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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 - Let's Go (Remixes) album art X-Ray X-Ray - Let's Go (Remixes) Fantasy US 1987 Sell This Version
Derrick May - The History Of The House Sound Of Chicago album art Various Nude Photo (as May) Various - The History Of The House Sound Of Chicago (Comp) BCM Records Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1988 Sell This Version
B.C. 70-2060-49 Derrick May - The History Of The House Sound Of Chicago (...From The Very Beginning...) album art Various Nude Photo (as May) Various - The History Of The House Sound Of Chicago (...From The Very Beginning...)(12xLP, Comp + Box, Ltd) BCM Records B.C. 70-2060-49 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1988 Sell This Version
Derrick May - Illusion / R-Theme album art R-Tyme R-Tyme - Illusion / R-Theme Transmat US 1989 Sell This Version
Derrick May - Deep Heat 4 - Play With Fire album art Various Illusion (as May) Various - Deep Heat 4 - Play With Fire (Comp) Telstar UK & Ireland 1989 Sell This Version
12 J TRAX 11 Derrick May - Strings Of Life / Off To Battle / Kaos album art Rhythim Is Rhythim / Model 500 Kaos (as D. May) Rhythim Is Rhythim / Model 500 - Strings Of Life / Off To Battle / Kaos(12", Ltd) Jack Trax 12 J TRAX 11 UK 1989 Sell This Version
Rhythim Is Rhythim Rhythim Is Rhythim - The Beginning Transmat US 1990 Sell This Version
Derrick May - Bio Rhythm - "Dance Music With Bleeps" album art Various Emanon Various - Bio Rhythm - "Dance Music With Bleeps" (Comp) Network Records UK 1990 Sell This Version
Derrick May - System 7 album art System 7 Fractal Liaison (as May) and 2 more… System 7 - System 7 (Album) 10 Records, 10 Records, 10 Records Europe 1991 Sell This Version
Derrick May - Retro Techno / Detroit Definitive - Emotions Electric album art Various Freestyle and 4 more… Various - Retro Techno / Detroit Definitive - Emotions Electric (Comp) Network Records UK 1991 Sell This Version
Derrick May - Innovator - Soundtrack For The Tenth Planet album art 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 - Altitude album art System 7 Featuring Ultra Naté System 7 Featuring Ultra Naté - Altitude (Single) 10 Records UK 1992 Sell This Version
V25H-12599 Derrick May - Infiltr-8 America EP album art Altern 8 E-Vapor-8 (Inciner-8 Mix) (as May) Altern 8 - Infiltr-8 America EP(CD, EP) Virgin V25H-12599 US 1992 Sell This Version
Derrick May - A Relic / Wiggan Re-Mix / Strings Of Life album art Long Ago / Mayday / Rhythim Is Rhythim Long Ago / Mayday / Rhythim Is Rhythim - A Relic / Wiggan Re-Mix / Strings Of Life Transmat, Buzz Belgium 1992 Sell This Version
Derrick May - 777 album art 777 Fractal Liaison (as D. May) and 2 more… 777 - 777 (Album) Caroline Records US 1992 Sell This Version
Derrick May - The Sound Of Obsession Volume One  album art Various Strings Of Life (Remix) (as Derek May) Various - The Sound Of Obsession Volume One (Comp) The Total Record Company UK 1993 Sell This Version
Derrick May - Network Retro #1 - Back 2 Back Classics album art Rhythim Is Rhythim / Reese & Santonio Strings Of Life (Original Mix) Rhythim Is Rhythim / Reese & Santonio - Network Retro #1 - Back 2 Back Classics Network Records UK 1993 Sell This Version
Derrick May - The Positiva Ambient Collection album art Various Kao-tic Harmony (Relic Of Relics) Various - The Positiva Ambient Collection (Comp) Positiva, Positiva UK 1993 Sell This Version
NWKBBT4 Derrick May - Network Retro #4 - Back 2 Back Classics album art Model 500 / Mayday Sinister (Original Mix) Model 500 / Mayday - Network Retro #4 - Back 2 Back Classics(12", Ltd, RM, Cle) Network Records NWKBBT4 UK 1993 Sell This Version
Derrick May - Virtualsex album art Various Icon (Montage Mix) Various - Virtualsex (Comp) Buzz Belgium 1993 Sell This Version
Derrick May - X-Mix-2 - Destination Planet Dream album art Laurent Garnier Icon Laurent Garnier - X-Mix-2 - Destination Planet Dream (Comp) Stud!o K7, Stud!o K7 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
Derrick May - Classic House Mastercuts Volume 2 album art Various Strings Of Life (Unreleased Mix) (as D. May) Various - Classic House Mastercuts Volume 2 (Comp) Mastercuts UK 1994 Sell This Version
Derrick May - Point 3 - Fire Album album art System 7 Mysterious Traveller (as D. May) and 3 more… System 7 - Point 3 - Fire Album (Album) Butterfly Records, Big Life UK 1994 Sell This Version
50361 Derrick May - Techno Ambient  Vol. 1 / Vol. 2 album art Various Ka-O-Tic Harmony Various - Techno Ambient Vol. 1 / Vol. 2(2xCD, Mixed) Fairway Record, Automat (3) 50361 France 1994 Sell This Version
RUNCD-1004 Derrick May - Rave Classics Vol. 2 album art Various Evapor-8 (Inciner-8 Mix) (as May) Various - Rave Classics Vol. 2(CD, Comp) Runaway Records RUNCD-1004 US 1994 Sell This Version

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spiraltribeliverpool

spiraltribeliverpool

January 11, 2019
Out in 2019. I'll leave this here. Chez Damier, Blake Baxter, Thomas Barnett all contributing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dnS7TDhxBM
PHOOEY

PHOOEY

September 28, 2018
Pioneer - YES
Right moody git - YES
Progressive rock band - YES
alant1000

alant1000

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.
baj

baj

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 betalounge.com 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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