This week the UK dance music community lost a legend. In circumstances unknown, Marcus Kaye aka Marcus Intalex and Trevino, has died. Tributes poured in from a wealth of DJ’s and producers.
Kaye’s long career saw him produce both drum & bass and techno – in the '90s, he ran the popular Soul:r and Revolve:r labels, and was due to play a Soul:ution label party that night at London’s Pickle Factory. His contribution to drum & bass was hefty, releasing on labels such as Metalheadz and Exit Records. From his timeless proto-jungle classics to seminal partnerships with Calibre as Mist:i:cal, he will be remembered as an innovator.
In 2011, his techno-focussed Trevino project saw music appear for labels such as Craig Richard’s The Nothing Special, 3024 and Klockworks, whilst in the same year he released his debut album, 21, which marked 21 years of involvement with dance music.
Many friends of Kaye have pointed out via social media that he was ‘humble’ and ‘irreplacable’. Chase and Status tweeted: "RIP Marcus Intalex. Such devastating news, another legend, one of Manchester's greats taken too early”, whilst Mampi Swift said: "This one of the saddest days in dnb history. Your music will live on in my sets."
Roni Size said: “I'm utterly saddened that we have lost a soldier @marcusintalex My thoughts are with his family & friends. RIP AND KEEP ON ROLLIN ON”, and Boddika said: “Truly heartbroken to find out about my old friend @marcusintalex. Im utterly shocked. R.I.P. brother.”
Here are some of our favourite Marcus Intalex and Trevino records. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.