Above is a digital render of what the special edition deluxe box set of DJ Shadow‘s forthcoming Reconstructed release will look like. Click through for an exclusive first look at photographs of one of the first to come off the production line…
The release has been designed and art directed by Trevor Jackson in collaboration with Daniel Mason at Something Else who looked after packaging design and production. As well as designing the release itself, the pair also created a pizza-box style shipping carton that feels as much a part of the special edition as its contents:
Inside the box, and snugly stashed in protective foam, lies the release itself which is housed in a super-shiny 6mm thick black acrylic slipcase that sports an engraved graphic that has been infilled with glow-in-the-dark pigment.
The above shot shows how shiny it is (framed pictures on the wall beyond are reflected) and rather nicely the release comes with its own cleaning cloth – like the cloths you get with sunglasses, only larger and, appropriately black.
Inside the slipcase is a white glow-in-the-dark hardback book (above), the inside of which (below) is a symphony of matt black with the eight contained discs (seven CDs and one DVD) housed in the inside front and back covers.
Also included is an individually numbered certificate of authenticity (the release is in a strict edition of 500) signed by DJ Shadow.
The two flippable ‘pages’ of the book are 12inch sleeves, the first of which is foilblocked (as above) and contains a 12 page gloss laminated and embossed booklet (below) featuring an essay by Dave Tompkins and an illustrated select discography.
The second pocket contains a 180gsm vinyl disc containing a selection of remixes.
“It was a labour of love, took most of 2012 to put together and was one of the most difficult projects I’ve ever worked on but one I’ve been the most proud of creating,” says Trevor Jackson of the project.
“It’s an item that really needs to be seen in the flesh to fully appreciate,” he continues, “the attention to detail on every aspect of production has been painstakingly overseen by Daniel Mason at Something Else, and in this increasingly throwaway virtual world it’s something an artist of the calibre of DJ Shadow at this point in his career thoroughly deserves.”
The special edition is priced at £170 – to find out more, visit djshadow.com.
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