10th October | Thrift

On a sunny October afternoon in Bristol, there wasn’t really any excuse not to head to Thrift on Park Street, grab a free beer and listen to the emerging local talent that is Mercy’s Cartel – an exclusive performance in collaboration with the online vintage brand, We Are Cow.

The rising star, who is in partnership with Saffron Records – a record label that puts females at the forefront – explores elements of R&B, hip-hop and soul within her sound, as well as paying homage to her Nigerian heritage through the afrobeat influence that is evident in her work. In an interview for We Are Cow’s blog, Mercy highlights artists such as IAMDDB, Nao and Kojey Radical as musicians that inspire and influence her sound, due to their tone, flow and delivery. Mercy’s latest EP, Vibes Cartel certainly solidifies her identity alongside these artists as a new sound of modern soul.

The playful and vibrant atmosphere of vintage store, Thrift provided the perfect backdrop to enjoy a mid-afternoon performance. Mercy’s Cartel kicked off the set, starting slow with tracks such as ‘Jericho’ and ‘Odds On’. The pace of these tracks allowed Mercy to showcase her emotive vocals to create a hypnotizing performance. When talking to We Are Cow, Mercy explained that her music is created as a result of personal events in her life and it is evident early on within her set that she has a strong emotive connection to her songs.

The performance then gained a natural pace through ‘Intervention’ and ‘Sleep Tight’, both tracks highlighting the R&B elements of Mercy’s style. These were followed by ‘Feel My Vibe’, which is undoubtedly Mercy’s most successful song to date. The song gave Mercy the opportunity to show the audience her more energetic side with its catchy hook and upbeat track. To bring the performance to a close, Mercy put her own twist on two pop tracks- Dua Lipa’s ‘New Rules’ and Rihanna’s ‘Consideration’. Special guest, Outhouse then continued in the same footsteps with a lively R&B/hip-hop DJ set as guests had a browse through the vintage items on offer in Thrift and Mercy chatted to those who had come to show their support.

Mercy’s Cartel is only just getting started. There is more to come later this year, with the artist supporting British singer-songwriter, Etta Bond in December. A new EP, D.Y.E is also currently being written and recorded and will be released in the summer of 2019. With her confidence and contemporary sound, Mercy’s Cartel is heading for success. Don’t forget the name.