Style of Sound Premiere: Voyage Sauvage 2 Mini Mix by Jerry Bouthier

Jerry Bouthier needs no introduction at the Style of Sound. As one of London’s leading DJs, Bouthier can be found at the world’s coolest clubs and cultural events, enchanting audiences with his latest musical finds, many of which can be found on the excellent electronic German label Emerald & Doreen.

Perhaps it’s only fitting that Bouthier recently mixed the ‘best of’ Emerald & Doreen’s recent releases as the second volume of its ‘Voyage Sauvage’ compilation series.

When asked about the mix Bouthier commented:

What I love most about Emerald & Doreen is that its artists aren’t too sure what box they should be put in. On the same EP you might get this, and this and that, always a mix of styles, which I find truly refreshing at a time when so much music is confined to rules and categories.

From shoegazing house to electronica, to lyrical synth pop to nostalgic italo-disco, esoteric ambient, melodic prog-techno, dreamy indie, girly reggae and everything else in between, ‘Voyage Sauvage 2′ breaks ground without leaving out the essential. It’s filled with solid tunes you will desire to listen to again and again and again.

We’ll be featuring the full length mix and revealing the amazing tracklist in the upcoming weeks!

Recipe Pina Colada

How to Make a Refreshing Pina Colada: Zimmermann x Bouthier Style

With summer soon approaching, we’ve always thought it’s never too early to start thinking about what you should be drinking outside, especially when it’s a well known fact that in public, people judge you by the drink your holding in your hand.

Way back in 2006, we predicted that the Pina Colada would be a popular cocktail amongst discerning music fans in 2016, and sure enough, traces of the Pina Colada trend are beginning to show up on drink menus across the world.

In you care to read on, you will learn the best method to produce this tasty beverage with little or no effort, but first, a little history on this tropical cocktail.

The History of the Pina Colada

Legend has it that in the 19th century, there was a pirate called Roberto Cofresi who needed to boost his crew’s morale. So what did he do? He fed them copious amounts of cocktails (as you would) containing coconut, pineapple and white rum, the core ingredients of what would be later be known as the Pina Colada.

It’s not recorded in history whether or not the cocktail actually induced any corporate grade morale-boosting, but according to hearsay, the pirates landed ended up at an island where the pina colada cocktail induced visions of four women dancing to future music.

After viewing thousands of hours of video footage, we believe that the pirate’s crew were in fact seeing Hamburg, Germany’s retro 80s star Peter Zimmermann’s new synth-driven music video called Indigo Island which you can view here:

The Pina Colada Recipe

Two centuries later, the Pina Colada recipe remains little changed, and it’s the symbiosis of coconut, pineapple and white rum which continues to make it a highly desired and tasty drink today.

At the Style of Sound, we’re all about creating interactive experiences, so if you’re really serious about learning how to make a Pina Coloda, you’ll need to follow our instructions below as described for the perfect drink.

Step 1. Ingredients

First, you’ll need to purchase some rum, some coconut cream, and some pineapple juice. We’re presuming that you don’t have these ingredients to hand, so why not make a journey to your local supermarket to purchase these items right now?

To get you ready for the goodness in store, we strongly suggest loading the following mini-mix of Peter Zimmermann’s new album from London DJ extraordinaire Jerry Bouthier onto your phone for on-the-go inspiration.

(You’ll obviously need to play this mix on your return journey from the supermarket too).

Step 2. Procedure

Now that you’re at home with ingredients to hand, you’re now ready to prepare your Pina Colada. Simply combine all three ingredients into a blender and press blend.

Ingredient ratios:

  • 1 part (50 ml) rum
  • 1/2 part (25 ml) coconut cream
  • 1.5 part (75 ml) pineapple juice

We suggest playing the following video clip below from Peter Zimmermann called Mr. Robot which serves two purposes. Firstly, it will help block out the noise of the blender, and secondly, it will remind you about the obvious drawbacks of falling in love with anything mechanical like blenders, but especially robots.

Step 3. Enjoy

Once your Pina Colada is blended, simply pour into a tumbler and garnish with pineapple or pear spears, and drink immediately.

But wait! Before you take a drink, we suggest that you watch this one final video from Peter Zimmermann called Tanzn which basically sets the scene for why you should be drinking a Pina Colada in the first place.

If you liked the taste of your Pina Colada x Peter Zimmermann x Jerry Bouthier, make sure you come back to find more goodness from our friends at Emerald & Doreen.

