Sometimes you change your mind about some music. I might have done. The first time I heard Jack Penate, it was when he supported Lily Allen at Bush Hall back in July. I didn't think he was much cop. It seemed pretty forgettable stuff at the time, and I didn't even mention him in my post. But maybe that was because I was so brimming with anticipation for La Allen, I was too quick to dismiss Jack.
Now I may be changing my mind. What's made me reconsider is his current single Second Minute and Hour. It reached out of the radio and grabbed me when I heard John Kennedy playing it a few weeks ago. "So that's Jack Penate" I thought, "that's not bad really". A snappy, catchy intro gets you interested and then you're hooked. Well, I was anyway. I really quite like it now. Then I was listening to Xposure again on Monday, and he was live in the studio. A good chance to see what his other stuff is like. And you know what, it's alright really. The lad shows promise.
He's one of a few young solo artists from London who should be breaking out into the wider record buying public's consciousness next year - alongside the likes of Adele, Kate Nash, Emmy the Great, and most of all, Jamie T. Jack's distinctively London, which is another thing I like about him. He's been signed to XL, who've just put out his debut 7 inch single on their Abeano / Young Turks imprint. It's super-limited, so make sure you order yours from Pure Groove before it's too late (Rough Trade's already sold out). Then sit back, enjoy and hope his debut LP is as good.
Download: Jack Penate - Second, Minute and Hour (live on Xfm)
Download: Jack Penate - Torn on the Platform (live on Xfm)
Download: Jack Penate - Spit at Stars (live on Xfm)