Dis|cover 2014… with Shaun Bloodworth

Whether you know it or not, you have likely stumbled across the work of British photographer Shaun Bloodworth before. Sometimes referred to as the photographer of dubstep, his long-lasting involvement in the music scene goes far beyond that. You might remember his L.A. Dope series we wrote about some years ago, in which he portrait then-rising producers from the city of angels. Among his work are collaborations with GiveUpArt‘s Stuart Hammersley, like The Green Series and North/South/East/West, and of course the many portraits shot for the Rinse mix series.

So today, three years after GiveUpArt took turn, we’re very happy that Shaun took the time to pick his favourite record sleeves from 2014.
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Aphex Twin – Syro (Warp)
Aphex Twin - Syro

I like the idea of providing a recipe almost, that you can follow to make your own SYRO, and also the bonus track that can’t be played because its a cardboard record. The idea has equal importance to the visual, something that has always run through Ian’s work. Design & art direction the Designers Republic.

Simon Pyke – Universal Everything & You (Warp)
Simon Pyke - Universal Everything & you

This was a tie in with Universal Everything exhibition at the Science Museum with a track by Matt Pyke’s brother Simon. There are 4 different covers based around the organic animated doodles you may have seen at the Museum. The inner vinyl is illustrated with black & white organic doodles.

Hudson Mohawke – Chimes (Warp)
Hudson Mohawke - Chimes EP

LuckyMe have produced some amazing sleeves this year —Rustie, Clark, Cid Rim— but this is the best I think, although I wish the mock Photoshop version that was floating around with HudMo in the centre had been released. Design & art direction by LuckyMe, photography by Zhong Min.

Matthewdavid – In My World (Brainfeeder)
MatthewDavid - In My World

I love this sleeve so much, Matthew and his daughter Love as if they are posing for a 17th century old master. The photograph also reminds me of a Brothers Grimm etching by David Hockney — The Enchantress and the Baby Rapunzel. There was also a really amazing video that went with this on pitchfork as a teaser. Design by Seth Ferris and photography by Logan White.

Venetian Snares – My Love Is A Bulldozer (Planet Mu)
venetiVenetian Snares - My Love Is A Bulldozeran-snares-my-love-is-a-bulldozer

No idea who is responsible for this, but I wish I’d done it, great idea for a portrait. Traditional simple arresting cover, where photography is the key factor. Design by Arnold Steiner.

Nozinja & Tessela – Wa Chacha (Warp)
Nozinja & Tessela - Wa Chacha

This started out as a press shoot in a pub near Islington, but it worked so well that the photograph was used for the cover. Nozinja turned up the the torrential rain wearing a white spandex tribal two piece, didn’t really have to do much, the picture made itself. I also shot them outside in the rain holding bright dayglo umbrellas. I was asked to design this sleeve, but thankfully I bottled it, and handed it to my friend and collaborator Stuart Hammersley at GiveUpArt who used his trademark bright colours and tight typography. Wish we’d done more this year together.

Various Artists – Bleep 10 (Bleep)
Bleep 10

Bleep’s brand colours (green & blue) are used through everything including the NSEW and BLP/GRN series Stuart and I did with Raj Chaudhuri and Dan Minchom at Bleep. The custom logotype is based on a really basic 3×4 grid and carried onto some type details on the rest of the packaging, the chunky 10 is lovely.

ALSO – EP01 (R&S Records)
ALSO - EP01

ALSO is Laurie Osborne (Appleblim) & Alec Storey (Second Storey). The glitchy type represents the choppy rhythms found in the tracks. The sleeve is printed simply in a metallic purple and pale minty blue, I think this is 1 of 3 with an album to follow in the same style. Very simple and beautiful. We’d planned to do something similar with the press photography but it didn’t come off unfortunately. Design and art direction GiveUpArt.

Bonobo – Northern Borders (Ninja Tune)
Bonobo - The North Borders

Saw this at the Novation/Walls gallery in all its glory at their ADE exhibition, really beautiful and unlike most covers I’ve seen over the past few years. Has a lovely hand made quality to it. The box set had lots of tie dye/Rorschach type ink illustrations by Leif Podhajsky.

