Junk Department presents Watergate


!(feature_l)http://relayer.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/spreads/531e3fe23d56b5000200003e.jpg!The London club scene got a taste of Berlin flavours when Junk Department presented a Watergate showcase. On Saturday, March 8th Visionquest’s Lee Curtiss, Tiefschwarz and Metro were joined by residents Marco Resmann and Ruede Hagelstein for Watergate Worldwide Affairs at Shoreditch’s Factory 7.

For me, Factory 7 has always had a awkward warehouse party set up of a raised dancefloor overlooking a cramped bar area that became a busy walkway leaving little space to chill except the smoking area. On Saturday, the Factory 7 set up benefitted from a switching of the dancefloor with the bar, opening up the space into a more impressive venue. Now with a bigger bar area, this positioned the dancefloor as a tunnel of sorts with an array of lights overhead and a pulsating fluorescent tubes behind the DJ booth. Funktion 1 speakers at each end ensured crisp sound wherever you stood, and the music was of a similar high standard.

The main man behind the Watergate brand, Metro, got the party started with moody house grooves ahead of Lee Curtiss who was playing his first London show of 2014. He was in a lively mood and brought more energy into the night ahead of the tech house from Tiefschwarz, also making their debut London appearance for 2014. The duo brought their tougher beats to the fore for a peak-time set that energised the crowd ahead of the cheekier tunes from the back-to-back set from of Marco Resmann and Ruede Hagelstein that were stamped with the Watergate mark.

With the heightened production levels at Factory 7 and the classic Watergate sound from some of the club’s favourites, Junk Department successfully imported the Berlin experience to London. Much will be expected from the upcoming return trip on Friday, April 18th when Junk send Laura Jones to headline their Watergate session with Gavin Herlihy, Luca Pilato and Rhymos. On this form, it’ll be another glossy house experience.

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