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Penate collaborates with Adele

By Damian Jones
6 Music News reporter

Jack Penate
Jack Penate recorded his new album in a tiny room

Jack Penate has joined forces with Adele on his new album.

The Chasing Pavements singer has teamed up with her old friend yet again after previously lending her vocals to My Yvonne on his 2007 debut Matinee.

"Adele was in Notting Hill and I just phoned her and said, 'Can you do this song?'," he said.

"As always, she came in and killed it. Her voice always makes such an impact on anything because it's the most beautiful thing."

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Penate said he has penned a far darker offering for his second record thanks to Bloc Party producer Paul Epworth.

"He is in the same mind frame as me, in a kind of do or die sense," the London singer song-writer enthused.

"The last record was a lot of fantasy really, a lot of teenage fantasy which is wonderful and what you should be doing as a teenager, making up love stories," he continued, "But this one is about real life."

Her voice always makes such an impact on anything because it's the most beautiful thing
Jack Penate on working with Adele

Tracks set for inclusion on the as-yet-untitled album include current single Tonight's Today, Body Down and Let's All Die which saw the singer initially team up with Fatboy Slim.

"I did the sessions with him but because it wasn't done live, it maybe didn't quite feel quite like I wanted it to," Penate explained.

"Unfortunately we didn't use his version in the end. Norman still played a big part in it but Paul helped me re-do the song."

The singer retreated to a box studio in Kensal Rise to record the follow up to his 2007 debut.

"It is a lot more dance orientated, introspective and emotional as a whole," he added.

"The idea was to create dance music for people to cry to. That was the basis me and Paul worked closely together to try and create."

The album, which is set for release in June, saw the singer take on a variety of influences including Brazilian soul and blues.

"I felt I could create something which no-one has done before which would open up kids' ears.

"Tonight's Today, for example, is completely 70s Brazilian soul."



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