Genres: Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Tags: funk acid jazz electronic dance pop Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Jason ‘Jay’ Kay’s UK funk band Jamiroquai (named after the Iroquois tribe whose pantheism inspired him) made a rapid impact - they were signed to Sony Records for an eight-album contract on the strength of just one single for Acid Jazz Records - ‘When You Gonna Learn?’. Kay (30 December 1969, Stretford, Manchester, England) was brought up in Ealing by his jazz singer mother, Karen Kay. Inspired by Sly Stone, Gil Scott-Heron and Roy Ayers, he integrated those influences into a 90s pop format that also combined ‘new age’ mysticism and the growing urban funk movement, which took its name from the Acid Jazz label. However, as a former breakdancer, he had already recorded in a hip-hop style, releasing a single with a sampler and drum machine for Morgan Khan’s Streetsounds label in 1986. His first major label single, ‘Too Young To Die’, immediately broke into the UK Top 10 in 1993, while the debut album entered the chart...

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