How You Make Me Feel
Remembering Marcus Intalex and His Love for the Music

28 May 2020

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Three years on from his passing we remember a figure in the drum & bass and dance music scene who made an impact and is missed to this day, the one like Marcus Intalex. It's a moment to reflect on his contribution and place in history but also the musical journey he was on fueled by years of inspiration and love for the music.

Many across the scene were stunned at the unexpected news and totally gutted to have lost a character and contributor such as Marcus. Producing tunes from early jungle years and running a label and events later including active radio shows and DJing around the world also. He most often remembered as key in massively influencing DNB at a time when soulful 'liquid' sounds rose to prominence in the early 00's. He always continued to push forward-thinking sounds while holding on to the roots. Injecting soul and personality, he just loved the music.

Digging into the archives for a mix that exemplifies the journey thru influences and inspirations that Intalex drew from is how I like to remember him. Back when he was about to release his debut album '21' Marcus recorded this mix to feature some of the sounds that shaped his 21 years in music and shaped the scene around him. From early techno and house to hardcore and jungle, these sounds influenced his evolution as he went on to produce new sounds and inspire others to draw on the same and the mix provides a great touching off point for this blog exploring that continuum.

Take a trip across a small part of history with some expert selections along with some brief commentary (sobering to hear his voice) from the great Marcus Intalex. RIP.

Mix #

Marcus Intalex - '21 Years Mix'

Lark - Tendra 
Vince Watson - Mystical Rhythm 
Rhythm On The Loose - Break of Dawn 
Shades of Rhythm - The Exorcist 
Meat Beat Manifesto - Radio Babylon 
Nightmares on Wax - Aftermath remix 
LFO - Track 4 
Satin Storm - Satin Storm 
Blapps Posse - Bus' It 
Mendoza - Get Raw 
Nasty Habits - Let's Go 
Origination - Make You Wanna Do Right 
Low Key Movements - Ear Drums 
FBD Project - The Core 
Peshay - Sunray (Ruffage Crew Remix) 
Inta Warriors - Vol 2 
Dillinja - Deadly Deep Subs

BONUS addition 26jun2020 - Now added from the archives: '21 Years Mix - CHAPTER 2' Check it out.

The Music Foundation #

Fast-forward to today and the Marcus Intalex Music Foundation that is now operating to help nurture young future music talent is releasing tasty music too. They recently put out a release featuring longtime Intalex friend and collaborator, Calibre, Foundation with Calibre. It has two unreleased tracks and also a recording of a very rare and candid interview with Calibre himself, done by none other than Fabio!

Cover Photo: Marcus Intalex playing in Toronto, June 2011.