Everybody’s talking about 26 year old Jermaine Scott, aka Wretch 32. Adele, Jessie J and Rio Ferdinand have penned excited tweets about him, Liam Gallagher and Nikki Minaj have praised his music in interviews, 50 Cent’s blogged about him, and P Diddy and Mark Ronson have asked him to jump up on stage with them. Chipmunk, The Streets and Wiley were among the first to ask him to record with them, and Professor Green and Tinie Tempah followed suit shortly after, inviting him to support them on tour while Ian Brown gave him the green light to use a sample from the Stone Roses’ Fools Gold for his chart topping single ‘Unorthodox’, a collaboration with fellow London rapper Example, who has compared Wretch’s ‘charismatic, effortless fl ow’ with that of Jay Z.
This summer sees Wretch 32 gearing up for the release of his much anticipated debut album ‘Black and White’, and an extensive schedule of festival appearances. ‘Black and White’, has far more in common with the diversity and depth of a classic hip hop album than the often formulaic and samey sounds of recent offerings from the UK grime scene. From the infectiously guitarladen bounce of ‘Unorthodox’ and the lacerating dancehall beat and subsonic bassline of ‘Traktor’ through to the heartfelt soul of ‘Anniversary’, the rhythmically reggae infused ‘Breathe’ and the poignantly emotive down tempo hop hop anthem in the making and forthcoming single, ‘Don’t Go’.
I’m massively excited for Fort Romeau’s debut album Kingdoms, due out March 6th. Fort Romeau is the solo project of Mike Norris, La Roux’s keyboard player.
The only song he seems to have officially released thus far is “Jack Rollin’”, but you can find another awesome cut “Say Something” in Gorilla vs. Bear’s January mix. For the life of me, I literally can’t find that track anywhere else on the entire internet, and I’m too lazy to rip it out of that mix.
Basically, this album is gonna be an ambient/disco jam parade. So we all have that to look forward to, which is nice. Above is an album teaser video that got released today.