Kerri Chandler - "Mix The Vibe/Kaoz On King Street" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:13:23) 125 BPM
Review: Originally released in 97, Kerri Chandler and his King Street sound are back to remind the Ibiza DJ where it all began! With righteous rhodes and archetypal 909 beats par for the course with any Kerri Chandler production, his King Street Sounds label have collected 16 of the New Jersey artist's standout classics. From the undeniable phase action and vocal snippets in "Keep Me Inside", find Chandler's trademark jazzy stabs, cantina pianos and snappy rhythms falling in line with the silky vocals or Carole Sylvan ("Im Ready") to Charles McDougald's a little rougher "It's The Music". Hard drums and distortion furthermore are offset by the sweet and mellow pads in "All Bout Love", with original deep house and bassline flavours going all the way in "Here-N-Now". For something equally jazzy but cooler on the vocal, check out "Sunlight" next to some boss King Street vibes in the ever soulful "Smoke". Long live Kerri C.
Review: On this must-check EP, Madhouse offers up another selection of 21st century revisions of vintage productions by label head honcho (and all round US deep house legend) Kerri Chandler. Henrik Schwarz kicks things off in fine style with a warm, groovy and melody driven soft-touch deep house rework of Chandler and Jerome Sydenham's superb "Powder", before D'Julz gets dreamy and gently intoxicated on a hypnotic, locked-in version of "Peace of Mind". Kettama raises the dancefloor pressure version with a bumpin', late '90s U.S garage style take on Lafayette's "Better Late Than Never", while Marquis Hawkes also takes a trip to New Jersey via a skipping, life-affirming "Classic Club Mix" of Jiletta Riley's "The Way Things Were" (think late 90s David Morales and Frankie Knuckles remixes and you're close).
Review: Wisely, house legend Kerri Chandler has used the opportunity provided by this DJ Kicks mix to showcase some of his greatest influences and inspirations. For the most part, that means a slick selection of soul, jazz-funk, disco and boogie gems, with highlights including the dubbed-out, synth-heavy early electro/hip-hop fusion of Fantasy Three's "It's Your Rock (Instrumental)", the sumptuous, solo-heavy bounce of Andre Seccarelli's "Shock Number 1" and the sensual modern soul warmth of The Foreign Exchange's body. Throw in a wealth of specially created interludes, an exclusive Chandler production (the spaced-out Afro-dub deepness of "Stop Wasting My Time") and one of the Innerzone Orchestra's greatest moments (acoustic soul cover "People Make The World Go Round") and you have a suitably superb collection.
Christopher McCray - "Get It Right" (Mad mix - Kerri Chandler Remaster) - (6:43) 124 BPM
Kerri Chandler & Arnold Jarvis - "Music Is My Friend" (Kerri Chandler Remaster) - (5:14) 125 BPM
Review: Launched in 1992, Madhouse Records was a joint venture between NYC legend Kerri Chandler and Mel Medalie of Champion Records. It became predominantly an outlet for Chandler's music, alongside tracks he discovered from peers while DJing around the globe. Today marks a quarter of a century pioneering the true sound of house music and they are proud to finally reveal their celebratory compilation. Mixed by Chandler - one of the most respected DJs on the planet - 25 Years Of Madhouse is a reminder of the imprint's considerable contribution to the house music canon and of a legacy that continues to shape electronic music in 2018 and beyond. Highlights not limited to: the swingin' "Don't Stop" (25th Anniversary Re-Edit) by Sebb Junior, Californian veteran CPEN's deep and sexy "I'm Searching" feat. Bluey Robinson, French rising star DJ Steaw's emotive and hypnotic "Bel Air" and Freerange boss Jimpster's rendition of Chandler's "Powder".
Review: As its' rather matter-or-fact title makes clear, this 15-track opus gathers together some of the finest remixes released on Dirt Crew Recordings to date. It's well worth a listen, featuring as it does an attractive mix of loopy, bass-heavy hedonism (Nachtbraker reworking The Revenge), sumptuous NYC deep house warmth (the legendary Kerri Chandler adding a chunky new spin to Dam Swindle's Mayer Hawthorne hook-up), analogue-rich hypnotism (Mark E re-imagining Chymera), rushing brilliance (Strip Steve flipping Lorenz Rhode), jazz-house-goes-hip-house (Fouk re-framing A Bunch of Guys) and much more besides. We're particularly fond of the remixes by Morning Factory, Art of Tones and Jesse Futerman, though the quality and variety is so good throughout that picking out highlights is genuinely difficult.