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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Unexpected Art from Falling Unconscious in a new installation piece by John Noi which tells a sensory story of what happens when a graffiti artist accidentally touches an electrical line and falls to the ground unconscious.
In the exhibition, visitors are invited to step into a room where they are presented with a photograph of the graffiti artist, the exact moment before he falls to the ground.
After a few moments, the room suddenly turns black, and the soundtrack of what comes after the fall gently fades in – for the next 63-minutes.
The soundtrack, mixed by Noi, is inspired by the sounds the graffiti artist experiences as a result of the electrical currents enveloping his body in complete darkness.
The images and thoughts which appear in each visitor’s mind as a result of the soundtrack – and being immersed in complete darkness – ultimately become the artwork of what occurs when one falls unconscious.
Visitor’s are invited to experience this exhibition at the Style of Sound studio spaces. Spaces limited to just six people per 63-minute session.
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.