Alex Arnout’s musical career is a rich and expansive one. Within the space of more than twenty years – more than much of his audiences have been alive – he’s worked his way up from sound engineer to DJ to producer, setting up his own label 'Dogmatik Records' which has hosted artists like Jovonn and Peace Division, and released both Dusky’s ‘Flo Jam’ and Maya Jane Cole’s first ever EP ‘Sick Pander’. His taste for sleek, deep sounds is not only grounded in early Chicago and Detroit house, but also hails from the vast selection of cities in which he has laid his roots. From the Canary Islands to the Balearic Islands, Berlin’s Watergate to London’s fabric, he's no stranger to Europe's most cherished institutions, and when we catch him he’s fresh off of his performance at Gottwood festival, deep in the woods of North Wales. In a playlist that features timeless cuts and unreleased gems, Arnout guides us through the ten pivotal tracks that have shaped his past two decades.
1.Steve McCready- Show Me The Way (Gwen Maze Remix)-
Kills the floor every time! This one is upcoming after the summer on ‘Dogmatik records’, because of longer pressing times it’s harder to get things out quickly these days so I've had this for ages, but it just means I’m the only one with it for a while.
2.Acid Mondays- Got To Get Higher (Delano Smith Remix)-
This one of those timeless tracks that never leaves your box, I had this for ages before I started playing but once I did, I haven’t stopped, quality house music.
03. Guilhem Monin- Omen (Boo Williams Reckless Chicago Dub)-
Wow what can I say, summer anthem if ever there was one, Boo Williams went in on Guilhem Monin’s Omen but the whole EP is class to be fair.
04. Superchumbo- This Beat Is (Peace Division Deeper Mix)-
A record that actually hasn’t left my box in years, I guess this came out 2002/03, still sends the floor into a frenzy whenever dropped.
05. Abe Duque- What Happened? –
Had the pleasure of having Abe remix one of my tracks early on this year, been a long time fan and this is just one of the many 12’s by him that live in my box. What Happened is pure tripped out jackin’ dance floor house, never fails.
06. Monty Luke- 4th From The Sun-
Another one forthcoming on ‘Dogmatik’, this one should be out in September. Again big fan of Monty’s and his ‘Black Catalogue label’, so it was an honour to have an EP from him. The whole EP is great actually but ‘4th From The Sun’ is a futuristic jackin’ jam, sounds immense on a good sound system, can’t wait to get the whole thing back on vinyl.
07. Technasia- Evergreen (Jerome Sydenham Special Edit)-
One of my secret weapons for housier sets and festivals, absolutely goes off every time, love it.
08. Alex Arnout - Diffuser-
Thought I’d throw one of my own in, forthcoming on ‘No Fit State’, this one came together for me pretty quickly, I’d played it out a few times to a great response before it got picked up, I’ve since beefed up the drums a little and it works for me every time. Happy to see it being released.
09. Paolo Rocco- Caution You Feat. Wayne Tennant (Terrance:Terry:Remix)-
I’ve known Terry for years and supported many of his productions since the early 2000’s, they always deliver and his ‘La Vie En Rose’ label is killer, this remix doesn’t disappoint either, rock so many floors since I’ve had it.
10. Kuba Sojka- Forgotten Places-
His track is from Kuba's forthcoming album on our sister label, 'DMK'. His 'Multiple Faces' album is immense but this track ends my sets perfectly, one of my favourite pieces of music this year along with Stojche's 'Radical Measure'.
Catch Alex Arnout - alongside Clive Henry, Samu.l and more - as part of the Dogmatik Showcase at Egg LDN, 7 August. Tickets can be found here.
Words: Josie Roberts