Friday, 8 November 2013

Nasty Habits - Mayday, Mayday

Nasty Habits - Mayday, Mayday (Reinforced Records, 1992)

Derrick May is one of the originators of Detroit techno, a member of the Belleville Three alongside Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson. He has recorded under a number of aliases including Rhythim Is Rhythim and R-Tyme (with Darryl Wynn) and is reponsible for classics such as 'Nude Photo' and 'Strings Of Life'. His productions were a massive influence on a certain Scott McIlroy and you hear him playing Rhythim Is Rhythim's 'Drama' in this set at Coventry's Connexions night in 1989. There are parallels between Detroit and Coventry, Doc Scott's home town, as both experienced a motor industry boom in the fifties and sixties only to fall on hard times by the eighties, something that really impacted May's music, who commented:

"It's the emptiness in the city that puts the wholeness in the music."

It's not hard to see the appeal the sounds of Detroit must have had for a young Doc Scott and this comes through in his productions, with 'Mayday, Mayday' being a prime example. It was released on the As Nasty As I Wanna Be EP, his seminal debut for Reinforced which also included 'Here Comes The Drumz', 'Dark Angel' and Let's Go (Cold Remix)', and is named after one of Derrick May's noms de plume. It also takes its grimey bassline from the Mayday Mix of De-Lite's 'Wild Times', placing it over an expertly produced breakbeat and adding rumbling bass, bell-like synth and a vinyl spinback effect borrowed from Original Concept's 'Pump That Bass'. May once said Kraftwerk "sounded like somebody making music with hammers and nails" (it was a compliment) and the same could be said of 'Mayday, Mayday', a bare bones tune that pushed the UK hardcore sound towards darker territory back in '92.

The track is available on the essential Doc Scott: The Early Plates compilation which is available from Beatport, Juno Download and most other digital retailers and also includes the remix. You can hear the track below in Manix's Reinforced mix for the EPM Podcast:

EPM PODCAST 16 - MANIX (REINFORCED) by Epm Music on Mixcloud

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