Sunday, 2 October 2011
Jack Penate 'Tonight's Today (Remixes)' (XL, 2009)
Slice of earnest pop that marries joyous post-punk-funk with soaraway hi-life guitar chimes.
I'd written-off Jack Penate on the back of early, anaemic singles. However, this lead single from his second album back in 2009 confounded my preconceptions with its heavy rhythm, sliding drums, thumb piano and high-fretted guitar lines reminiscent of Foals and Friendly Fires.
Paul Epworth co-wrote and produced it and it's a real triumph, especially spread over the seven-plus minutes of the Extended Version.
Julianna Barwick takes the basic song in a totally different direction, stripping off the beats, bass and guitar to create a hymnal meditation, shot through with a ghostly, translucent dub.
Download Jack Penate 'Tonight's Today (Extended Version)' (post-punk-funk, indie, pop mp3) (Mediafire)
Download Jack Penate 'Tonight's Today (Julianna Barwick Remix)' (experimental, modern classical mp3) (Mediafire)