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Saturday Night Megamix
To kick off the holiday seasons we present our Saturday night megamix to keep you moving whether you be at home, work or just out and about.
1. Thugz – Guy J Remix / Tomas Hedberg
2. Le Chat (Dawad Remix) / N’to
3. Skellum (Original Mix) / Arnaud Le Texier
4. Sawasdee (Irene Radice Remix) / Andrew K
5. Sell Your Soul (Trinity & Beyond Remix) / Klartraum
6. WYV AUW CHU (Original Mix) / Tom Middleton
7. Maison (Original Mix) / Reinier Zonneveld
8. Sunset Coastal (Original Mix) / Eddie Hu
9. Dawnbreaker (Original Mix) / Nick Muir, John Digweed, Ian O’Donovan
10. Porchlight And Rocking Chairs (KiNK Remix) / Jimpster
11. No Life In This Ghost Town (Chateau Flight Remix) / Stareaway
12. Luftbrucke (Discodromo Remix) / J.E.E.P
13. Hold Me Down (Darkstar Remix) / Darkstar
14. Arrythmia (Original Mix) / Ghosting Season
15. Medusa (Original Mix) / Butch, Hohberg
Posted on Sunday, December 8th 2013
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CSA Images - A Pop Culture Resource of Visual Pleasures
Simply put, CSA images is one of the world’s leading modern design resources for the creation and preservation of print and pop culture. We originally came across CSA Images work through their collaboration with the French Paper Company in the 1990s, and today, their illustrations and artworks still appear as fresh as ever despite having roots in the past.
The CSA Images library contain tens of thousands of illustrations and design elements, including icons, ornaments, patterns, borders, and illustrated words. Combining these elements with modern thinking, designers around the world have the potential to create fresh artworks that create instant standout.
Unlike other image libraries, CSA images specialises in subjects that you are unlikely to find elsewhere. For instance, taking a quick glance at their style browser, one can search for images which revolve around porcelain beauties, culinary art, comic creatures, space oddities, mood rings, japanorama, and killer clowns just to name a few.
Probably the best thing about CSA Images is that their images are quite reasonable to license, starting from $70, which is quite reasonable considering the source material is hand created and literally one of a kind.
We could go on and on about all the goodness one will encounter merely by browsing through their vast library, but we won’t. Instead, we invite you to check out the CSA Images site yourself.
Posted on Monday, December 2nd 2013
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Schottenfreude | Is There a German Word for That?
One of the best books we’ve come across this year is Ben Schott’s Schottenfreude, a nicely designed volume that explores the idiosyncrasies of the human condition through German words.
One of the best things about the German language is that one is able to use a single word to express complex phrases and in this compendium, Schott pinpoints the most interesting German words that one might have the urge to use some day including:
- New car smell = Kraftfahrzeugsinnenausstattungsneugeruchsgenuss
- Reading horoscopes you don’t believe in = Zwillingsmoral
- Instinctively curling up your toes in mortification at someone else’s embarrassment = Fußfaust
- The exhausting effort of being a good houseguest = Gastdruck
and our favourite:
- Triumphs of nimble-fingered dexterity = Fingerspitzentanz.
Schottenfreude, Schott’s play on the German word schadenfreude (pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others) comes complete with a pronunciation guide for each of the words presented and would make the perfect Christmas gift for your friends and loved ones who have an interest in words and language.
Sample book page:
Posted on Friday, November 29th 2013
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Rocket Girl Records Reaches a 100th Milestone
Over the last two decades we have seen independent labels come and go, but one label we have kept a steady eye on year after year is the London label Rocket Girl.
Founded in 1997, the label’s first releases included a Silver Apples/Windy & Carl split 7” single and A Tribute to Spacemen 3 compilation. Quickly establishing itself as ‘a home for music from the margins, the label has brought music aficionados tracks from respected artists such as Eat Lights Become Lights, Füxa, God is an Astronaut, Pieter Nooten, Jacques Caramac & the Sweet Generation, Jon DeRosa, Anthony Reynolds and White Ring just to name a few.
Now, the label has reached the inevitable, and like all good record labels, Rocket Girl is releasing its 100th release as a 16-track compilation entitled 100. Available as a digital download, the compilation aims to take you down the Rocket Girl timeline, presenting you with old time favourites and previously unreleased tracks, a must have for the connoisseur who enjoys a good blend of music that mixes electronic and analogue music styles ever so perfectly.
Our favourite tracks so far are Fuxa’s Dream (Don’t Give Up), God is an Astronaut’s Light Years From Home and Pieter Nooten’s Ode. But if we’re honest, the entire album is playing non-stop in the Style of Sound lounge because it’s that good.
