Described as a walk through New York, Kerri Chandler’s DJ Kicks contribution takes a look at his inspirations. Because of that there is no house music to be heard here – but the mix is no poorer for it, for in its place we have real quality funk, soul and disco. Chandler clearly loves the big vocals of songs like Sylvia Striplin’s ‘You Can’t Turn Me Away’, but the smooth groove of The Foreign Exchange’s ‘Body’ sets the scene for his club work, as does the breezy jazz funk of André Ceccarelli’s ‘Stock No.1’, and the irresistible swing of Fruit’s ‘If You Feel It, Say Yeah’. A compilation that fulfils two briefs – a bit of a history lesson dressed up as another party.
Ben Hogwood
5 out of 5