‘Blackout’ is the first single to be released from Wretch 32’s forthcoming third studio album. Premiered on MistaJam’s Radio 1Xtra show, the track was produced by emerging talent Knox Brown who hails from Birmingham and created the record in his bedroom studio. Wretch 32 was the first British grime artist to sample a peer when he used Kano’s ‘P’s and Q’s’ for his club track ‘Pop?’ earlier this year.
Wretch has scouted up-and-coming London-based singer Shakka to feature on ‘Blackout’; where the vocal melts over the samba drum rhythms and velvety basslines. Laced with Wretch’s signature flow and discerning rhymes, the track pays homage to soaring tribal vocal sounds, capturing a laid-back carnival atmosphere and demonstrates his overall growth as an artist. Remixes come courtesy of T Williams, Bobby Tank, Petite Noir and Will And Bill.
In 2011, Wretch 32 released his gold-certified LP ‘Black And White’ which amassed over one million record sales and had three top five singles including the gritty ‘Traktor’ and ‘Unorthodox’ featuring Example’. Crowned ‘MC of the year’ by MTV for two years in a row and as one of the focal artists for the 2012 Olympic Games, Wretch 32 has evolved his style into his own sound - chilled melodies, trademark bars and soaring choruses. His third studio album will be released in August.