West London’s MOBO Award-winning Trio WSTRN Release new single “Wonder Woman” produced by Afrobeats, Pop, and Grime hitmaker P2J.
West London-based act WSTRN continues releasing a steady stream of Afropop and Caribbean-influenced music with their latest single, “Wonder Woman,” produced by Afrobeats and Grime hitmaker P2J whose production credits include tracks for Beyoncé, Wizkid, Stormzy, Goldlink, Mark Ronson, and more. Wonder Woman drops today, September 10, 2021, mere weeks after WSTRN’s release of the single “Be My Guest” featuring Fireboy DML, which is already building steam across the UK, Africa, Caribbean, and North America.
WSTRN is well known for their careful, R&B/Pop style of UK Rap mixed with African and Caribbean influences, and their latest single Wonder Woman is a crystallization of that sound with powerful sentiment. A smooth and infectious Afropop track, the song is specially dedicated to the women in the groups’ lives. With resonant lyrics like “every life you see comes from a woman”, WSTRN has captured a powerful shared sentiment. “We created Wonder Woman to publicly acknowledge, celebrate, and uplift all the significant women that have played a part in raising us – whether that be mothers, aunties, sisters, or daughters. It’s a proper sentimental piece that we hope connects with audiences as much as it does for us”, declares the group.
Formed by cousins Akelle Charles and Haile and their longtime friend Louis Rei, the West London trio WSTRN has developed a lifetime of musical camaraderie into their R&B/pop-centric rap sound. All three grew up in West London and were connected through musical ties early on, with Akelle and Haile’s fathers playing together in a local reggae band. All three friends pursued music independently, but WSTRN was born out of the trio’s first collaborative jam sessions in 2015.
Fused together by influences that span R&B, Hip-Hop, and soul with a base of Reggae and Dancehall, WSTRN’s artistry reaches far beyond their Caribbean roots. The trio’s ear lends itself to experimenting with diﬀerent soundscapes, and their releases so far attest to their worldwide appeal. The group made their mark in 2015 with the release ‘IN2’, amassing over 108 M streams to date with their debut album WSTRN season 2 following on in August 2019. Ever since, the summer period has been rightfully dubbed as ‘WSTRN Season’ by fans.
Fast forward to the present day and over 400 million worldwide streams later, the trio is steadily crafting their second studio album. “We were born into music; it has always found us. We’re ready to capture more ears and take this to the next level.” As Akelle tells it, expect more to come from WSTRN as over half a decade later, their ‘season’ is proving to be evergreen.
WSTRN’s captivating genre fusion sound continues to define and establish the MOBO award-winning trio as one of the UK’s most exciting collectives. With early support from tastemakers Complex, GRM DAILY, The Fader, The Guardian, and Clash Magazine, positioning them as bonafide mood creators. The group has been able to successfully release music across genres including R&B, Grime, Dancehall, Afrobeats, and Pop Music with a who’s who of collaborators including Mr. Eazy, Mabel, Tiwa Savage, Yxng Bane, Stefflon Don, Alkaline, Fieboy DML, Unknown T, Once Acen, and more.
Coming off the heels of another Soca Brainwash event in New York City, world renowned DJ and Producer DJ Private Ryan is bringing the heat once again with another Soca-Dancehall fusion riddim, this one entitled “Turmeric Water”. Combining Caribbean, African, and East Indian sounds with flows from some of Trinidad’s hottest artistes, the riddim is a unique offering that is sure to get waistlines moving during Miami Carnival and beyond. Tumeric Water is the second official release off of Private Ryan’s label “BATTALION Music” which has a steady steam of new releases lined up from now through 2022. Stay tuned for even more from Dj Private Ryan and BATTALION Music
KITTY CAT –
PERFORMED BY SHERTZ “PROBLEM CHILD” JAMES
WRITTEN BY Shertz James
HARD ON ME –
PERFORMED BY Patrice Roberts
WRITTEN BY Shertz James
PERFORMED BY Shal Marshall
WRITTEN BY Shertz James
TOO DAMN WICKED-
PERFORMED BY GAMAL “SKINNY FABULOUS” DOYLE
WRITTEN BY Gamal Doyle
SUN FUN RIDDIM PRODUCED BY JABARI STEVENS
MIXED AND MASTERED BY KERON “SCRATCH MASTER” HECTOR
BACK VOCALS ON “APPLAUSE” AND “TOO DAMN WICKED” BY DENICE MILLIEN
BACK VOCALS ON “KITTY CAT” BY Valene Nedd
When you first listen to “If Only I Knew” from GrooveGalore MuziK, Honorebel and Big Mountain, you may recall that you’ve heard it before? This classic tune was the 3rd #1 Hit for reggae crooner Beres Hammond. It was this song that inspired Paul KasticK – GrooveGalore MuziK to find the right time and collaboration partners to produce and record it again.
The new single has a contemporary sound, with a reggae groove that will make you want to dance and lyrics that encourage a sing along. “I’m gonna burn in the morning sun, And wait until evening come, And I will not leave until you tell me what I’ve done” This song is dedicated to the memory of Jerome Cruz, original guitarist of Big Mountain who was there when KasticK brought the idea for this song and Jerome willingly helped work out the chords and played all guitars on the track… In Honor of Jerome.
Produced & Arranged by: GrooveGalore MuziK Lead Vocals: Quino McWhinney
Backing Vocals: James McWhinney
Live Drums: GrooveGalore MuziK Recorded @ Miami Studio Center Logic Pro X Drum Programming: GrooveGalore MuziK
Live Bass: Luis Castillo
Synth Bass: GrooveGalore MuziK
All Guitars: Jerome Cruz
Keys & Organs: Alex Martin Blanken
Additional Synths: Jason Farmer
Horn Arrangement: GrooveGalore MuziK
Mixed & Mastered by: Pedro Peixoto @ Peixoto’s Mixing Studio – Belo Horizonte / MG – Brazil Released via: Groovegalore Muzik / Zojakworldwide
Release date: 8/20/2021
Song written by: Willie Lindo & Richard Bailey a.k.a Honorebel
Song Cover Artwork by: Rissarera Designs
Publishing and copyrights control: Hywill Music & Caribbean Paradise Publishing LLC