Review: Artwork presents “Arts House”
Following Arthur Smith’s triumphant Halloween visit, it comes as no surprise that we could not wait to lure him back to Junk, this time the polar opposite to the previously mystic occasion. We feel lucky and proud to be selected as one of Artwork’s favourite venues to have played in last year. Earning Junk a spot on his sofa as a selection for his “Art’s House” tour.
Turning the club into a welcoming living room was just the beginning of this evening, the booth transformed into a comforting living space, covered in floral wall paper, a vintage lamp and a fitting portrait of the man himself. Forgetting why they were there in the first place, an excitable collective of revellers hoard the dance floor and its surroundings, incorporating the social aspects of a formal gathering.
Artwork is a man renowned for diving into a fruity selection of genres, whether it be him dusting off an uncommon disco/funk number from the record collection or an acidic techno track that rattles through your body.
“Art’s House” made room for Arthur Smith to get comfortable and drop songs that he deemed fitting for the occasion. As sets go this one was pretty flawless, the joy surfacing from within the booth, flushed over the dance floor as the entire venue erupted, an ode to Artwork.
Come 1:00 Am, the event fully in motion, the track selection reached a certain altitude, banger after banger. Among the uplifting disco promoting tranquility throughout, a urgent pause occurs before the eerie, transcending vocals of Kerri Chandler – “Return 2 Acid” echo around the entirety of the venue. Of course everybody began to question where they were and if it was going to go down hill from this point, only after a minute or so after this melancholic-spookiness it became crystal clear what was going to happen. The uneven radioactive sounding boom of his incredibly sought after new release “Let Go Of My Acid” drops and forces the club into overdrive. The track was always going to be the focal point of the night but nobody expected it to unravel as it did, the fact he dropped it about 5 times was enough but the enigmatic way in which it began put a stamp on it.
From this point onwards, every single thing Arthur Smith did was welcomed and cherished by all. Every track felt personally selected. As with Jackmaster, I could not fault this set at all, which means I could go on for eternity about what made it so magnificent but I will include a couple of personal highlights; Bileo – “You Can Win”, a go to track for many disco admirers, one that certainly got every body going and Denis Sulta’s unreleased and massively anticipated remix of Thelma Houston’s soulful disco anthem “Don’t Know Why I love You”, which will hopefully arrive just in time for the rising temperatures and summer festivals.
Needless to say Artwork showed us a bloody good time, a joyous occasion that can’t be replicated. Here’s to next time Arthur (make it soon..)
We’ve got some big names for you in April but to kicks things off, Radio 1’s Monki brings her “WARNING” tour to Junk alongside Ben Pearce and Eli Brown. Get tickets here.
Words by Josh Wolfe