Derrick May ‎– Mix-Up Vol. 5

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Derrick May Mayday's Intro (A Mayday Mix Thang)
Fruit Loops The Message Is Love
Earth People Dance
The Groove Essentials Make Up Your Mind
Lil' Louis & The World French Kiss
House Proud People Lonely Disco Dancer
Scuba Heavenly (Remix)
DJ Sneak Soundz In My Head
New Soul Fusion Prelude
Paul Johnson A Little Suntin Suntin
Ladina Whitfield Time Out For Love (Ebola Mix)
Green Velvet The Preacher Man
Gene Farris Cosmic Coast
The Hayden Andre Project* Tribal Life
Kramer Dashwood Car Crash Mixer
Jeff Mills Alarms
Phuture Spank Spank
DJ Milton 1999
Designer Music Good Girls
Club MCM Club MCM (K.A. Happy Mix)
Jeff Mills Masterplan
Bandulu Serial Operations
Jeff Mills The Dancer
Freaks Mindless Funk
Diod Fructose
Convextion Convextion
Substance Relish
Basement Jaxx Get Down Get Horny
Aubrey Shimmer
Jibaros Nite Drive
Basement Jaxx Eu Nao
Silent Phase Meditive Fusion (Kenny Larkin Mix)

Versions (4)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SRCS 8250 Derrick May Mix-Up Vol. 5(CD, Comp, Mixed) Sony Music SRCS 8250 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
487565 2 Derrick May Mix-Up Vol. 5(CD, Comp, Mixed) S3 487565 2 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
487565 4 Derrick May Mix-Up Vol. 5(Cass, Comp, Mixed) Sony Music 487565 4 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
OPENCD-005 Derrick May The Mayday Mix(CD, Comp, Mixed) Open OPENCD-005 UK 1997 Sell This Version

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LeighButler

LeighButler

April 4, 2016
referencing The Mayday Mix, CD, Comp, Mixed, OPENCD-005
Regarded as one of the best mixes ever with house/techno by those who know, regardless of what other reviews are on here. DETROIT STRONG.
m.j.p

m.j.p

November 12, 2015
referencing Mix-Up Vol. 5, CD, Comp, Mixed, SRCS 8250
First track uses Tyree Cooper's song "T.C.X."
ZacDavis718

ZacDavis718

September 9, 2014
referencing Mix-Up Vol. 5, CD, Comp, Mixed, 487565 2
posted this on "the mayday mix" page, didnt realize they aint all linked:

there is a version of this mix floating around that is 41 minutes longer than the released one..... it seems to me like the longer one is the one that Kenny Larkin edited down. i listened to them both next to each other to compare, and they end and begin with the same tracks; there is just a good amount Larkin cut out (or so we have been told). anyway, i dont think this mix is completely tepid, but honestly getting any shit quality Mayday live @ The Music Institute set or really any of his sets from the 90s (and probably still, as hes been great everytime ive seen him the last few years) is a more pleasurable experience.
ZacDavis718

ZacDavis718

September 9, 2014
referencing The Mayday Mix, CD, Comp, Mixed, OPENCD-005
there is a version of this mix floating around that is 41 minutes longer than the released one..... it seems to me like the longer one is the one that Kenny Larkin edited down. i listened to them both next to each other to compare, and they end and begin with the same tracks; there is just a good amount Larkin cut out (or so we have been told). anyway, i dont think this mix is completely tepid, but honestly getting any shit quality Mayday live @ The Music Institute set or really any of his sets from the 90s (and probably still, as hes been great everytime ive seen him the last few years) is a more pleasurable experience.
jeromy

jeromy

April 10, 2014
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Mix-Up Vol. 5, CD, Comp, Mixed, 487565 2
Looking back over fifteen years of listening to mix CDs this is still one of my all time favourites. Cutting my mix CD teeth on the seamlessly mixed Global Underground series of the late 1990s and early 2000s, hearing this and the Jeff Mills "Liquid Rooms" mix for the first time ten years ago was at the same time mind blowing and a shock to the system when I was used to the digitally edited (although not all of them) GU series.

The mix starts out house-ey before moving into more banging territory with the relentless looping of Paul Johnson's "Suntin Suntin", dont even ask me what May does to Green Velvet's "Preacher Man" but it makes the original seem quite sedate. The mix gets quite deep and driving including three Jeff Mills in short succession before banging it out again. The mix closes with a slamming mix into a very Latin track from Basement Jaxx and the deepness of the Kenny Larkin remix of Pullen's Silent Phase project which leaves the listener longing for more.

