26 July 2012

Daphni - JIAOLONG artwork by Jane Eastlight

Link: Jane Eastlight
Link: Caribou

Ever enticing, Dan Snaith now moves on from being known as Manitoba and, more recently, as Caribou to air his Daphni guise for a proper long-player. Coming on double vinyl, CD and digital in October, JIAOLONG demonstrates his dancefloor leanings and features visuals from Jane Eastlight.

After also putting together a video for 'Ye Ye' (the track Snaith submitted for his split single with Four Tet), Eastlight's been developing a hypnotic concept seemingly based around lighting effects and repetition: an apt direction for what is one of this year's most anticipated club-oriented albums.



18 July 2012

Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes artwork by Stephen Serrato & B+

Link: Warp 
Link: Stephen Serrato
Link: B+

The new album from Flying Lotus - featuring guest appearances from Erykah Badu, Laura Darlington, Niki Randa, Thundercat & Thom Yorke - is set for release on October 1st via Warp Records. The artwork has just been revealed and it's designed by Stephen Serrato (who did the Reset EP). Although this time he has been working with some stunning photography by the lauded LA-based B+.

16 July 2012

Tame Impala - Lonerism by Leif Podhajsky and Kevin Parker

Link: Leif Podhajsky
Link: Modular

The new album from, Perth-based psychedelic rockers, Tame Impala features artwork, once again, from Leif Podhajsky. Following his previous sleeves for the band, this latest [coming after the 'Apocalypse Dreams' single and, debut album, Innerspeaker] is in collaboration with, frontman, Kevin Parker.

Interestingly, the Modular label has also chosen this point to crowdsource ideas about what should constitute a future deluxe version of the release. Defining this process as 'choosing your own adventure', the company asks:

"Do you want a bonus rare seven inch? Do you want a poster of some gazelles? Do you want a lock of Kev's hair?"

Answers can be submitted here. "All genuine offers will be considered."

11 July 2012

Flying Lotus vinyl reissues

Link: Bleep

Following the Sony/PIAS warehouse fire during last year's riots, all of Warp's stock was reported as destroyed. There was also the suggestion that many of the releases would not be re-pressed. However that physical back-catalogue has just expanded with the reissuing of four Flying Lotus vinyl releases.

Both FlyLo's Los Angeles and Cosmogramma albums are available again (complete with their artwork respectively by Build/Timothy Saccenti and Leigh J. McCloskey). Additionally 'Pattern+Grid World' (with its sleeve illustration by Theo Ellsworth) and the 'Reset EP' (Stephen Serrato and Seth Ferris) are now also up on Bleep.com.


2 July 2012

Forward Strategy Group - Labour Division packaging by Adult Art Club

Link: Adult Art Club
Link: Perc Trax

Released by the Perc Trax label is the Labour Division album by Forward Strategy Group. The CD version fits neatly in a metal tin - hinting the recordings' industrial edge - with a full colour, four page booklet designed by Adult Art Club. The cover additionally has a tough aesthetic with its suspended, brutally sliced classical statue perhaps evoking the dream-like work of Giorgio de Chirico.

Wallzo's sleeve for Hot Chip's Ready for the Floor long-player also seemed to touch on the same artist's imagery although this, with it's ominous - maybe apocalyptic - landscape, is somewhat darker whilst all that concrete-like grittiness is offset nicely by Adult Art Club's more minimal detailing.