Dance music's Where Are They Now?

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Ever wondered what became of those dance music identities who were once inescapable? Us too. With Jamiroquai’s bizarre cup noodle endorsement popping up this week, we thought it high time to ask the question – where are they now?

JAMIROQUAI?

Jamiroquai might be as ‘90s as three quarter pants, but there are people who still dig them. We’ve barely heard a peep from Jay Kay and his carousel of band members since 2005’s Dynamite, an album that didn’t quite deliver on its title. Now the limber frontman has turned up in an unlikely role – spruiking cup noodles in Japan. Apparently the jingle dubbed over the Virtual Insanity lyrics translates as, “I am hungry, I am hungry, I like Cup Noodle, I don’t need other one.” See if it makes you hungry too. Oh, apparently Jamiroquai is also making a new album.

MUSCLES?

Once the golden child of Australian electro, Muscles famously crashed and burned following some spectacular rants against Modular Recordings – his own label. So where is he now? Well, after going acoustic and doing some dubious DJ tours of the country, Muscles is currently laying low, popping up every now and then to post some fantasy-mixtapes on his Tumblr and tweet about his return to recording. Will we ever see it happen? Who the hell knows.

MYLO?

Scottish rogue Mylo started a minor revolution with his breakout album Destroy Rock & Roll in 2004, touring it for several years after. While the man has given little indication of a follow-up in the six years since, he still pops up to Drop The Pressure with the occasional DJ set. We can only hope the extended break has allowed him time to polish his mixing skills.

SPILLER?

Enjoying the obscure honour of being ‘the world’s tallest DJ’ for a short time, Italian house dude Spiller is about as one-hit-wondrous as they come. His saturated single of 2000 Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love) was responsible for introducing the world to Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and has been on Rage rotation ever since. Actually…was anyone actually wondering where this guy has gone?

THE AVALANCHES?

The biggest ‘Where Are They Now?’ question of the decade, The Avalanches have been missing in action since they delivered one of the best Australian albums ever, Since I Left You. That was ten years ago. In the time since, we’ve been repeatedly told a new record is almost ready, with the most recent teaser earlier this month. We wouldn’t care if there wasn’t every chance it’ll be another classic. We’re also not holding our breath.

JOEY YOUNGMAN?

Casual observers may be wondering what became of the steady supply of jackin’ gear from California’s Joey Youngman. House heads have had to get used to the fact that the man is now pursuing a new sound as Wolfgang Gartner. It has proved a savvy choice, too, but club kids expecting to see an insouciant 20-something German with an interesting haircut may be surprised.

PLANET FUNK?

“I’ve never been to I’ve never been to the USA, I’m a slave on a minimum wage, Detroit, New York and L.A, but I’m stuck in the U.K!” Ah, the sound of 2002. Italian crew Planet Funk did good business with its twin hits Chase The Sun and Who Said (Stuck In The UK), but later releases have failed to repeat the formula. The group released a cash-grab singles collection last year, so the inspiration doesn’t appear to be free-flowing.

JURASSIC FIVE?

If you’re wondering why Jurassic Five hasn’t popped up on a festival bill in a while, you may have missed the under-the-radar announcement of their break-up in 2007. The group didn’t make much of a fuss about the end of J5 after 15 years of service, with Chali 2na doing his own thing and Zaakir and Mark 7 banding together for Portable Payback. Considering they had already lost the towering production skills of Cut Chemist the year previous, it was probably not a bad time to bow out.

KOSHEEN?

Remember Hide U? The crossover drum & bass hit propelled Bristol outfit Kosheen into the charts and onto the Boiler Room bill at Big Day Out in 2002. While you’d be forgiven for thinking they disappeared not long after that, they’ve kept at it – with a fourth album due in 2010. It may yield another floor-filler in the Hide U mould, but in the meantime you can content yourself with the evergreen anthem.

NUBREED?

