Record Sleeves of the Month: vinyl special
We've already posted up a glut of beautiful music packages this month but feel it's time for another round up. This time there's a distinctly vinyl flavour with releases from Massive Attack, Box Codax and Martin Creed, Tom The Lion, and the latest 7" release on Fred Deakin's Impotent Fury label...
The Vinyl Factory joined forces with Turner Prize winning artist and musician Martin Creed, and also Box Codax - the band formed by Franz Ferdinand guitarist Nick McCarthy and Manuela Gernedel along with lyricist Alexander Ragnew - to create a limited edition art and music release.
The 12" white vinyl release has a song by Creed on one side (Where You Go), and a song by Box Codax (Dawning) on the other. The colourful central vinyl labels have been hand-painted by Creed and each of the 100 pressings come in plain white card window sleeves signed by both Creed and McCarthy. It's music and it's an original painted artwork so you'll need £100 to buy one from vfeditions.com.
Also from The Vinyl Factory is Inhale Gold - a 12" vinyl release containing two new Burial remixes of Massive Attack tracks Four Walls (previously unreleased) and of Paradise Circus, a track from the Heligoland album.
The sleeve is adorned by a hand numbered, gold glitter screenprint designed by MA's Robert Del Jaja (aka 3D).
The glitter screenprint has a rough, slightly sandpaper-like texture so to prevent the sleeve "doing a Durutti Column" (Durutti Column's first album, The Return of the Durutti Column, Factory, 1980 had a sandpaper sleeve) and wrecking the sleeve next to it on your shelves, the release is shipped in a transparent plastic sleeve.
Only 1000 of these releases were pressed at £25 each. I think they might have already sold out on pre-orders - though you can check here: vfeditions.com/product/view/43 and sign up to The Vinyl Factory's mailing list if you don't want to miss out on future releases.
The latest release from Fred Deakin's Impotent Fury label is one in an ongoing series that feature similarly engineered embossed and die-cut card sleeves. Each release is packaged in a different colour package sporting its own unique pattern on the back.
Actually, we featured the video for one of the two tracks, by Frank Eddie, Let Me Be The One You Call On the other week. Here it is again in case you missed it:
Daniel Mason of Something Else is a man obsessed with creating products of high covetability - and this is no exception. Devised, developed, produced and supplied by Mason, this is a special collectors edition slip cased set of artist Tom The Lion's two 10" EP records, released on Theatre Records.
The mock leather, screenprinted slipcase contains two case bound and foilblocked gatefold sleeves which each house two coloured vinyl discs plus a lyric sheet printed on bible paper. The EPs can be bought separately but this package comes in the slipcase pictured above and also houses all the music contained on the vinyl discs on CDs which are included and housed in uncoated coloured card CD wallets. Lion illustration by Konstantinos Gargaletsos.
To find out more about Tom The Lion and this very limited release, visit tomthelion.co.uk.
Where's the Yann Tiersen?
I personally like the release from the Fury label. the cut out sleeves is something i have not come across before, but it makes a great impact visually, and will no doubt attract the attention of a shopper in a vinyl store.
+1 for visiting tomthelion.co.uk good site and good music!
Nice to see other people with imagination. Check out the hand painted center labels and airbrushed boxes adapted from cruciform mailers by me, Mike Dred, for the recent LP: Analogue Android under my Kosmik Kommando guise on my label Machine Codes. The link below shows 28 full colour hand-painted acrylic artworks for a very limited 7 box-set edition, with 4 paintings per box (6 if you include the airbrushed box art). The idea is that for these seven sets, anyone interested can choose a a number with A & B to go with any remaining number with C & . The difficult challenge is deciding how to value them as they are original paintings by the artist and not prints. I also hand painted 93 other editions where 3 of the labels, per release, followed 3 set designs and the 4th label featured a unique painted sketch using black, gold and silver acrylics rather than full colour.
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