Leading musicians, labels and managers have donated a selection of rare test pressings, vinyl and acetates to the charity auction Pressing Matters.
From the Rolling Stones and the Prodigy right through to newer names like Slowthai and Charli XCX, records have come from some of music’s biggest acts.
Their records have been reimagined by a range of contemporary visual artists, many of whom will be familiar to CR readers, including artist Jeremy Deller, illustrators David Shrigley and Jean Jullien, satirical collage artist Cold War Steve and sign painter Alex May Hughes. The results are wonderfully varied, from Banksy-affiliated artist James Joyce’s deconstructed smiley for Fatboy Slim to the Underworld record featuring Joy Yamusangie’s distinctive touch.
Curated by art platform Pavement Licker and Helium London, the works are currently on display at the Matches Fashion London flagship and an auction of the artworks is also taking place until early June.
While some vinyl heads will probably shiver at the thought of pressings being used as a canvas, all of the money raised from the auction is going to Music Support, a charity supporting people in the UK music industry impacted by mental health issues and addiction.
The Pressing Matters display is hosted at 5 Carlos Place, London until May 29. The auction runs until June 5; heliumlondon.com