Video Screening: Lebenswelt – the Latest Sparkling Jewel from Dalo

Your invited to visit our galleries to check out the premiere of the latest video to come from Dalo entitled Lebenswelt, the title track from the forthcoming album on Emerald & Doreen.

Following Dalo’s previous releases which can be described as an addictive blend of Mediterranian inspired chill wave and dream house mixed with a heavy dollop of zen, Lebenswelt continues on this voyage which incidentally leads to a destination in space, a place which is beautifully brought to life in a sparkling surreal manner.

Contrasting the otherworldly nature of the video, Dalo’s style is strongly rooted on earth, in the countryside of Italy where listening to growing vegetables can inspire lovely tracks such as this one – and more.

The full album Lebenswelt by Dalo is out on the 23rd March from all good music stockists.

Pop Up Exhibition: The Return of Printworks

Only last week it was reported that the number of illegal raves in London have doubled in the last year.

And given the volume of clubs that have closed in the capital in the last 5 years, it’s refreshing to have Printworks (a 3,000 capacity former news printing facility) back for its second run. Anticipation was high after Printworks gave us one of our favourite live sets from last year– but given the size, just providing top talent doesn’t always guarantee a smooth ride.

Our latest exhibition focuses on the 2018 inaugural party which was left in the capable hands of The Hydra, who secured a top-notch line up, spanning some familiar hands (Kerri Chandler, Lindstrom, Prins Thomas, and John Talabot) along with some contemporary club players, who are all arguably cruising at altitude (Red Axes, Job Jobse, Tiger and Woods, Taraval and Dolan Bergin).

Despite being an afternoon and early evening event, after you’ve made it into the main room, all sense of time starts to get lost and it could just as easily be the small hours of the morning.

Red Axes delivered more of a big room friendly set than their slower more psychedelic offerings and helped to ensure that by 8pm everyone was well into the party and the mood to come.

The main room’s long rectangular shape meant that even towards the back your experience of the laser and light show wasn’t compromised and ducking out of the dancefloor to sip a Beavertown beer wasn’t that much trouble (craft beer at a rave reminds you that you’re still in London).

We bobbed in and out of the smaller room during Prins Thomas’ 3 hour set, and despite an initial overkill on the bass, the vibe was cosy and deep, reminiscent of the inclusiveness you might feel at Block9 during the small hours.

Given the dramatic contrast in size from the much bigger main hall, this space needed to do something different and pitting Lindstrom, playing his blend of cosmic disco live, against the peak of Kerri Chandler did just that.

Given the many masks of John Talabot (known for legendary disco sets, slower bpm electronic music, and not quite dance music that you can still dance to), it was an enjoyable surprise to see him play an unashamed techno heavy set, a style that we can’t remember him playing in London for years.

This was pitched so perfectly within the line up, so by the time Kerri Chandler took to the stage, he could play plenty of vocal heavy house and familiar classics.

Certainly qualifying as one of the best events we’ve been to in London this year, we’re already looking forward DJ Harvey’s takeover of Printworks on the 19th May. Aptly called Harvey’s Discotheque, the disco legend will be joined by Skream, Peggy Gou, HAAi and Jaye Ward, plus very special guests Hot Chip who present their latest project Megamix. See you there!

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Words by Pierce Calnan

Emerald & Doreen 200 x Jerry Bouthier

On the 24th March, 2017 the Style of Sound unveiled a special exhibition to celebrate the launch of Emerald & Doreen’s 2nd Label Retrospective Emerald & Doreen 200.

The static exhibition consisted of 17 tailor made bomber jackets focusing on the artwork of the songs released in the Emerald & Doreen 200 compilation. Designed by the Style of Sound, the jackets were inspired by the strong links of music and fashion inherent in the compilation’s track list.

As visitors sipped on tasty cocktails, they were invited to try on the jackets, while the continuous mix included in the compilation, mixed by none other than French dj, producer, and sound-designer Jerry Bouthier, played on multiple video screens, taking visitors on a special journey into the visual world created by videographers Emerald & Doreen.

Jerry is no stranger to the label, having mixed the excellent Emerald & Doreen compilations Voyage Sauvage Vol.1  and Voyage Sauvage Vol.2. Of his recent collaboration with the label, Jerry says. “I think every single track is worth its salt, not a dull one in sight, that’s great, well done, that’s what we want, the best of E&D.”

