Thursday, September 30, 2010

It's Been a White Knuckle Ride, Jamiroquai

Jamiroquai, one of the UK's most prominent chart-topping acts, have spent the past eighteen years defying eras and turning the tables on pop music. They have spun out seven albums (greatest hits included) from disco and funk to jazz and soul, each one taking a #1, #2 or #3 spot on the charts. Jay Kay and his band are now preparing to release their seventh studio album, Rock Dust Light Star, which is slated for November 1, over five years since 2005's Dynamite.

The first teaser from the album is “White Knuckle Ride”, which starts as a solid disco track, but becomes massive once you hear the remixes, compliments of Monarchy, Penguin Prison and Seamus Haji. Jamiroquai's frontman Jay Kay lives by a few simple rules; one of them being, “if it doesn’t sound good with just a keyboard and a voice or a guitar and a voice, drop it.” And that's exactly how “White Knuckle Ride”, the first teaser from the album, starts as a stripped-down disco track but evolves into three elaborate remixes—compliments of Penguin Prison, Monarchy and Seamus Haji.

Monarchy twists the funk bassline into a synth-driven electro track. Penguin Prison adds even more disco to the track, making it irresistibly danceable and sprinkling his distinctive sound all over it. Seamus Haji draws back the disco reins and veers into his home territory, a smooth, entrancing house beat that builds into epic massiveness somewhere past the 4-minute mark.

Jamiroquai - White Knuckle Ride (Penguin Prison Remix) (zshare) (YSI)
Jamiroquai - White Knuckle Ride (Monarchy Remix) (zshare) (YSI)
Jamiroquai - White Knuckle Ride (Seamus Haji Remix) (zshare) (YSI)


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