Buro 24/7 Singapore Weekly Playlist #96: Aldrin Quek

25 years of house

Text: Aldrin Quek

Aldrin Quek, concert director of One More Time - A tribute to Zouk at Jiak Kim St, shares a selection of tracks that didn't quite make the final cut

Compressing 25 years of Zouk anthems into a 90-minute show was a mammoth task, and it was extremely difficult to drop the following tracks from my final playlist for the show. They each held strong memories of my long-standing relationship with the clubbing institution.

I remember hearing Gat Decor's Passion for the first time when Zouk opened its doors back in 1991. With a driving progressive groove coupled with feel good piano riffs, the song truly captured the Balearic vibe that inspired the creation of Zouk, a club that I was to become a resident DJ at years later.

Kings Of Tomorrow's Finally is one of the few great songs that rocked the floors of both Velvet Underground and the Zouk main room. Yes, there was a time when soulful house could fill the main room! Along with Mr C, Layo & Bushwacka exploded into the scene in the late '90s with a newly coined sub-genre called tech house, a style which I started incorporating into my then percussive-driven DJ sets. Love Story by Layo & Bushwacka married house and techno grooves with indie-styled vocals, which quickly became an anthem for my nights at Zouk.

The Killers' Mr Brightside (Thin White Duke Remix) is one of the seminal remixes than got me hooked to indie dance. A fantastic rework from Grammy-winning Stuart Price (also known by his monikers Jacques Lu Cont and Thin White Duke), it became a massive end-of-the-night anthem for many of my sets. Blue Boy's Remember Me takes me back to the massive nights when Phuture was just launched. Crazy crowds were lapping up the resident DJ sets, which built from hip-hop and trip hop to big beat and breaks. 

One More Time - A Tribute to Zouk at Jiak Kim Street takes place at Capitol Theatre on 24 and 25 March at 8.30pm. Get your tickets here.