East London duo Fine Print have announced the release of their debut self-titled EP on August 28th via B3SCI Records. Starting out making music with the intention to blend underground electronic music with the classic old-school pop song format. About You was the first glimpse of the EP, and it was soon picked up by the likes of Huw Stephens and Annie Mac over on Radio 1.
Now they’re back with a second track, Can’t Lie. Mixed by Dan Carey (Tame Impala, Hot Chip), the band describe the process of writing the track as “Before we started on ‘Can’t Lie’ we had been having quite long conversations about the hip hop we loved….Especially the dusty sounding productions from people like Buckwild, MF Doom, Madlib and of course Dilla. While vocally referencing people like Cornell Cambell and Curtis Mayfield. As soon as we nailed the bass line on the chorus we felt we had something special to work with and things fell into place pretty naturally after that.”
Beginning with this stifled funk guitar line, it soon develops into this rather gorgeous electronic soul shuffle. Never quite clear, but never totally obscured, it lives in a haze where there’s waves of electronic sound sugared by guitars and muted brass. Over the top, there’s some soaring Mayfield like moves going on. As it unravels, so backing vocals are added and it becomes a slow dance. Whether that works for you or not (frankly, sitting at the kitchen table with my 6 year old son talking to me about Minecraft, slow dancing isn’t top of my agenda) it’s truly lovely stuff.