Marco Bailey was born in a small town in Belgium. Probably looking up to people like Joël Smets, Eric Geboers and Marnicq Bervoets, Bailey wanted to become a motocross champion. However, multiple injuries brought that career to an end and left him looking for another passion. That passion he found in music and soon he was making a name for himself as a new wave, punk and rock DJ. In the late eighties or early nineties, Marco Bailey turned towards electronic music and with hits like 'Scorpio' became a phenomenon in the techno scene. Since then, Bailey has been spinning records all over the world. This new album, 'Temper' is his fifth and according to the artist himself, his most representative sounding work so far.
Like I mentioned before, back in the days I didn't listen to his records so I am unfamiliar with most of Marco Bailey's work. Yet, when the album came in, I wanted to give it a good listen. For the record, I have been a huge new beat fan and even during my most stubborn metal days, I often secretly explored the regions of techno, trance, house and their derivatives. About a decade and a half ago, I simply decided "if it's good it's good", regardless of the musical genres. So I bought myself the "The Sound Of Belgium" compilations and added them to my day-to-day playlist. And that is why I was so interested in 'Temper' in the first place. I've seen the evolution of rock music, now it was time to see how an artist like Marco Bailey evolved.
And I am very happy to say that he did not, or at least not in the way I was afraid of. Today's dance scene is loaded with annoying repetitive tracks that just don't seem to go anywhere. Many tracks lack originality, they're single layered and go by without any sense of apotheosis or direction. Not so with Marco Bailey. On most of the tracks on 'Tempest' he breathes the air of nineties trance and he effortlessly manages to throw them at the listener with the same freshness and the same atmosphere as back in the nineties. This whole album could have been released in 1996 and nobody would be surprised.
Of course, the majority here drives on repetitive beats, synth sequences and soundscapes but there is something narrative about these tracks. Sure, you can dance the night away to these bouncing tunes but they are also laced with emotions and with storytelling. Perhaps that aspect of Marco Bailey's sound comes from his era as a new wave DJ. Somehow I feel as if he has created dance songs for the new wave generation and/or new wave club classix for the house generation. Fact is, this album has been a constant in my day-to-day playlist since it arrived here and I don't dislike any single track on it.
Besides, there is plenty of variation to be found. It's not all boom-tsj-boom-tsj-boom-tsj-boom-tsj. 'Ryoko' for instance is a remarkable downtempo electro tune that nudges towards the psy-chill releases that often appear on this website. 'Klauth' thrives on a stunning eighties bassline and comes up with brilliant soundscapes. This is definitely one of my favorites. 'Suoh' is a peaceful ambient tune and 'Tatsu' is perfectly suited as a post apocalyptic movie soundtrack. Most of the other tracks gracefully invite you to the dancefloor.
So if Marco Bailey says that this is most representative work so far, I completely agree. 'Temper' is an extremely enjoyable piece of techno music and perhaps one of the best things to be found in the EDM scene today. I can only recommend this album to everyone who has ever been a fan of Bailey's work, to everyone who has been dancing wildly to trance music since the nineties and to everyone who visits festivals like Tomorrowland today.