Various Artists, Album Artwork

Art Direction · Identity · Illustration · Music · Print

As musicians ourselves, there’s nothing we find more satisfying than creating album artwork that helps transport the music we love to the ears of those that are listening for it.

Alongside our separate portfolio entries for our Vessels laser sculpture, The Leaf Label’s 20th Anniversary Boxset, and Nightports, below are a few of our other recent projects…

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Matthew Bourne – Isotach

Isotach sees pianist Matthew Bourne return to working on solo piano. This collection of beautiful, minimal piano and cello works, were recorded at his home in the moors above Keighley. Having visited Matt’s house – a former cow shed in the hills – in a thunder storm to talk about the album, it was easy to see as the storm enveloped us why all the tracks take on the names of weather phenomena.

The artwork design reflects the minimal, sparse, yet abstract music, with each track being assigned a weather symbol relating to the conditions at Matt’s home at the time and on the date each piece was recorded.

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Snapped Ankles – Violations

Typographic cover for a special Record Store Day EP release from our favourite forest dwellers, Snapped Ankles.

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Radioland

The Leaf Label asked us to create the packaging for Radioland, a re-imagination of Kraftwerk’s Radioactivity by pianist/composer Matthew Bourne, sound artist/composer Franck Vigroux and visual installation artist Antoine Schmitt.

Using Schmitt’s stunning live visuals, we created the limited edition gatefold vinyl packaging and hard-backed book & CD. Available here.

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Comet is Coming

Identity and cover design for the Comet is Coming’s Mercury-nominated debut album, Channel the Spirits, featuring the stunning photography of Fabrice Bourgelle.

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Vessels – Are You Trending?

Created for live techno band Vessels’ 2016 single, Are You Trending?

Imagined cellular forms – part organic, part synthesised – are built up from just one single repeated shape in the blackness behind our eyes. We could try and describe Vessels’ latest offering with a phrase like “uplifting beats built up within a dark, immersive soundscape to moments of all consuming euphoria before dying away into the blackness of space from which they came”… but that would probably make us sound like wankers. So click this link, turn up your speakers instead.

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Flying Machines

Artwork for the debut album from Flying Machines – a UK contemporary jazz outfit led by guitarist Alex Munk and featuring Matt Robinson, Conor Chaplin and Dave Hamblett.

Flying Machines are so called because Alex’s Father – Roger Munk – was a renowned expert in the field of lighter-than-air technology and the inventor and pioneer behind a new generation of airships, Hybrid Air Vehicles, and it was from his work that we developed the concept for the artwork.

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Congo Dia Ntotila

Album artwork for Congo Dia Ntotila – reflecting the eclectic mix of personalities and influences that drive the band. Congo Dia Ntotila is a collaboration between London-based jazz guitarist John Kelly and Congolese bass player Mulele Matondo Afrika, drawing on traditional Congolese dance music alongside jazz instrumentation and harmony.

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Wild Flower Project

Limited edition print and identity design for The Wild Flower Project, led by saxophonist Matt Anderson and featuring Laura Jurd, Alex Munk, Jamil Sheriff, Sam Vicary and Sam Gardner.

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SGB Recordings

We produced the design for a set of albums to be released by Sadhu Guru Boishnob Recordings – a label dedicated to producing high quality field recordings to preserve and continue the traditional Baul-Fakir songs and music from Bengal.

The packaging design was inspired by a traditional Bengali rug, which was created for the project to be recorded on. The rug is made of four coloured cloth squares in yellow, red, white and brown, representing four key natural elements in local folklore.

The recordings were conducted in a specially constructed mud hut, by some of the most knowledgeable musicians of the region and with instruments hand-made specifically for the project. Reflecting such a high dedication to detail in the recording and making of the albums, the packaging features Japanese-bound booklets set onto cloth-covered board & embossed with both English and Bengal script throughout.