Following on from his immensely popular Jungle Laps track on John Digweeds Bedrock 11 album in late 2009, the storming Watergate EP released on Bedrock earlier this year (both tracks are included here in his mix for CD2), Marco Bailey kicks off 2011 in style and passion with his highly anticipated Dragon Man artist album.
The album format gives Marco the freedom to express himself fully and include experimental down-tempo electronica, alongside his firebrand pumped up tech-house and percussive techno bombs. The opening track, Dragon Man, with its inspired melodic beauty, shows him as an artist with broad tastes and intricate creative ability. This is followed by the confusingly titled Bill The Trumpet Player, where Marco furthers his creative experiment with the introduction of a joyous uplifting live saxophone that will see plenty of action at beach parties around the globe for years to come with its housed-up percussive backbone.
With Rubber Band, things get gritty as the tech-vibes flow and swirling energy builds incessantly upwards into Run Through, a no-nonsense heads-down ball of emotion. By the time Bom Bang! erupts with its funked-up stroboscopic intensity, Marco Bailey is firing on all cylinders. This is a man who understands dance-floor dynamics to the max and its time to witness a master at work.
The ambient electronic interlude of Holding The Moment allows for a brief moment of relaxation and contemplation, before the percussive fire is fuelled once more by the groovy tech-funk of Zephyr, as Marco turns up the pressure with subtle grace, lifting the energy levels with stylistic ease through Break The Rules to the heady climax of Beaming, before bringing everything to an understated relaxed finale with more experimental electronica in the shape of Red Cell.
The immaculately mixed CD2 gives Marco Bailey the opportunity to demonstrate his dynamic DJ skills, as he weaves dextrous magic over his musical creations from CD1, with the addition of those two immensely popular previous Bedrock releases - Jungle Laps and Watergate.
With moments to dream and time of dance, Dragon Man is a consummate snapshot of Belgiums finest techno DJ/Producer. Marco Bailey likes to think outside the box and explore his fascination with a diverse musical palette. His refusal to conform to a particular genre of music is both refreshing and unique. Marco Bailey is a man with a mission to entertain people with the love of techno music in all its modern guises through his unique blend of underground sounds.
As the man says...I have a burning, all consuming drive that can only be calmed down by getting into the music. Its an urge that luckily gets a positive outcome in the studio when Im working on a track just as long as it takes to get it to sound as it does in my head, or when Im puzzling on my DJ set until it releases the exact energy that makes the crowd lose it. I can best describe this burning, consuming urge as a positive disorder. Plainly positive because it gives a meaning to my life.