Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hats off to a Retro King

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hats off to a Retro King

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Byline: DAVID SMYTH

POP JAMIROQUAI Roundhouse, NW1 JAY Kay may have been worried that he was losing out to the similarly named James Bay in the "musician mostly famous for wearing a hat" stakes, so he has returned after seven years away with his most extraordinary headgear yet. A motorised, illuminated set of prongs inspired by scaly mammal the pangolin, it gave him his own personalised lightshow and made him look like the Statue of Liberty down the disco.

It was a futuristic sign that the 47-year-old Jamiroquai frontman is not ready to be left behind with the Nineties nostalgists. This relatively intimate warm-up concert, on the day of the release of his new album, precedes two O2 Arena shows in the summer. He announced from the stage that the album was already number one in 38 countries.

"Even I thought I was dead and buried," he said. His last release, Rock Dust Light Star in 2010, was the first to miss platinum status. Rather than staying on the treadmill to diminishing returns, the long absence seems to have made many miss his flashiness and given him space to take a fresh approach to his slick acid jazz style. …

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