With a fierce sense of pride for the city they call home and a desire to see their friends succeed, West End Communications have made a habit of nurturing grassroots talent. Glasgow music is in a rich vein of form right now – with some of the city’s best loved artists and institutions cleaning up at a recent awards ceremony – and the budding label continues to play a part in cultivating such a vibrant community by providing a platform to local artists. The latest off the WEC production line comes from another friend of the label in Marshall Brill, and it certainly meets our lofty expectations.
Like much of the WEC back catalogue, Marshall’s Cafe Del Marsh EP manages to fuse rhythm and texture with immersive electronics in hugely captivating ways. Mesmeric and resplendent, ‘Spanish Wine’ epitomises this approach – a slow-burning deep soak, the epic melodies slowly unfurl as the track bumps along. It’s a treasure trove of opulent synth work: the bass synth undulates, sustained chords soar and analogue textures envelope, all the while percolating through Marshall’s stripped-back rhythms.
The Cafe Del Marsh EP is out on February 1st. Pre-order direct from the label.