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New Jersey veteran brings a supermarket of styles in a rare intimate performance

LIVE: Augmented presents Kerri Chandler @ Gorilla

WORDS BY SAM KERSHAW

Kerri Chandler has been one of house music’s originators since the early nineties. That term originator gets bound around a little too flippantly these days but this is not one of those occasions. From his native New Jersey roots and a backdrop of soul, disco, and garage from his late great father who was also a DJ, Chandler has established himself as a true selector in every sense of the word. As an ambassador of the 4/4 beat, his sets champion a bold plethora of styles, genres and decades.

The most exciting thing about tonight is that Chandler is playing all night long to 600 people in a modest venue under the railway tracks of Whitworth Street West. To give this a little context, tomorrow night he will curate and headline his own show at the Printworks – a 5,000 capacity venue on the banks of Canada Water in London.

Tonight, he kicks off the first hour with some neo-soul and US vocal house followed by some mid-tempo chug, as the crowd bob and weave into their stride. Once he’s found his feet, we a treated to an up-tempo gospel-infused cut of Sister Sledge’s ‘Lost in Music’ and Uptown Funk Empire’s ‘You’ve Got To Have Freedom’. There is a slight lull in proceedings as he gets bogged down with the jazz piano and the atmosphere falls a tad flat. However, redemption is served via the broken beats of some New York garage and a heavy dose of meaty tech house. The latter incorporates the vocal from Loleatta Holloway’s ‘Love Sensation’, sending the crowd into a fever pitch.

The current musical climate is littered with amazing DJ’s come producers – Four Tet, Ben UFO, Floating Points – to name but a few, but Kerri Chandler feels like the engine room on the roster. There’s no effects unit, no all singing all dancing lighting rig, projector screens, lasers et al. It’s six hours of straight up, soulful house, disco and garage on two turntables and it has the clientele in Gorilla eating out of the palm of his hand.

For the pessimists that think that house music all sounds the same, they should let Kerri Chandler take them on a journey. It will make them take a step back and realise it’s time to have a quiet word with themselves.

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Community @ Albert Hall featuring Motor City Drum Ensemble, Rahaan & Kamaal Williams

 


Calling all music lovers, Community will be celebrating their 11th birthday at Manchester’s Albert Hall on Sunday, April 1st and they have one of coolest line-ups you’ll see this bank holiday weekend. To get this amount of world-class artists in one location is quite an achievement so you don’t want to miss out. Distinguishing names such as Motor City Drum Ensemble, Kamaal Williams and Henry Wu will all be hitting the stage making this one hell of a special party.

Who’s bringing it?

Motor City Drum Ensemble needs no introduction as he’s renowned as one of the best selectors in the business right now. He’s carved out a name for himself as one of the most unique DJ’s in the game. You can expect to hear some of the rarest classic disco grooves mixed in with some of the most cutting-edge in innovative house tunes. Forming a sweet mash-up of old and new.

London-based jazz aficionado Kamaal Williams (aka Henry Wu) will be playing his new LP live on the Albert Hall stage. Hailing from the London-jazz scene that has been flourishing more than ever in recent months. He will be bringing you a live show that you won’t want to miss. 

Chicago Legend DJ Rahaan will also be making an appearance just before Motor City Drum Ensemble. Having DJ’d consistently since the 80s specialising in disco and funky-house. He has garnered a somewhat legendary status globally over his career. Consistent features in the Boiler Room and other areas have brought his work to more listeners ears in recent years, despite his old school influences.

Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra will also be taking the stage at about half eight. They’ll be bringing their own unique and hypnotising twist on afro-funk to the table. This is another part of the lineup that can really bring it in a live music environment, so it’s definitely worth getting down there early.

Tickets are still available for this and are priced at £24.75. It’s very rare you’ll see this many headline-worthy acts on one stage in one night. So make sure you get your ticket!

Stage times below:

Motor City Drum Ensemble 1:00am-3:00am

Rahaan 23:30pm-1:00am

Henry Wu 22:45pm-23:30pm

Irfan Rainy 22:30pm-22:45pm

Kamaal Williams 21:45-22:30pm

Irfan Rainy 21:30pm-21:45pm

Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra 20:30pm-21:30pm

Irfan Rainy 20:00pm-20:30pm

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