British R&B collective from West London release new single “Mama Stay”. “Mama Stay’ serves as the third single from their forthcoming mixtape, due to arrive in Summer; a season in which they have continuously provided the soundtrack for. As well as the mixtape, the trio are steadily crafting their debut album, ready to capture more ears and take things to the next level. “Mama stay” is a blend of Afro-swing, Rap and R&B.
WSTRN comprises of two cousins and their childhood friend, Akelle, Haile and Louis Rei who blend inspired musicality with a number of genres not limited to dancehall, R&B and rap that forms their signature sound. Fate brought the then-unnamed WSTRN together in 2015 as Akelle and Louis would collaborate on a track that Haile produced for the former’s mixtape.
In July that same year, they released their debut single ‘In2’, an infectiously melodic song formed from one of their first jam sessions. The rest as they say was history. “Everything just happened so quickly after we dropped that,” Haile remarks as he reflects on the hysteria surrounding the viral hysteria of ‘In2.’ “We were having meetings with labels, doing radio, but it was weird because people knew us for that song but didn’t know us.” Immediately, they rebranded as WSTRN and as they tell it, the strategy from then on was to “just put music out”. 2016 brought the release of their debut project Season, which showed promise but was underexposed compared to what they would later bring forth.
Their chart-topping debut ‘In2’ (#4 Official Charts) released in 2015, set the tone for what has been a fantastic run for WSTRN; as they have gone on to gain international recognition and become a household name in UK music. In 2016, they took home ‘Best Newcomer’ at the MOBO Awards, and have garnered an impressive 390M+ streams across Spotify and Apple, with 157M+ views on their YouTube channel.
WSTRN have released a slew of singles including fan favourites, ‘Txtin’’ with Dancehall artist Alkaline, ‘Ben Ova’ and ‘Sharna’. Their most recent project ‘WSTRN Season, Vol. 2’, is a solid body of work from start to finish, with guest appearances from Unknown T on ‘Medusa’, Miraa May and California’s SOB X RBE.
To listen to their new single, “Mama’s Stay” click here.