Throughout the evening, revelers sailed across a make shift dance floor filled with shoegazing house blended in with electronica and lyrical synth pop not to mention nostalgic italo-disco, esoteric ambient, melodic prog-techno, dreamy indie, and everything else in between – all given Jerry’s special touch.

If you couldn’t make it to the exhibition, thankfully you can experience the evening for yourself. First, make yourself a cocktail. Second, take a close look at the jackets below. Third, play the video below. And lastly, dance to the mix prepared by Jerry. Enjoy!




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The 2017 Style of Sound Winter Exhibition

You are invited to join us for a private view at 7pm, on the 7th February, for the new Style of Sound exhibiton featuring works from a cross section of artists curated by Style of Sound editor John Noi.

The show highlights the constant struggle between lightness and dark, a theme which visitors can experience first-hand via a 65-minute mix featuring songs from an international roster of artists including: Jerry Bouthier, Pylot, AIMES, Reflex, Re Dupre, Brima & Ben, Max Cooper, Rival Consoles, Dominik Eulberg, Virgo, Clarian, DJ Yellow, and Clark.

We ask that you arrive promptly at 7pm to experience the special light installation that we’ve commissioned which is designed to draw you into the inner depths of lightness and dark as the mix plays.

If you cannot make it to the private view, we invite you to listen to the 2017 Style of Sound Winter Exhibition mix provided here.

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Painterly Impressions of Flow Festival 2016

This month we introduce the painterly works of Style of Sound founder John Noi which were created from memories of his recent visit to Flow Festival 2016, an event which took place in the old power plant area of Suvilahti, Helsinki.

As one of the major Nordic music festivals, this edition of Flow Festival attracted over 75,000 people who were treated to three days of cutting edge music from acts ranging from New Order to Liima to M83, + diverse food offerings, and art created by local Finnish talent.

While many music festivals often end up sharing the same acts, the one thing which truly makes Flow Festival stand apart is its visitors, a stylish group of people who know how to come together to create a good time for one – and all.

In a series of 15 paintings, Noi captures the essence of Flow Festival 2016 by documenting various characters he stumbled upon at the event. Each painting reveals different aspects of how the modern festival goer spends their time from hour-to-hour, either in groups or in solitary moments alone.

Noi comments, “It was refreshing to see an amazing group of people who made an effort to show off their individual style – influenced by music and the culture of Finland. I don’t think I saw anyone who’d made a dreadful visit to the festival must-haves section of Primark.”

Visitors are invited to view the collection of 15 paintings by visiting the Style of Sound Helsinki, or by clicking on the button below.

The next edition of Flow Festival happens from the 11th-13th August 2017 in Helsinki.

Style of Sound Vol. 1 Mix x Compilation on Emerald & Doreen

In anticipation of the forthcoming Style of Sound Vol. 1 compilation coming out on Emerald & Doreen Records, we invite you to join us for a private viewing of the exclusive video created especially for the release at the Style of Sound Berlin.

The video, assembled by the talented Emerald and Doreen in Germany, contains art and fashion footage sourced from a variety of archives which is meant to bring to life the spirit and ethos of the compilation.

The mix and compilation, put together by Style of Sound editor John Noi, is inspired by the dance floor of the future, a dance floor filled with the upbeat rhythms of indie dance, nu disco, italo disco, techno, and house music, where two amazing girls called Emerald & Doreen take you by the hand and spin you into a heady oblivion.

As part of the private view, the Style of Sound has created 16 bottles of wine (one for each artist on the compilation) which are meant to be sampled as each artist is heard on the mix. Each wine is said to induce 16 different euphoric effects as if experiencing the mix on an actual dance floor.

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Boys Get Hurt – During this Summer Mix

Yuki Abe is a producer, a DJ, and artist based in East Tokyo. His works traverse indie dance, disco and house music with the occasional foray into electronica, indie, ambient, hip-hop and R&B.

Collecting inspiration from the changing of seasons, Abe’s music releases and mixes are often filled with deep melancholic feelings, something which makes him stand apart from his contemporaries in Japan.

The Style of Sound Tokyo is now showing his first solo exhibition: ‘During this Summer’ – which shows nine new photographs throughout the gallery’s main room set to a seasonal soundtrack mixed by Abe himself.

Abe’s attitudes to summer are documented fully through out the photographic series in addition to text which is drawn from a series of nine questions we posed to the artist.

Abe’s exhibition: ‘During this Summer’ is showing at Style of Sound Tokyo until the 17th August, 2016.