Lovers of progressive breaks will still have a place in their hearts for Nubreed. In the early 2000s, the trio did big things for Australian dance music alongside the likes of Andy Page, Phil K and Luke Chable, propelled by a storming live show. It all came to an end in 2006, but its members haven’t faded away. Danny Bonnici in particular is still a stalwart of the Melbourne scene. Viva la Nubreed!

GERLING?

If you attended festivals at the start of the decade, you would’ve cut sick to Gerling. The much-loved three-piece with the insane live show has been sorely missed, which explains the online petitions to resurrect them. Frontman Darren Cross still knows how to bring the (sweaty) party as The E.L.F. and it is the year for reunions, so we are holding out hope.

We want to know who has dropped off your radar? Maybe other ITMers can help locate the M.I.A. acts…

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daverh

daverh said on the 18th Jun, 2010

Mylo seriously needs to get off his butt.

custaro

custaro said on the 18th Jun, 2010

Spiller did an awesome remix of Bangalter's Signatune a couple of years back.

i_have_ADD

i_have_ADD said on the 18th Jun, 2010

i really dont understand why jamiroquai has gone dormant. he was big business a few years back

ellaplane

ellaplane said on the 19th Jun, 2010

I still like that Planet Funk tune...

daverh

daverh said on the 19th Jun, 2010

Mehdi's Signatune actually. *strokes chin*

trance_hall_86

trance_hall_86 said on the 19th Jun, 2010

yeh def would like to see Mylo resurface again. He's like the predecessor of Calvin Harris. He was awesome @ Summafieldayze 2007.

e_j_montano

e_j_montano said on the 19th Jun, 2010

Jay Kay's record deal with Sony ended after the best of he put out a few years ago, and so he's been enjoying "the freedom" (so I've read)... just dug out my copy of the Planet Funk album from 2003 after reading this, great tunes!

e_j_montano

e_j_montano said on the 19th Jun, 2010

Jay Kay's record deal with Sony ended after the best of he put out a few years ago, and so he's been enjoying "the freedom" (so I've read)... just dug out my copy of the Planet Funk album from 2003 after reading this, great tunes!

CircusMidget

CircusMidget said on the 19th Jun, 2010

not sure where anyone is, but if you ask, and drop some names, I can certainly tell you where they should be

the elektro kitten

the elektro kitten said on the 20th Jun, 2010

I miss mr. Funky Jamiroquai! COME BACK!

promowhore

promowhore said on the 20th Jun, 2010

Danny Bonnici also teaches Ableton and has his own mixing / mastering studio "Liquid Mixes"

CircusMidget

CircusMidget said on the 21st Jun, 2010

still around, just google them dexter

elstoe

elstoe said on the 22nd Jun, 2010

Kosheen played at laundry last year and everyone discovered they now play electro house yeh?

The3rdPlumpDj

The3rdPlumpDj said on the 22nd Jun, 2010

gerling - dust me selecta reminds me so much of field day 2002 chillin back at the start of the day...

MaxwellJay

MaxwellJay said on the 23rd Jun, 2010

I think you need to do your research mate!!!! Joey Youngman still going strong, check out STOMPY.com latest release was 18/6/2010. OOPS :(

MaxwellJay

MaxwellJay said on the 23rd Jun, 2010

You really need to do your research dude... Joey Youngman still going strong. Check out STOMPY.com, his latest release was 18/6/2010 on Blockhead recordings. OOPS :(

MaxwellJay

MaxwellJay said on the 23rd Jun, 2010

Don't know why that appeared twice?? Oh well reinforcing my point. :) Doing your research stops you looking foolish.

JackT

JackT said on the 24th Jun, 2010

Well played Maxwell, I stand chastened. There's a 'Where Are They Now?' solved, you see!

lucky87

lucky87 said on the 9th Nov, 2010

Would love to hear some new gerling... I forgive planet funk, that album is still on high rotation at my house!