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WSTRN members and cousins Akelle Charles and Haile have been on a similar journey of musical discovery all their lives, ever since their fathers played in the same reggae band. Third member Louis Rei also grew up close by in the collective’s neighbourhood of west London, meeting the others through his friendship with Akelle’s older brothers. They were each raised on a dizzying array of popular genres and styles and it shows in ‘In2’, their debut track together, which charged up to number ten on the Shazam Urban UK chart shortly after they released it on YouTube. It’s as spacious, psychedelic and immediately gratifying as ILoveMakonnen, as emotive and effortless as Drake, yet it resists any comparisons thrown at it. It is quite simply a British banger. 

It was ‘In2’ that actually brought WSTRN together. All three members had been artists in their own right, though not always clearly travelling that path. For all three, eventually getting in a room together to collaborate artistically was inevitable considering the proximity of their homes, lives and interests. One thing led to another and soon they found themselves making music that was feverishly in demand. From here, they continued to craft their identity and the collective, WSTRN, was born. With In2 being only a taster of this impressive and wildly inventive jam session they were then signed by Atlantic Records.  

The fact that throughout their work, WSTRN are quite happy to reference Young Thug style trap beats one minute and then Lauryn Hill style melodies the next, is a testament to just how much their willing to shake up the formula. Each member has a uniquely personal musical background, but they converge at the butterscotch border of good melody and vibe. “What we do, and it’s really important for people to understand this”, says Akelle, “is we use our flow and vocals as the instrument itself, so it’s just a part of the instrumental, it doesn’t sound like it’s anything different, it’s just music.” No matter whether WSTRN adorn their tracks with 808s, eighties synths, or guitars, they always find cohesion in their smooth and soulful vocal textures.

There’s a genuineness to their creative outpouring that eschews the need to be categorised and moulded by tribal identities. Roots reggae, motown, hip hop (in all its incarnations), contemporary and classic R&B, pop music and much more, all shaped WSTRN equally. “It’s an eclectic sound,” says Louis, “that’s rare, and I think that’s why it’s so refreshing. It’s genuine and it’s feel-good and there’s not much of that anymore”.

While ‘In2’ rapidly built a fanbase and brought its creators together, it’s certainly not the apex of their writing abilities. Any one of their songs features a club-baiting hook.

Trying to put WSTRN into words is about as futile as trying to box them up and simply market them as a reiteration of something that’s come before. It’s the music that guides them. They pursue what gets them going, and in so doing, they end up discovering boundaries that were made to be crossed. They’d happily jump on a bashment rhythm and put it through some eighties pop production just to see the result. The one constant being that they’re honest and trusting enough with themselves and each other to instinctively know where to take things. With a bright future ahead and a stockpile of potential hits in the bag, all three would like to take it as far as it can go. 

Ultimately, WSTRN’s music is the celebration of life. Its creators are bound by a deep chemistry and a shared experience that solidifies their familial bond. They have each had personal pitfalls, like everyone else, but the guiding principal in their lives has been the wealth of music and melody all around them. They’re the romantics of London’s urban music scene, eschewing posing and false bravado in favour of something more universal and collective: a feeling of reciprocal joy. Even after the raving around ‘In2’ has passed, you can bet they’ll have planned ahead, ready to drop a new track and increase their fanbase exponentially. The music scene is changing, time is speeding up and today’s big fad will be yesterday’s news tomorrow. Amidst all this, WSTRN have a shot at permanence, their complete disregard for scene politics and their unpretentious approach to music making aligns them with their heroes in their pursuit of something honest. It’s early days but already WSTRN’s star is ascending.

Since their debut single ‘IN2’ went straight in at No.4 in The Official Chart, WSTRN is the name on every major record labels lips. This collective are destined for big things; pricking up all the right ears from the word go.