Conversations: Get to Know More about Jerry Bouthier

A Parisian long established in London, Jerry Bouthier is passionate about music in its many forms and applications. His ties with Kitsuné, the legendary Vivienne Westwood, London’s infamous BoomBox club night as well as his JBAG productions/remixes and A&R duties for Continental records have made his name a regular fixture in the worlds of music and fashion.

Check out our interview with Bouthier below. But first, press the play button below to set the scene with one of his latest mixes.



1. WHAT’S YOUR PROCESS FOR CHOOSING SONGS FOR A MIX?

I’ve always felt music was here to uplift the soul, give you a boost, the energy that your everyday life doesn’t always provide. So I’m after meaningful pieces with strong, interesting melodies that haven’t been heard a million times, striking tracks communicating emotions through the language of music that you feel like going back to. Something a little magical or challenging has to happen along the way. Music should be imaginative and make you think or dream. On paper the democratisation of music is a great idea, but in reality it’s a bit of a disaster, the world is flooded by mediocre tunes produced by djs and computer programers with limited musical skills, over-quantized and soulless, sounding alike because they were made with the same machines and reduced ambition. As Keith Richards put it ’the market for people who can’t tell one note from another is huge’. Most people making music these days are after money or celebrity status, expecting results almost instantly. When you know how technically easy it has become to make records, it can be distressing to hear what people release these days, there’s no quality control exercised whatsoever. So much of it is shockingly poor and devoid of any palpable emotion, too often just a collection of programming tricks favoured by djs for their effect on the dancefloor, yet devoid of any personal sensibility, ‘me-too’ tunes that blatantly copy what’s currently popular. Talent still shines through but that means having to sift through tons of music to unearth exceptional gems, the name of the game for djs really… as a result curiosity is key, today more than ever.


2. YOUR LIFESTYLE IN FIVE WORDS?

Can I have six? Discovering. Learning. Creating. Celebrating. Sharing. Caring.


3. WHO DO YOU RESPECT?

Those who do things out of love, friendship or loyalty – rather than for the sake of dollars. Those with principles who are true to their word, put money where their mouth is and resist facility.


4. WHAT BRINGS A TEAR TO YOUR EYE?

Injustice… innocent people abused by worldwide greed. And my stupid little brother Tom taking his own life all those years ago. You never truly manage to get over something like that.


5. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT LONDON?

The melting pot of people, totally non-judgemental by nature… and necessity, the capital of Europe as I like to call it. And the fact that rock’n’roll is in its genes.


6. WHAT SOUND BEST DESCRIBES LONDON?

To me it’s not so much about a sound but about attitude, the music around it keeps morphing…There’s no other place like it.


7. FAVOURITE PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS?

The George & Dragon in the heart of Shoreditch, sadly about to shut down for good, one day they’ll make a film about how important that gay, fashiony pub was to alternative culture and electro in London.


8. WHAT IS BEAUTY?

Wow, that’s a question! Nature and science’s spontaneity? Without sounding depressing, there isn’t much beauty to be found in what our society reflects and stands for these days, consumers society is a bit of a nightmare come true really.


9. HOW DO YOU HEAL A BROKEN HEART?

With music… and positivity. Some songs remain very special for the rest of your life.


10. DO YOU BELIEVE IN ‘LOVE AT FIRST SITE’?

Desire at first sight is one thing, however I believe true love goes beyond attraction and takes time to grow strong.


11. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?

Anything that has life and craftsmanship to it, that feels genuine and human although made with machines like most music today. I’ve always been more about collecting songs than worshiping artists. Again it’s not so much about a sound but feeling that the artist means it and wants to communicate a musical emotion that touches the soul, not just copycat or make a quick buck. Check my Heart & Soul mixtapes, all my best electronic findings end up in there.


10. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE CITIES AROUND THE WORLD?

My favourite destination has to be Tokyo, out of this world, the best food on the planet and such kind people. Paris is my original hometown so it’ll always have a special place in my heart. I’ve been lucky to have the chance to dj all over the place and have unforgettable memories of Sydney, Johanesburg, Hong Kong, Moscow, Amsterdam, Singapore, Vienna, Milan, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Beirut, Jakarta, Bali, Kiev, Seoul, Cairo… it’s so compelling and enlightening to sample different cultures. However London remains at the top for me, if you’re into music, there’s no beating it.


11. IF YOU WERE ONLY ABLE TO LISTEN TO ONE MUSIC ALBUM AGAIN WHAT WOULD IT BE?

The Jacksons 5 ‘Greatest Hits’? The Cure ‘Faith’? The KLF ‘Chill Out’? Phoenix ‘United’? 2 Many DJs ‘Radio Soulwax 2’? The XX’s first album? So many options, it’s almost impossible to decide!


