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!

Web & Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1077866
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Words by Pierce Calnan

Style of Sound Vol. 3 Mix & Compilation

You’re invited to help us celebrate the launch of a brand new Style of Sound compilation on the 15th December 2017.

The Style of Sound Vol. 3 is a collection of songs which was compiled to help you understand the lives of those two cheeky girls called Emerald & Doreen, the inspiration behind the label of the same name.

Style of Sound editor John Noi recently travelled to Berlin to spend an evening out with the girls with two tasks in mind. First, he wanted to find out what a typical day of theirs looks like. And second, he wanted find out what songs made up the soundtrack of their lives.

And why the journey all the way to Germany?

He’d heard from several sources that Emerald and Doreen exude awe-inspiring happiness, and he wondered if the music they listened to had anything to do with their state of being, which of course, he found out to be totally true.

The results of this excursion were documented in a 77-minute mix that transports listeners to 18 Emerald & Doreen moments, moments which defined this special evening and ultimately helped explain the meaning of happiness.

The Sound Diary Notating Key Emerald & Doreen Moments

And the Outcome of this Trip?

Looking closely at the 18 songs that make up the mix, John discovered that happiness in life does not come from listening to a single music genre.

Instead, he realised hapiness evolves from listening to a combination of different styles whether it be techno, house, disco, indie dance, soul, hiphop, industrial, etc that creates true bliss — a hallmark of the Emerald & Doreen label and the Style of Sound Vol.3.

Experience the Happiness

We invite you to sample what true happiness sounds by playing the video above which was especially created for this compilation by none other than Emerald & Doreen! The video will give you a taste of what it feels like to spend time with the two girls, plus inspire you to check out the individual artists which make up the release.

Get Your Copy of the Mix Today

Heard-in-the-Cloakroom Featured

Heard in the Cloakroom Installation by the Style of Sound

The latest Style of Sound Exhibition takes a behind the scenes look one of the most essential, but overlooked roles in a night club – the cloak room attendant.

Let’s face it – no one wants to work in the cloak room, but life’s basic necessities such as food and rent inevitably force some of us into this undesired position.

The god awful hours, dealing with drunk club goers who have lost their cloakroom ticket, and even confronting coked-up management who don’t want to pay you for the night are just some of the downsides to working in the cloak room.

But perhaps the worst thing about being a cloak room attendant is the fact that you might be in the same building as some of the best djs in the world, but the versions of the mixes you get to hear will always sound like total and utter shit.

For most of us, we only experience this perspective when we are momentarily standing in a cub’s cloakroom queue, and the muffled sound of music combined with club chatter is something which is fleeting and totally forgettable.

But what if… you had to listen to music in this fashion for hours on end? For this exhibition, we designed an experience which will let you step into the shoes of the humble cloak room attendant to experience just this phenomena.

The Experience

When you enter this Style of Sound exhibition, you will be assigned a position in our cloak room (a tiny space indeed) where you will be invited to check in people’s jackets as they make their way to a bespoke dance floor we prepared for them to enjoy a mix we crafted for the exhibition.

For a solid 85-minutes, you will be forced to stand on your feet just so that you can experience first hand just how bad a mix can sound from the perspective of a cloak room attendant. Naturally, as 85-minutes is only a short time compared to a proper working shift, you will not be able to take any breaks (just like the real world) and will have to deal with various scenarios we throw at you as you tend your position.

Visitors experience the lack of joy working in the cloakroom.

At the end of the 85-minute shift, we will pay you the equivalent of what you would get working minimum wage to further drive in the point how dismal it is to work a cloak room, and as an additional task, you will need to brief the next visitor to the exhibition on how to do this job as you are relieved from your post.

Finally, you will be allowed to check in your own coat, and enter the main dance floor where you can experience the mix in its full glory, complete with free drinks and other party extras.

If you can’t work attend the exhibition in person, we invite you to listen to two versions of the mix we’ve prepared to replicate the two scenarios. Even without handling a coat, you’ll agree that a mix heard from the cloakroom is terrible.

Slots are extremely limited to experience the dismay of being a cloak room attendant, so we strongly suggest listening to the mixes instead to avoid being totally disappointed.

Heard from the Cloakroom Version

Heard on the Dance Floor Version

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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.

View the Video here:

Talks: In Conversation with Alex Oxley

Celebrate the opening of the new Style of Sound Los Angeles gallery and join Reinhardt Music founder Alex Oxley in an ever-so-brief conversation with Style of Sound editor John Noi.

Learn about the vision behind this ambitious and extraordinary record label as the speakers reflect on topics both relevant and not-so-relevant to the 62-minute mix mixed by Oxley especially for the Style of Sound.

The Factory Installation by John Noi

The Factory is in a new installation created by John Noi where visitors are invited to experience a 55-minute music mix set in a disused factory set some where in North London.

Once inside, visitors are entrenched in complete darkness, that is, until the sound of the the Factory gradually fades, bringing light forth from darkness.

The Factory aims to re-create the experience of being lost in the depths of club darkness at 5am where the mechanical beats of techno music drive one to dance on until the sun comes up.

The mix that Noi prepared for this installation contains a selection of nine techno tracks which he feels currently exemplifies the ‘factory sound’.