Illum Sphere – Ghosts Of Then & Now (Ninja Tune)
Illum Sphere - Ghosts Of Then And Now

I know Ryan (Illum Sphere) paid a lot attention to getting the correct photographer for this cover, I thought the whole set worked really well. I did some press shots which were in black & white too, it was nicely directed by Ninja Tune. Photography by Silvia Grav.
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Shaun Bloodworth’s work can be found on his website and Vimeo. He shares good music and other wisdom on Twitter.

If you enjoyed this feature, please check out previous installments put together by Optigram, GiveUpArt, Colectivo Futuro, Sven Swift, Nitzan Edit and myself.

Cid Rim – Mute City (live)

If you’re following Cid Rim on Twitter, you were probably anticipating the radio session he’s been teasing us with for days. Apparently, the thing is hitting the airwaves today on Austrian radio (Dorian Concept did that, remember?) and for the rest of us, here is a track to get a glimpse of what that mind sound like. Also, with the end of the year approaching, I think this is a good reminder of the Mute City EP, which the Austrian drummer and producer released this autumn on Glasgow’s LuckyMe label.

December 21, 2013 You can now download all tracks from the session or watch a video recording.

Cid Rim – Red Ocean (At Home Session)

Austrian website They Shoot Music visits musicians at their home or other spots in the city of Vienna. New on the list of visited producers is LuckyMe-affiliated Cid Rim, who plays a cut from his Mute City EP released a couple of months ago. Take notice, that you’ll have to enable the subtitles, as they’re not hardcoded into the video. And if you like that video, also check out an older one with Dorian Concept!

Cid Rim – Mute City (Joseph Marinetti Remix)

A second remix from Cid Rim‘s forthcoming EP on LuckyMe has popped up via XLR8R. Like the Mike Slott version, this one comes from a label mate, though I can’t say that I’ve heard of Joseph Marinetti before in that context. Good remix though, a bit short maybe, and available for free download.

Cid Rim – Extend Ranges (Mike Slott Remix)

As delighted as we’re to hear the reinterpretations of Cid Rim‘s recent Mute City EP, we couldn’t be happier to hear new music from Mike Slott. One of the original founding members of LuckyMe—alongside Hudson Mohawke and The Blessings—Mike hasn’t released any new music for two and a half years—which is a shame! So, here he is with his remix for Cid Rim, and it’s part of the Mute City Remixes out due October 1st, 2013.

PS: Make sure to check out Mike Slott in conversation with Cid Rim as well!

Mixtape Monday #31

Haven’t done these in a while, but this week there are enough mixes worth a mention. Shall we start?

One-Handed‘s Dedication series is one of the more exciting podcasts, each episode being dedicated to just one artist. This time it’s Mr Beatnick who shares his love for Sun Ra on his eclectic mix (he wrote about him before!)

Next up is something I’ve mentioned before in a side-note, the second podcast by the Tempoclash crew. And it’s a special one as Danny Breaks doesn’t do many mixes these days.

There are many varieties of house music, here are four mixes representing four different styles: Joy Orbison for Resident Advisor, Recondite’s mix for Hush House, a new Linkwood podcast, and some deepness from Sven Weisemann.

LuckyMe‘s Dominic Flannigan and Claude Speeed provided the soundtrack for the The Goodhood Store‘s fifth anniversary, 100 minutes of ambient music.

If you always wanted to download Kelpe‘s Ping mix for oki-ni, you can now do so for a limited time!

Solid Steel Radio Show with Cid Rim

It looks like Vienna’s Cid Rim is about to rise into similar heights has his friend and bandmate Dorian Concept. His debut album was well-received and being on a respected label like LuckyMe certainly helped building up a reputation.

This week, he did a guestmix for Solid Steel, playing music that influenced him, such as Boards of Canada, Forss or Cinematic Orchestra, as well as unreleased music from his Affine label mates.

01. Sixtus Preiss – Kation
02. Donnis – Hello Kitty (Cid Rim Remix)
03. Forss – Funk For Nerds
04. Yellow Tangerine – One For The Clouds
05. Cinematic Orchestra – Durian
06. Medeski, Martin & Wood – Chinoiserie
07. Cactus – One Way Or Another
08. Sixtus Preiss – Samba Feelin Beein This (Cid Rim Remix)
09. Boards Of Canada – Gyroscope
10. Prefuse 73 – Uprock And Invigorate
11. Alacrair Ensemble – Fussy Fuss
12. Dorian Concept – Hold Your Hand By Command
13. Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools
14. Boards Of Canada – Live At ATP #1

The second half of the show has a mix from DK, grab the download and leave a comment if you enjoy the music!

