Derrick May ‎– Innovator

Sony Records ‎– SRCS 7980~1
2 × CD, Compilation

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1-01 "Rest" 0:15
1-02 "Rest" 1:08
1-03 Strings Of The Strings Of Life
Remix, Producer [Added Production] – Carl Craig, Derrick MayWritten-by [Co-writer] – Mike James*
1-04 Another Kaos (Beyond Kaos) 0:51
1-05 Free Style 4:31
1-06 "A Rest" Beyond Kaos 1:29
1-07 The Dance 7:12
1-08 Spaced Out (Love Hate Mix) 0:57
1-09 It Is What It Is 7:11
1-10 Some More Spaced Out 1:06
1-11 Beyond The Dance (Cult Mix) 7:09
1-12 Feel Surreal Ends (The Feel Of Surreal!) 0:55
1-13 "To Rest" 0:19
1-14 R-Theme
Written-by [Co-writer] – D-Wynn
2-01 The Beginning Of The End (Of The End Of The Beginning) / Montage (Sensitive Mix) 6:00
2-02 Phantom (A Relic Mix) 1:26
2-03 Phantom (A Relic Mix) 0:19
2-04 Kaotic Harmony (A One Time Live Recording In Detroit)
Written-by [Co-writer] – Carl Craig
2-05 More Phantom 1:12
2-06 Salsa Life 5:28
2-07 Nude Photo / The Beginning
Written-by [Co-writer] – T. Barnett*
2-08 Another Relic (From The Relics) 1:02
2-09 Drama
Written-by [Co-writer] – Carl Craig
2-10 Strings Of Life (MS-4 Version)
Written-by [Co-writer] – Mike James*
2-11 "The Beginning" (Ken Ishii Remix)
Remix [Remix Production] – Ken Ishii
2-12 "Wiggin" (Juan Atkins Remix)
Remix [Remix Production] – Juan Atkins


  • Artwork By [Art Work Gallery] – Rufus Knightwebb
  • Artwork By [Cover Art + Design] – Steven Reaume Heliowork Detroit
  • Artwork By [Inner Sleeve Design] – Michiharu Yasufuku
  • Liner NotesTsutomu Noda
  • Photography [Detroit] – Derrick May
  • Written-By, Producer, Mixed ByDerrick May


Licensed from Transmat.

Track 2-07 is listed as Nude Photo / The Biginning on artwork.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 4 988009 798028

Other Versions (5 of 12) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TMT CD 4, TMT CD4 Derrick May, Rythim Is Rythim*, Mayday Derrick May, Rythim Is Rythim*, Mayday - Innovator(2xCD, Comp) Transmat, Transmat TMT CD 4, TMT CD4 US 1997 Sell This Version
TMT-2 Derrick May Innovator(5xLP, Comp, M/Print + Box) Transmat, R & S Records TMT-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
TMT-2 CD Derrick May Innovator(2xCD, Comp, Box) Transmat, R & S Records TMT-2 CD UK & Europe 1998 Sell This Version
TMT-2 CD Derrick May Innovator(2xCD, Promo) Transmat, R & S Records TMT-2 CD Belgium 1998 Sell This Version
516.3002.23 Derrick May Innovator(2xCD) PIAS France 516.3002.23 France Unknown Sell This Version



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June 25, 2009
Fantastic early release of Derrick May's 'Innovator' album full of gems such as "Wiggin" (Juan Atkins Remix), one that really worths to mention, for Juan's remix goes on a ethereal, Soulful mood based on hypnotic dubby pianos & basslines, as well as neurotic hi-hats which makes it by far the greatest vesion of Wiggin (with the hot 'Sinister Mix').
The other treasures to keep (both eyes) on are Ken Ishii's version of "The Beginning", an exclusive of this album; the outstanding aesthetic "Strings Of The Strings Of Life" which appears complete on both LP & CD releases (even if it also came out on Ken Ishii's Mix Up Vol 3 CD, that one is mixed); "Another Relic (From The Relics)", a beautiful variation and sequence to the original Interval V by Derrick May & Carl Craig (1992) and "Some More Spaced Out" which also brings pretty much the same perspective from the Intervals released on Buzz (1992).