ctdz
— Stuart ?️? (@stuart11) January 18, 2017
''jamiroquai announce new album and first tour in six years'' 2017 is the year!!!!!!!!!!!
— mariana (@marsrcj) January 17, 2017
But let’s be honest, he’s still a divisive chap
Seven albums to the good, and many still can’t find a single thing to love about Jamiroquai.
Never mind Brexit. U2 and Jamiroquai are coming back! Run for your lives!
— Justin (@Spoon_Of_Life) January 18, 2017
Finally confirmed that Jamiroquai has new music on the way pic.twitter.com/cSxHkIZtWa
— Whingeing Welshman ??????? (@WhingeEl) January 18, 2017
Nobody quite knows what to make of his new attire
You used to know what to expect from Jay Kay. A weird, furry, oversized top hat was his thing. But now he’s sporting some kind of space-age headwarmer made of glowing crystals that presumably make him telepathic. Fair enough.
Looking forward to seeing what Jamiroquai’s 2017 hat collection involves
— Dresden Leitner (@ItsDresden) January 16, 2017
JKs new headgear in this Jamiroquai teaser is like some fuckin neo-solar panel bio-reflexus 6D future sex apparatus https://t.co/XgKKZWzHA4
— diadora street rat (@antibloom) January 18, 2017
Some people are generally just a bit confused
But it’s ok. This won’t be the weirdest event of 2017.
who the fuck is jamiroquai
— o (@october600) January 18, 2017