Following on from the release of his highly-acclaimed EP ‘Skully’ last year which attracted enormous praise from BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders and Huw Stephens, along with support from BBC Introducing, The Line of Best Fit, DIY and more, London-based artist Jack Mercer aka VC Pines is back to his smooth and soulful ways on the intoxicating new single ‘Smoke Without Fire’ produced by Jonathan Quarmby (Tom Walker/Lewis Capaldi) and mixed by Bad Sounds.

Channeling the same broad and enticing neo-soul sound he has been producing, ‘Smoke Without Fire’ makes for a wonderfully warm and vibrant return. Adding a funk and brass-filled production to his rich and luxurious vocals, his newest delight showcases his new EP ‘Concrete,’ which is set to arrive later this year.

Speaking about the new offering, he said, “Smoke without fire is about hearing various rumours and not knowing whether or not to believe them, but being sure that rumours wouldn’t have started without some kind of spark – ‘No smoke without fire’. This song was written at the height of the first lockdown which made things more frustrating being locked down and not being able to tackle rumours and problems rising up around me. I think that’s why the lyrics are so jagged at points ‘now I bleed where the cuts don’t show, another toothache that grinds the bone’. This song was also a turning point for me, discovering a new sonic avenue to delve into. I want to fit in a space as an artist that makes you think ‘that’s gonna be sick to see it live’ so we thought about making the track faster and hit hard throughout but I also wanted to deliver the right energy to someone bopping down the street so we kept this smooth constant groove and let the horns and flute crash into the choruses. I wanted to incorporate the huge sounds developed in the 70s from funk, soul and Motown bands but also use similar instrumentation to my previous work with the ‘Violet Collective’.”


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