100 is released on the 2nd of December and can be purchased from the Rocket Girl Website and all good outlets where Rocket Girl’s digital releases are found.=][[-p
Posted on Friday, November 29th 2013
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London Kitsune Club Night Will Warm You Up this Winter
Kitsune Club Night: The Winter Edition
As the end of the year approaches the number of weekends left to experience good music is quickly coming to an end. For the second week of December, we plan on designing our Saturday evening around Kitsuné’s Club Night ‘The Winter Editon’ which is taking place at London’s Fire on December 7th.
Despite its name, night club Fire will be transformed by Parisian label Kitsuné’ into a cool winter wonderland filled with deep bass, house and electro with a rather nice sounding cast of DJ’s and artists looking to take you on a merry making ride that will certainly beat your Christmas office party.
Featuring two rooms, room 1 will feature LA ‘Garage House’ legend Todd Edwards who will be sharing the environs with Krystal Klear, Applebottom B2B Walter Ego, and Horixon.
Room 2 will satisfy those looking for a taste of nu French disco house with the Two Door Cinema Club (featured in the watercolour above) who will be accompanied during the evening with Gigamesh, Logo, Beataucue, and party girls Maze & Masters.
Listen to a special mix Logo did for the party here.
With an excellent roster of artists providing the soundtrack to this specially curated Kisune night, this is one festive party not to be missed.
Advance Tickets £15 | residentadvisor.net
Arch 39 – 43 Parry St
London SW8 1RT
020 3242 0040
Posted on Tuesday, November 26th 2013
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LOGO Exclusive Mix for Kitsuné’s Winter Edition
Check out the LOGO exclusive mix for the Kitsuné Club Night Winter Edition at Fire, London, on December 7th!
- Tom Trago – True Friends
- Tiga vs Audio – Let’s Go Dancing
- Logo – Cardiocleptomania
- SCNTST – Percee Scan
- Daft Punk – Teachers (Eats Sloppy re Edit)
- Jam City – Worst Illusion
- Carte Blanche – The Molecules
- Logo – No Name
Posted on Tuesday, November 26th 2013
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Sounddrain Enables You to Download Any Soundcloud Track
If you’ve ever wondered how you can download songs from Soundcloud which are not normally downloadable, then Sounddrain is a service that may just interest you.
The Sounddrain service allows you to paste the URL of a Soundcloud track into a simple box on its homepage which then enables to download the song in a single click. As the site puts it, “Saving your favourite music has never been easier.”
Whilst we don’t advocate the use of sites that try to bypass the features meant to help artists promote their wares without being ripped-off, we can see instances how some people might be inclined to use Sounddrain, especially for tracks where one cannot find the original for sale, vinyl only releases, or even tracks that are never actually released into the wild, such as DJ mixes. Use sparingly.
Posted on Tuesday, November 26th 2013
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Use the Gravie App to Create Slick Type-Driven Videos
If you’ve been looking for a video editor for your iPhone that allows you to create videos with ultra slick typography and effects, then Gravie is the app for you.
Gravie is one of the only iPhone apps that gives you full control of how type is applied to video. One can choose from a selection of good looking fonts, adjust the size and location of the words created, and even change the colour of the words with just a single click.
Unlike other video editing apps that are cumbersome to use, especially on a small mobile phone screen, the Gravie app lets you shoot videos directly from the app, or you can choose videos you’ve already shot to put together a montage of videos.
To give your video an extra layer of slickness, the app also comes with a selection of 79 graphic templates and clip art shapes and words that you can add to the beginning, middle or end of your video.
Once you’ve finalised the visual elements, you can add a soundtrack to your video by choosing any song from your iTunes library. One you’re done, save your video to your phone or upload to Youtube or Facebook.
We have to admit that the Gravie app interface took a little getting used to since the instructions are quite minimal, but once you’ve figured it out, you’ll be creating high quality videos that take only minutes to create.
Posted on Monday, November 25th 2013
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Present & Correct | Best Design Gifts for Creatives
With the holiday season approaching fast, it will only be a matter of time before you scratch your head wondering just what will you purchase for your creative friends, all of whom have discerning tastes. Luckily you won’t have to look beyond Present & Correct if you’re looking for a design gift to impress.
Present & Correct is shop that first opened its virtual doors in 2008, but now has a physical presence in a smart area of London called Angel. The store is a home for Present & Correct’s own design team, but also acts as a space for customers to experience objects from other designers from around the world, including vintage items which Present & Correct sources from Europe and beyond.
