He’s the driving force behind Wretch 32’s Traktor and Loick Essien’s How We Roll – but L Marshall is more than just a skilled up songwriter, as he proves with fine aplomb on new single The Wait. From glossy, ambient intro to the futuristic chug of the synth-driven verses, The Wait is about as polished a radio-ready single as they come. It’s like a suited and booted charmer, with the gold cufflinks and buffed-up shoes to boot.
It’s grime, sure, but with a bit more thought and class to it. When sleek rising urban stars like Labrinth are suddenly all the rage, everyone else has to up their game to match, and L Marshall’s certainly done that. What The Wait does so well is that it puts itself there in a clearly defined, business-like manner. No pretentiousness or cocky arrogance, just a sort of self-assured ‘yeah, I know what I’m doing’. And that’s what we like.
The Wait is released on the 2nd April.