Jay Kay is planning an explosive fall return for his pop/dance/funk outfit Jamiroquai. “Dynamite,” the U.K.-based group’s sixth studio album, and first in four years, is due Sept. 20 in the United States via Epic.
The set was released June 20 by Sony Music in the United Kingdom, where lead single “Feels Like It Should” bowed at No. 8 on the official singles chart. Though the album saw a strong debut last week at No. 3, it has the dubious honor of being the first Jamiroquai title not to bow in one of the U.K. album chart’s top two positions.
“Feels Just Like It Should” will also be the first U.S. single from the disc. The Joseph Kahn (U2, Black Eyed Peas) -directed video — and its “making of” featurette — will appear on a Dual Disc version of the title, along with “a collection of various eye and ear candy,” according to Epic.
“The groove in that song is absolutely filthy,” Kay says of the single. “If you haven’t released an album in four years, you want to return with an impact. This song says ‘I’m back with a vengeance.'”
The material on “Dynamite” was recorded in Spain, Italy, Costa Rica, Scotland, New York, Los Angeles and Kay’s own Buckinghamshire, England, studio, and produced by Mike Spencer (Kylie Minogue, Appleton). Other songs on the 12-track album include “Black Devil Car” and Seven Days in Sunny June.”
“Dynamite” is the follow-up to 2001’s “A Funk Odyssey,” which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Electronic Albums chart and No. 44 on The Billboard 200. The set, which spawned the Hot Dance Music/Club Play hits “Little L” and “You Give Me Something” — both of which peaked at No. 2 on that chart — has sold 185,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Jamiroquai plays Vienna on Saturday (July 9), with stops throughout Europe scheduled into mid-August. A second European leg of dates is planned for September and October, opening Sept. 7 in Birmingham, England. A U.S. visit is being eyed for later in the year.
Here is the “Dynamite” track list:
“Feels Just Like It Should”
“Seven Days in Sunny June”
“(Don’t) Give Hate a Chance”
“World That He Wants”
“Black Devil Car”
“Hot Tequila Brown”