A mix from me with a twist on the usual. Specifically, music played at the Box nightclub, Auckland in 1998.
The Box opened in 1990 and was the most influential club in New Zealand clubland for well over a decade. As the new addition to Cause Celebre next door which opened in 1989, it quickly became the benchmark in clubbing (see the full history of the Box & Cause Celebre).
By global standards a club in NZ might seem like a blip on the radar, but the Box held itself to the highest standards in forward-thinking dance music - no mean feat over such a long period of time. A strength of the club was its focus on being a resident-based club with the DJs playing four-plus hour sets as standard, often longer. It allowed the freedom to span the deepest house through to the freakiest electronica of the era.
This year is the 20th anniversary of the venue first opening and the original operators have put together a party 'Take Me Back' on 27 June at Studio, Auckland with Nathan Haines, Rob Salmon, Greg Churchill, Greg Johnson and many more. Take Me Back info here
I was a resident at the Box for about 17 months along with Greg Churchill. I put this mix together based on 1998 at the Box. This is sort of part 1 with part 2 to follow.
Download 1998 at The Box at Soundcloud.
If you want to jazz it up, here's some artwork for it. Cover artwork