I don't mind being criticised, but where are they criticising from? Jamiroquai, it can confidently be predicted, will have another hit with Synkronized and its distractingly catchy first single, "Canned Heat".
(Typical lyric: "All the nasty things that people say, well I'm gonna make it anyway.") It is, I point out, the first album to which normal people, people who don't bend and twitch alarmingly like Jay, can dance (although the first video has all the familiar tics in spades).
"It's ironic how it's gone full circle - I'm the white guy doing black music and all of a sudden we've got black guys sampling white guys.
We've had five or six requests to use our tracks to rap over." That, and the small matter of Stevie Wonder himself congratulating Jay Kay on his music.
"After years of people saying `Oh you're just copying this guy', the guy himself actually appreciates what you're doing - cool.
I was nearly in tears." And the last time he was nearly in tears was when he was "betrayed" by former bass player Stuart Zender, whose desire to "do his own thing" led to his departure from Jamiroquai at a inconvenient time.
Everyone seems to have forgotten that and the fact that he got the other two Antichrists right. "The other night, I had a meal that all came from here; rainbow trout, new potatoes, green beans, runner beans.
Anyway, with Denise Van Outen, you get a lap dance every day." (Curiously, he refers to his girlfriend by her full name throughout the interview.) In typical cocky style, he plays up to his enviable position.At the risk of incurring Jay's wrath, it's fair to say that if you like Earth Wind and Fire, Donald Byrd, Sly Stone and, yes, Stevie Wonder, you'll love Synkronized. " The album was recorded at Jay's new studio, conveniently placed between the house and the pool, and the band - Toby Smith, Derrick Mackenzie, Simon Katz, Nick Fife and Wallace Buchanan - are in the converted outhouse rehearsing for a tour.Jay yells encouragement from his bench by the lake, where he's tucking into bacon sandwiches, prepared by the housekeeper. "When I listen to Radio 1 and hear five different tracks in a row using old disco samples, well that's plagiarism, that's taking other people's music." Jay intends to ask Liam Howlett of The Prodigy to remix one "disco, fucking, pounding dance" track.And besides, "I may be the prat in the hat, that's cool, but I drive an Aston Martin DB5.Prat I may be, but a prat with an incredibly large amount of style." All this said, of course, with his trademark sly grin.