Label: Transmat
Year: 1987

Why?: This seminal techno track is also one of Derrick May's best-known works

As part of Detroit's Belleville Three, Derrick May will always be seen as one of the architects of the techno scene. It was "Strings of Life" as Rhythim Is Rhythim that took Derrick global; "Strings of Life" struck a chord in Britain at just the right time, pouring gasoline onto the house explosion they were going through at the time. Frankie Knuckles spoke of "the kind of power and energy people got off that record" when they first heard it, and even today you still feel that vibe. It's amazing that a record that encapsulates piano and orchestral samples but has no bassline (or need for one) can still resonate today.