Cid Rim – Poellau

In the style of those video-teasers, Glasgow’s LuckyMe put out another video for the previously unreleased Cid Rim track Poellau. The track is an out-take from his self-titled debut album on the label and available for free download thanks to the folks at Dummy Mag.

For those that haven’t given the album a try yet, you can listen to (and buy) it at Bleep or iTunes.

Cid Rim – Draw (Dorian Concept Remix)

While we’re eagerly awaiting news about a forthcoming Dorian Concept album on Ninja Tune, the Viennese producer lent his talents to his friend, the drummer and producer Cid Rim. After a couple of delays, Cid Rim has finally landed his debut album on Glasgow’s LuckyMe label, home to many success stories of recent years. And it’s a great album I’d like to recommend to our readers, it brings up memories of 2009’s When Planets Explode while remaining a strong record of its own.

As for the remix above, it’s part of the 10 track debut album. Unfortunately, it’s a digital only release, but why am I always expecting to speak to a vinyl-only audience? Get you copy from Bleep, iTunes or wherever you buy digital music.

Cid Rim – A Fall For Two

After a couple of delays, Glasgow’s LuckyMe label is finally about to release the debut by Cid Rim. Who’s Cid Rim you might ask. We featured his last single on Affine Records in late 2010 and like his label mates Dorian Concept and The Clonious, the trained drummer hails from the beautiful city of Vienna.

Titled “Log Out Of Bounds”, we picked up the rumor the album might be a digital-only release. But let’s stick to the facts: it will be available on August 7, 2012 through LuckyMe and you should check their Vimeo page for some more snippets.

Dis|cover 2011… with Colectivo Futuro

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.
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Kode9 & The Spaceape – Black Sun (Hyperdub)
Kode9 & The Spaceape - Black Sun

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)
Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

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)
SBTRKT - SBTRKT

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)
Various - SMM: Context

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)
Kuedo - Severant

Machinedrum – Room(s) (Planet Mu)
Machinedrum - Room(s)

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)
Virgo Four - Resurrection

Morphosis – What Have We Learned (Delsin)
Morphosis - What Have We Learned

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)
Ezekiel Honig - Folding In On Itself

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)
Roman Flügel - Fatty Folders

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.
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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!

Mike Slott – Conducting Interview

Brooklyn based Mike Slott, a member of the LuckyMe collective, was recently visited by filmmaker Adam Saewitz. Below you can watch this short interview they did.

(via Perf10)

Weekend Mixtapes

Got some good mixtapes piled up, just the right thing you might be looking for in time for the weekend.

Chances are you already heard about the latest Rinse FM, likely because it has been the source of snippets from the latest 12-inch by Four Tet, Burial and Thom York. The show was a back to back mix by Floating Points and Four Tet and it’s available for download.

Next up, we recommend Photek‘s Fireside Chat on RBMA Radio, which is also available from unofficial sources.

We had some Om Unit news this week already, but öet us also mention his recent mixes for Munich Boiler and Glasgow’s LuckyMe label collective.

Kelpe has a new mixtape available and as usual it’s a killer selection of beats and obscure music. Let’s also remind you of the guestmix he’s done for us.

While still listening to Appleblim‘s recent contribution to the Fabric promo mixes, there’s a new one to recommend. This time it’s Eglo’s Alexander Nut on the decks.

For those in love with Blawan‘s mix for FACT Magazine, we also got this recording from Boiler Room. And don’t forget, his new 12-inch is out now on R&S Records.

Gilles Peterson plays at a Japan relief party in London tonight. For those that can’t make it, he’s got a mixtape up for stream or download.

And lastly, let us mention another one from Caribou that became available again, this time mix for Rough Trade made last year.

Jacques Greene – The Look

Glasgow’s LuckyMe is about to release the debut by Jacques Greene, a 12-inch titled The Look. Here’s Andrew Gordon Macpherson‘s video for the title track.

You can pre-order the EP at Rush Hour and it should be available soon at the LuckyMe store and all other good shops.

Sonar 2010 X LuckyMe

About three weeks after their label showcase at Sónar, the folks at LuckyMe have shared a video capturing moments of the night.

Find out more about American Men, Machinedrum, The Blessings or Lunice, and watch out for their forthcoming releases on LuckyMe!