Browsing through their online offering, one will instantly pick-up on their long-term obsession with stationery and how this fascination has culminated into a constantly evolving store. Paper and office objects which are inspired by homework, the post office and school seem to make up the bulk of their collection, but other ephemera including badges, candles and even Christmas ornament hangers compliment their main design offering, creating a highly visual experience which is a mark of the Present & Correct brand.
If you cannot make it to the Present & Correct store in Angel, rest assured that you can order from anywhere in the world directly from their website. Here you will be able to view their catalogue in full, which will give you plenty of holiday gift ideas, just in time for Christmas.
Present & Correct
23 Arlington Way
London EC1R 1UY.
Hours: 12-6:30 pm Tuesday to Saturday.
Posted on Sunday, November 24th 2013
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What to Do In London in One Day
What to do in London in One Day
If you have a layover in London or find yourself travelling through the city over a weekend, the city has plenty of options to keep you busy. London is well renown for its rich history and by simply travelling down any street, you are bound to bump into something that has some historical importance, but if this is your first visit to London, we suggest checking out the sights of Central London.
When we’re entertaining visitors who want to know what to do in London in one day, one of our main recommendations is always Oxford Street. Located in what’s called the West End of London, Oxford Street is considered Europe’s longest shopping street which stretches 1.5 miles. The street is filled with a wide variety of popular fashion shops such as Topshop, Zara, New Look, and River Island, and is home to department stores including Selfridges, Debenhams, House of Fraser and John Lewis. Endless numbers of mobile phone shops also fill the street just in case you are looking for a SIM card to make local calls on your mobile phone.
Should you need to rest your feet in between shops, most of the streets which run off of Oxford Street will lead you to some of London’s well known cafes, restaurants and bars. Our favourite area which runs adjacent to Oxford Street is Soho, where a vast selections of eateries from all over the world can be found, especially in Wardour street and Old Compton Street. In contrast to Oxford Street, Soho also plays home to many smaller independently owned shops which are better suited for finding unique one-off gifts.
Another area of Soho worth seeing is China Town. Not as big as the China Towns you might see in New York or San Francisco, London’s China Town fills just four streets. Mainly contained in Gerard Street, China Town is instantly identifiable at both ends of the street with Chinese arches (Paifang). Here you can experience restaurants serving up delicious Chinese dishes, Bubble Tea, Steamed Dumplings and a host of food shops selling food from the Orient.
In addition to London’s main shopping and eating destinations, there are famous London Landmarks that are not to be missed, especially if you are an avid photographer and want to make sure that you snap the most essential sights that you’ve seen or read about
The Style of Sound publishes a guide to London’s key Landmarks in the form of an Itinerary that will lead you to London’s top destinations. Filled with maps and clear instructions that guide you from one landmark to the next, you can rest assured that will never get lost so you can take in more sights over the course of a day.
If you are looking to know what to do in London, our Landmarks of London Guide is the one guide that will give you a proper introduction to London’s most iconic sights. Find out more abut the guide here.
Posted on Sunday, November 24th 2013
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Using Burglar Chalk Symbols to Rate Clubs & Bars
Chalk Symbol Rating System
Over the last few years, police in the UK, Ireland and Spain have identified crafty chalk symbols that are scrawled on the outside of buildings to alert burglars to the opportunities that lie inside marked residences. Resembling the symbols that you might find in a Wingdings font, the chalk symbols are said to be left on buildings in preparation to commit a crime. The symbols each have a unique meaning indicating whether a property is “alarmed,” “too risky” or “has nothing worth stealing” just to name a few of the codes.
Spotting an opportunity, we though that a similar system could be used to identify the potential to have a good time in a bar or night club. In our past experiences going out in London, it’s not unusual to have to check out six events/venues before finding one that has the right combination of music, ambience, drinks and decor, and instituting a universal system that alerted fellow revellers to what one might expect without actually having to go inside the venue would add convenience whilst simultaneously saving time and money.
Here is how our Chalk Symbols Rating System might look like:
Whilst you could of course always just look up the venue on your phone to find a recent review, we like the idea of implementing an impromptu chalk symbols rating system which would provide insider knowledge to those, well, in the know.
Posted on Thursday, November 21st 2013
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Dominik Eulberg “Apus Apus” Radiomix
When travelling across the world by plane, some of the common ways to while away the journey time involve jumping into a forgotten book that you’ve been meaning to read, binging on the plane’s film selections to catch up on all the new releases, or simply falling asleep to catch up on some much needed rest. Personally, we prefer to write and listen to our favourite mixes when flying.
