Alex Hughes aka. Almanac is a talented Dj from Melbourne, Australia. We found him on Soundcloud our favorite website :) He makes very nice mixes, and he has been soo kind to make one for us!
WHO THE HELL IS ALMANAC?
Well I think this should cover it. Be sure to download his mix and spread it like hot butter
(or cold ice cream!)
Basically I grew up with an older brother who used to play old french house records and he taught me how to mix vinyl at a relatively young age. My best mate and I bought our first set of turntables and started buying records at about 18 years of age (I’m now 28) and at the time I was actually pretty into progressive house and even a bit of, shock horror, trance… Was really into djs and producers like Sasha and John Digweed, Paul Oakenfold etc., basically anyone that did a Global Underground mix CD. I guess I’ve always been fond of a nice melody!
Its funny because I actually stopped playing and even sold my decks as electro kind of took over and found myself listening to a lot of indie rock and pop and was more into bands for several years… I think the resurgance of deep house and then disco sounds and re-edits is what really piqued my interest and passion for dance music again. Over the past few years I bought myself a new set of decks and started collecting records again.
I think in terms of favorite artists, Aeroplane (especially their remixes) and Holy Ghost! are probably top of the list, but I also try to include as many local artists in my mixes, guys like Francis Inferno
Orchestra, Fromage Disco, Tornado Wallace and Flight Facilities have been putting out releases that, in my opinion, are as good as anything I’ve been hearing from Europe or the States. When it comes to labels, there just seems to be so many that have great artists and releases under their belts recently, I think its been a great year for dance music. Gomma, Under The Shade, Eskimo, DFA, Lightspeed, Permanent Vacation, (I could literally go on forever) are all favorites.
When it comes to playing out in my local hometown of Melbourne I’ve recently played with Fromage Disco at their night at a club called New Guernica and supported Golden Bug when he played out here earlier in the year. But in all honestly I’m fairly new to the club scene. I guess at the moment its really about trying to make a bit of a name for myself and take any opportunities that come my way. I’d like to think that there’s an audience out there for the kind of sound I play!
01. Craig Bratley – Birdshell (6th Borough Project Shell Toe Mix)
02. No Requests – Jonesin’ For You
03. Illija Rudman – See (Drop Out Orchestra Remix)
04. Aeroplane – Caramellas (Album Version)
05. Escort – Cocaine Blues
06. Kid Who – Ochre
07. Tiger & Woods – Love In Cambodia
08. Clock Opera – Once And For All (Little Loud Remix)
09. Marin Brodin & Dumb Dan – Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix)
10. The C90′s – Shine A Light (Midnight Savari Remix)
11. Uniforms – 1020 Trickery Lane (Rainbows Of Death Remix)
12. Bubble Club – Morning Star
13. The Glass – Four Four Letter (Black Van Remix)
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Its about time we bring you another interview and certainly about time to introduce you to the very talented Kid Who. You might have already noticed his name and music by now. He is fairly new to the game, but we have been following him for a while. We started off by noticing his blog which was and still is full of really good music and his own edits. Its also really cool to see that his name and music has been spreading since then. The kid totally deserves this and we are really looking forward to hearing more good music from him. Now sit down relax and get to know him. Ps. Make sure you download his mix that he did exclusively for the number20. Lucky us and lucky you :)
Who is Kid Who?
That would be me! Louis Jaquet, a 24-year old producer/DJ living in South London.
What five words best describe you?
I’d have to ask other people but then they would probably all give different answers… who knows…
What is the story behind your name?
That was my first gig in London, which must have been in 2005. I was booked through a friend to play at a b-boy party (I was mixing funk and hip-hop at the time). They called me up at the last minute to get details for the flyer, but I didn’t have a name so had to think of one on the spot. I sat down for two minutes with my then-flatmate and we came up with this one. I’ve never bothered to change it, so here we are!
How did this whole music thing start for you?
I guess the first proper release was the Mindless Boogie EP at the beginning of the year. It’s a funny story actually. I was making loads of edits at the time, and thought I’d try my luck at getting a release out. I emailed Dirk from Mindless Boogie with a link to some edits and asked straight-up if he wanted to do a twelve. He actually declined initially, but then about a week later he sent over 5 tracks and told me to pick three and see what I could do with them. A few months on and the record came out, and things just progressed from there. Now there are a handful of remixes and an EP out and I’m getting plays from people like Aeroplane and Tim Sweeney. It’s really been a dream-come-true. Hopefully 2011 will be even more exciting than 2010!
Playing to a room full of deaf people at a bar in King’s Cross. I did get them dancing though!
What are you listening to now? Who should we look out for?
I’m really loving The Backwoods album on Ene right now. There’s a track from there in the 20mix, I thoroughly recommend grabbing the whole album. Mushrooms Project are amazing too, also in the 20mix. At this very moment I’m listening to Brainticket – Celestial Ocean.
What’s in store for you this year?
Lots of stuff coming up… I’ve just finished a remix for Enzo Ponzio that I’m really pleased with, which will be out soon on Pizzico. There’s also a remix for Space Ranger which should hopefully be out before the end of the year on Lightspeed. I’ve also just won a Chicken Lips remix competition run by DJHistory, that will be available soon as well. Aside from remixes I’m putting together original material for Pizzico and also starting my own digital label, Bravura, along with a producer who I’ve been working with over the past few years. We’ve already got some tracks nearing completion for the first release, and a few exciting people have expressed an interest in getting on board in the future, so keep an eye out for that! No album on the horizon just yet… after a few more EPs perhaps…
What is your favorite word?
Too many great ones to choose from.
What sound or noise do you love?
Anything through a tape delay. That’s probably a boring answer! How about that crunching sound when you’re walking on snow? I’ve always liked that. Through a tape delay perhaps?
What advice should you have taken, but did not?
I guess I try and live with as few regrets as possible. I’ll leave it at that :)
What is your vital daily ritual?
Every day has to start with a cup of tea.
Do you collect anything?
I’ve got a weakness for 70s/80s throwaway spy novels. Sad but true.
What is your worst addiction?
Tobacco. And pasta. I could eat it every day. I even make my own sometimes. I’ve got the rolling machine and everything! I’ll be enormous in the future…
Whats your favorite website?
Lovefingers was pretty mind blowing. Soundcloud is great too. But the crown has to go to Youtube. People are uploading so much incredible obscure old music these days, I can spend hours skipping through the ‘related videos’ lists, finding plenty of gems. It’s amazing for laughs too. Search for ‘binocular football’.
Kid Who – The Number20 Mix
1. Mushrooms Project – Tropikal Mushrooms (Original Mix)
2. Pollyester – German Love Letter (Permanent Vacation Mix)
3. Jonathan Kusuma – Preparation
4. Pional – The Onset
5. DPlay – Schroule
6. Enzo Ponzio – A New Way (Golden Bug Mix)
7. 2020 Soundsystem – Ocean (Ray Mang Dub)
8. Johnny Paguro – Igadadadoo
9. The Backwoods – Breakthrough
10. Moscow – Deep Heat
11. Barfly – Street Talk
12. The Horses – Galactic Radio
13. The Sjukt – Ghost in the Machine
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Siriusmo (aka Moritz Friedrich) makes beautiful German electro core with a little splash of jazz.
A very balanced combination of beats. Just how we like it, very playful and simple.
Support the man and buy his records.