In a world saturated with mix cds with most big name DJs and clubs having multiple forgettable mix CDs under thier belt, mostly in the name of milking the market, its difficult to believe Techno's finest has only put out one proper mix CD in 30 years of DJing. The mixing, as you would expect from May is fast, high paced, 'warts and all' but the programming is near flawless. With the exception of Transmat/ Fragile's prolific 1987-1993 period, The Mayday Mix represents May at the height of his considerable DJ powers.

In an age when the ownership of a laptop, some hacked "DJing" software or a USB stick entitles anyone to identify themselves as a DJ, The Mayday Mix leaves you lamenting for a time when DJ meant Disk Jockey.
grahamhatke

grahamhatke

September 6, 2013
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Mix-Up Vol. 5, CD, Comp, Mixed, 487565 2
If U hate on this then you obviously dont know anything about mixing on three or even four turntables. Also if you dont know the ins and outs of djing with double or triple copies of the same record than you will never understand why the creation of mixes like this are even possible. You can also play a record on a 1200 backwards by putting the needle on upside down and playing a record suspended above it by an elongated adapter. All these things were and continue to be possible. The thinking behind it is much more advanced than how djing is perceived these days. Then again he could have used reel to reel edits......
monsieurledj

monsieurledj

April 12, 2010
referencing Mix-Up Vol. 5, CD, Comp, Mixed, SRCS 8250
Five years later, I have to agree with Steve. This is, by far, the most beautifully crafted house/techno dj set I have heard in my 15 or so years of listening to electronic music. Everyone will love this, electronic music lover or not. Mix Up are actually a serie of mixes that marked my youth. Look up for the Jeff Mills one if you digged this one (and can put a hand on it !).
AEK

AEK

July 29, 2008
referencing The Mayday Mix, CD, Comp, Mixed, OPENCD-005

A shockingly average mix of either bland or predictable tracks that completely fails to capture the imagination. Derrick demonstrates that tight beatmatching is only a small part of mixing, and that he is unfortunately lacking in ability when it comes to track selection and panache. There are some very good tracks in this mix: 'Mindless Funk', 'Convextion', 'Relish', 'Nite Drive' and of course Kenny Larkins' mix of 'Meditive Fusion'; but that doesn't stop Derrick subjecting us to the same amateur 'chop & stop' mix which manages to ruin a fair few transistions. There are even some truly hideous mixes; 'French Kiss' into 'Lonely Disco Dancer', and 'Relish' into 'Get Down Get Horny', being standouts as laughable clear-the-dancefloor moments.

Rumoured to be a live studio mix with further post-production by Kenny Larkin, it's a shame someone so clearly capable could release a mix like this. If you want an example of raw swift mixing, try Mills' 'Live At The Liquid Room' CD; the mixing is more rugged and rough around the edges but has far more energy. If you want to hear smooth house and techno blended expertly then I'd suggest you check out Richie Hawtins' 'Mixmag Live Vol. 20', or Stacey Pullens' Essential Mix, broadcast on Radio 1 in 1996. Both are superior examples of how this mix could have been done.
stevo1

stevo1

April 12, 2006
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Mix-Up Vol. 5, CD, Comp, Mixed, SRCS 8250

Many records,many dj's and many mixes.Few however, in my opinion, rival the majesty that is this mix from Derrick May.Superb tracklisting,perfectly mixed with some quirky dj type stuff going on.I especially like the'stopping record'effect which he uses alot.The pace never gives up and it is a true journey through house and techno music.After 15 years of listening to house and techno,whenever I put this on, it takes me right there.Wicked.Thanks Derrick.
phrasedjs

phrasedjs

April 23, 2005
edited over 12 years ago
referencing The Mayday Mix, CD, Comp, Mixed, OPENCD-005

Derrick May shows why he is one of the best DJ's in the world on this mix. The mix moves effortlessly from the house sounds of tracks like The Groove Essentials to techno classics like Alarms and Club MCM. All mixed to perfection by the man himself, using all the tricks in the book. Some of my personal favourites have to be Lonely Disco Dancer, Cosmic Coast, the old school acid of Spank Spank and the classic that is French Kiss. May pulls a blinder out of the box with the Bassment Jaxx track Eu Nao towards the end of the mix. I have had the pleasure of seeing him play on more than one occasion and he is even better in person, driving crowds wild with his ability to mix up the music from one style to another. I hope that the rumours come true and another Mayday mix is produced. If you have never heard May play then I suggest you track one of these CD's down at all cost, you will not regret it.