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.

Weekly Bits 34/2010

While I’m not a big fan of the music, the artwork for Skream’s new album Outside the Box is truly remarkable. A nice feature by September Industry.

London’s Mr. Beatnick is back with his follow-up to his Broken Beat Essentials article, just this time he focuses on the great Theo Parrish.

Andrew Meza has posted another gem from the BTS Radio archives, making Domu‘s set from February 2005 available for download!

R&S has a limited repress of James Blake’s CMYK 12-inch on transparent yellow vinyl, be quick if you missed it the first time around.

Dutch director Ramon Gieling has shot a Great Lengths short movie about Martyn‘s deceased father, a prominent football player in the Netherlands.

I got two more videos for you: Aloe Blacc‘s acoustic version of Politician on KEXP, and Danny Krivit talking about The Art of the Edit.

Oh, and just because I feel bad not having posted this 9-hours mixtape by 2000F & J Kamata, I will do so now.

North / South / East / West

Bleep teamed up with British photographer Shaun Bloodworth and designer Stuart Hammersley (GiveUpArt) to create a “musical and visual document”, titled North / South / East / West (NSEW).

Both artists have built their reputation in the dubstep scene, Bloodworth being the photographer for the iconic album covers from Skream or Benga or the L.A. Dope series. In most cases, Hammersley does the graphics for the mentioned products, but he is also responsible for the (corporate) designs of Tempa, Apple Pips or London’s FWD club.

On 14 prints, NSEW documents artists from the North and South UK and the East and West coast  of the United States. In addition to that comes a CD with 12 tracks from those artists, including Flying Lotus, Daedelus, Hudson Mohawke, FaltyDL and Headhunter among others (full tracklist below).

01. Daedelus – A Bloodworth
02. Hudson Mohawke – FUSE
03.  Geeneus – Ultrafunkula
04. Flying Lotus – Comet Course (Matthew David Alternative Mix)
05. Headhunter – Collecting Butterflies
06. Falty DL – Some Day My Queen Will Come
07. Flying Lotus – Rickshaw
08. Skream – Slumfunk
09. Mike Slott – Giants Meet
10. Kotchy – You Know You
11. Rustie – Bad Science
12. Taz Buckfaster – Au Revoir
The entire package is available in two limited editions, the only difference is the inclusion of an A2 poster. You can pre-order both editions from Bleep, the release-date is December 1st

L.A. Dope

British photographer Shaun Bloodworth spent some time in Los Angeles to document some of the city’s leading underground beatmakers. The portrayed artists include Flying Lotus, Ras G, Daedelus or Gaslamp Killer.

Flying Lotus Ras G Gaslamp Killer Dâm Funk Tokimonsta Daedelus

For more images from the series, please visit the Give Up Art website!

via Brainfeeder