Take one white boy. Give him horns. Yeah, horns. Really though. And the funk. And some seriously fresh dance moves. Hey presto, you have one Jay Kay.
Back in the day, young Jay Kay was quite an angry young man, or had ingeniously spotted a gap in the market for funky 70's throwback protest songs... but you can be the judge of his artistic integrity; I'm not quite sure how worried about the environment you can truly be whilst being a complete petrol-head and owning about three hundred and ninety seven sports cars, then again, the sentiment seems heartfelt enough.
Still, whatever you make of the man, you can't deny the body of work of his band, especially albums one and three (Emergency On Planet Earth and Travelling Without Moving); I'd call them both funk/soul masterpieces.
This then was the title track of his first album. It's one of the best songs among a bunch of excellent songs if you aks me. To my mind you can't go wrong with lush string arrangements over wah-wah guitars, horn sections and funky slap bass. Add in some well written socially conscious lyrics that pick up the baton from Marvin Gaye in the What's Going On/Mercy Mercy Me era and you have an instant classic.
In addition to the Extended Version, which is the choicest cut, there is an edit. But aside from the Extended version, the hidden gem here is an Acoustic Version of If I Like It , I Do It, one of my fave non single releases from the same album, which is fabulous and a real treat, with Jay Kay enjoying a couple of almost Minnie Riperton-esque falsetto moments. Check it.
There's also a demo version of Revolution 1993 which ain't bad, but if pushed, I'd say get straight onto Emergency On Planet Earth (Extended Version) and If I Like It , I Do It (Acoustic).
So then, grab this slice of Jamiroquai before they went all dance/disco and lost their jazz/funk vibe.
- Emergency On Planet Earth
- Emergency On Planet Earth (Extended Version)
- If I Like It , I Do It (Acoustic Version)
- Revolution 1993 (Demo)
Download here: Emergency On Planet Earth.zip - Filesize: 45.33MB