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Starflyer 59 – Dial M

Author: Colin | Published: 14/10/08

Starflyer 59

Nice, iconic vector artwork.

Via Hicks Design

Starflyer 59 – Dial M.

Operations – Cold Months

Author: Colin | Published: 14/10/08
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Hello again to Simon Cummings, who previously wrote about The Hafler Trio.

Artist: Operations
Title: Cold Months
Label: Self-released
Year: 2008
Designer: Chris Anderson
Type of music: Electroacoustic, drone, experimental
Notes: Chris Anderson’s Operations project has already seen some interesting packaging, but this is his most imaginative yet. A 3” CD-R together with a slip of paper containing credits and an enigmatic photo, lovingly wrapped in a felt case & sealed with a safety pin. According to Chris’ MySpace page, the labels were “sewn on by hand by my girlfriend and her mother”. It’s a very limited edition (“about 30ish”); details about procuring a copy are available here. His music is very interesting, enveloping the listener in drifting clouds of electroacoustic drone & shimmer.

Extremely fiddly to use(!), but lovely to behold.

Ai Records (Part 2)

Author: Colin | Published: 12/10/08
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Ai Records

Ai Records

Ai Records

Ai Records

Ai Records

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Ai Records

Artist: pic 1: Plant 43, pics 2-3: Najemsworb, pics 4-6: Various Artists, pic 7: The Third Man
Title: pic 1: Grey Sky Cracks EP, pics 2-3: Hydrocarbon EP, pics 4-6: Bluedots LP, pic 7: Before We Begin EP
Label: Ai Records
Year: pic 1: 2007, pics 2-3: 2007, pics 4-6: 2008, pic 7: 2008
Designer: Jason Smith
Type of music: Quality electronic dance music
Notes: These records seem like objects from an alien culture. That has little to do with the gradual flight of music from physical media and a lot more to do with the vivid, glowing colour and the playfulness of Jason Smith’s approach. As autumn segues into winter and darkness increasingly encroaches on grey London days, these 12s shout out that summer, fun and modernity can exist anywhere and are in fact a state of mind. Buy these records and you’ll see what I mean.

Thanks again to J.

See also: Ai Records – part 1

Ai Records (Part 1)

Author: Colin | Published: 5/10/08
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Ai Records

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Ai Records

Artist: pics 1-3: Various, pics 4-7: RUR, pics 8-9: Various
Title: pics 1-3: Sampler 06 Quality Electronic Music, pics 4-7: Random Unreleased Records, pics 8-9: Montage EP
Label: Ai Records
Year: pics 1-3: 2006, pics 4-9: 2007
Designer: Jason Smith, pics 4-7: image by Andy Lomas, pics 8-9: Geoff McFetridge
Type of music: Quality electronic dance music
Notes: Ai Records’ designs are mouthwatering. Despite bumping up the colours, these photos don’t do the vibrancy of the designs justice. The label marries high quality, visually striking design with great Detroit-influenced dance music. Part 2 next week.

Via a post about vinyl cover art on NYLVI.

Check the Ai Records website for more details. Sincere thanks to J.

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