Mix: Kerri Chandler
One of the highlights of this year’s Bestival was, undoubtedly, Kerri Chandler’s life-affirming DJ masterclass on the final night in Bollywood. Off the back of Elton John’s rapturous singalong closing set on the main stage and the annual spectacular fireworks display, the New Jersey legend served up a couple of hours of joyous old and new school house to a packed-out tent of beaming smiles and shuffling feet. It was, for me, the perfect way to end my festival experience. So much so that, after 20 minutes of Pete Tong – who followed him by taking things considerably deeper and darker – I’d pretty much had enough and was ready to call it a night.
Having immersed himself in the soul, disco and funk of the late 70s New York underground, the Kaoz man came of age when the acid house explosion hit in the late 80s and early 90s, and it wasn’t long before he was a global superstar. His set from Bestival isn’t yet available, but this mix, recorded for Boiler Room late last year, is ample enough evidence of the man’s unimpeachable skills on the decks.