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DERRICK MAY

Of the Belleville Three, the cadre of early Detroit producers who tested the limits of spirit within electronic dance music and changed the integrity of the form forever, Derrick May's reputation as an originator remained intact despite more than a decade of recording inactivity. While Juan Atkins is rightly looked at as the godfather of techno, with a recording career beginning in the electro scene of the early '80s and encompassing some of the most inspired tracks in the history of dance music; and Kevin Saunderson is the Detroit producer with the biggest mainstream success through his work with vocalist Paris Grey as Inner City, May's position as an auteur eroded slightly during the 1990s due to a largely inexplicable lack of activity. As far as influence counts as part of the equation, however, May recorded the techno tracks which top dance producers point to as the most original and influential. The classic Derrick May sound is a clever balance between streamlined percussion-heavy cascades of sound with string samples and a warmth gained from time spent in Chicago, enraptured by the grooves of essential DJs like Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles. May's Transmat Records label was the home of his best material, cuts like "Nude Photo," "Strings of Life," "Kaos" and "It Is What It Is," most produced from 1987 to 1989 as Rhythim Is Rhythim. And though his release schedule all but halted during the 1990s, he continued DJing around the world and honed Transmat into one of the most respected techno labels in the world.

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Serenity
Original Mix (9:29)
Derrick May, DJ Marcello
2013-12-23 $1.99
Frustration
(6:58)
Carl Craig, Derrick May
2013-10-29 $1.99
Strings Of The Strings Of Life
(9:47)
Derrick May
2013-10-21
$1.99
Another Kaos Beyond Kaos
(0:49)
Derrick May
2013-10-21
$1.99
Freestyle
(4:26)
Derrick May
2013-10-21
$1.99
A Rest / Beyond Kaos
(1:31)
Derrick May
2013-10-21
$1.99
The Dance
(7:12)
Derrick May
2013-10-21
$1.99
Spaced Out
(0:57)
Derrick May
2013-10-21
$1.99
Daymares, It Is What It Is
(6:37)
Derrick May
2013-10-21
$1.99
Some More Spaced Out
(1:07)
Derrick May
2013-10-21
$1.99
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