‘Airwave Hustler’ is released as Camden based singer/rapper Mercedes rebrands and relaunches her website, returning to her electronic roots with a remix courtesy of the on form trap/future garage/house producer Shift Key.
Currently signed to Warner Music Publishing in the USA, Mercedes features on current Kill the Noise (Yelawolf, Skrillex) album ‘Black Magic’ via a feature on Jump Ya Body. The album which held the Number 1 and Number 2 chart positions respectively in the Canadian and USA iTunes Dance Album charts, and she recently earned her first top 20 track as a writer in August this year, penning the lyrics to ‘Double Up’ for Korean girl band sensations, Two X. One thing is for certain – Mercedes is most certainly on the way up through the hip-hop ranks.
Raised in Copenhagen and of South American and Jamaican descent, Mercedes was an entertainer from an early age. In her teens she formed a dance group with 3 other friends and, inspired by Salt-N-Pepa and James Brown, the group entered numerous competitions. She has since toured and performed on stage across Europe with artists such as Will.i.am, Nicole Scherzinger and Snoop Dogg.
She cites classic hip-hop as a key influence on her music, having been introduced to A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy (spot the tee in the video) and Beastie Boys when she was a youngster. Her party-anthem influences stem from her love of flamboyant artists with personality such as Grace Jones, Bjork, Neneh Cherry and David Bowie, which has led her to develop her own distinctly urban-influenced sound, combined with original electronic rhythms.
These 80’s/early 90’s influences can be clearly heard on ‘Airwave Huster’ – the glitchy synth-led track is almost immediately permeated by her ballsey vocal that hails back to some of the great female rappers of the 80’s and 90’s – in fact this made me instantly think of Neneh Cherry’s – Buffalo Stance – which of course is an all time classic..
The Camden-based girl has recently been busy writing and recording new music with producers including MNEK (Rudimental, Charli XCX, Misha B, A.M.E), Dimitri Tikovoi (Goldfrapp, Paloma Faith, Sophie Ellis Bextor), The Nextmen, Bless, Breakage and Robbie Lamond (Devlin, Katy B), for release throughout 2013.
One to watch we think…