Derrick May ‎– The Mayday Mix

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1 Derrick May Mayday's Intro (A Mayday Mix Thang)
Featuring – Tyree Cooper
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 Heavenly (Remix) 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 0:44
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 4:04
15 Kramer Dashwood Car Crash Mixer 1:22
16 Jeff Mills Alarms 0:52
17 Phuture Spank Spank 4:04
18 DJ Milton 1999 1:22
19 Designer Music Good Girls 0:52
20 Club MCM Club MCM (K.A. Happy Mix) 2:23
21 Jeff Mills Masterplan 2:56
22 Bandulu Serial Operations 2:54
23 Jeff Mills The Dancer 1:17
24 Freaks Mindless Funk 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 1:38
31 Basement Jaxx Eu Nao 3:22
32 Silent Phase Meditive Fusion (Kenny Larkin Mix)
Remix – Kenny Larkin



The artist for track 11 is incorrectly listed as "House Of Jazz".
Track 15 incorrectly credits 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 listed as "Foundation Sound Works".
Track 25 is incorrectly credited to "Styles Of The Abstract"

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  • Barcode (Printed): 5 029823 100525 >
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5029823100525

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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 4 Derrick May Mix-Up Vol. 5(Cass, Comp, Mixed) Sony Music 487565 4 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
487565 2 Derrick May Mix-Up Vol. 5(CD, Comp, Mixed) S3 487565 2 Europe 1997 Sell This Version


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April 4, 2016
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.


September 9, 2014
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.


July 29, 2008

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.


April 23, 2005
edited over 12 years ago

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.