Derek Carr

Irish electronic musician who has been producing and releasing Detroit-tinged electronic music for almost two decades. He has recently released music on labels such as ‘For those that Knoe’, ‘Revoke’, ‘Subwax’ and ‘Firescope’.

Born and raised in Westmeath, Derek got an early taste for finely crafted melodic techno through compilations like Network’s ‘Bio-Rhythms’ and Warp’s ‘Pioneers of the Hypnotic Groove’. Having been a fan of bands such as Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode through his formative years, Derek felt drawn to this new sound coming from Detroit, Sheffield and Leeds.

Recognising the home made ‘punk’ ethos of early ‘Bleep techno’ he began to pick up second hand instruments, initially investing in a cheetah sampler and boss drum machine.

Derek then set about creating his own sound, a sound that owed much to the techno pioneers, B12, the Black Dog, As One, Nexus 21 and Rhythmatic to name but a few.

In 2001 Derek launched his own label ‘Trident Recordings’ and released the ‘Copper Beech e.p.’ (the only release to date) a collection of deep soulful techno. Only 500 copies were pressed and it has since become something of a collector’s item.

Subsequent releases on ‘Digital Soul’ and ‘Geek Records’ further cemented Carr’s place amongst a new generation of techno producers that looked to combine soul and melody with electronic dancefloor grooves.

Derek Carr is a name known by few and far between but he has built a worthy reputation for putting together stunning deep techno.
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NANO1 Derek Carr - Science & Soul album art Derek Carr Science & Soul (Album) Nice & Nasty Records NANO1 Ireland 2006 Sell This Version
DB3002CD, DB3 002CD Derek Carr - 3 By Three album art Chymera / Derek Carr / Produse Chymera / Derek Carr / Produse - 3 By Three (Album) Nice & Nasty Records, Nice & Nasty Records DB3002CD, DB3 002CD Ireland 2006 Sell This Version
PSY 025 Derek Carr - The Digital Space Race album art Derek Carr The Digital Space Race(CD, Album) Psychonavigation Records PSY 025 Ireland 2008 Sell This Version
PSY080 Derek Carr - Binary Son album art Derek Carr Binary Son (Album) Psychonavigation Records PSY080 Ireland 2013 Sell This Version
OFF025 Derek Carr - Home album art Derek Carr Home(CDr, Album) Offshoot Records OFF025 Ireland 2015 Sell This Version
SUBWAX E-X-C LP03 Derek Carr - Contact album art Derek Carr Contact (Album) Subwax Excursions SUBWAX E-X-C LP03 Spain 2018 Sell This Version
PRTR20 Derek Carr - Pursuit Part 2 album art Derek Carr Pursuit Part 2(2xLP, Album) Pariter PRTR20 Germany 2020 Sell This Version
PRTR19 Derek Carr - Pursuit Part 1 album art Derek Carr Pursuit Part 1(2xLP, Album) Pariter PRTR19 Germany 2020 Sell This Version
PRTR19​/​20 Derek Carr - Pursuit album art Derek Carr Pursuit(15xFile, FLAC, Album) Pariter PRTR19​/​20 Germany 2020
FS026 Derek Carr - Arrival album art Derek Carr Arrival (Album) FireScope FS026 UK 2021 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

TRECS001 Derek Carr - Copper Beech E.P album art Derek Carr Copper Beech E.P(12", EP) Trident Recordings TRECS001 Ireland 2001 Sell This Version
DS04 Derek Carr - Initial Transmission album art Derek Carr Initial Transmission Digital Soul DS04 UK 2002 Sell This Version
DB3 008T Derek Carr - Futuristic Overtones album art Derek Carr Futuristic Overtones Nice & Nasty Records DB3 008T Ireland 2003 Sell This Version
Geek#006 Derek Carr - Destiny EP album art Derek Carr Destiny EP (EP) Geek Records Geek#006 UK 2003 Sell This Version
hs 015 Derek Carr - Planet Jump album art Derek Carr Planet Jump (EP) Headspace Recordings (UK) hs 015 UK 2004 Sell This Version
NANO8 Derek Carr - Old Europe Nu-Muzik EP album art Derek Carr Old Europe Nu-Muzik EP(3xFile, WAV, EP) Nice & Nasty Records NANO8 UK 2007
NANO4 Derek Carr - Test Re-Test EP album art Derek Carr Test Re-Test EP(3xFile, WAV, EP, 16-) Nice & Nasty Records NANO4 UK 2007
NANO3 Derek Carr - Religion EP album art Derek Carr Religion EP(3xFile, WAV, EP) Nice & Nasty Records NANO3 UK 2007
148SR Derek Carr - Galactic Interface EP album art Derek Carr Galactic Interface EP(6xFile, WAV, EP) Stripped Recordings (2) 148SR UK 2014
ANEC7063 Derek Carr - The Electric Highway EP album art Derek Carr The Electric Highway EP(5xFile, WAV, EP) Anecdote Records ANEC7063 UK 2015
none Derek Carr - Blurred Times E.P. album art Derek Carr Blurred Times E.P.(4xFile, WAV, EP) Trident Recordings none Ireland 2015
OmniEP050 Derek Carr - Second Detour EP album art Derek Carr Second Detour EP(3xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Omni Music (2) OmniEP050 UK 2015
Omnizero44 Derek Carr - First Detour EP album art Derek Carr First Detour EP(3xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Omni Music (2) Omnizero44 UK 2015
OMNIEP088 Derek Carr - Misty Mountain EP album art Derek Carr Misty Mountain EP(3xFile, ALAC, EP) Omni Music (2) OMNIEP088 UK 2016
KNOE 5/1 Derek Carr - Knoe 5/1 album art Derek Carr Knoe 5/1(12") For Those That Knoe KNOE 5/1 UK 2016 Sell This Version

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July 15, 2021
edited 11 months ago
I feel compelled to say my bit about DC. I've been a unwavering fan of the man's sound...pensive, reflective, introspective & hopeful are some of the feelings evoked in me. Derek has an innate feeling and mastery of making the machines sing. Like all the best producers he's got a sound signature so distinct and truly his. Machine music for the mind, and heart & soul. All my respect and admiration. Thanks for years of listening Nirvana.


May 24, 2021
This man is to be recognized soon. I remember when i first listened to the ablum Digital Space Race. Frome the first seconds of every track it was all clear - Derek has his own vision on techno/house music. Detroit influence. But his music is not so raw. It's quite more soft. I bet not so much people understant the real level of his production. Grab every release til it is cheap.


April 15, 2021
This man is a Genius. I repeat: This man is a Genius.


March 13, 2021
Thank you Derek Carr for all your beautiful sounds, they have changed my life.


April 13, 2019
derek carr gets as few as possible to make sounds with an extremely pleasant atmosphere while still being dancing. today he has the well-deserved recognition of the scene of house and techno. would be a great injustice a producer as he be forgotten in time. It took but its beautiful sound is seeing the light of the sun


May 8, 2018
Literally have every single vinyl release of his in my collection or wantlist. Don't think I can say that about any other artist with more than a few records out. Most of his releases feature multiple tracks that I'd spin, again something unique to this artist. Deep, futuristic, timeless. Right up my alley. Really looking forward to his first vinyl album to come out soon, 'Contact.'


July 26, 2012
edited over 9 years ago
I love Dereks music so frickin' much! Derek really has the ability to make the next generation of space transmissions. Continuing the big legacy of mad mike and the red planet crew and many others. I want more of this!

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