On a recent trip to Europe that lasted just over an hour, we had the opportunity to add Dominik Eulberg’s latest mix “Apus Apus” Radiomix to our flight playlist. Starting the mix just after take-off, the mix seemingly made the hour flight seem like just a few minutes, a sign of a good mix in our books.
The key element of Dominik Eulberg’s mixes that we quite enjoy is that his choice of songs follow a nice bell curve. His mixes start off quietly, gradually build up to a crescendo, then gradually take the listener back down to a state of calm and tranquility.
Playing this mix made us wonder how come airlines don’t offer a new music mixes as a standard entertainment feature? If they did, we’d put forth this mix from Dominik Eulberg as a prime candidate for the top of the playlist.
1. Thomas Fehlmann – Tree (Kompakt)
2. Daniel Avery – Simulrec (Phantasy)
3. Mooryc – Turtle (Freude Am Tanzen)
4. Gaspard de La Montagne – Pôle (Creaked Records)
5. Daniel Avery – Naive Response (Phantasy)
6. Mr. Morek – 418 (Gabriel Ananda Remix) (Highway Records)
7. Nick Dow – Tangled Up In Strings (Herzblut Recordings)
8. Tim Exile – Quander (Leisure System)
9. Ricardo Tobar – If I Love You (Modulor)
10. Weltenwandler – The Black Forest (Mondkrater Remix) (Electrophil Records)
11. Extrawelt – Windschatten (Cocoon Recordings)
12. Shed – Fluid 67 (50 Weapons)
13. Kiasmos – Thown (Earased Tapes Records)
Posted on Wednesday, November 20th 2013
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Cardboard Archive Boxes Never Looked So Good
One of the areas of the home or office which often goes overlooked is storage. Often regarded as a place where things go to be forgotten, little attention or care is given to the design of the containers that store your bric-a-brac, old love letters, and other ephemera – that is until now.
House Industries, best known for their influence in the world of type, have created a series of archive boxes that provide practical storage solutions while complementing the value of objects placed within. With secure locking seams, robust construction and crispy artwork, House Industries Archive boxes boast numerical superiority over other storage solutions when affordability, raw tensile strength and aesthetic allure are factored into the equation.
As House Industries putts it, “You can count on House Archive boxes to overcome the significant time/space investment as your intrinsically obsolete objects prevail over their period of functional depreciation and gradually realize renewed inspirational relevance.”
With all good things that are designed and meant to last, House Industries archive boxes are priced at a premium – $38 for a three pack – but as we’ve said before, good design has no price tag.
The House Industries cardboard archive box collection comes in three flavours: Alpha, Numbers, and Braces. Get three of one design or their handy combo pack that has one of each design.
Posted on Tuesday, November 19th 2013
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A Very Smart Alarm Clock | The Alarming Clock
To be honest we haven’t seen an innovative and smart alarm clock in a rather long time – that is until now with The Alarming Clock. The Alarming Clock is the first physical alarm clock we’ve ever seen that lets you customise the sound of the alarm itself by changing the surface or objects that sits against the clock.
The Alarming Clock also serves as a simple but effective method to enhance your sleep and waking experience by the introduction of a built in sleep routine. Two alarms signal each day; one in the morning and one in the evening. The latter signal indicates when to begin your sleep routine to improve the duration and quality of sleep to at least 8 hours. A Very Smart Alarm Clock indeed.As with all high quality design pieces, each Alarming Clock is made-to-order & hand crafted in Britain from sustainable oak, making every Alarming Clock unique. The clock will be available from the 18th November, 2013:Check out the Alarming Clock in action here:
Posted on Wednesday, November 13th 2013
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Nanoblock Design Surprises for Your Creative Friends
If you are searching for a birthday gift or early Christmas gift that is interactive yet sculptural at once look no further than the humble Nanoblock from Japan. Nanoblock is a mico-sized building block system with its smallest piece being a mere 4mmX4mmX5mm. In sense, they are a bit like Lego, but a bit more cool.
Within the Nanoblock range, you can purchase kits to build drums, guitars and pianos not to mention architectural pieces such as the Eiffel tower, the Taj Mahal and Castle Neuschwanstein – all ideal for your friends who are interested in music, architecture, or just putting stuff together.
What we like best about the Nanoblock range is that they create instant conversation pieces. We put their synthesiser together and left it on our bookshelf. You can only imagine how many guested asked about it and asked where they could get one too (hence why we are writing this article).
We have to warn that Nanoblock sets aren’t for those whose eyesight is on the wane. Nanoblocks are quite small compared to a Lego and for those who have trouble seeing this could be a negative. On the other hand, there’s no excuse these days especially when magnifying glasses are in plentiful supply.
Posted on Wednesday, November 13th 2013