Record sleeves of the month

This month we’ve got something of a bumper edition of Record Sleeves of the Month, with recent releases from Cave Painting, Flying Lotus, Grizzly Bear, Laid Back, Muse, Paul Banks, and Vitalic…

This month we’ve got something of a bumper edition of Record Sleeves of the Month, with recent releases from Cave Painting, Flying Lotus, Grizzly Bear, Laid Back, Muse, Paul Banks, and Vitalic…

Cave Painting‘s album Votive Life album (CD format sleeve shown above) comes in packaging inspired by Japanese paper engineering and binding techniques. Open the CD version to reveal a concertina of colourfully gradiated die-cut pages, each sporting a different die cut shape.

For the vinyl LP release (above), a pattern of die cut shapes in the outer sleeve show through to the inner sleeve which is printed in such a way as to produce an animated effect as the inner sleeve is removed from the outer.

Additionally, the design studio that worked on the project, The Creative Corporation, also worked with the band and Tanzy Burrill at Key Production to create 500 hand folded origami CD promo packages:

Art direction: Scott Jones at Creative Corporation. Packaging and manufacturing by Tanzy Burrill at Key Production. Label: Third Rock Recordings.

This is the Collectors Edition vinyl version of Flying Lotus‘ latest album, Until The Quiet Comes. This version of the release comes in a rigid, hardback gatefold with tipped-on glossy cover image and white foiled text on the cover and spine.

Open up the package to reveal the full colour inner sleeves (each containing 180g vinyl records) neatly housed in matt black card pockets as below:

Also included is a transparent credit sheet and a download redemption code card.

Art direction and design: Stephen Serrato with B+. Photography by B+ with Dan Kitchens. Packaging consultant: Daniel Mason @ Something Else. Label: Warp.

Also recently released from Warp is Grizzly Bear’s new album, Shields. The album cover and accompanying booklet is adorned with artwork by the late American painter Richard Diebenkorn. Here’s a look:

Above: Cover of the included booklet. Spreads below:

Art direction and design: Ben Tousley.

The deluxe box set of band Muse‘s latest album, The 2nd Law, features an impressively heat reactive, colour changing lift-off lid that incorporates liquid crystal ink:

“Muse wanted a heat-sensitive packaging solution to reflect the second law of thermodynamics, as referenced in their album title,” explains Henry Lavelle of packaging production company Modo, which created the bespoke packaging.

“Heat-sensitive packs have previously been manufactured as an ‘artwork reveal’ mechanism but no one has ever used the far more dramatic effect of liquid crystal ink as a laminated box wrap before,” Lavelle continues.

A detailed ink and paper sampling process saw Modo prototype dozens of different print and lamination combinations to get a unique result from flood-printing art paper (which wraps the board the box lid is made from) with liquid crystal ink before a final gloss lamination.

Inside, the box contains the album as a double LP, each disc housed in its own sleeve, as well as a special 7inch format hardback book (also produced by Modo) that houses the album on CD plus a bonus DVD. The cover of this book features a ‘neuro image’ supplied by the Human Connectome Project, Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, UCLA – as do the covers of each of the two vinyl sleeves:

Meanwhile, the back covers of the LP sleeves the book contains artwork by illustrator Steven Wilson as well as photography by Gavin Bond. Here’s a look through the book:

Design by Gareth White and Darren Richards. Packaging design and production by Modo. Label: Warner Music. More info about this deluxe box set release at

Danish band Laid Back has just released a collection of tracks they recorded in the late 1990s but never released. The album art is by the band themselves. Graphic design is attributed to Marco P.

Vitalic’s new album, Rave Age, (and supporting singles) sports artwork by the legendary Storm Thorgerson. We can’t show additional artwork as we’ve only seen this cover in the form of a CD promo (the album is due out November 5).

Another album we like the front cover of is Banks, the new album by Paul Banks (of Interpol), who not only recorded the album, but art directed it and provided the photography. Design by David Calderley at Graphictherapy NYC. Label: Matador.

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