ay Kay has a few rules. He didn’t get where he is – single after single walloping into the charts (over 20 of them to date), murdering on the dancefloor; 25 million copies sold of Jamiroquai’s seven albums (including 2006’s greatest hits); a career lasting (so far) an era-defying 18 years – by being vague, or slack.
Freshly turned 40 and with a brand-new record deal, he’s all about keeping it straightforward. Some more: No more videos with flashing squares – when you’ve made as many iconic clips as Kay has, from now on he wants to make videos that are more like short films. And yeah, if that means he can call in his chopper and show off his newly-qualified-pilot skills, cool.
Jamiroquai – Jay Kay and his band of time-served musician-teammates – are back. The blistering, poetic, meaty, reflective and inspiring Rock Dust Light Star, his seventh studio album and his first for new label Mercury, is the result of two years’ work. Although admittedly, in that time Kay also learnt how to fly helicopters, a hugely arduous and mentally challenging undertaking.