I have been confusing Just Jack with Hot Chip for awhile. Just Jack is actually Londoner Jack Allsopp (Kirsty, hello?), who raps and sings to very modern backing tracks that Beck would cry for.
His new single Starz In Their Eyes is, as Kofi's Hat would call it, an earworm that burrows into your brain. People are comparing to him to The Streets, but his singles are closer to Lily Allen in that he does whimsical pop-rap with what looks like a bundle of cash behind the videos.
The quesion is, can he sing? He can certainly talk-sing. I wouldn't have lingered on him were it not for the great music, which somehow boosts the vocals. The songs sound fully built, with little nooks and crannies to disappear into. Go to his myspace page and check out Disco Friends, a totally different flavor with a smooth chorus of robotic vocals (a la Daft Punk) and cello breakdown. Another, Talk Too Much sounds like...err... Prince playing flamenco with Tom Tom Club in Majorca. The bass heavy Spectacular Failures features a full choir on the chorus. Sophisticated stuff.
Following on the Keane post below, Jack also has terrific artwork that positions him as a man in the heart of all activity...
Just Jack Snowflakes MP3
From his first album, 2004's Outer Marker. Just Jack's spirit mother, Neneh Cherry, is channeled on this monolithic triphop track, a melancholy song notable for a huge string section.
Get the album Overtones on January 29 in the UK. Watch his earlier video Writer's Block. Jessica at DirrrtyPop and Wongie have given him their blessings, as have the kids at PopJustice.
* The title of this post is a comment about this song I noticed on YouTube .