Penate has changed direction on his second album
Jack Penate has hailed singer Adele as "Britain's best talent".
Grammy award winner Adele contributes vocals to Penate's as yet untitled second record, due for release this coming June.
It is the second time the pair have teamed up after Adele sang on Penate's 2007 debut album Matinee.
He said: "She's just gone stellar. It's incredible, she deserves it. She's like Britain's best talent basically."
Jack Penate was speaking after performing at this year's Radio 1 Big Weekend held at Swindon's Lydiard Park.
He explained that Adele had done some "backing singing" for his new LP.
"We've been friends for a long time. When she's in London we normally try and see each other," he said.
When asked about his friend's success, he added: "I'm so proud. It's mind-boggling really.
"We met in a very unglitzy, showy world and became friends through just liking each other's music on MySpace. We're incredibly close.
"I think we've both got different goals for what we want to be but we both love music so that's the one binding thing. She completely inspires me and I hope I inspire her too."
Jack Penate begins a short UK tour in June in support of his new album.