Kerri Chandler

Watergate Records returns next mont with Kerri Chandler’s ‘Checkmate’, accompanied by remixes from Cinthie and Steve Rachmad. New Jersey’s Kerri has possibly been one of the most respected figures in electronic music and a purveyor of authentic, underground house music as both a DJ and producer. 

Here, he makes a return to Watergate Records following his compilation for the brand back in 2014 amongst his regular appearances at the Berlin club.

The original mix of ‘Checkmate’ opens and sets the tone of raw, understated and emotive house via an amalgamation of dreamy synth chord sequences, acid tinged basslines and floaty arps, all accompanied by his New Jersey swing on the drum programming.

Berlin based Beste Modus / Unison Wax boss Cinthie steps up on remix duties next, adding her own twist and style to things, putting the focus on shuffled crunchy rhythms whilst subtly stirring in snippets of the original’s smooth melodies. 

Lastly, Steve Rachmad aka Sterac turns in his take on ‘Checkmate’, offering up a techno counterpart with a subtly unfolding, vacillating bass hook, echoing drum stutters and some dubby reworking of the original’s chords.

It’s out on Watergate Records on 25 September.