• Emerald & Doreen’s Voyage Sauvage 2 – Video Premiere

    Please join us for the video premiere of Emerald & Doreen’s Voyage Sauvage 2 as mixed by French DJ Jerry Bouthier.

  • 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!

  • 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