To find the most compelling music for parties, audiophile Charlotte Druckman turned to the pros behind the best restaurant soundtracks—and suggests winning cocktails for each soundtrack.

By Charlotte Druckman
Updated January 28, 2020

Dinner Party for 8

Musical selections by Jeremy Abrams of Audiostiles.

Popping a few CDs into a sound system isn’t good enough for the best restaurants anymore. These days, playlists are expected to show as much creativity as menus.

Chefs Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud work with Audiostiles, a company that also counts the Four Seasons hotels as a client. "We’re like personal shoppers," says Jeremy Abrams, who worked at VH1 before he helped launch Audiostiles in 2004.

Since most of Abrams’s customers favor mellow music that won’t distract diners from their food, he turns to jazz artists like Madeleine Peyroux.

Music:

ArtistSongDownload

Charlie Hunter Quartet

More Than This

Jamie Cullum

Wind Cries Mary

Bossacucanova

Previsão

Cesaria Evora

Petit Pays (Château Flight Remix)

Madeleine Peyroux

Don't Wait Too Long

Katie Melua

Just Like Heaven

Feist

Inside and Out

Sergio Mendes

Let Me (Remix from Timeless)

Paul Anka

True

Si Sé

Mariposa en Havana

Bent & Billie Holiday

Speak Low (Bent Remix)

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