Wednesday, January 20, 2010


I'm quite excited over here at Turn Away Skull, and it's down to the fact that I'll be road trippin' to Montreal (2 hours down the highway) to see Marcus Intalex on Saturday night (see details for the show below).

Ever since I first heard it, I've loved drum & bass/jungle music. Despite loving the music, the scene as a whole has taken a direction that I've been less enamoured with as of late (circa 2006, till the present). Still, there is good music out there, put forth by a stronghold of producers and DJs that have continued to blaze ahead of the pack. Marcus Intalex is one of them. Intalex and his Soul:R/Revolve:R labels release music that makes a bold futuristic statement while nodding to the past as well... a characteristic that jungle/drum & bass has traditionally been known for.

To get hyped up for the event on Saturday, I've banged out a little spotlight mix showcasing the music of Marcus Intalex. This is by no means a "best of" mix, but more so a chance for those unfamiliar with Intalex to sample the quality and the variety of his output. Check it out.

1. Da Intalex - What You Gonna Do? (Flex)
2. Marcus Intalex - Refreshed (Soul:R)
3. - Love Thing (???)
4. feat. Ras T Weed - Mistical Solution (Soul:R)
5. M.I.S.T. - Warp 1 (Soul:R)
6. Marcus Intalex - Skizm (Soul:R)
7. Marcus Intalex - Zumbar (Soul:R)
8. M.I.S.T. - Outerspace (Soul:R)
9. - Inside My Head (Soul:R)
10. Solid State - Just A Vision (Marcus Intalex & ST Files Remix) (Renegade)

MARCUS INTALEX w/ Hosta, Generic, Corey K
Saturday January 23, 2010
4465 St-Laurent Blvd, Montreal

PS: It's the day of the show, and I just finished listening to this record this morning. It's a pretty good link between this post about Marcus Intalex, and the previous post about "winter listening" (see below)

Marcus Intalex - Out Of Touch (Revolve:R)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Don't get me wrong, I love winter and all it has to offer. I'm one of those types that actually hopes for snow once November rolls around, and who still gets excited when enough of the powder falls that school buses are cancelled for the day. Anybody know what the forcast is for the rest of the week?
When it comes to music in the winter time, I definitely notice a slight shift in my listening patterns by the time January hits. I find that I gravitate a bit more to to listening to music that's a bit deeper, introspective, and often times melancholic. Winter is an "inner" season. In the words of Goldie, it's a "headz" season. It's a time when many people not only hibernate indoors, but they also introvert and hibernate in themselves and those closest to them just a little bit more than usual. Maybe it's the winter coat pulled close to the neck, walking down the street, keeping one's head down to avoid the wind & elements that promotes this. Do you think?
If you feel me, check out these recommendations for classic winter listening.
My Bloody Valentine - Sometimes (Creation, 1991)

Catherine Wheel - The Nude (Fontana, 1993)

Joy Division - Decades (Factory Records, 1980)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

KARL HAZE - HEAD CLEANER (old school hardcore/drum & bass mix)

It's been a reallllly long time, since I've banged out a new "official" & "proper" old skool jungle/hardcore mix. I've been hmmm-ing and hawww-ing over what to do with my next one, but in the mean time enjoy this one from about a year back. It has tracks that were mainly released in 1993 & 1994, and spans tonnes of different styles. Download & enjoy. Feedback is welcome, and appreciated.


1. The Dok - Your Love (89 Revival)
2. Nite Shade - Love Has Found Me (Wide Eyed)
3. DJ Trax - High Time (Moving Shadow)
4. ??? - So Afraid (Burning Bush Communications)
5. Naughty Naughty - Volume 6 (Naughty Naughty)
6. Question Mark - Volume 4 (Question Mark)
7. SMD - Volume 2 (SMD)
8. Fat Controller - In Complete Darkness (Uphoria)
9. Naughty Naughty - Volume 2 (Naughty Naughty)
10. Origin Unknown - Valley Of The Shadows (Ram)
11. DJ Hype - Weird Energy (Hells Bells Mix) (Suburban Base)
12. Cool Hand Flex - Shackout (U No Dat)
13. Andy C - Bass Constructor (Ram)
14. Bizzy B - Revolution (Remix) (Whitehouse)
15. Edge Of Darkness - Come Together (Remix) (Bootleg)
16. DJ's Anthem - Volume 2 (Formation)
17. Jumping Jack Frost - Osmosis (Formation)
18. Fast Floor - Plight Of The Innovator (Smooth)
19. DJ Rap & Aston - Jeopardy (Suburban Base)
20. K Rox & Monita - Don't Take It! (Skeleton)
21. M Beat - Rumble (Renk)
22. Austin - Rude Boy (Suburban Base)
23. Citadel Of Kaos - Earthquake (Boombastic Plastic)
24. Uncle 22 - Take You High (Pure Energy)
25. The Last Crusaders - Dark Exploration (Formation)
26. Eze G - World Of Confusion (Unatural Light)
27. LTJ Bukem & Peshay - 19.5 (Good Looking)
28. Appaloosa - Unplugged (Chaos & Julia Set Remix) (Recoil)
29. Photek - Complex (Photek)

Thursday, January 7, 2010


The forthcoming collab tee between Stussy and graf artist Eric Haze is a win on all counts, says this DJ. It's a nice and simple design, with prominent hits on both the front and back of the shirt (something you don't see as much these days). This one drops in mid-January in Stussy Chapter stores.Eric Haze x Stussy limited t-shirt

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Skywalker and Vader duel

I'm hoping that hate won't rear it's ugly head around here too often, but I felt that something has to be said about the latest installment in the world of sneaker collaborations. First off, I'm all for sneaker companies enlisting the help of various out-of-house designers (graphic designers, graffiti artists, fashion designers, and whatnot) to help them come up with unique products to bring some freshness to the game.
However lately we've been seeing more and more "mega collabs" between major franchises with very mixed results. There have been famous board game shoes, Japanese toy robot/lion shoes, Wu Tang Clan shoes and a host of others that just barely manage to excite the sneaker heads while at the same time coming up with something wearable. Sadly, most of these collabs just end up being overdone to the point that the sneakers only serve as a collectible item.
And here enters the latest offering from Adidas x Star Wars. Whether you still love Star Wars, or whether you think it's been played out since The Phantom Menace dropped in '99, you can judge these for yourself...
YodaImperial Stormtroopers
Tie Fighter
Darth Vader
Death Star

Don't get me wrong though, it's not all overstated podiatric heinousness. See the following two designs (Skywalker and AT-AT Walker) and check out how the Star Wars tribute is there, yet the shoes are wearable. Take note: with sneaker designs, in most cases less is more.

Luke SkywalkerAT-AT Walker

If you're still curious, see the whole collection (which also includes shoes inspired by the Millenium Falcon, Princess Leia, and the X-Wing Fighter) at Sneaker Freaker.