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Mercy Gone

by Witness / Mr. Williamz

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    Package including two limited 7" records with screen print sleeves and color vinyl from the same riddim series :
    - Lone Ark meets The 18th Parallel - Get You / Version
    - Witness - Mercy Gone / Witness feat. Mr. Williamz - Mercy Gone Part II

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    - Limited screen print numbered edition (only 90) Lone Ark meets The 18th Parallel - "Get You" (orange vinyl).
    - Limited screen print numbered edition (only 90) Witness feat. Mr Williamz - "Mercy Gone" (grey vinyl).
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    - "Mercy Gone" black wax 7" single.

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about

Probably one of the most sought-after Jamaican roots reggae tracks by record collectors, ‘MERCY GONE’ is both an obscure and iconic sound system tune. Originally performed by the equally obscure 1NY and Soul Syndicate, 'Mercy Gone' captures the essence of 70s roots reggae: a slow tempo with a bouncing uptempo skank, inventive drumming and a compelling bass line, a raw but powerful sound, and a plaintive voice whose emotion reflects the harsh reality of the sufferer’s life. The 18th Parallel wanted to offer their own version of this classic, an original record that is now unavailable and estimated to be worth thousands of dollars. To do so, the producers found a young singer of only twenty years old with undeniable talent, but still unknown to the public: Witness. Originally from Swaziland, Philisiwe ‘Witness’ Lukhele delivers her own interpretation of ‘Mercy Gone’ on an original riddim by The 18th Parallel. Without trying to identically reproduce the original, Witness and The 18th Parallel offer a powerful and modernised recut that still is faithful to the aesthetics of the Jamaican sound of the 70s. Above all, they finally give sound systems the opportunity to play this anthem, which was previously inaccessible on a 7" single. The icing on the cake on the B-side: one of the most prominent DJs on the current British sound system scene, Mr. Williamz, takes over and mash up the dance! Rewind!

[FR]

Probablement un des morceaux de reggae roots jamaïcain les plus recherchés par les collectionneurs de disques, "MERCY GONE" est un titre à la fois obscur et iconique du milieu sound system. Originellement interprété par le non moins obscur 1NY accompagné du Soul Syndicate, "Mercy Gone" cristallise l’essence-même du roots reggae des années 1970 : un tempo des plus lents dynamisé par un skank dédoublé, un jeu de batterie inventif et une ligne de basse envoutante, un son brute mais d’une puissance inégalable, et une voix plaintive dont l’émotion reflète la dure réalité de la vie de sufferer. Disque original aujourd’hui introuvable dont la valeur est estimée à plusieurs milliers de dollars, The 18th Parallel a voulu proposer sa propre version de ce classique. Pour ce faire, les producteurs ont déniché une jeune chanteuse de vingt ans au talent certain, mais encore inconnu du public : Witness. Originaire du Swaziland, Philisiwe « Witness » Lukhele livre sa propre interprétation du "Mercy Gone" sur un riddim original du 18th Parallel. Sans chercher à copier l’original en tout point, Witness et The 18th Parallel proposent ici une refonte puissante, modernisée, mais fidèle à l’esthétique du son jamaïcain des 70’s, et surtout, ils donnent enfin l’occasion aux sound systems de jouer cet hymne jusque-là inaccessible en single 7”. Cerise sur le gâteau en face B, un des DJ les plus en vue de la scène sound system anglaise actuelle, Mr. Williamz, prend le contrôle de la version et retourne la dance ! Rewind !

credits

released May 21, 2021

Music played by The 18th Parallel

Drums: Antonin Chatelain
Bass: Stuf Addis
Piano, organ, percussion, kette drums: Mathias Liengme
Rhythm and pick guitars: Léo Marin
Clavinet, synare: Reuben Telford
Trumpet: Alexandre Schneiter
Tenor saxophone: Michael Borcard
Trombone: Anthony Dietrich Buclin
Backing vocals: Blacksteel, Camille Chappuis
Lead vocals: Philisiwe ‘Witness’ Lukhele, Mr. Williamz

Recorded at Bridge Studio, Geneva, by Mathias Liengme and at A-Lone Ark Muzik Studio, Santander, by Roberto Sánchez.
Mixed at A-Lone Ark Muzik Studio, Santander, by Roberto Sánchez.
Mastered at Precise Mastering, Hawick, by Sam John.

Music composed and arranged by The 18th Parallel. Lyrics written by 1NY and Mr. Williamz.

Produced by Antonin Chatelain, Léo Marin and Mathias Liengme for Fruits Records.

Artwork by Nirbul76.

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