Smell the music and join us for a special exhibition we are hosting this Friday with German future pop label Emerald & Doreen!
As years have shown, you can’t keep us away from Emerald & Doreen for very long. And it’s easy to understand why.
Germany’s Emerald and Doreen have a habit of releasing addictively good music, and like a tasty cocktail, you can never take just one sip.
Following on from our first mix for Emerald & Doreen, we dived into the label’s latest collection of releases to create a mega mix filled with 84-minutes of pure bliss which traverse everything from nu disco to electonica to dream pop; in other words, the diverse and different sounds which make Emerald & Doreen one of the world’s best indie and dance music labels.
The Music-Based Fragrances
To celebrate the 18 songs which make up the Style of Sound Vol 2 compilation and mix, we created a set of fragrances which when sprayed, emit the sound of the song the fragrance is based on, allowing you to smell the music.
Each song is guaranteed to stay in your mind, at least as long as the fragrance stays in the air around you 😉
Click on any of the fragrance bottles below to sample what’s behind the smell, but first, check out the excellent video Emerald & Doreen put together which sums up the mood and tone of the compilation and mix.
You can purchase the Style of Sound Vol 2 compilation containing all the songs from the exhibition from all good record shops including iTunes and Juno.
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.
This year’s Style of Sound Summer Showcase brings together a collection of works from Detroit-native Moriah Nixon and Londoner Lee Boyd, otherwise known as Go Satta.
The duo have been making music together since 2013 and by combining their hugely eclectic musical tastes, they have created a sonic vision of the future.
The result? Intelligent, punchy, future pop, shot through with heavy reggae basslines, funky beats, disco grooves and unexpected diversions.
In this exhibition Lee and Moriah worked closely with the Style of Sound to produce a series of nine specially formulated paints, which when applied in bulk to any surface, reveals a ghostly image filled with colour. When the haptic paint panels are touched, one of nine songs from Go Satta are emitted from the paint as if by magic.
The sensation of each image is said to evoke feelings of the sublime and on occasion, the awe-inspiring power of “hot synth action.”
Visitors are invited to experience the Summer Showcase at Style of Sound London to experience the Go Satta exhibition firsthand. The exhibition runs until 7 September 2016. Arrive early to avoid the queues.
Join us on Tuesday 26 July, 10:00–10:04 am, for the private view of an exhibition of recent work by Berlin-based artist and musician Sara P.
As the former lead singer of the popular indie group Keep Shelly In Athens, Sarah’s recent work shows how she’s evolved as a solo artist.
Focusing on contemporary issues such as peace & rebirth, renewal, and, essentially freedom, her latest endeavors are a love letter to her inner psyche, to the rich and untamed expression within. “I wanted it to escalate” says Sarah, “I wanted it to have many colors.”
This exhibition offers a selected view into Sarah’s new single “Golden Deer”, taken from her recent solo debut EP “Free”.
When asked about the single, Sarah commented, ‘Golden Deer was inspired by a dream I had about this deer leading me to a magical forest where everything was possible. I guess, following the deer symbolized tearing down the fences I’ve built around me because of my fears.’
She adds, ‘Throughout “Free” there has been this steady but slow walk towards the light. If “Dirty Sunday” that serves as the opener of the EP is dark and heavy, “Golden Deer”, the final song, is like an excited heart that’s pumping for the new beginnings.’
Presented in Style of Sound’s Berlin space, the videos are brought to life with not one but three music videos – or dare we say three acts – which were directed by the Berlin based visual geniuses Schall & Schnabel, each installed in a distinct manner.
Pierre Horn & Eileen Huhn of Schall & Schnabel commented, ‘With our video, we visualize a dream. The colors, the pictures, the visual elements layer and in their multiplication a crazy interaction, and new associations.’
They add, ‘Some sequences remind of coral reefs, others of a kaleidoscope. A very own, powerful, poppy, and experimental image language and dynamic was created, bringing an atmosphere that is charming and playful at the same time.’
The three different versions give viewer’s the opportunity to choose how deep to dive into the dream. Follow the link below to experience each of the videos.
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.