Review: We Surrender – Skream
You all knew the anticipation surrounding this night. The eagerly awaited return of Skream. His last visit sent the club into overdrive, absolutely rattling the minds of the packed out dance floor. Did he deliver again?
Of course he did!
Itchy feet gathered at all corners of the club, giving me flashbacks of the last time Skream played at Junk and informing me what the night would have in store immediately . A potent concoction of pounding tech-house with a hint of sophisticated techno, all from the main man himself. Being aware of how ecstatic everyone was from the very first moments is a special feeling. I spoke to a few eager revelers in the smoking area to confirm the anticipation was in fact unanimous:
Rachel, Oxford Brookes, Economics and Finance student:
“I’m from Southampton but I’m on my holidays, so I’ve come to Junk, its the place to be, absolutely love Skream and cannot wait for his set!”
Jack, Solent Uni, Animation Student:
“I have never been to Junk, always wanted to go because I’ve been told how mad it is, obviously buzzing for Skream!”
Warming up the ravenous crowd was our own Luca Pilato b2b Bugged Out’s Lemmy Ashton, composing an array of vitalic disco-house. Highlights included the dazzling Keita Sano – “Explosion” and the pulsing extra terrestrial tech-house weapon “Interferencias” by Undo. By this point, the entire atmosphere of the club had dramatically changed inside and out. As everyone rode the wave, conversing with complete strangers about how they’d hope Skream’s set would unravel. Of course appreciating that he would dodge expectation whatever the crowds consensus may be.
Skream’s set began at 1am. His seemingly infinite progression as a DJ is evident in 2017, capturing the dance floor in a state of transfixation as he ventures through a journey of shattering tech-house including unreleased banger Eli Brown – “3 AM”, his very own crowd favourite “You Know Right” and a blissful moment when an acid tinged version of Crystal Waters – “Gypsy Woman” (Diemantle Remix) comes to the fore. Needless to say Skream did not dissapoint and leaves behind him a club pushed to its limits and the prospect of some very exciting opportunities ahead at Junk. Watch this space…
“Undeniably THE club in Southampton! Can’t wait to return!”
Words by Josh Wolfe