Derrick May was one of the original pioneers of the Detroit sound, and although he has not been as prolific as some of his contemporaries, his tracks have been some of the most innovative and influential. What are the chances of having two great house and techno legends in your class at school? Probably not that high, but that’s where Derrick May and Juan Atkins hooked up – and along with Kevin Saunderson they formed a DJ collective called ‘Deep Space Soundworks’. It was in the eighties that May began recording seriously, and under his Rhythm is Rhythm moniker created one of the biggest house classics of all time with ‘Strings of Life’. That the track is still being re-remixed, re-released and played out today is testament to Derrick’s extraordinary talent. There are very few tunes which still sound relevant two decades after they were first released, but ‘Strings of Life’ is one of them. Sadly, Derrick had pretty much stopped producing by the early 1990’s, but he continued to release quality music from artists such as Stacey Pullen, Carl Craig and Joey Beltram through his Transmat label, and his legacy as an influential DJ and producer remains.
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