Ever since the first time we saw her perform live back in March this year, we knew that R&B Singer/Songwriter and vocalist Wyen Solo was something special. Her soulful vocal tone, choice of production, and the whole sound of her music epitomizes much of 90’s R&B, which she is heavily influenced by.
With previous tracks under her belt such as ‘Smile’, ‘Facetime’ and ‘Mask On (Pt. 1/2)’, Wyen has now unleashed her debut ‘solo’ album ‘Hennessy & Rose Petals’. Travelling back and forth between UK and the USA, Wyen has worked with producers from both countries, including Shontay Broadway, Mello Beatz, XVR Black, Shawty Chris Beatz and more. Similar to that of Mila J, who has been dropping music projects in real time, this album and each track reflects Wyen Solo’s relationship status as she lived it at the time of recording.
The album opens up with previously released ‘Facetime’, produced by Shawty Chris Beatz, kicking off with acoustic strings and a mellow melody and trapesque R&B beat. Wyen sings with finesse and smoothly as she sets the scene for a Facetime session, to seduct her lover. This leads in to ‘Hennessy & Rose Petals’, the title track which is produced by XVR Black. This is one of those ones where when the Hennessy gets flowing, one thing leads to another. Wyen again displays superb songwriting skills with a catchy hook and delivers free-flowing vocals that just seems to up the temperature towards a rapturous ending. If the previous track was too slow in tempo, then this single will set your hearts racing. What will be a huge song for Wyen, having already premiered it on Rude DJ’s Jamsessions show on Westside FM, she has had nothing but positive feedback so far, and is set for greater things with this one.
‘Patiently Waiting’ sees Wyen Solo depart from what could be described as more contemporary R&B, with this Mello Beatz produced track. Slow, heavy-hitting drums and a Jazz-inspired melody, the song is based around those lonely nights when Wyen might be waiting, patiently mind, for her man to join her side in bed. Wyen’s vocal range is simply astounding, reaching the highs and the lows so well and so soothingly.
‘Dear Diary’ is Wyen’s love ballad before the break up, as she jots her thoughts down in her diary, documenting them in song. The sauntering piano keys and trickling percussion make for a calm before the storm’ type track. ‘Fall Back’ is a track about empowerment and strength shown from Wyen as she puts distance between herself and her lover, having had enough of his games. ‘That Bitch Ain’t Me’ through to ‘The Fool’ and ‘Gettin’ It’ are the grittiest and darkest of all the production on the album, further more in how Wyen carries herself on the tracks. Wyen expresses that there is no-one else like her on the former of the three.
‘The Fool’, produced by Shontay Broadway, features Wyen confessing not only the love she once had but also the hate she now has for her ex boyfriend. More forceful in her delivery of her vocals, she keeps it graceful, wavey background vocals on what is quite a grand trap-influenced R&B production. The album finishes on a heart-warming, positive tone, with final words of inspiration from Wyen’s own Mother, affectionately known as Maggers, ‘Gettin’ It’ leaves us with a whole different vibe from Wyen, as she turns straight thuggish on us, laying down motivational bars on the heavily trap-influenced XVR Black beat. This one’s for all the go-getters out there, what ever your goals are.
A superb debut from Wyen Solo, musical style and sound could be likened to that of R&B greats like Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston and many more, yet with a new school twist, likening her to such singers as Mila J, Ella Mai and Jhené Aiko amongst others. Wyen’s vocal range is perfect for those mellowing R&B ballads or even more upbeat 90’s inspired production, soaring high or dipping down low. The more contemporary tracks that lend elements from Trap music are just as brilliant, with Wyen flaunting her attitude with an edge and grittiness
Wyen has already received airplay from DJ Ace (BBC 1Xtra), and Rude DJ (Westside FM), all whilst staying independent. She’s even been supported by international DJ’s, and interviewed in person too. Wyen has also been blessed to work with some talented artists, singing background for the Scissor Sisters, Eliza Doolittle and UK X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke, and gone on to have two original songs, from a previous EP she wrote herself, featured on Universal compilation albums.
She is no stranger to the stage however, performing at numerous events in the UK and over in North America. Wyen’s aim is to bring R&B back to a place where we loved and respected the sound. With all the praise and positive reactions that she is receiving thus far, Wyen looks all the part of R&B star with integrity.
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