Oslo World Music Festival: RETRO invites Derrick May

Derrick May | DJ Nuhhh 

Once a year the musical world ascends on to Oslo from all four corners of the globe to celebrate the regions often overlooked by the western hemisphere. The Oslo World Music Festival sets the stage for new and established artists, bringing together many famous names for a 5-day musical festival whose intentions spread beyond the realm of entertainment. OWMF presents music from around the world, with special focus on Asia, Africa and Latin America with the purpose of the festival focussed on artistic quality and social engagement. Every year Jæger too takes part in OWMF’s nocturnal activities looking to highlight new and established talent from the more unlikely corners of the electronic music world. OWMF teams up with our weekly residencies for one week in early November, with Untzdag, Retro, Frædag and Nightflight residents bringing DJs together that most accurately define their individuality.

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 is cemented in electronic music’s annals. 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. He is one the most respected selectors in Techno today, an uncompromising figure that keeps the origins of this music alive as an innovative and futuristic musical anomaly. 


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