Their debut album is due for release in 2016 on Atlantic Records 

Listen to ‘In2’ here: https://soundcloud.com/wstrnmusic/wstrn-in2 




Date Publication Title Links
15/11/16 London In Stereo WSTRN // GALLERY Read Article
10/11/16 The Guardian WSTRN review – prescient, feelgood R&B and hip-hop Read Article
05/11/16 The Guardian Mobos: Craig David crowned best male act Read Article
28/10/16 Evening Standard WSTRN, interview: Don’t call us a boyband Article
26/09/16 Music Week The Good Mixers Article
12/09/16 Complex Magazine Catching up with WSTRN Read Article
04/09/16 Daily Star Sunday Introducing WSTRN Article
02/09/16 ASOS Likes WSTRN gave us some dating advice (follow it at your peril) Read Article
30/08/16 Clash Magazine Online WSTRN Talk ‘A List’ Video Read Article
25/04/16 Daily Mirror 3am Article
25/04/16 The Sun ED IN2 REGGAE Article
30/03/16 Nandos Twitter Chilli Jams: @WSTRNmusic got the keys to @Example’s house for the weekend…and this happened. Article
30/03/16 Blame Ebro New Music: WSTRN “Come Down” [Video] Read Article
30/03/16 Pardon My Blog WSTRN Share Visuals for New Single ‘Come Down’ Read Article
30/03/16 VIBE WSTRN Releases Their ‘Come Down’ Video Read Article
23/03/16 Traps TV WSTRN Release New Track Come Down Read Article
23/03/16 Joseph Vinaixa WSTRN Come Down Read Article
23/03/16 Singersroom UK Trio WSTRN Take A Page From Evelyn Champagne King On Single ‘Come Down’ Read Article
23/03/16 Capital XTRA WSTRN New Single Come Down Read Article
23/03/16 Stereoboard WSTRN Unveil Come Down Single Read Article
23/03/16 Hardes Bars WSTRN Come New Track Read Article
23/03/16 Kings Media TV New Music Alert WSTRN Come Down Read Article
23/03/16 Content Dope WSTRN Come Down Read Article
23/03/16 Link Up TV WSTRN Drop New Track Come Down Read Article
23/03/16 RWD Magazine WSTRN UNLEASH NEW SINGLE ‘COME DOWN’ Read Article
23/03/16 MTV wstrn follow up their huge debut single with new banger ‘come down’ Read Article
23/03/16 CLASH Magazine Next Wave 2016 - WSTRN Article
23/03/16 CLASH Magazine WSTRN Blast Back With ‘Come Down’ Read Article
23/03/16 Fader WSTRN Party With Krept & Konan In Their Video For “Come Down” Read Article
18/03/16 Hypetrak Kehlani Remixes WSTRN’s “In2” Read Article
18/03/16 Black Hair Magazine MEN’S ROOM Article
18/03/16 BuzzFeed UK - Facebook BuzzFeed UK - WSTRN Visit Article
18/03/16 Noisey WSTRN Channel Old School Disco On Their New Track ‘Come Down’ Read Article
01/03/16 Pardon my Blog Kehlani Jumps on WSTRN’s ‘In2’ Read Article
01/03/16 The Link Up KEHLANI remixes WSTRN’s smash hit single “In2” Read Article
01/03/16 MTV Kelhani Adds A Verse To WSTRN’s IN2 Read more at http://www.mtv.co.uk/the-wrap-up/blog/kelhani-adds- Read Article
01/03/16 Notion Magazine NEW RELEASE: WSTRN – IN2 REMIX FEAT. KEHLANI Read Article
01/03/16 The Line of Best Fit WSTRN reveal remix of “In2” courtesy of Oakland’s Kehlani Read Article
01/03/16 Abeano Kehlani x WSTRN - IN2 Remix Read Article
01/03/16 The 405 Kehlani Remixes WSTRN “In2” Read Article
01/03/16 Clash Magazine Next Wave 2016 - WSTRN Article
23/02/16 Notion Magazine Westside Story - WSTRN Article
05/02/16 3AM in Daily Mirror Haile Craig…He’s a legend Article
11/01/16 The Hype Kehlani x WSTRN “In2” Remix Read Article
11/01/16 Singers Room Kehlani Hops Onto WSTRN’s Single ‘In2’ For A Remix   Read more: http://singersroom.com Read Article
11/01/16 Officially Urban TOO WAVY!!! NEW MUSIC: KEHLANI REMIXES WSTRN’S “IN2″ Read Article
