Armed with his self-professed calling to proclaim the Almighty’s message, Samory-I released ‘Love & Mercy’, a comforting reminder to others in the face of strife. The track is the next single on the new juggling “Gratitude Riddim,” the latest from producer Winta James’ (of Overstand Records) . The Riddim features versions by Jaz Elise (whose titular version is out now), Mortimer, Kumar, Naomi Cowan, and Ras-I.
The track, in keeping with the overarching theme of the juggling project, speaks to the fact that ‘Love & Mercy’ will always be granted by the higher power. “The inspiration for “Love and Mercy” comes from the struggles we all face,” Samory-I said. “Daily, love and mercy are shown to us by the Almighty God. ‘Jah give I love and mercy’ even when we’re not worthy.’”
The direction for the ‘”Gratitude Riddim”’ was set by the title track as the project began in the early stages of the pandemic. “Over the first year of the pandemic the project got delayed as social distancing and other measures were put in place, but we got back to recording in 2021, and the other songs just developed organically with a great level of introspection from the artistes.” Winta James said. “I think the past couple years have been hard for everyone, yet we all still give thanks for the little things that bring us joy and hope, and I think this came across in the lyrics that each artiste wrote for their song.”
The ‘Gratitude Riddim’ is a contemporary reggae one drop riddim, featuring traditional drum and bass from the legendary duo, Chris Meredith & Wilburn “Squidly” Cole. The songs, recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic, finds the artists in a reflective mood, with their lyrics centering around themes of gratefulness, love, faith, and self-awareness. It is a nod to ‘juggling’ culture, a traditional aspect of Reggae and Dancehall music.