Marcus Intalex, D&B pioneer, Soul:r label boss and the main man behind the legendary club that is Soul:ution has finally, finally dropped his debut solo album, a mere 21 years into his critically acclaimed career.
(Appropriately) titled 21, the album is my no means a straight up, full drum n bass album. The record flows, shifts and creates an atmosphere that, if anything, is looking forwards into the future of bass driven electronic music rather than retrospectively at the career of one of the genre’s leading figures. That is not to say there aren’t any familiar faces in there. 21 features appearances from Calibre (“the greatest producer ever to walk the planet” according to one reader), S.P.Y, Fierce, Lynx, DRS and the sultry vocals of Riya. 21 is liquid music – the listening experience is one of complete immersion. Each beat, echo or vocal seems to ripple and influence the next, with a continuous flow that draws influences from techno and more spacial dubstep sounds.
This is not an intense, full on album. 21 is a record that has had time to breathe, mature and evolve naturally. 21 is proof that good things do indeed come to those who wait.
Celebrating the release of 21, Marcus will be DJing at Soul:ution at Band on the Wall along with Calibre, S.P.Y and DRS on the mic on Friday April 29th. Tickets are available here.