Hannah Mancini is trying to put her last-place finish at Eurovision 2013 behind her, and apparently that means ditching her birth name. The American-born, Slovenian singer has assumed the name “Stella Mercury” for a series of upcoming projects. “Don’t Give A Damn” proves that she is much more than the winner of our 2013 Pirates of the Sea Cruise Ship Award. She flourishes with a more experimental sound, and uses the back-up of internationally acclaimed DJ Mark Vale to great effect. Yeah, sista.
Vale rose to prominence after Beatport included him on their 2013 DJs to Watch list. His remix of Prok & Fitch’s “Symphony” went straight to number one in the house charts, and he’s quickly become a staple of tastemakers in the underground. Hannah Mancini has been heavily involved in the dance, disco and electronic scene in Europe, particularly in Slovenia, for several years. She brought some fierce choreography to Eurovision 2013—not to mention a sexy black catsuit—but still finished sixteenth out of 16 countries in her semi-final.
Unfortunately Vale has disabled embedding of his videos—not a smart move if you wanna spread your music—but you can watch it here.
Vale has delivered a crisp number layered with club beats. It plays stronger in the Wehbba remix. He auto-tunes
Mancini’s Mercury’s voice in a way that makes it gel better with the electro drums. Although the track strips Mancini of her identity, it’ll keep the punters on the dancefloor. As someone’s mama once said: Never deny who you are unless it gets you somewhere.
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)