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No come down for UK trio WSTRN

TRIUMPHANT TRIO: WSTRN is (l-r) Louis Rei, Haile and Akelle Charles

STILL BASKING in the success of their debut single In2, London group WSTRN return to the airwaves with a follow up musical offering, and prepare for summer when they will be making their festival debut.

Following a top 10 single is a challenge for even the most established of acts. But the triumphant trio, comprised of 25-year-old Akelle Charles, 20-year-old Haile, and Louis Rei, 25, were in good spirits as they spoke about their new single, which is, as group member Akelle Charles describes it,“ an ode to our olders.”

Come Down samples the iconic Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King hit Love Come Down. Released in 1982, the song is nearly 15 years older than the group’s youngest member.

Teasing his bandmate, Akelle quipped: “Did you even know the song, Haile?”

Haile rebuffed: “I have older siblings so I was aware of the tune! When Louis sent it to us, me and Akelle thought it was a sick idea and when we actually executed it, it was proper sick and we loved it just as much we love the original.”

The mastermind, who confirms bringing the project to the table, says that the original disco hit is one of his “favourite songs.”

“I got sent a bunch of beats and that one caught my ear,” Louis said. “I did my bit and sent it to the guys to see what they thought and they added their magic.”

The ease at which the group are able to collaborate musically is a direct reflection of their organic coming together. Previously three solo acts, their distinct musical tastes work harmoniously.

Away from the studio, the west Londoners, refreshingly, don’t take themselves too seriously, as fans can see from their YouTube behind the scene’s series, The West’s Turn.

Describing their individual musical tastes, Akelle said: “In terms of the old school feel to our music, that’s more Louis’ expertise – Louis is the old school soul.

“Haile is more new school and I’m kind of in between, so I think the album is definitely going to reflect that.”

Their newfound commercial success is advanced by calls from their broad fanbase, who are eagerly awaiting an album. But with no confirmed date for the release, the group assures fans that their debut project is on the way and will arrive with some surprises.

Touching back on the matter of their debut track, which sat at number one on the midweek charts, the group reflected on the remixes that In2 spawned.

One was a dancehall mix featuring Jamaican deejay Babycham; another saw the trio team up with fellow UK stars Wretch 32, Chip and Geko; and another featured Grammy-nominated US songstresses Kehlani.

The trio were unanimous in saying that Kehlani delivered the most impressive take of the heavyweight track.

“She took it somewhere we didn’t think it could go,” said Louis. “Haile’s BV’s [background vocals] are second to none and then Kehlani added something entirely different.”

The Kehlani collaboration was birthed from “a genuine connection” asserts Akelle, who was also quick in defending the 21-year-old singer, after she made headlines of her own, following a social media assault on her personal life that drove her to an alleged suicide attempt.

“These things are going to happen,” Akelle said, referring to the public scrutiny high profile figures often face. “It could happen to the best of us. As long as the support is there and we stay true to who we are and keep a positive vibe going, we’ll be good.”

The group was announced as one of the British acts that will grace the main stage at the UK’s popular Wireless Festival, known for delivering some of the world’s biggest acts.

Though they had thought about performing at Wireless, they admit they never imagined it would be in such a large capacity.

“When I found out we’d be performing on the main stage, I was like, ‘what?,’” Haile laughed.
While they remain tight-lipped about what fans can expect, Akelle asserts: “It’s going to be a mad ting!”

Come Down is out now, available on iTunes. Follow WSTRN on Twitter: @WSTRNmusic

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