Back in 2010, I posted some of my favourite covers of that year (well, it was only for the first half) and intended to do the same for each year. When it comes to 2011, I haven’t really made up my mind. What I noticed though is that triangles were still strong and baby photos became a new thing (2562, Samiyam or Lil Wayne etc.)
Also like last year I wanted to ask some people whose opinion I respect for their selection. The first part this year comes from Colectivo Futuro, a Spanish blog about arts and culture.
Kode9 & The Spaceape – Black Sun (Hyperdub)
We really love all of Optigram‘s work for Hyperdub, we actually made a feature on his work recently. we chose this particular cover because it’s so different compared to his usual geometric patterns, it fits the music on the album nicely and the LP version is just a beautiful looking item.
Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver (Jagjaguwar)
This is a beautiful looking record with paintings by Gregory Euclide. There’s a pretty good interview with the artist on Pitchfork.
SBTRKT – SBTRKT (Young Turks)
the mask design for this cover was done by A Hidden Place. Also, we really love how SBTRKT has tied in their artwork to their live shows giving them a very recognizable image.
Various – SMM: Context (Ghostly)
Michael Cina never fails to impress us, his range of works is absolutely impressive. His cover for Ghostly‘s experimental compilation series is a perfect companion for the music found inside. we also recommend checking out his blog for features on graphic design and other artforms.
Kuedo – Severant (Planet Mu)
Machinedrum – Room(s) (Planet Mu)
We are suckers for good illustration and this year Planet Mu delivered some really cool ones, our two favorites were the Severant cover by fashion illustrator Anna Higgie and the Room(s) cover by LuckyMe.
Virgo Four – Resurrection (Rush Hour)
Morphosis – What Have We Learned (Delsin)
Dutch labels Rush Hour and Delsin provided two of our favorite covers this year by taking a very simple, typographic approach on the Virgo Four Resurrection box set by Marco Sterk, and Morphosis’ What Have We Learned by Tankboys.
Ezekiel Honig – Folding In On Itself (Type)
We usually love most of Type‘s artworks, but this one in particular was a very special one given that it was done by Ezekiel Honig himself. The hazy photograph chosen is a perfect fit for the laid back, abstract music found inside.
Roman Flügel – Fatty Folders (Dial)
Dial‘s artwork is usually very austere and cold, but for Roman Flügel’s album Fatty Folders they went with a different approach by using a colorful photograph instead, while keeping their minimal design spirit intact.
The second part will be curated by GiveUpArt and should be online in the next couple of days, keep an eye out for that one!
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