We caught up with up and coming Bristol-based artist Mercy’s Cartel to talk Burna Boy, Glasto and Stevie Wonder.

With her powerful, mellifluous vocals and slick R&B blend, that interweaves Afrobeat, hip-hop and neo-soul influences, Mercy’s Cartel crafts a sound that is imbued with an air of 90s nostalgia whilst being undeniably fresh. Within her poignant lyrics, she offers a frank vulnerability delivered with shimmering melodic clarity. On her latest track ‘Sleep’ Mercy offers a dreamy, effervescent cut that sees her muse on unrequited love and complicated relationships.

Get to know Mercy’s Cartel In Short…

Three words to describe my music… Soulful, witty and vibey

Last photo on my phone… A photo of a cast member from Netflix’s show, Too Hot To Handle, picking a wedgie out of her arse.

Favourite Instagram account… @rickeythompson

The best venue I’ve played… Glasto 19 on the Pussy Parlure Stage

Earliest song I remember… Stevie Wonder – Happy Birthday

The worst job I’ve ever had…Working for TopShop 🙂 – best team, bad management, even worse CEO.

Favourite food on tour… Olives and pineapple, apparently they’re really sick and lube up your throat… for SINGING.

Favourite word… Probably too explicit for this publication?

Things that cheer me up… My family, making a sick song, weed, food, spending time with my fwiends.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be… Alexandra Palace in London.

I think you should listen to… Avalanche – an album by Quadron, my favourite neo-soul band from Denmark.

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Burna Boy

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Photo credit: Paul Clark