12. WHAT’S MISSING IN YOUR LIFE?

Sunshine on a daily basis (and the sea nearby!) would be a must, but that’d probably mean lazier too.


13. IS YOUR GLASS USUALLY HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY?

Mm it’d depend how much sleep I’ve had the night before haha, no, half-full, definitely, you’ve got to believe in your dreams, if not what’s the point?


14. ARE YOU A HUGGER OR NON-HUGGER?

Definitely a hugger, the simplest, most natural way to physically communicate warmth and care to the people who matter to you.


15. WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?

Hope for the better, prepare for the worse.


16. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR 2016?

The usual music stuff I work on, writing/producing/remixing in the studio with Andrea for JBAG etc, putting together dreamy mixtapes and evocative soundtracks for the catwalk and brands, helping out at my favourite labels Kitsune and Emerald & Doreen, releasing more quality EPs on my imprint Continental… dj gigs and a new music project that will be different, watch this space 🙂


Listen to other mixes from Jerry Bouthier via Soundcloud.

Voyage Sauvage Vol. 1 Full Mix by Jerry Bouthier on Emerald & Doreen

If you’ve visited the Style of Sound over the last two years, you’ll have noticed that we’re quite fond of the German label Emerald & Doreen.

Emerald & Doreen is one of the few independent music labels today who actually takes risks with their releases – something which hasn’t happened a lot, well, since last century.

That’s why we’re excited about Emerald & Doreen’s new compilation series called Voyage Sauvage Vol.1, a non-stop mix gathering of the best from the label’s latest and forthcoming releases.

And who better to mix this compilation? Jerry Bouthier of course!

As a seasoned club DJ, half of baleariscopop act JBAG, catwalk sound-designer (Vivienne Westwood…) and first-class compiler for Kitsuné, Gomma and his own Continental imprint, Bouthier has serously skills in spotting and mixing good music.

What inspired the mix? Bouthier says, “It’s volume one of a new regular series that presents the best tracks recently released on E&D in a continuous mix so you can just press play and enjoy their current offerings without having to lift a finger. The guys at the label passed on to me their current pick of the crop and I used the strongest ones to my ears, those which worked best in the mix.

He adds, “I truly love this hard to pin German label that knows pretty much no musical boundaries other than the limits of its imagination. We hooked up almost by chance and our enthusiasm and appetite for music did the rest. I released another 1h mix for them a few months back, ‘Mystery Tour, my favourites in their already extensive catalogue, quite a journey, one of my best mixes.”

The special video above features Voyage Sauvage Vol. 1 in its entirety and would make the perfect soundtrack x visual enhancement for your upcoming holiday festivites.

Make sure to check out the exclusive interview we did with Jerry Bouthier to find out more about his outlook to music, mixing, and living in London.

READ THE INTERVIEW

 

SOS Premiere: Jerry Bouthier’s Mini Mix for Emerald & Doreen!

If you’re looking for a tightly curated music label whose boundaries are constrained only by good taste, one needs to look no further than Germany’s Emerald & Doreen.

Respected by purveyors of good music everywhere, Emerald & Doreeen twists conventions, joining the dots between the past, the present and the future.

In upcoming weeks, Emerald & Doreen is launching ‘Voyage Sauvage Vol.1’, a new compilation filled with the best tracks from the label’s latest and forthcoming releases.

Best of all, it is mixed by London’s very own Jerry Bouthier!

As club DJ, half of baleariscopop act JBAG, catwalk sound-designer for Vivienne Westwood, and first-class compiler for Kitsuné, Gomma and his own Continental imprint, Bouthier has offered his delightful mixing talents to this compilation, set to be one of the best compilations for 2015.

Bouthier says, “I kept receiving these mismatched promos which had me wondering and soon warmed up to Emerald & Doreen’s delirious opened mind. You never know what’s gonna hit you next, there seems to be total freedom.”

To celebrate the imminent release of the compilation, we are pleased to offer this mini-mix which Bouthier has put together just for you.

Check out this video version for a tele-visual version of the mix to enjoy!

Stay tuned for our exclusive interview with Jerry Bouthier in upcoming weeks!

Kitsuné Maison Compilation 17 – MiniMix By Jerry Bouthier

We’re looking forward to the latest edition of the Kitsuné Maison compilation series – the 17th – coming out on October 23rd.

In this compilation, entitled The World Wild Issue, the Kitsuné Maison team has hand-picked a selection of acts from the USA, UK, Australia, Brazil, Germany, France and beyond which will give you a taste of their ever-evolving sound.

