Derrick May ‎– Mix-Up Vol. 5

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SRCS 8250 Derrick May Mix-Up Vol. 5(CD, Comp, Mixed) Sony 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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baj

baj

November 27, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Mix-Up Vol. 5, CD, Comp, Mixed, SRCS 8250
It looks like I already commented on this like 13 years ago! But I just heard a track from this and thought of it, and was reading the comments here, and want to say more.

This mix is basically about the superb tracks, and especially because many of these tracks were new to us youngins when this mix came out, not to mention impossible to find on vinyl. There is some IMO unnecessary trickery thrown in here, some post-production, but I think the idea was to recreate the magic of a top-form live Derrick May DJ set, which you can hardly do better than.

The only part of the mix that truly stands up to the test of time for me is the last part of it, from Freaks to the end. If you're looking for a better feel for a live Derrick set, listen to the 1990 Bristol set that's been floating around for years. Liaisons Dangereuses, Pete Shelley, St. Etienne, LFO, Suburban Knight, Juan Atkins etc. all in a seamless, high energy mix without the gimmicks.
monsieurledj

monsieurledj

August 26, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Mix-Up Vol. 5, CD, Comp, Mixed, 487565 2
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.
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 5 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.
Gmhmusic

Gmhmusic

September 6, 2013
edited over 5 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......
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 7 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.