Review: Watergate Affairs is a brand new music series from the Berlin superclub. Music will be featured by residents or regulars who have become closely affiliated with the club over the recent years. Moreover, these handpicked artists will "perfectly display the sound of Watergate". First up is Zurich's Jimi Jules who presents us with the dark journey track "1.6%" with that buzzy, wonky synth lead and mysterious atmosphere: Life & Death eat your heart out. Berlin legend Lee Jones, the British ex-pat who you may remember for his collaboration with Nick Hoppner as My My is back with "Fraction Disco (Metro edit)" a sexy and bouncy tech house workout that is guaranteed for hands in the air moments. But it's their most well known resident La Fleur who really impresses with "Waves" where the Swede gives us a driving and emotional journey track with a humming sub bass and tight rhythm that you could imagine setting off a frenzy at peak time on that killer sound system.
Review: Hands up all of those who remember Lee Jones as Hefner, a late 1990s purveyor of stoned beats and hazy downtempo grooves on Ninja Tune offshoot N Tone? In truth, he's probably best known for his tech-tinged dancefloor work on Aus and, more recently, Watergate. His latest single, "Wiedersehn", joins the dots between the distinctly different eras of his lengthy career, wrapping gorgeous, sun-kissed and emotion-rich chords and melodies around a huggable, synthesizer-heavy deep-tech groove. Jones switches focus on "Rotary Connections", peppering a more hypnotic and locked-in groove with ghostly chords and eyes-closed musical motifs. Gabriel Sordo delivers a looser and funkier deep house revision of that tune rich in wonky tech-house sounds, while Oscar Barila serves up a thrusting, bass-heavy re-make of "Wiedersehn".