The Guardian expressed that “2009 and 2010 were all about Tinchy, Tinie and Chipmunk, [and] 2011 is going to be Wretch’s year”. I totally agree. We have seen Jermaine Scott, aka Wretch 32, rise from selling mix-tapes around his hometown of Tottenham, to making a smash on the grime-pop scene with debut single ‘Traktor’ and reaching #2 in the charts with ‘Unorthodox’ with Example. Now, ‘Don’t Go’, gives us a taste of Wretch’s much anticipated debut album Black & White, due for release on August 14th.
‘Don’t Go’ is slightly different to the infectious, bouncing beat of ‘Unorthodox’ which we all know and love; but in no way is this a bad thing. This new single captivates its audience with a deep and emotive bass line; together with the counter-melodic strings, it intoxicates and takes over your body. If the different mood surrounding this new single represents the diversity that Wretch is capable of, and will be showcasing in his debut album, then I cannot wait.
The smooth, mellow, flowing structure which is ever-present throughout this song gives a melting feeling of emotion and music. So, is he really going on about a lady-fancy in this song? Many may be lead to believe this, but there is no doubt that Wretch has earned a reputation as one of the most highly-regarded lyricist on the scene right now, being referred to as ‘The Metaphor Man’ by the grime glitterati. Personally, I like to believe that this song is about Wretch’s dedication to music and how it has given him the success and fame he enjoys today.
I guarantee that this new single is one that you will instantly get into, and feel the effort put into it. So go on. Listen to it, love it. I know you will, so stop wasting time.
Ministry of Sound’s sister label, Levels Recording, will release ‘Don’t Go’ featuring Josh Kumra on 7th August, followed by Wretch’s album Black & White on August 14th. Wretch 32 will be performing at numerous festivals this summer including Wireless, Glastonbury, T in The Park, V Festival, and Bestival before embarking on his nationwide headline tour this Autumn. I don’t think this will be one to miss live. Make sure you experience it.