‘Young Fire Old Flame’ – Wretch 32 x Avelino and their 2016

Following arguably the best Fire In The Booth, legend Wretch 32 and the prodigy Avelino collaborate and release Young Fire Old Flame. The twelve track mixtape with a synergy of features [Sneakbo, Yungen, Youngs Teflon and Fuse ODG] and since has witnessed an array of appraisal across the grime scene. Wretch and Avelino combine perfectly, contrasting tones, lyrical approach and energy all collude in what can be regarded as one of the best mixtapes of the year. Most tracks have a typical grime beat, some R&B whilst a couple entertain a different vibe. ‘The 15th‘ has an afrobeat behind it for example.

Deep lyrics throughout, it will take you more than just one play to really comprehend the meanings and craft of the words. Universal though, the mixtape isn’t just suited for the club, car, train or alone time but anywhere, any time. Fans can hope the two rappers collaborate again in 2016.

Avelino has had a great year. His solo Fire In The Booth was strong and linking up with Wretch will only mean a more successful 2016 than originally expected. Features with Bonkaz and Stormzy [‘No Comment‘] have propelled the MC near the top of the game. Avelino and Wretch featured on GRM Daily‘s Back2Basics Cypher with Hurricane Hunt, Smila and Calibar last year and it is humbling to see one of The Movement‘s finest Wretch 32 linking up with a younger MC to create a big project like Young Fire Old Flame.

2016 will be more determining than the acclaimed “grime resurgence of 2015”. How commercialised will artists become? Will quality be sustained or will quantity prevail because of potential earnings?  Certainly, Avelino and Wretch’s movement will be unquestioned. What they release is beyond estimation but both artists have such a good understanding they could be pivotal for the grime scene.

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