Derrick May

Derrick May

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Derrick May
Sometime in the past, the future began. In 1987, a shrink-wrapped record titled, “Nude Photo,” started appearing on the shelves of a few idiosyncratic dance shops throughout Europe. The techno uprising was underway. The music sounded other-worldly: sub-aquatic basslines raced with hi-hats constructed from welding sparks. It was like listening to the liquid electricity of one man’s soul. A part of the original Detroit “Holy Trinity” with Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson, Derrick took the Euro-electropop crystals of Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode and New Order beyond its own horizon, infusing it with house, experimental synthesizer work and just plain soul. Songs and albums like "Nude Photo", "Strings Of Life", "It Is What It Is", "Beginning", "Relics" and “Icon” run deeper than genre molds can grasp. Referred to as the "Miles Davis of Techno", Mr. May has worked with some of the most experimental and creative musical artists in the world, such as ABC, Depeche Mode, Fine Young Cannibals and System 7.
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Derrick May Discography Tracks

Singles & EPs

DJ Marcello & Derrick May DJ Marcello & Derrick May - Serenity 100% Pure Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
System 7 / Derrick May System 7 / Derrick May - Mysterious Traveller - Limited Sampler A-Wave UK 2002 Sell This Version
12nomu42 Nitzer Ebb vs. Derrick May / Nitzer Ebb vs. Thomas P. Heckmann Nitzer Ebb vs. Derrick May / Nitzer Ebb vs. Thomas P. Heckmann - Shame (Mayday Mix) / Join In The Chant (Knarz Is Machine)(12", RE) NovaMute 12nomu42 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
GRVH-04 System7* & Derrick May System7* & Derrick May - I Travel EP(4xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Groovin' High Records GRVH-04 Japan 2009
none Derrick May In 87(Acetate, 10") Not On Label (Derrick May) none US Unknown Sell This Version


Rhythim Is Rhythim / Derrick May / Mayday Rhythim Is Rhythim / Derrick May / Mayday - Innovator - Soundtrack For The Tenth Planet (EP, Comp) Network Records, Transmat UK 1991 Sell This Version
Derrick May Innovator (Comp) Transmat, Transmat Japan 1996 Sell This Version
System 7 / Derrick May System 7 / Derrick May - Mysterious Traveller (Comp) A-Wave Japan 2002 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

OB/PO31, OB/PO35, OB/PO37 Easy~Groove* / Dave Angel / Derek May* Easy~Groove* / Dave Angel / Derek May* - Battle Of The Techno Gods(3xCass, Mixed) Obsession (2), Obsession (2), Obsession (2) OB/PO31, OB/PO35, OB/PO37 UK 1993 Sell This Version
Derrick May Mix-Up Vol. 5 (Comp) Sony Music UK 1997 Sell This Version
none Derrick May Live High Tech Soul Mix(CD, Mixed, Promo) Plexi Limited none UK 2006 Sell This Version
LACD-0169 Derrick May Heartbeat Presents Mixed By Derrick May × Air(CD, Mixed) Heartbeat (12), Lastrum LACD-0169 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
LACD-0216 Derrick May Heartbeat Presents Mixed By Derrick May × Air Vol.2(CD, Mixed) Heartbeat (12), Lastrum LACD-0216 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
FACT 339 Derrick May FACT Mix 339(File, MP3, Mixed, 192) FACT Magazine FACT 339 UK 2012


MSR006 Derrick May Daymares - It Is What It Is (Tech Star 2013 Remix)(File, MP3, 320) Minimal System Recordings MSR006 UK 2013

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April 30, 2004
Derrick May. The spokesman of Techno. Juan may be the teacher and the founder, but Derrick May takes the role as the ambassador by pushing the scene forward in the late 80's. I have a mix CD of his recorded live somewhere, and who else but him can mix Frankie goes to Hollywood (welcome to the pleasuredome) with Diana Ross (love hangover) with Green Velvet all in that order. Derrick never forgets the true grove of early Disco and House and all his sets remind us of where the scene started. There are rumours of a Mayday Mix vol 2, and in a recent interview with M8 magazine, he coyly answers that he hopes this is the case. The scene has a lot of heros such as carl craig and stacey pullen, but its true to say Techno would not be the same if Derrick May were to hang up his headphones.


August 6, 2003
Does he need an introduction? Only one or two other Dj's can inspire like he can, but even then he's got a special touch, something magical. Funky, melodic and spititual, raw, classic, trance, electro- even if he throws down I feel love every set, you still say to yourself, "If anyone can get away with it, Derrick May can."

If you're unfamiliar with his mixing and you want a good idea of what makes Derrick May special, go to and check his 1996 mix. It might be the best recorded mix I've ever heard- you can see how he takes Djing and techno to another level, and how he inspires people like me who love techno for itself, not the drugs or club/rave culture.

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