Art Vinyl’s record sleeves of the year

Frame retailer Art Vinyl has revealed the shortlist for its annual Best Art Vinyl award, which celebrates great record sleeve design. But which cover gets your vote?

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Nicolas Jaar’s album Sirens comes packaged in a scratch-off sleeve. The vinyl edition is supplied with a quarter – scratch off the cover and a cityscape at night is revealed underneath

The Best Art Vinyl Award was launched in 2005 and is decided by public vote. Each year, Art Vinyl selects a shortlist of 50 record sleeves and invites people to vote for their favourites online.

Previous winners include Alberto Seveso and Boat Studio’s sleeve design for Temper Trap and Stanley Donwood’s cover for Thom Yorke’s album The Eraser.

This year’s nominations includes Jonathan Barnbrook’s artwork for David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar, a ‘scratch-off’ cover for Nicolas Jaar’s album Sirens and a lavish box set for Earl Brutus designed by Scott King.

You can see the full list and submit your vote at artvinyl.com. The winner will be announced on January 5.

Vinyl edition of David Bowie's Blackstar album, designed by Jonathan Barnbrook
Vinyl edition of David Bowie’s Blackstar album, designed by Jonathan Barnbrook. You can read our feature with Barnbrook about the making of the artwork here.
Underworld - Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future
Underworld – Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future. The artwork was designed by Tomato
Earl Brutus box set, designed by Scott King and produced by Daniel Mason at Something Else
Earl Brutus box set, designed by Scott King and produced by Daniel Mason at Something Else
Kate Tempest - Let Them Eat Chaos. Cover image by Peter Kennard. Art director: Harris Elliott
Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos. The cover image was created by Peter Kennard and artwork was art directed by Harris Elliott. Read our interview with Elliott and Kennard about the project here.
Santigold - 99c. Cover image by Photographer Hal
Santigold – 99c. The cover image was shot by Photographer Hal,famous for his images of vacuum-packed couples
James Blake - The Colour in Anything. Sir Quentin Blake created the album's cover art, which was also made into a mural in East London
James Blake – The Colour in Anything. Sir Quentin Blake created the album’s cover art, which was also made into a mural in East London
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Jonathan Zawada’s CG artwork for Mark Pritchard’s album Under the Sun. Zawada created a series of surreal landscapes for the album
Parquet Courts - Human Performance. Band member Andrew Savage creates all of the group's sleeves
Parquet Courts – Human Performance. Band member Andrew Savage creates all of the group’s sleeves
Blood Orange - Freetown Sound. The cover features an image by photographer Deana Lawson
Blood Orange – Freetown Sound. The cover features an image by photographer Deana Lawson. The picture was taken in 2009. Read an interview with Lawson about it from The Fader here.

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