The London producer's debut album will hit the shelves in March via Keysound Recordings.
The London producer broke onto the scene early last year with the Commotion EP, released through Dusk and Blackdown's Keysound Recordings. Since then Wen, real name Owen Darby, has developed a strong affinity with the label. Heavily influenced by everyday life in the UK capital, the LP is littered with slang and pirate radio samples, laid atop Darby's sparse grime frameworks.
"When I send out my responses it's stamped with my identity," says Darby. "The album was a way to show some progression through that identity. It has some calmer, emotive moments but moves into some energy and brightness, taking the temperature down to a darker place but ramping the urgency and tension up towards the end."
The album features collaborations with Blackdown, Riko and Soundman Chronicles chief Parris, as well as a brief cameo from Wiley on "Nightcrawler (Devils Mix)." Signals lands as the latest in a string of full-lengths from Keysound, with Wen following the likes of Damu, E.M.M.A. and Logos.
01. Intro (Family)
03. Lunar Feat. Blackdown
04. You Know
06. Swingin' (LDN mix)
08. Time Feat. Parris
11. Nightcrawler (Devils Mix)
12. Play Your Corner Feat. Riko
Keysound Recordings will release Signals on March 17th, 2014.