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Following on from his immensely popular ‘Jungle Laps’ track on John
Digweed’s 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 Belgium’s 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. It’s an urge that luckily gets a positive outcome
in the studio when I’m working on a track just as long as it takes to get
it to sound as it does in my head, or when I’m 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.”
Marco Bailey’s ‘Dragon Man’ is released February 14th 2011. Enjoy!
Release/catalogue number: BEDMB01
Release date: Feb 14, 2011