You can get a preview of the compilation by listening to this mini-mix put together by Jerry Bouthier!

Who’s on the compilation?

1. Parcels – Herefore

These fresh-faced eighteen year olds hailing from Austra- lia’s Byron Bay are a bit of an internet sensation if their re- cently released debut EP is anything to go by. If their main strength could lie in their background in other formations of diverse sensibilities, they’ve now moved to Berlin as a fully-grown band in order to conquer the world.

2. Danglo – The Morning feat. Ivan Franco

Inspired London producer/DJ Danglo is a gem to cele- brate at once. His imaginative polymorphous house, refreshing and striking in a highly competitive scene, manages to convert novices as well as more clued-up on- lookers.

3. Chiefs – Demon ft. Beayz

Another Oz export, from Melbourne this time, produ- cer Chiefs brilliantly fuses a flock of influences with striking ease in typical Aussie fashion, and it works! The intertwined slammin’ beats, chewed & spat out r’n’b vo- cals, reggae offbeat chords build an original track that’s as addictive as it’s barmy.

4. MUNA – So Special

An L.A. trio comprising Katie Gavin, Josette Maskin and Naomi McPherson, Muna explores the realm of darke- ned pop. Unbridled lyricism, a folky verve and the sen- suality of r’n’b bring ‘So Special’ the qualities of an an- them ready to set alight stadiums.

5. Daunt – This Body Rushes

After his long-term band project fell apart, Lon- don-based Daunt took the plunge and decided to go solo. His groove-led tracks are simple and melancholic, evoking the ambiguities of modern life, which find us torn between solitude and interaction.

6. Bad Bad Hats – Psychic Reader

Kerry Alexander (vocals & guitars) used to record demos in her mom’s walk-in shower and sing 90s pop covers at open-mic nights until she formed Bad Bad Hats with two friends in Minnesota college. Four years on and, as testi- fied on ‘Psychic Reader’, the magic is in full swing.

7. JATA – The Curse

Young Berlin producer JATA jumps in the pool and be- comes an artist in its own right with a praised debut EP. Blending multiple influences like hip-hop, jazz and chillwave, lead track ‘The Curse’ provides an arresting kick-off.

8. Mylko – Animal

Dedicated to challenging the norms and popular concepts of music production and songwriting, Mexi- co-based duo Mylko focuses on atypical rhythmic mo- vements and unconventional sounds. No wonder they started off as drummers in music school.

9. Cesare – Want You ft River

Believe it or not, Césare Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira was a successful Brazilian footballer until he retired to Ipanema and started to produce mu- sic by the beach. Here he teamed up with female singer River for an infectious slice of sunny poppy disco that will leave you begging for more.

10. Kita Alexander – Go My Own Way

Another child prodigy made in Australia, Kita began sin- ging and playing guitar at 8. Busking with covers at her mum’s fruit stall on Port Macquarie market, she started gigging and hasn’t looked back, travelling to London and Los Angeles in search of collaborations.

11. Kafka Tamura – No Hope

Taking its name from the main character of a surrea- list Japanese novel, British trio Kafka Tamura met via Soundcloud in 2012 and soon their delicate indie-pop grabbed attention. Relying on singer Emma’s fragile yet powerful delivery the grand ‘No Hope’ oscillates between dream and reality.

12. MOTHXR– Stranger

The brainchild of Brooklyn producer Jimmy Giannopou- los and vocalist Penn Badgley, who waited patiently for a sound to form beyond their bond based upon an odd pop aesthetic, MOTHXR brings to life a modern outlook and a little melancholy.

13. Beach Baby – Ladybird

A London-based four-piece conceived in the musical- ly-rich halls of Goldsmiths College, Beach Baby’s crisp, US-inspired take on alternative pop hits you from the word go. ‘Ladybird’ has got singalong stamped all over.

14. Harrison Brome – Fill Your Brains

Harrison Brome’s gospel overtones and chilling harmo- nies suggest a hauntingly somber experience, evocative of the notoriously gloomy weather in his hometown of Vancouver. ‘Fill Your Brains’ takes a peek into the expan- sive range of potential this emerging artist has in store.

15. Grace Lightman – Vapour Trails

This London chanteuse doesn’t fail to impress on her de- but ‘Vapour Trails’. Conjuring up the lyrical extravagance and baroque sensuality of Kate Bush, Grace Lightman’s crystalline, honeyed voice ever so gently tugs at your heartstrings leaving you in a dazed state