Derrick May ‎– Mix-Up Vol. 5

S3 ‎– 487565 2
Mix-Up – Vol. 5
CD, Mixed, Compilation

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1 Derrick May Mayday's Intro (A Mayday Mix Thang) 1:23
2 Fruit Loops The Message Is Love 2:18
3 Earth People Dance 1:42
4 The Groove Essentials Make Up Your Mind 3:24
5 Lil Louis* French Kiss 2:28
6 House Proud People Lonely Disco Dancer 3:24
7 Scuba You Are My Heaven 3:21
8 DJ Sneak Soundz In My Head 0:58
9 New Soul Fusion Prelude 0:44
10 Paul Johnson A Little Suntin Suntin 0:50
11 Ladina Whitfield Time Out For Love (Ebola Mix)
Producer – DJ Daddio, House Of Jazz
12 Green Velvet The Preacher Man 1:42
13 Gene Farris Cosmic Coast 1:14
14 The Hayden Andre Project* Tribal Life 1:12
15 Kramer Dashwood Car Crash Mixer 1:49
16 Jeff Mills Alarm 1:41
17 Phuture Spank Spank 3:55
18 DJ Milton 1999 1:22
19 Designer Music Good Girls 0:52
20 Club MCM Club MCM (K.A. Happy Mix)
Remix – K.A.*
21 Jeff Mills Masterplan 2:55
22 Bandulu Serial Operations 2:54
23 Jeff Mills The Dancer 1:17
24 Freaks Milwaukee Stance 4:20
25 Diod Fructose 1:18
26 Convextion Convextion 2:36
27 Substance Relish 0:56
28 Basement Jaxx Get Down Get Horny 2:59
29 Aubrey Shimmer 2:03
30 Jibaros Nite Drive 1:39
31 Basement Jaxx Eu Nao
Featuring – Adrianna Montero
32 Silent Phase Meditive Fusion (Kenny Larkin Mix)
Remix – Kenny Larkin

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Derrick May AKA The Mayday Mix.

The artist for track 11 is incorrectly stated as "House Of Jazz featuring Ladina Whitfield".
Track 15 incorrectly lists Kramer Dashwood's track as "What Has Been Joined By G.O.D." (name of the release) when it is in fact "Car Crash Mixer".
The artist for track 22 is incorrectly stated as "Foundation Sound Works".
Track 23 is credited to "The Purpose Maker".
Track 24 is incorrectly listed as "Mindless Funk".
Track 25 is incorrectly credited to "Styles Of The Abstract".

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 099748 756527
  • Label Code: LC 2868
  • Rights Society: SACEM
  • Rights Society: BIEM

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

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


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August 26, 2017
edited over 2 years ago
This is a lesson in djing. Recorded live with decks and effects the old fashioned way. The stuff Mr. May pulls out of turntables, a mixer, loops and effects, long before these goodies were built-in your Pioneer DJM-x00, is just insane.

It stands as an historical lesson of how and what DJing is and must be.
A landmark of DJ culture and Detroit Techno.
This is a "Music Institute Mix".

I was a raver at 18 in 1997 and worked at a music store when I bought this CD and it changed my mind about how and what electronic dance music DJing is.

It gave me a soul.

It must do the same to you.


September 9, 2014
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.


April 10, 2014
edited over 6 years ago
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.


September 6, 2013
edited over 6 years ago
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......


December 6, 2004
edited over 15 years ago
It's fairly obvious that if you've ever seen Derick May spin live, this mix is representative of what the guy is capable of. Every genre has its stars, and Derrick is the real deal. After party of this past year's DEMF was proof- four hours of getting your mind blown.

And BTW, 99% of the mix CDs out there are computer-enhanced in some way.


March 3, 2004
edited over 10 years ago
funny to read these comments after all this time. it was recorded in one pass but it obviously contains some post-production. which, btw, was done by kenny larkin.


September 5, 2003
When this mix was released years ago, Derrick told in interviews that he was already pissed of because he knew that a lot of people would analyse and criticize this mix. He just underline that this was no demo or lesson but just his way to share his pleasure for electronic music !!!


May 20, 2003

That's funny, usually I can spot the studio mix a mile away but I didn't get that from this CD at all. Whatever the case, I was somewhat disappointed with it. A lot of the tracks are "classics" but I didn't really need to hear French Kiss again (sorry, I know it's his all time favorite record, just my opinion.) It seems to fall prey to that "educate the crowd" mentality, too many classics trying to cover too much ground over the course of 70 minutes. The transition from funky old school disco house to classic Chicago stuff to techno (and a very cheezy latin track) might work over a 3 hour set but it seemed a bit much for this release.

Just saying...


January 14, 2003

Derrick May is the best deejay i ever saw live and this mixed cd shows him at the hight of his abilities - he tried to give as much effort into this cd as possible . so what`s the point of arguing , if he actually did it live in his studio as opposed to producing it the way it should be done in his mind . he is a genious , and each time he plays live , you can see that he doesn`t need to hide in a studio to give a memorable DJ-Set .There is nothing on the cd that states it is a live mix anyway.


August 13, 2002
you can do it with a pioneer djm 600 right now, even though some of the samples that have been used in the cd exceeds the limits of the sampling facility of the pioneer (the reverse playing in the kramer dashwood song, for example), but back then in 1997 the djm 600 didn't exist. Yet, I repeat, there is no disrespect for Derrick for me, he is a genious and together with deep dish's penetrate deeper compilation on tribal usa, this is the best compilation ever made for me. But again as I said listen to the cd with your pure attention and own some of the stuff on vinyl, you will see the impossibility of playing those stuff naturally.