Mallorca Lee, a member of early ’90s rave duo Ultra-Sonic, passed away after a short battle with cancer.
A figure near and dear to the Scottish rave scene of the early ’90s passed away on Sunday. Mallorca Lee — a DJ, MC, and founding member of Ultra-Sonic — has died at age 51 following a battle with cancer.
Lee had shared his diagnosis with the world in a January 8 post to Ultra-Sonic’s Facebook page. “I’ve been diagnosed with terminal cancer, the doctor said it could be a matter of months,” it reads. “I apologise for not telling all of my family and friends individually, it just breaks my heart a thousand times and I don’t have the strength to go through it all over and over again.”
The post continues: “I love you all, the last 10 years have been the best of them all, it really has been wonderful. Forgive me if I don’t answer your calls and messages, I’m still processing, even this post feels like someone else is writing it…“
In a Facebook post that has since been deleted, Lee’s friend DJ KID first shared the news of his passing. His family confirmed his passing in a post of their own, writing, “We love you infinity, goodbye and safe trip.”
Ultra-Sonic was an act closely associated with Scottish rave. Lee and Rodger Hughes launched it in 1991 and went on to champion sounds like hardcore techno, happy hardcore, and trance during the styles’ nascent years. Resident Advisor cites “Annihilating Rhythm,” “Obsession,” and “Do You Believe In Love?” as the outfit’s most significant tracks.
After Ultra-Sonic parted ways in the late ’90s, Lee joined acid house and techno band Public Domain. He also released music under aliases like G-GO, Don’t Delete, and Red Monkey. Lee later revived Ultra-Sonic as a solo act; its most recent release was 2020’s “Hardcore Will Never Die.”
We here at EDM Identity offer our sincere condolences to the friends and loved ones of Mallorca Lee.