Parisian dj/producer Jerry Bouthier continues his fine run of form with the long-standing ‘Heart & Soul’ mixtape as it heads into its twelfth edition.
A pioneer of the French house music scene and Kitsuné family member, Jerry Bouthier is a name that we all should sit up and take notice of. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, Bouthier is recognised as one of the founders of the French rave and dance scene, his name spoken alongside fellow pioneers like Laurent Garnier and Michel Gaubert. Jerry rose to prominence in the 90’s after moving to London, building a solid dj partnership with his younger brother Tom who tragically passed away in 1998. Heartbroken, Bouthier continued to shine landing residencies at infamous hotspots like BoomBox in the UK capital. Now a celebrated sound designer for the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Julien Macdonald and Roksanda Ilinčić, Bouthier has certainly done it all, even remixing the likes of Ladyhawke, Kylie, Sparks and S-Express to name but a few as well as founding his own label Continental Records. Phew!
Getting back to the music, the 12th edition of the ‘Heart & Soul’ series see’s Bouthier put together a sensual, driven compilation that fuses elements from all his walks of life. Highlights for us come right from the off with Machinedrum’s ‘What Is This’, Montel’s ‘Love In The Blue Zone’ and Luxxury’s chic groover ‘Feel The Night’.
“Danceable but also highly musical, melodic and evocative, my Heart & Soul mixes aim at taking you on a voluptuous and hedonistic trip. I believe that when life wears you out, music is the antidote that keeps you in high spirits. For me, these mixes are like my messages of love and hope to the world.
Every three months I gather my best findings, expressive compositions that communicate positive, convincing, enthralling emotions as well as tenderness and fragility.
The human element plays an important role: vocals, real instruments, orchestral arrangements… all contribute to ecstatic moods unraveling passionate stories to lose yourself into like a book or a film to listen to. Perfect to chillax, train or work even.” Jerry Bouthier
You can get your hands on this superb mixtape here.