11/01/16 Got That Hip Hop Kehlani & WSTRN – In2 (Remix) Read Article
11/01/16 Mixtape Madness Kehlani x WSTRN “In2” Remix Read Article
11/01/16 Electic Relaxation Kehlani x WSTRN – In2 Remix | NEW TRACK Read Article
11/01/16 RnBass WSTRN – IN2 (REMIX) FEAT. KEHLANI Read Article
11/01/16 Sunset In The Rear View WSTRN - In2 - Kehlani Remix Read Article
11/01/16 360 Music KEHLANI – IN2 (REMIX) FT. WSTRN Read Article
11/01/16 Digital Dripped In2 (Remix) Kehlani ft. WSTRN Read Article
11/01/16 Broadcasting Beauty WSTRN And Kehlani Team Up For “In2” Remix Read Article
11/01/16 Beat Cog Kehlani x WSTRN “In2” [Remix] Read Article
11/01/16 Fashionably-Early WSTRN – IN2 (REMIX) (FT. KEHLANI) Read Article
11/01/16 Trackblasters WSTRN feat Kehlani In2 (Remix) Read Article
11/01/16 Good Music All Day Kehlani x WSTRN Create A Banger With “In2” Remix Read Article
11/01/16 Bluntiq WSTRN feat. Kehlani – In2 (Remix) Read Article
11/01/16 On Smash Kehlani & WSTRN Read Article
11/01/16 Rap Wave KEHLANI & WSTRN – IN2 (REMIX) Read Article
11/01/16 Nation of Billions Kehlani goes in on a remix of WSTRN Read Article
11/01/16 2 Dope Boys WSTRN - In2 Remix - f. Kehlani Read Article
11/01/16 Karen Civil Kehlani Links Up With London Group WSTRN For IN2 (Remix) Read Article
11/01/16 SBTV Listen: Kehlani Puts Her Own Twist on WSTRN’s IN2 Read Article
11/01/16 The Fader “WSTRN’s slept-on “In 2” gets a big stateside co-sign.” Read Article
11/01/16 The Sun Fabulous - WSRTN Article
05/01/16 Blues and Soul Magazine The WSTRN Way Article 1, Article 2, Article 3
05/01/16 The Voice West London Trio Talk YV Article
05/01/16 Time Out Whats the deal with… WSTRN Article
05/01/16 The Sun Sun Critics Choice Article
05/01/16 Black Music First WSTRN - Got Love Read Article
05/01/16 I Luv Live WSTRN ‘Got Love’ Music Video Read Article
05/01/16 The Music City WSTRN - Got Love Read Article
05/01/16 BRMG WSTRN ‘Got Love’ Music Video Read Article
05/01/16 Certified UK Watch & Download WSTRN - Got Love Read Article
04/01/16 I Am WSTRN ‘Got Love’ Music Video Read Article
04/01/16 WJ London WSTRN Return With Their New Single “Got Love” Read Article
04/01/16 Content Dope WSTRN - Got Love Read Article
04/01/16 Wet My Beak WSTRN ‘Got Love’ Music Video Read Article
04/01/16 Mixtape Madness WSTRN Premiers Video For ‘Got Love’ Read Article
04/01/16 Hardest Bars WSTRN ‘Got Love’ Music Video Read Article
04/01/16 MOBO's Blog WSTRN Return With New Track ‘Got Love’ Read Article
04/01/16 GRM Daily WSTRN Release Brand New Video ‘Got Love’ Read Article
04/01/16 Hot New Hip Hop WSTRN “Got Love” Video Read Article
04/01/16 Clash Magazine Listen: WSTRN Share ‘Got Love’ Read Article
04/01/16 RWD Magazine WSTRN show that they’ve ‘Got Love’ for the fans with free download Read Article
04/01/16 SBTV WSTRN deliver video for new track ‘Got Love’ Read Article
04/01/16 Grazia Grazia Magazine’s five artists to watch in 2016 Read Article
04/01/16 Red Bull Big in 2016: London R & B Revivalists WSTRN (Live Performances) Read Article
04/01/16 NOTION Westside Story (6 page feature) Article
04/01/16 Complex Magazine WSTRN Included in ‘Bout To Blow: 10 Dope Songs You Should Be Hearing Everywhere Soon’ Read Article
16/11/15 I Heart Moosiq WSTRN In2 Read Article
16/11/15 New Music Talks WSTRN – IN2 Read Article
16/11/15 Hip Hop Daily WSTRN – In2 Read Article
16/11/15 RWD Mag WSTRN Balance The Rough With The Smooth On Debut Single ‘In2′ Read Article