The Bodybyloud! Jamiroquai Loudjoints Playlist is not just a playlist. It's more than an essential, ultimate, greatest hits, or best of playlist. The Loudjoints Playlist is, in other words, the GetRight playlist. It's been tested in my personal "GetRight Spot" and passed with flying colors. The selection is curated by me, Bodybyloud Vint, and designed to GROOVE, which is exactly what the #Loudjoints Playlist Series is dedicated to. There's nothing more important than the groove. In fact, if it don't groove then it ain't Bodybyloud! You can put your bottom dollar on that, shit. I left no track unturned in rooting out the funk in the Jamiroquai catalog, but in the end, it's all about feel. You have to feel the groove and I felt the groove in many a Jamiroquai tracks.
If you're a fan of Jamiroquai then you might be knowledgeable about the dynamics of the history of the group. To me, there are two phases of the Jamiroquai experience, the years with Stuart Zender and the post-Stuart Zender years.
Somewhere there was a split (never really explained in detail) supposedly there was a disagreement on the credits in the writing/producing department. All I know is what my ears tell me and my ears tell me there's a distinct dip on the groove meter in the post-Stuart years, and this playlist reflects it.
After Traveling Without Moving(the last album featuring Zender) there are only a couple jams per album. Don't get me wrong, those jams hit the spot, but most of the other songs per album are missing some bass funk.
Contrastly, I found it difficult to leave a single track from Traveling Without Moving (The best selling funk album of all time!) off the playlist.
Needless to say, there were extremely high expectations for the next album. It's rumored a follow-up album was completed but then scuttled after the split. Man, What I wouldn't give to hear that music. Anyway, Mr. Zender has been doing his own thing and us at Bodybyloud! have him and his contributions to music on our radar along with any future releases by Jay Kay and the fellas.
As a fan, I wished for a reconciliation that I imagined might bring back the funk and groove of the early years. Sadly, there can't be a reunification of the original Jamiroquai musicians due to the passing of original keyboardist, Toby Smith, on April 11, 2017.
RIP Toby, your music will live on forever.
Jamiroquai Spotify Playlist