“Not one sample of any kind was taken from Mercy (VIP) to create Found The Ground.
Hannah Wants has denied plagiarising the VIP mix of Boddika and Joy Orbison’s ‘Mercy’, which has drawn comparisons with her recent track ‘Found The Ground’.
The track was pulled from SoundCloud after a video was posted to Facebook noting the similarities between the two productions and it was noted that there was video of Wants playing ‘Mercy (Boddika VIP)’ back in 2014.
Speaking on Facebook, Wants said: “Found The Ground was made around 9 months ago and it’s no secret that the inspiration for the track was Joy O & Boddika – Mercy (VIP). I’ve been supporting Mercy (VIP) on radio, in mixtapes and in my DJ sets since it’s release and I went into the studio to create a piece of music that had a similar impact on the dancefloor. It was never intended to insult or offend.
“Not one sample of any kind was taken from Mercy (VIP) to create Found The Ground so I’d like to squish the serious and may I add illegal “plagiarism” allegations right here. It is merely bitter controversy and a harder hitting headline for articles.
“To anyone saying, writing and reporting that Mercy (VIP) and Found The Ground are “identical”… Wow. Are there similarities? Yes. Are they “identical”? Not at all. I could sit here and list the differences bar by bar, sound by sound but I won’t. Anyone with a set of working ears can pick apart the tracks.
“I could (anyone could!) list literally hundreds of tracks over the years that have; sounded a little, fairly or extremely similar to others, been clearly inspired by others, physically sampled small or large parts of other tracks (both with or without consent), again I could go on and on here but I won’t.”
‘Found The Ground’ is scheduled for release on Rinse on September 16 along with Wants’ Fabriclive 89 mix, which also features the track.