We've seen some lovely music-related artwork land on our desks this week at CR towers, which is great, though slightly frustrating as our July issue, complete with Music Showcase section has gone to press (it's out in the shops this week). So we thought we'd post up some of the things that won't appear in the magazine, but that we really like. Please note some of the content in this post is not "work safe"...
Boy Scout Recordings is a brand new label from the people that run Tummy Touch records. Designer Paul Flack has created a suitably nostalgic illustrated style – not to mention a scout-master portrait of a logo – for the label and even some sew-on patches to promote acts on the label in an appropriately boy scout style. Shown above is the artork for a label sampler, called Thrifty, Brave and Clean - which the label kindly sent us.
There have been many eBoy pretenders over the last six or seven years, but when the real masters of pixel-based illustration stand up, it's clear that they're still the best. Above is the artwork for Groove Armada's new album, Soundboy Rock. Take the CD artwork from the jewel case and it unfolds to become eight times the size - with an eBoy portrait of Groove Armada's Tom Findlay and Andy Cato on one side and a typically eBoy city-scape on the reverse, comprising a Miami-style beach party scene (which also featured as the artwork for their first single from the album, Get Down, shown below) and some pixel-rendered London land-mark buildings.
Designer and illustrator James Joyce of One Fine Day created this, the sleeve of forthcoming album of work by The Daniel Pemberton TV Orchestra. Daniel Pemberton creates music for such TV dinner classics as Bad Lads Army, Hell's Kitchen and the rather more credible Peep Show (to name but a few of the myriad programmes he provides music for) BUT, the tracks are presented not in their as-they-appear-on-the-telly form but actually as well-crafted pop tunes. No vocals though. Which isn't a bad thing at all as the charts continue to be bombarded with a new wave of MySpace "singers" that really are, let's face it, fucking terrible.
This (above) is the box containing the double CD pack for Hong Kong-based singer, Juno's new album, Chapel Of Dawn on the Silly Thing label. The box, illustrated by James Jarvis, opens like a traditional cigarette pack thus:
Jarvis tells us that a toy of the two characters that appear on the sleeve will be produced by Amos and made available by the end of the year. They'll be wrestling. Perhaps like this:
This is the rather saucy illustrated sleeve of the promo version of dance music DJ Paul Woolford's Body Double EP – the first release on Woolford's brand new label, Intimacy. When released commercially, the thinking is that this illustration will adorn the inner, rather than the outer sleeve. Which, depending on your disposition, may save some blushes at the record shop counter... Design and art direction: Trevor Jackson. Illustration by Tom Poulton.
I like the cover for the album of Groove Armada.
Also, the one from DJ Paul Woolford is interesting. :)
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